Seaside Magazine July 2017 Issue

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our giving back Issue The Unsung Heroes of Our Community | A Liferaft for Those in Need Helping Those Who Can’t Afford to Help Themselves | Seaside Homes 4th Annual Taking It To The Street | Seaside Makeover | On Design

July 2017

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Giving Back to Our Community: The Unsung Heroes Seaside Magazine’s 4th Annual Taking It To The Street Charity Event: A Hat Trick of Happiness Susan Reece: Volunteering Draws on Career Expertise Alzheimer Society: A Life Raft to Those in Need Seaside Homes: A Beachy Feel – Fresh & Light

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Beware the Disruptors

Publication: Seaside Magazine Material Deadline: January 31, 2017 Insertion Dates: February 10, 2017

We all have the good luck to be living in an age of increasingly rapid technological change. While at times the rate of change may seem overwhelming on a personal level, we are all net beneficiaries of new technologies, many of which we may not even be aware. However, successful new technologies can be a double-edged sword, especially within the context of preservation of investment capital.

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For example: everybody recognizes that quality banks are considered by most to be a cornerstone for any conservative portfolio. For the last 70 years, well managed banks have delivered to investors both steady dividend and capital growth. Most importantly, the banks have been able to leverage technology over the years to not only reduce costs, but also to open up new channels of revenue and profitability. They have been able to make technology work for them while maintaining a reasonably stable business model with significant barriers to entry. But could a technology emerge that has the potential to seriously disrupt currently profitable banking practices? Absolutely yes, and one such candidate is already here.: it’s called blockchain. All members of the financial industry are currently scrambling to understand how best to incorporate this technology, while keeping one eye on the increasing number of blockchain-based start-ups with designs on the financial transactions business.

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Transportation is another industry facing major challenges from technological development. Uber has not only jarred the conventional taxi business model, but is now contracting with municipalities to supplement public transit. This leads into the Transportation-as-aService (TaaS) concept. This is based on the premise that city-dwellers will eventually give up car ownership in favour of cheaper and readily available self-driving cars (most likely to be electric).

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These two examples alone have serious implications for Canada’s largest industries and related blue chip stocks held in most Canadian portfolios. While change does not happen overnight, it’s a good idea to have some understanding of the technological trends and developments within the sectors you hold. Not only will it help to identify risks to existing positions, but also highlight potential growth investments for future consideration.


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It is a privilege to practice medicine and raise my daughter on the Saanich Peninsula. I am also lucky to live in an area with a multitude of options of farm fresh food. Buying local not only helps individuals with better nutrition, it feeds our local community economically and brings us closer together socially.

When I was six, my grandmother lived with us, and her Morris Minor was parked in front of our house. I spent many hours sitting alone in it, basking in the rich smell of the leather seats and listening to the rain pattering on the roof. Still a strong memory.

Travelling is an amazing way to learn about the world. By volunteering in a Malawian hospital, I experienced the culture and witnessed the struggles in such a profound way. It was inspiring, and motivated some of the volunteers to work towards improving some of the conditions and resources of the hospital.

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Rather than finding one niche as a Massage Therapist, I have become more holistic in practise. I think it is important as healthcare providers to inspire you all to live well. If we can encourage you to improve in key areas while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, we are both succeeding!

I ask you: why do we do this to ourselves? We let our house get so messy that you just want to walk away. It’s daunting! We are all guilty of this at some point in our lives. I’m happy to share some simple tips on how to organize any space.

In writing I hope to share my passion and love for gardening, cooking and creating with others. I hope to inspire others to think outside of the box and discover possibilities they have not thought to try. I love where I live and want to share that with you.

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This Month's Contributors Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Chris Cowland, Gillian Crowley, Jozi Deschamps, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Valerie Green, Matt Hall, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Paula Kully, Alyssa Madill, Lynn Parker, Deborah Rogers, Marie Savage, Shai Thompson, Viola Van de Ruyt, Shawna Walker, Laura Waters, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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team. I couldn’t do this event without them, affords me the opportunity to be an integral part of the so I’m the lucky one, but I guess we all community. Unfortunately, the coverage of many other benefit in the end. publications is too large or too spread out to maintain One thing I’ve learned through this journey kinship like Seaside Magazine offers. Being hyperlocal is is that dreams do have a ripple effect. The an amazing way to couple a magazine’s content with impact goes beyond the dream child, as it its readers. touches family, friends, neighbours and the Seaside hosted its Fourth Annual Taking It To The community as a whole. How great is it to see Street road hockey charity event at the Mary Winspear a charity event bring together a community Centre (see story page 17). The focus of the day’s events of volunteers, passionate hockey players and was for Help Fill A Dream Foundation, a charity that dedicated sponsors … all for a common cause! ignites hope in the lives of children who face lifeAs we progress through 2017, the Seaside threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, team will strive to create an even stronger improving their quality of life, and assisting their and more intimate connection with our families with care and financial support. And on community. We look forward to sharing Saturday, June 10 we made Andrei Marti’s dream stories about people, events and businesses come true. that make the Saanich Peninsula such a great Some have asked me: “ How can you host your place to live and work! own charity event, manage Seaside Magazine and Thanks again to all who were involved raise two children?” Some days I wonder myself, with Taking it To the Street; you have made a but for the most part when I meet the children difference. And it’s time we do! and their families we help, it’s all worth it. “My family has it easy, really,” I explain to my kids Publisher Haro’s Ad • Seaside Times June 2017 • Size: 7.75” (w) x 4.925” (h) • Revised 2 • June 16/17 and they totally get it. And then there’s my

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Thank you so much for including me in the makeover spread (May 2017). I've been receiving lots of positive feedback. I really appreciate you picking me and giving me such a wonderful opportunity. Michelle Randall

This is to let you know that one very important aspect missing among the articles and advertising regarding animals in our lives (May 2017 issue), is their end-of-life care. All the more striking in Paula Kully's article which starts with taking their " … dear old friend to the vet for her last visit." Too bad that issue of Seaside Magazine missed the opportunity to let the community know that one vet in particular has made it the focus of her practice helping animals die not only in dignity, but also in comfort, in their own environment with those who love them deeply by their side. As I write this, I'm tearing up even though it's a little over two years since we had to call vet Marilyn Welsh to our house. Hope Seaside Magazine takes the opportunity to remedy the situation, since you took the opportunity to have an animal issue in the first place. Jana Kalina

I have watched your magazine unfold over the years and I think it just keeps getting better and better! Well done. Rhonda Todrick

Thank you for such an insightful article and bravo to Mr. [Brandon] Latouf (Trade Student Spotlight, June Issue) for allowing the printing of his educational journey. This type of article should be a regular inclusion, as it would lead to much advocating for the students by the parents, once they know that a programme like this is available. Kudos also to Mr. [Stu] Rhodes for having a handle on all students’ needs. Education is about training our youngsters for the future, in any and every vocation: not just for university. Well done. Joyce Mylymok

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Seaside Magazine has an amazing look for a city of any size, you’ve all accomplished something worthy of praise here. Eric Falkenberg-Poetz Enjoying a quiet morning in my back garden reading your delightful magazine. There are always articles of interest and all about our beautiful Peninsula and contributed by local writers. Thank you. Bev McIvor Editor's note: the home featured in our January 2017 issue (Artistic Vision & Determination) was designed by Matthew H. Smith at Inner Vision Design.

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Giving Back to Our Community: The Unsung Heroes


ne of the great things about writing for Seaside Magazine (besides the amazing women who run it), is the fact that the magazine consistently works to give back to the community. The recent success of the Fourth annual Taking it to the Street charity fundraiser for Help Fill A Dream Foundation is just one example. So it is only natural that in this “Giving Back� issue we highlight some of the lesser-known charitable organizations that work in our community.

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Cadets, a national program for Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in learning about the Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. The main purpose of the Sponsoring Committee is to raise the annual operational budget to maintain the 676 Squadron training facility which was constructed in 1942 and has a rich history. As well, a variety of programs not funded by the Department of National Defence are supported by the Committee. Funds are raised through community partnerships with local service groups and significant fundraising efforts. For more information or to donate contact the Chair at:

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Angel Flight of British Columbia is a charitable, non-profit organization approved by both Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency. It provides free air transportation for cancer patients, many of whom are young children, in need of medical services at hospitals and centralized medical care facilities in Vancouver and Victoria. The organization was founded in 2001 by Jeff Morris and Chuck Lovallo in response to Lovallo’s son needing frequent flights to BC Children’s Hospital to treat leukemia. Angel Flight pairs volunteer pilots and aircraft owners with families in need and makes approximately 120 flights per year. Funds are raised through service clubs, corporate and private donations, as well as fund-raising events. For more information or to donate visit

Growing up in a small Vancouver Island town, I saw the impact of community involvement and the volunteer fire department. This prompted me to "jump in." As an accountant, I make things balance on a day-to-day basis so for me, the volunteer time and the work time provides a good balance. Joining the fire department has benefitted my family and allows me to give back to the Peninsula community I love.

Art for Everyone Foundation is new on the Saanich Peninsula, having been officially launched in March 2017. As its name would indicate, the Foundation’s focus is to provide an opportunity for everyone to express themselves through creativity. The Foundation is overseen by a five-member board of directors. Its main purpose is to support creative programs in the Arts, and to provide access to funding for individuals who would not otherwise be able to participate. Funds are raised through individual and corporate donations, sponsorships and events. Director, Lucas Coppelstone notes that: “To make life itself, art is an amazing way to free the creative spirit, connect families and community no matter the age, physical or mental condition, or financial position.” For more information or to donate:

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organization began in 1919 and boasts approximately 100 clubs across the country. CFUW Saanich Peninsula is a voluntary, nonpartisan, non-profit organization committed to “enhancing the community through supporting lifelong learning for members and women locally and worldwide through the power of women working together”. The CFUW’s main activities are advocacy, education, scholarships and networking. They believe in lifelong learning and education as the most powerful tool in bringing about positive change for women and support this through the distribution of several annual scholarships to female students at School District 63, the University of Victoria and Camosun College including the Camosun College First Nations Award. For more information or to donate, visit

Kamps for Kids is a charitable fund founded by Fred and Roberta Williston in May 2014. The Willistons administer the Fund which is held by the Victoria Foundation and is supported by contributions from donors and partnerships with local camp organizations, such as Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake. Kamps for Kids provides children ages seven to 12 the wonderful opportunity to attend summer camp and to gain the benefits associated with it including the positive opportunity to spend time in nature, make new friends, and learn new skills. With this fund, the donors hope to provide this experience to children, preferably from the Saanich Peninsula area, who would otherwise be unable to afford camp. For more information or to donate:

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The Lobstick Foundation was established in 2011 with funds from the estates of its two founders Dr. Margaret Nix and Dr. Marygold Nash who were both educators with a desire to leave a legacy of hope for young women and girls. The purpose of Lobstick is to support young girls and women in reaching financial independence through education and mentorship. The five-member volunteer board consists of Cat Gracey (great niece of Dr. Nix) Susan Mercer, Lisa Ehrlich, Shelby Jorgensen, Laurie Salvador (as Chair) and Wayne Braid. The Foundation offers grants to organizations that provide services to women in need such as teenagers dealing with self-esteem issues, marginalized women struggling to recover from addiction or family violence or are new to our country. For more information and to donate:

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ORCCA, or Oral Care for Children and Adolescents, is a non-profit society that provides children and adolescents under the age of 19 from low-income families access to free oral care. ORCCA, which opened in Sidney in March of 2015, is based on the belief that all children and adolescents have the right to healthy oral care and that effective oral care has a positive impact on the health and lives of children and adolescents. Four dentists volunteer their services to

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registered society with a mission to enrich the quality of life for Saanich Peninsula residents. They do this through investing donations in a permanent endowment fund administered by The Victoria Foundation and by making annual disbursements of the fund’s interest to local charitable initiatives. The Foundation’s grants program supports activities in the areas of health, social services, arts and culture, education, conservation and recreation and is governed by a 10-member, volunteer board of directors. Some past recipients include the Sidney Museum and Archives, SHOAL Centre, Peninsula Streams Society and Peninsula Soccer. The foundation relies solely on contributions from individuals and organizations wishing to support their community. For more information and to donate:

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Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Sidney Community Safety Building: 1. Sidney Mayor Steve Price, Town of Sidney Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen, VAA President and CEO Geoff Dickson 2. Town of Sidney Fire Chief Brett Mikkelsen 3. Seaside Magazine Owner/Publisher Sue Hodgson, Brian Losie, Help Fill A Dream Foundation Volunteer 4. Town Crier Kenny Podmore Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Mixer: 5. Tara Keeping, Tiger Lily Events; Pat Taylor, Audra Bevan and Doug Walker, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Richard Flader, Flader Chartered Professional Accountant 6. Johanna Socha, Island Gals; Heidi Gillespie, Heidi’s Care Cards; Gifty Serbeh-Dunn, Shea Butter Market 7. Larry and Andi Hook, Hook & Hook Renovations Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Vessel Dedication: 8. MLA Adam Olsen, Sidney Mayor Steve Price, RCMSAR Member Bill Chapeskie, North Saanich Mayor Alice Finall, RCMSAR Member Brad McBride Sidney Sings Oh Canada: 9. Town of Sidney Executive Assistant Paula Kully, Councillor Mervyn Lougher-Goodey Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Donor Tea: 10. Ginny Alger, Horizon Power; Sean Donnelly, Telus Pure Fibre 11. Paul Hames, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation President












Groundbreaking for the new MDRD at Saanich Peninsula Hospital: 12. Erma Pacheco, OR Charge Nurse; Barb Mollberg, Surgical Services; Paul Hames, SPHF President; Skip and May Sam, W’sanec elders; David Robertson, Executive Medical Director, Geography; Sheila Leadbetter, Director, Saanich Peninsula and the Gulf Islands; Chief of Staff Dr. Ambrose Marsh Taking It To The Street: 13. Slider the Penguin and Victoria, Panorama Recreation Special Event Staff 14. Volunteers Michele Brooks and Margaret Lever 15. Seaside Magazine Owner/Publisher Sue Hodgson with Help Fill A Dream recipient Andrei Marti 16. Competition was fierce on the road hockey pads Lost Airmen of the Empire Memorial Sculpture Dedication: 17. Memorial planning group member Wally du Temple 18. Bridget Preston, Veterans Affairs Canada MAOA First Anniversary Party: 19. Sean McNeill and Lucas Copplestone Peninsula Medical Open House: 20. Dr. Elizabeth Rhoades, Co-Chair, Saanich Peninsula Primary Health Care Society; Dale Henley, Henley & Walden 21. Elaine Hughesman, Hughesman Morris; Dr. Andrew Kwasnica, Peninsula Medical 22. Shawna Walker, Executive Director, Saanich Peninsula Primary Health Care Society All photos by

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A Hat Trick of Happiness by Jo Barnes

Some want to play hockey with friends. Some want to volunteer their time. Most just want to make a difference. Where do these people all go to direct this energy? They take it to the street. “The street” was the pavement and sidewalks outside of the Mary Winspear Centre, the site of the amazing June 10 Seaside Magazine’s Fourth Annual Taking It To The Street. This road hockey charity event raises funds for Help Fill A Dream Foundation, an organization that fulfills dreams of children with life-threatening conditions and provides financial support to their families. This year's event raised $21,400 for the Foundation. Taking It To The Street was born out of a chat between Seaside Magazine publisher/owner Sue Hodgson and Brian Losie, Help Fill A Dream Foundation volunteer. “I’d talked with Brian about how this foundation had helped his daughter. There had been a charity golf tournament at Bear Mountain, and I wanted to do an event like this. So I suggested road hockey,” said Sue. Since inception in 2014, participation and monies raised have grown significantly. It’s an event that draws people together towards a common cause. “We have to make a difference,” commented Sue. Volunteer and proud grandfather Dave Conrad shared his very

personal connection to this event. “My grandson who is three years old was a recipient of Help Fill A Dream this year. He’s dealing with leukemia. I’m here taking donations. I believe in it. You have to.” Festivities kicked off with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. hosted by the Spitfire Grill followed by the first hockey games at 9:30. Road hockey teams included current and past players from Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club and Victoria Grizzlies and employees from local companies like Seafirst Insurance, TD Bank and Sidney Firefighters. Goals were scored, crowds cheered and Grizz the Grizzlies

Dream recipient Andrei Marti and his parents Reto and Annelies await the Dream reveal.

Mascot banged his drum. Little ones played in colourful inflatables provided by Par T Perfect. Those taking in the games could also enjoy massages given by SpineCare Chiropractic, don crazy costumes for photos by Four Frames Studio, drive the VRX race car simulator, or listen to the soulful sounds of Blue Hearts blues band. While the ages, backgrounds and skill levels of volunteers varied, they shared the same enthusiasm and desire to help this charity. “I have kids of my own. Our children are healthy, but any given time that can go away,” shared Steven Pearce, captain of the Seafirst team. “I love it; that’s why I do it.” As TD Bank volunteers barbecued and prepared the food, all donated by Save-On-Foods, this year’s Dream Recipient Andrei Marti and his family arrived. Andrei was diagnosed two years ago with Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. “I’m in grade two. I like to play soccer and climb,” smiled the enthusiastic seven-year-old.

Andrei’s condition has brought not only significant medical expenses for parents Reto and Annelies but new parenting challenges. “He can be really low or really high. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster,” shared Annelies. Added Reto: “There are no courses you can take; you are not prepared for this. But life is about dealing with adversity.” But the family pushes forward. Andrei is keen to raise money and awareness. He received the Youth and Philanthropy Association Award and is the Youth Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The family was recently featured on CBC’s Fifth Estate Canada’s Drug Problem talking about how rising medical costs affect their family. As Taking It To The Street wound down, the “dream” was officially bestowed on Andrei and his parents: a trip to Disney World in Florida. Craig Smith, Foundation Executive Director, asked Andrei a few questions about his time in the hospital. “I said to the doctor maybe there won’t be a cure in your lifetime, but in my lifetime there will be a cure,” stated the very determined little boy. Such big hopes from such a small boy; there was definitely a number of people listening who found themselves reaching for a tissue. From set-up to tear-down, cooking to serving, from first registration to the last draw prize given; it all happens because of dedicated people who know that making these children’s dreams possible is the work of a community of hope. All photos by To see all photos from the event, visit First place went to the Town of Sidney team.

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Seaside Magazine’s

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4 th Annual Road Hockey Charity Event Congratulations to the Winning Teams & Prize Winners! On June 10th, teams from the Saanich Peninsula and surrounding communities competed at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney to raise $21,400 for

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The Peninsula Panthers Hockey Club play in the nine-team Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and partake in a 48-game Regular Season schedule. The League is comprised of two Divisions of five and four teams. The Panthers compete in the South Division and this includes Kerry Park Islanders, Saanich Braves, Victoria Cougars and the Westshore Wolves. The North Division include the Campbell River Storm, Comox Valley Glacier Kings, Nanaimo Buccaneers and the Oceanside Generals. The Peninsula Panthers Mission Statement can be found on the Club’s website. It is the goal of the Team to develop young hockey players in order that they have the opportunity to move to the next level in hockey and beyond. This goal has been clearly established by the current ownership group and goes back as far as 1999 when Pete and Coreen Zubersky purchased the Club from Mark Wagstaff. John Wilson, who also owns Wilson’s Transportation, is now part of the ownership team and he too believes that the





The McCrodan Group The McCrodan Group philosophy, started by the Zubersky’s back in the late 1990s, trumps all. The Panthers’ owners are entirely committed to giving individuals on the Peninsula an opportunity to play the game at the Junior level - kids who might not otherwise have had the opportunity. The players range in age from 16 to 20 and many have dreams and goals of competing in the Western Hockey League, Junior “A”, the NCAA or Professional Hockey. Many young players who have spent a year or two on the team have gone on to play at much higher levels including the National Hockey League. Perhaps the most well-known player to go through the system is none other than Jamie Benn, an Olympic Gold Medal winner with the Canadian Men’s Hockey Team this past winter and currently Captain of the Dallas Stars. His brother Jordie also played for the Panthers and plays on Defence for the same Dallas Stars. Both Benn boys played minor hockey out here on the Peninsula. Come watch the stars of the future - join the Panthers every Friday night ! The entertainment value is excellent and the Club appreciates the ever so important support of our community. See you on Friday night. @ppanthersvijhl

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how to live forever! Now that I have your attention, I’ll rephrase: how to be remembered forever. Family is of course important for most people, but many aren’t aware that they can accomplish more. When wealthy individuals are surveyed about by Viola Van de Ruyt their gift giving, they almost all VandeRuyt Wealth are interested in making charitable Management Group gifts, in fact their top two reasons are to have an impact on their community and the world and second is to give back. Their third is naturally a passion they have for specific causes. Unfortunately, they hesitate due to two main concerns. Firstly, they worry about donations being used wisely, and secondly that they will receive additional requests. What can you do? Start by asking yourself: • What values are important to me? • What would I like to be remembered for? • What charitable organizations align with these? One way to address the two concerns is to explore charitable foundations. These can be community based, supporting many causes, or for specific causes, but they can also be personal foundations. These were the domain of the very wealthy but are now also available in several forms to the average donor. With most foundations, the capital is invested and only the income is used each year. This goes a long way in easing concerns. As a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, I have learned that only 7% of Canadians have left money to charity in their will but when the issue is discussed with them, this increases to 27%. Wow, imagine the difference that could make to our community! If you aren’t certain how much to give, start with 1% of your income for annual gifts or 1% of assets, for your will, and then you can grow from there. Research is showing that of the people who typically make gifts in Canada, most are donating 2 to 3% of income. What’s in it for you? Briefly, the Federal government has left in place the ability to make a donation in-kind of an investment that has gone up in value, and pay no capital gains tax, and receive the tax credit for the donation. A win-win. Many individuals pass away with a large RRSP or RRIF, and it is all taxable income the year they die. A charitable gift in their will or as a beneficiary designation could result in tax credits to help offset some tax. This supports what is important to you in a significant way. Also a win-win. You should receive tax advice from your accountant before doing either of these strategies. Do your homework and spend at least as much time planning your legacy as you would your annual vacation. For more information visit

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Garden lover forever The outdoors, music, art, literature, the things that make life rich remain the same, regardless of age. All are essential contributors to a person’s happiness and well-being. Engaging the people who call SPH home in these lifelong passions can make a profound difference in their quality of life, everyday. Your donation to our Residential Care Unit will help us to support new art, music and horticulture therapy programs, revitalize the Library and provide personalized equipment for each resident to continue enjoying the passions they love. Remember, it’s our hospital – and it’s their home.

Your donation will help our residents in care by funding the programs they love & the equipment they need.

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Tax-Free Savings Account A TFSA is an account that does not charge taxes on contributions, interest earned, dividends or capital gains, and can be withdrawn tax free. Tax-free savings accounts were introduced in Canada in 2009 (CRA has identified some TFSA abuse such with day trading). I prefer to call it a tax free investment account, to encourage Canadians to save for their future in a tax free way. Professional advice can assist you with finding the best possibilities to grow your wealth. For many, the TFSA will be the last account to draw funds from and should be invested accordingly. You are able to withdraw the funds available in your TFSA. The only restriction is that you can’t put the money you took out back in during the same year (unless you have sufficient contribution room). Cumulative contribution

room is $52,000 from nine years. The types of investments that qualify for TFSAs are generally similar to those that qualify for registered retirement savings plans: (GIC, mutual funds, and securities listed on a designated stock exchange such as stocks, bonds and ETFs). Unlike a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), the TFSA contributions are not tax deductible. So you deposit after-tax cash into a TFSA, but you can withdraw it tax free. Putting money in RRSP savings accounts gives a tax deduction when you deposit it, but you later pay tax on what you take out of a RRSP. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to help!

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Arts Anniversary McTavish Academy of Arts (MAOA) celebrated its first anniversary on June 10, with a family-friendly birthday party filled with music, art, yoga and fun!

Nine for Nine Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse took home nine medals for the nine ciders entered in the 2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition (GLINTCAP). Congratulations! For a full list of their medal winners, visit


Fresh Fare Bevan Bistro, opening soon, will offer homestyle breakfasts and fresh, fast sandwiches, salads and house-made soups. Their fresh baked goods will be the perfect complement to a latte or other specialty beverage. Healthy

New Faces

Offering everything from locallymade preservative-free jams, pickles, preserves and roasted nuts to jewelry, paintings, exquisite wooden boxes, scarves, Swedish dish cloths, and interesting kitchen finds! It is home to Heidi’s locallymade line of decorative utensils, a fun and affordable way to add style to any celebration or to “dress up” those take-out nights.

Sidney Pet Centre has been serving the Saanich Peninsula for 30 years. Now under the ownership of Sandy Gauthier, their goal is to continue to provide great customer service, contribute to the community and buy local as much as possible in an effort to offer competitive prices and support Canadian companies. They offer the newest and best in food, toys, bedding, apparel, travel, supplies and supplements. Sandy’s great passion in life is her love for animals, and helping them in any way possible.


Foods and Foodware

It’s a Match

Something Special has opened at 2446 Beacon, in Sidney, as a collaborative effort between Heidi Krause of Spirals Gourmetware and Tom and Martha, of Tom & Jerry’s, from Pender Island.

Design Details Hook & Hook Renovations is now in the Martman Building, right beside the hot yoga studio. Their business is new to the Peninsula as of last year. They specialize in interior design with 3-D rendering, custom cabinetry and furniture, and project management. Their cabinets and furniture are all made on the Saanich Penisula.

Local Info The Sidney BIA introduces its “Ask a Local” program, connecting locals and visitors this summer through a mobile kiosk where volunteers will be able to provide information, directions, and more.


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Health Care Merge Bayshore HealthCare has acquired Alpha Home Health Care, which has been based in Victoria for more than 40 years. Alpha Home Health Care’s workforce of 25 care workers will be transferred to Bayshore HealthCare’s Home Health division and will retain their clients. Bayshore Home Health is a division of Bayshore HealthCare and is managed locally by Stasia Hartley, Area Director for Vancouver Island. With offices in Victoria, Sidney and Nanaimo, Bayshore offers home care and infusion clinic services in all three locations.

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The idea was part of the Town of Sidney’s bid to manage the Sidney Visitor Information Centre. Donna Petrie, Executive Director of the Sidney BIA, says the program is a natural extension of the job they already do, “to attract visitors to Sidney and to ensure they thoroughly enjoy their experience and have access to information in the easiest way possible.”

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News from ArtSea:

A Summer Art Camp & A Great Festival ArtSea’s Children’s Summer Art Camp is all new this year. Campers are being introduced to many different materials including watercolour, acrylic, wire and clay, and more. We underscore art isn’t about talent: it’s about exploration. Would your camper like to draw like Da Vinci, sculpt like Michelangelo, or paint like Raphael? In the hands of local artist, Leslie Hunter of, campers are being introduced to the “magic” of doing things like drawing with perspective, and other delights the Renaissance brought us. Campers are also working in 3D, developing eye-hand coordination and may be making a really fun mess or two. So, why art camp? Art helps children (and adults) understand both process and decision-making. Will I use yellow or blue? Will my final work be big or small? Should I make it alone or with another person? by Marie Savage


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Created by Jennifer Witvliet for last year’s Salish Sea Lantern Festival. Photo by Mike Wilson.

Campers develop keen observation skills and build both confidence and pride as they work with a variety of materials. Art helps with fine motor skills but, more importantly, with self-acceptance. As in: I did this. I made the decisions about it. I learned what worked and what didn’t. If this piece didn’t end up the way I thought it would, that’s okay. I can analyze the steps, and make different choices next time, if I want to do it again. Camp offers freedom of expression with the fortunate side benefit of developing neat skills along the way. ArtSea’s Summer Art Camp is being held at the ArtSea Gallery (on the lovely shaded porch) in Tulista Park on Sidney’s waterfront. Later in the summer, ArtSea presents the Salish Sea Lantern Festival. (You might have seen our banner and beautiful lanterns in the Sidney Day Parade.) North American lantern festivals were originally inspired by traditional Chinese lantern festivals that marked the first day of the Chinese New Year. Today’s lantern festivals are a celebration of community and expression that bring together a huge variety of people and ideas in one place. Often held in parks, lantern festivals have grown into grand spectacles of beauty and light, some larger, some smaller. ArtSea’s Salish Sea Lantern Festival will be held in the twilight hours of August 19 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the band shell at the end of Beacon Avenue. There will also be great music and dancers, the SENĆOŦEN Immersion Singers, face painting, bubble play and a lighted procession at 8:30 p.m. to enjoy. Watch for exciting opportunities for both kids and adults to participate in creating lanterns in the next six weeks or find one to make at home on a site like Pinterest. Stretch a little. Have some fun. Try something new in a safe and supportive environment. Lantern making! It’s community building! Updates will be posted as available on the ArtSea website:

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Volunteering Draws on Career Expertise

by Gillian Crowley

“What’s next?” is an exhilarating

yet daunting question upon retirement and even more so if one takes early retirement. For some, developing new hobbies and travelling is not enough. That was true for Susan Reece when she retired after 30 years in a high-powered career in publishing and returned to Canada from England to settle in North Saanich. In retirement she wanted to continue to apply her abilities, but under less stressful conditions. “I’ve always gotten a buzz from being busy,” says Susan. This is an understatement from the woman who is currently Board Chair of Victoria Literacy Connection. For fun she volunteers weekly at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, hosts fundraising readings for the Sidney Literary Festival, judges the Sidney Library’s fiction contest, tends her own huge garden, plays piano and takes music appreciation courses. Susan has always been driven to succeed. On graduating with degrees in history/English and another in education, she discovered teaching jobs were drying up in Ontario. Not easily discouraged, Susan obtained a job with Oxford University Press, Canada. Her strong work ethic soon propelled her to become a school sales manager at age 25, the Sales and Marketing Director of Oxford University Press Canada at 28 and its President at 36. In 1999, then a single mom with a young daughter, Susan made a life change and moved to England to head up the International Division of Oxford University Press. Under her leadership, the OUP shifted its operations to become a local publisher in international markets, boosting its annual sales from £50 million to £250 million. Susan says: “I loved the job and the people, but the travel was brutal.” In 2009 she and Henry, her new partner and also an

OUP executive, decided it was time to slow down and enjoy early retirement. These two globetrotters eventually found a stunning waterfront property in North Saanich that captured their hearts. At age 52 Susan faced the “What’s next?” question. Considering the average lifespan of Canadian women is now 84 years,* there could be another 30+ years ahead. Based on her skill set and interests, Susan felt she had a natural affinity with literacy as she’d always valued reading and books. She started volunteer tutoring of adults at Literacy Victoria (as it was then known) and in 2011 was asked to join its board. A few years later, the organization faced tough times when government funding cutbacks threatened its existence. Always up for a challenge, in 2015 Susan, now board chair, helped the members make some tough decisions which included staff cutbacks, a move to smaller quarters and a partnership with the READ Society that focused on literacy for children and youth. The merged organization is now Victoria Literacy Connection. Drawing on her career experience, Susan says what she could offer a volunteer board is “business toughness and rigour.” She also helped them focus on goals and the methods most appropriate for their learners. As her tenure ends, Susan feels satisfaction that Literacy Victoria is now on firm financial ground and in a position to help all ages improve their literacy. Susan observes that it’s easy to say “yes” to too many volunteer jobs in retirement and eventually get overwhelmed. Her advice? “If you’re going to volunteer, pick one or two things and focus on them. That way you can do a better job, the organization gets more out of you, and you don’t burn out.” *World Health Organization report, 2014 july 2017 | 25

behind the scenes

Lighting Up the Night in Sidney

Who doesn’t love fireworks? I certainly do. They light up the night sky with explosive bursts of brilliant colour while we stand frozen in awe, looking up and marvelling at them. Here on the Saanich Peninsula, residents celebrate Canada Day with the annual fireworks display in Sidney on June 30. The event attracts thousands of people who line the shores of the Salish Sea to watch as the bright lights sparkle and crackle with the enhanced reflection off the water below. Last year there was an obvious faux pas with the fireworks show as the majority of the shells went off in one magnificent blaze of glory over the course of only a few minutes. Luckily, the technician had a backup plan waiting in the wings and the show went on. Don McCauley, owner of AFA Fireworks and the man behind the scenes that brings the fantastic light show to the waters off Sidney each year, explains what went wrong: “I had spent weeks programing that show. We had done the safety checks and made sure there were no shorts with the firing system, specifically the wiring. The system was armed and we were waiting for the signal to go. The program had been running for about 15 minutes at that point; the laptop controls the whole system, this was where the weak point was. The program stopped running about 30 seconds into the show … that phrase ‘program is not responding’ came up. We had to disarm the system, try and quickly diagnose the problem, by Paula Kully

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and I finally hit the arm button. Well, you saw the effects.” As a professional working in the industry for 20 years, Don was determined to ensure it didn’t happen again. He went home and tried to recreate the problem and discovered that a safety program running in the background monitors the battery and shuts down the computer’s hard drive for protection when the battery gets to a certain level. After buying three batteries, a second laptop with a serial port and running the program 10 times plus another five before each show, Don is confident the problem will not be recreated. This year, in honour of the 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Town of Sidney and Don have a big fireworks show planned. As in past years, the show will go off to music, but new this year is the fact that the show will be accompanied by a live band playing at the end of Bevan Pier; the four piece band “The Strangers.” In order to design the show, Don needs to know what the individual shells look like and the effect they have. A technical understanding is also necessary to work with the programs required to produce the show as everything is run through a digital firing system. The firing program he uses is called Q-fire and the sound design program is Goldwave. Between the two, Don spends approximately two weeks listening and relistening to the music score to decide on what he wants to see. A great deal of imagination

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and creativity goes into this part of the process as the light show needs to coincide with the music. In total at the time of writing, designing this year’s show to live music has already taken 30 hours. Transporting the fireworks can also be a logistical challenge. They come from a company near Calgary, Alberta and must be shipped on a dangerous goods barge to the Island, then stored for no more than two weeks prior to the show. The day of the show, Don has 10 hours of prep before even arriving on site while a crew of six people work for 10 hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to set up all of the shells in racks on the barge that will be located on the water just past the end of Bevan Pier. This year’s show will feature approximately 1,500 to 1,800 “shots” with the biggest shell measuring eight inches and weighing 20 pounds. Then, at approximately 10:15 p.m., Don will start the digital firing program, the band will play, the show will begin and we will once again stand in awe as we watch the sky light up! july 2017 | 27

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Thank You for All You Do!

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We would like to thank all of the organizations that we have supported this year for their very important work within our community and around the world: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Esquimalt Firefighters Charitable Foundation

Brentwood College

Innovative Communities

Broadmead Care

Royal BC Museum

Canadian Rugby

The Mustard Seed


Operation Christmas Child

Cowichan District Hospital

University of Victoria

Cowichan Fly Fishers

Victoria Hospice

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Longing for the Cars of Yesteryear

I parked the Prius in Uptown Mall recently. When I returned with my by Chris Cowland shopping, I was dismayed to see that practically every other car was a silver Prius. Which one was mine? On my fourth attempt, I remembered that the lights would flash if I pressed the door open button on the key. What a relief to be rescued in this sea of congruity! Looking back, how many of you would play the game of “Name that car” when you were driving around with your parents? Cars then were so distinct, you could identify models a hundred yards away. “Special Edition” used to mean supercharged, oversized disk brakes, leather seats; nowadays it seems to mean “chrome-plated plastic wheel covers.” We are lucky to live in a relatively mild climate where road salting is minimal, so is full of well-preserved bargains. For under $5,000 you can own a distinctive piece of automotive history, which admittedly might break down from time to time, but usually a piece of bent wire will enable you to get home. I remember one time driving into London in my 1948 MG for a party. The previous day, I had taken off the twin carbs to give them a cleaning, and as I was speeding down the M4 Motorway the power gradually petered off, and I pulled over. Perhaps I should mention that the party was a kind of fancy dress affair, known at the time as a “Vicars and Tarts” party. So there I was dressed as a clergyman, screwdriver in hand, with every other car tooting its horn as it


whizzed by. The loose linkage was quickly tightened up, and off I went with my dog collar flapping in the wind, still feeling a little conspicuous. One of my favourite cars is my 1950 Morris Minor tourer. I took it to the Fathers Day picnic in Beacon Hill, and was amazed to hear the stories from many passers-by about how they learned to drive in a similar vehicle, or how their grandmothers used to own one. Several car owners offered me tips and spare parts, and I collected a dozen cards and phone numbers. There’s a real camaraderie that evolves naturally when you share restoration stories. On Sunday, August 13 the Torque Masters Car Club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an auto extravaganza along Beacon Avenue and the side streets of Sidney. We expect around 350 cars to attend, and you’ll have a chance to chat with the owners of some magnificently restored classic cars and enjoy a day out with the family. You’ll find the whole gamut of vehicles there, some from the 1920s, and a huge variety from each subsequent decade. Bring a camera, and sunglasses to shade you from the sun reflecting off acres of chrome. I took the Morris along a couple of years ago, and it looked like a kid’s toy beside the 1950s Cadillacs. It was a little embarrassing to stutter “29.5” when I was asked how many horsepower my 918cc motor pumped out, but even more when asked the zero to 60 acceleration time, and have to admit that the answer is “never.” I love the cars of yesteryear: they may not be fast, but they are easy to find in a car park. july 2017 | 29

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The Centre of Your Experience


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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Go back to “Until It’s Time for You to Go”

A long run by any measure, but it begs the

and you’ll be hard-pressed to say when it was

question - what makes Hotel California so

Fan favourite, Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to

written or for whom. It’s evergreen and, like

special? Well, incredible lead vocal similarity,

the Charlie White Theatre for her fourth

so much of Sainte-Marie’s work, it’s universal.

intensely accurate instrumental work, soaring harmonies, and top flight live performances,

apperance, and this time she is bringing her full band, Buffy will perform two shows on

“I love words, I love thinking, and I recognize

Thur., July 20 & Friday, July 21 at 7:30 PM.

and value the core of a universal idea simpli-

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood is a follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Running for the Drum and only her fourth studio release in more than 20 years. Although just because you don’t hear from her for long stretches doesn’t mean she’s not playing. Quite the opposite. Sainte-Marie’s creativity is always in motion, and her passport’s always in hand, globetrotting for lectures and performances with her highoctane backing band. She records only when she feels like touring, and currently SanteMarie is taking centre stage around the world. Power in the Blood is a reminder that, five decades on, it is still futile to silence artists or to put Sainte-Marie in any single category. She simply doesn’t fit. Yes, she can inspire you to rise up and take action, but she can just as easily melt your heart with a tender ballad.

fied into a three-minute song,” Buffy remarks. “What appealed to me in folk music were

just for starters. These are the band’s hallmarks, and the foundation on which their reputation has been built. With over a century of collective professional experience in the

the songs that have lasted for generations,

band today, they’re still going stronger than

but I wasn’t trying to be one of those guys. I

ever in 2017.

wanted to give people something original.” Today Hotel California continues to tour

Hotel California

internationally, and their stage show has

Back by popular demand, Hotel Californiam

popular productions on the North American

the original tribute to the Eagles, will perform two shows in the Charlie White Theatre Wed.,

evolved into one of the most impressive and soft-seat and festival circuits. Featuring original members within their strongest lineup

August 2 & Thur., August 3 at 7:30 PM.

to date, the band is enjoying what they do

For almost three decades now Hotel

it! It won’t take you long to hear why legions

California have been recreating the legendary sound of The Eagles, and thrilling audiences all over the world. The band set the bar in 1986, and they’ve remained the industry leading substitute for The Eagles ever since. Playing to huge outdoor and arena audiences, sharing bills with some of rock’s legends, and going places no tribute band has gone before.

today more than ever – and it sure sounds like of Eagles fans come back to see them time after time, and the top venues & festivals have them back again and again. The easy-going warmth that comes from the band onstage exemplifies Southern California sound of the 1970’s. The experience of a Hotel California show isn’t just about the band – it’s about celebrating the music and the memories, and the band gets the audience involved and on their feet!

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You don’t have to go through it alone. For those dealing with dementia and for their caregivers, it can be a challenging and often isolating journey, but the Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers support groups and services that lighten that load. Since 1981 the society has been accomplishing its work through numerous volunteers who give of their time, skills and lives to make a difference. “There are over 70,000 people in B.C. diagnosed with dementia and we can’t reach everyone by ourselves. Our volunteers are an incredibly important resource and a way to get our mandate accomplished,” says Gabriela Townsend, Support and Education Coordinator, Alzheimer Resource Center Victoria. Telephone contact through First Link® dementia support allows individuals and their families referred by health care professionals to connect with the Alzheimer Society, to get information and support for everything from communication strategies to information about the health care system. Support and education for those dealing with dementia is offered through a variety of ways. Minds in Motion®, hosted by local senior and recreation centres, features chair exercise, games, puzzles and social activities. A support group for people in the early stages of dementia offers a place to share feelings and learn about the condition and ways to cope. Family caring for those with dementia can find support through Family Caregiver Support Groups. Here they can exchange tips, get current information and connect with others with similar experiences. These groups are a vital resource for an everincreasing segment of the population nowadays. “There has been an increase in numbers for Caregivers Groups over recent times,” says Gabriela. “There are waitlists especially for adult children who are supporting parents with dementia.” Support and education hinges on trained capable volunteers. It’s challenging but rewarding work. “Volunteers gain incredible skills and experience,” shares Gabriela. “They like to feel useful, contribute to society, and feel part of a team.” by Jo Barnes

journey. It’s wonderful to see them flourish,” says Jules Bodenham, Caregivers Group Facilitator. “The Society is a life raft.” Currently support group facilitators and Minds in Motion® volunteers are needed for Sidney and West Shore areas. Are you interested? Extensive knowledge of dementia isn’t necessary: just compassion, good interpersonal skills and a willingness to learn

and practice active listening. The Society offers excellent training; the experience is invaluable. “My mother had Alzheimer’s (disease). I’ve been there,” shares volunteer Ellen Gallacher. “When I’ve made someone smile, it makes me feel good.” That’s right Ellen. It’s not only gratifying for those who volunteer, but it helps people know they don’t have to go through this alone.


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The Body, Mind & Spirit of Giving

My profession, to provide medical care, is one of service. I give a lot to my patients as they come to me for advice, information and guidance on their health. As consumers, we are expected to acquire and receive. Our jobs provide our lives with the ability to purchase the latest gadget and we expect to get pleasure from this. But it seems that on the scale of giving and receiving, those that are on the giving side of the equation may be receiving an even greater gift: the gift of health. The balance between our physical body, our mental health and our connection to our “community” (family, friends, local area, religious affiliations or other) measures health. It seems that through the action of giving back and volunteering we can support the balance of all these aspects of wellness. Research done by the Corporation for National Community and Service in 2007 ( pdf/07_0506_hbr.pdf ), found that those who volunteered had lower mortality, greater functional ability and lower rates for depression later in life than those who did not volunteer. In comparing different age groups, older adults seemed to benefit the most from volunteering. Given that our demographic is changing as baby boomers begin to retire, they would be the part of our population that would benefit the most by giving back to the community. The following is a small sample of the many organizations one could consider supporting in order to make a difference in others’ lives: 1) For many of us, it seems there is just not enough time in the week to give back through volunteering, so finding another way to give back is necessary. As a consumer, we can make choices to purchase products from companies that not only are providing a quality item, but that choose to function in an ethical manner, are

conscious about the environmental impact of production and are committed to give back to the communities they serve. Whole Earth and Sea, a B.C.-based supplement company, is committed to using organic non-GMO ingredients and protecting the environment. They are also committed to working with our local schools on nutrition. Companies like tentree, Toms and Fetch are other examples through which you can support others in need with your retail dollar. 2) Our children are arguably the most vulnerable yet the most important part of our community. Children with disabilities have the greatest challenges when it comes to growth and development. The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (www. has many opportunities to support children. They are the organizers and operators of Jeneece Place, a temporary home near the Victoria General Hospital where families can stay and be close to their children while they receive medical care. 3) Mental health is often overlooked when considering overall wellness. Anxiety BC ( is constantly looking for people of all ages (16 and up) to support helping youth and adults suffering with this all-too-common ailment (the most common mental illness in Canada). This organization is committed to the education and awareness of anxiety providing assistance through workshops, support groups and online programs. Even though our days seem more restricted for time than ever, we need to start to think about finding ways of giving back to our community. Considering health, the benefits of volunteering our time and expertise with local or national organizations not only support those receiving your loving care, but you too can live a longer more fulfilled life.

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fashion focus Q: What do you think about shoe inserts? Q: How do I remove scratches from my sunglasses? It’s so easy to just throw your sunglasses into your purse when in a hurry, but soon heartbreak sets in when you pull them out and realize you now have a big scratch across the lenses. My easy solution is to purchase nonabrasive, non-minty, non-gel, and nonwhitening toothpaste. Using a cotton ball, rub the paste on the glasses gently for about 10-15 seconds in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Q: How can I stop my mascara from smudging? Mascara smudging reminds me of Tammy Faye Bakker … holy racoon eyes! You may have an oil-based undereye cream that is causing smudging, so I suggest asking your favourite beauty counter professional to help you find a new moisturizer. I am a fan of waterproof mascara. Yes is does take longer to take off but it is worth it. The best is Chanel and for a lesser price point my pick is Maybelline.

Q: I’m lazy about washing my face at night. What do you suggest for an easy routine? The best way to age your skin is to not wash or moisturize at night. We don’t want to crack prematurely! Create a new habit of cleaning your skin before bed. Sometimes when I am too tired to do the entire regimen, I use facial wash cloths that have everything in them to clean and tone. Lise Watier is my go-to as they remove waterproof mascara as well. I’ve tried them all. Put them in a good-looking box on your coffee table and clean your face while you watch TV. Easy!

When you try on a shoe you are madly in love with but it slips a bit off your heel and a ½ size smaller doesn’t fit, welcome the shoe insert. You can get a full foot bed, just the toe or the heel. I love the opportunity and the versatility they offer for a hard-to-fit foot. Like some clothes that need to be altered, shoes may have the same experience for you. Many stores carry them, but if you’re really serious about investing, see your doctor for further advice.

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July’s Style Tip: Happy birthday Canada! Remember when you are out and about (Canadian expression) on Canada Day long weekend to dress with many layers. Activities can vary – you need to have function as your top style priority, while keeping in mind your personal style as there will be many photos. Denim, cotton and linen are my favorite go to’s with fun accessories. Go get your best red and white on! july 2017 | 39

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Helping Those Who Can't Afford to Help Themselves The best – and scariest – part of finishing secondary school is that there is suddenly a whole world of possibilities. A gap year is a popular choice for new adults, who decide to leave their comfort zone to explore and learn about themselves. I always knew that this was the path for me after I graduated from Stelly’s, but wanted a way to contribute as opposed to simply explore. There are many opportunities for volunteers worldwide; Malawi was my destination, specifically Mua Hospital. Malawi is a small land-locked country located between Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is often referred to as the “warm heart of Africa.” Malawians are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever encountered, despite the country being one of the poorest in the world. The economic deprivation in the area directly correlates with the poor health and life expectancy; every day dozens of people from the surrounding villages seek treatment at Mua Hospital. Though it is staffed with incredible and hardworking people, the hospital is significantly underfunded. We were often unable to perform simple procedures due to a lack of basic hospital necessities – in this environment every pair of gloves counts. An additional challenge was the minimal electricity and limited running water. Despite this, everyone in the hospital did their best to provide patients with the best care possible. by Jozi Deschamps

Being placed in this environment really emphasized how much we have here in B.C. After experiencing the working conditions of the hospital, I decided to put together a fundraising project, which – thanks to some generous donors – meant that the hospital could purchase some much-needed supplies. Some of the contributions included fixing the floors, painting the walls and supplying patient beds with linens and mosquito nets. Our current project is ensuring the hospital has running water, which requires a water pump be installed. One of the biggest successes was the Kiri Fund. Mua Hospital is a mission hospital, meaning the patients must pay hospital bills. Bills may only amount to a few dollars but this can be very difficult to meet, for example, for a farmer who sells tomatoes on the side of the road for pennies. Families will cease lifesaving interventions because they cannot afford to pay. The Kiri Fund, created in February 2017, is a fund with the purpose of contributing to payment of hospital bills for those in critical care who are not otherwise able to afford treatment. Our aim with this fund is to keep it running as long as possible and save as many lives as possible. In order to achieve this, we need the help of donors. Any amount can make a difference to a life. For more information or to donate, visit https://funds.gofundme. com/mobile/dashboard?url=fund-for-mua-mission-hospital.


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Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

July 1, 2017 is an important date in Canadian history. We have certainly come a long way in 150 years since Confederation in 1867. In this year of celebration, it is interesting and somewhat ironic to journey back to 1867 and see what was happening at that time. The year began with a 21-gun salute from Beacon Hill to celebrate the fourth anniversary of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This was good news for the black community but as the year progressed newspapers of the day did not sound very positive about the so-called “land of promise” for blacks who had come north for a better life. After the United States purchased Alaska early that year and the North American map began to change radically, residents on Vancouver Island were considering joining the movement to be part of the United States. The Colonist, however, still fervently hoped that Victoria would remain British. Discussions also were taking place at that time about whether Victoria or New Westminster would become the capital, and on June 21 the Colonist ran a long editorial entitled “Confederation or Annexation?”

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At the same time, the Colonist was surprisingly supportive of women’s suffrage and was also prophesying that ships would soon run on oil and sailing ships would be a thing of the past. Surprisingly enough, the news on July 1 of the existence of the Dominion of Canada and the hope that British Columbia would soon join the new union was not greeted with as much enthusiasm as the July 4 celebrations three days later! Uncertainty as to which way the pendulum would swing was still obvious. Schools were also in the news and free schools faced a crisis. Governor Seymour had only allotted $6,000 to operate Vancouver Island schools for the whole year and $5,100 of that was already owed for unpaid salaries. It was apparent that the area total of 377 students might have to look elsewhere for their education. In the midst of this crisis, the Superintendent of Education, Alfred Waddington, resigned his position and left for England to enter into discussions to further his plans for a transcontinental road and railway. In November, Victoria’s Mayor, W.J. Macdonald, was defeated by Dr. Trimble with a vote count of 207 to 108. Ability to vote had been extended to all who held property and the Colonist estimated that the voting turnout was comprised of “142 Britons, 145 white foreigners and 28 Chinese.” The Chinese (described as “Johns”) were regarded as doubtful voters, especially as they were described in the Colonist thus: “The Johns were generally led up by a stalwart white elector. The polling clerk would ask “Who do you vote for, John? Some answered “Pimble,” others “The Doctah” and some merely voted for “the Doc.” Not exactly the best way to determine an election! A new city council met soon afterwards and Mifflin Gibbs, chairman of the finance committee, gave what he considered a promising estimate of expenses for the year while Governor Seymour was not being very enthusiastic about his new residence in Victoria. He announced: “The house is large and unfurnished … the walls have no paper to hide the cracks … there is no water on the grounds in summer; all for consumption has to be purchased.” In his statement, he added: “I never saw a community more politically excitable and tempest-born than Victoria.” The year ended with the possibility that when schools closed for Christmas they might not re-open in the new year, and with discussions continuing as to the merits of both annexation and confederation. It seems strange but true that there was very little celebration either way that year. Little did those early residents realize what lay ahead for a united Canada and how, 150 years later, we would be celebrating the country’s 150th birthday with joy and thankfulness for the great country in which we live. Valerie Green is an author/historian; reach her at july 2017 | 45

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a Pulitzer prize winning novel from 2008 presented as a series of short stories about the lives of the inhabitants of the small town of Crosby, Maine. We meet Olive many times, seen through the eyes of, and encounters with, different characters over a number of years. Overall the response to the book was positive; members wanted to read more titles by Elizabeth Strout. There was enthusiasm for the description and characterization, and general enjoyment of the writing. Opinion was divided over the character of Olive herself: some found her behaviour inexcusable, her personality unbearable, while others thought she represented the messy reality of people and our many sides. Either way, the group found the interconnected short stories an interesting way to construct a book. We learned a lot about Olive indirectly and our readers liked the incidental revealing through different perspectives as well as the way the stories really pulled you into that small town life. The feeling was that Elizabeth Strout is an excellent observer of human nature. She sees people with all their faults but writes about them with love and forgiveness. Olive Kitteridge raised the question of how much we can ever really know anyone, even ourselves. Other questions from the group were: Do you have a favourite (or most appalling) Olive analogy, comeback or retort? What are Olive’s most redeeming characteristics? Why did Henry and Olive stay together? There was a discussion about small town life – the histories that are widely known (or thought to be known), labels that are hard to shake, average people with secrets, keeping up appearances, not showing too much of your heart to anyone. Several readers drew comparisons to Alice Munro. Anne Tyler and Anita Shreve were also mentioned. We’re halfway through our Book Club year and I’m excited by a growing email list of members and regular readers who come to each meeting. Whether you are reading along at home or attending our monthly meetings I’m always happy to hear from you – this month I had a reading suggestion from another Peninsula Book Club; thank you and keep sending them in! The selection for our July meeting is A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. The meeting will be held on July 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. upstairs at the Shoal Centre, Resthaven Drive. Visit book-club for more information and to sign up!

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Every week I hear patients express that they are overwhelmed by self care, by trying to improve and be better human beings. "Beings" should be the key word here. Our society currently honours "doing" much more than "being." People are trying to move more, eat better, work better and generally succeed in every way. While this is all seemingly positive, it can be too much of a good thing. Putting pressure on ourselves like this can become very stressful. We now have access to an infinite amount of self help information, and advice from every kind of expert under the sun. This can lead us to the impression that we have to excel at it all, all at once, which is not realistic or healthy! A piece of advice has helped guide me this year: choose three main things to focus on at any given time. If we have too many goals at once, we risk getting burnt out and not succeeding at any of them. But how do we choose these goals? Well, it depends where you’re at. If you are feeling very out of balance in lifestyle, your goals may be simple: sleep more, eat more whole foods, and move for at least 20 minutes every day. Once the basics of wellness become routine, you will be ready to move on. If you already have a stable base of healthy living, you should have more energy to focus on specific goals that inspire you. Unsure of where to start? Try using a goal-setting method from Danielle Laporte, author of The Desire Map and White Hot Truth. She suggests asking yourself “How do I want to feel?” and then finding ways of manifesting this. For example: “I want

to feel calmer” could translate to a daily meditation practice, or scheduling some appointments with a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner or a Registered Massage Therapist. Or “I want to feel stronger” could mean starting a movement program that is suited to you personally. RMT's ask about your current routines for movement and activities of daily living. When deciding which homecare advice to give, it is important that it can realistically fit it into your existing routines. It is also important for it to be valuable homecare, and that you understand why you are doing it and what you can expect as a result. If you already have a thorough wellness routine from another practitioner, we try to support this and ask if you have any questions or concerns. If you express that your stress levels are high, RMT's may discuss ways of creating space in your life for stress-reducing activities such as diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, meditation or spending time outside. Or how about painting a picture or going for a float? Wellness should be enjoyable and we should be celebrating these physical bodies. Massage Therapy is a great way to check in with the physical body, but it can be much more than that. Therapists are mindful of the whole person on their table; we are working with the physical structures, the nervous system and what some may call the spirit. We are providing a space for you to be your authentic, genuine self, and a means to help bring more balance to your life.

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2017 Motor Gathering

The GAIN Dealer Group and the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit are proud to announce this year’s Motor Gathering, an annual charity car show that donates 100% of raised funds to Cowichan District Hospital Foundation and the David Foster Foundation. In its fifth year, the show is a highlight for automotive enthusiasts of all ages, a family friendly event that should not be missed. On display you’ll see an array of classic, unique, modern, custom and award-winning cars and motorcycles. Award-winning cars, in categories such as Best Sports Car, Best Original and Best German – to mention a few – will be reviewed and judged by our panel of automotive experts. In 2016, the first year hosted at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit, over $153,000 was raised and this year the aim is even higher. GAIN and a group of phenomenal local businesses cover all event expenses, including in-kind and media sponsorships. This years’ Motor Gathering is taking place on Sunday August 27 at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit with an expected 1,000 show vehicles, over 10,000 spectators and over 100 sponsors. About the Foundations: Established in 1984, the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation is a registered charity with the mission to raise funds for the purchase of equipment and to actively support patient and resident care at Cowichan District Hospital and Cairnsmore Place. In 2010 the Foundation established the New Hospital Building Fund, with a goal to replace the current Hospital, which opened in 1967. With 50 years of community growth and higher demand for health care services, the hospital facility is in need of replacement. For more information visit The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. The Foundation works with transplant teams across Canada to provide support for children once they are listed for pediatric transplant to post-operative check-up. Their staff provide guidance and assistance as the families go through the processes involved in their child’s transplant and medical care. For more information visit




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Wine Kitz Sidney Derek and Donna Finlayson of Wine Kitz Sidney are celebrating 15 years in business as the only Saanich Peninsula u-vint still under its original ownership. The Finlaysons are proud to offer the community on-premises wine-making services as well as products and equipment for the home vintner at their independently- and locally-owned and operated, family-run business. After exploring the hobby of winemaking since the 1980’s, Derek, along with Donna, left professional careers to start their business. Wine Kitz, originally known as Wine Art, started the kit industry in 1959 in Vancouver, B.C. It is one of the most highly respected wine-making retailers in Canada. Their grapes are sourced from top wineries and vineyards around the world, resulting in high quality, award-winning wines that have earned international recognition in world renowned competitions. And yet, through economical pricing these world-class wines are available to everyone and for every occasion, from special events such as weddings and family reunions or simply for social entertaining. For more information, visit

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One Stop Furniture Shop From wall art to furniture, we have some fun and different pieces to decorate your West Coast home. If you’re looking for unique, One Stop Furniture is your store. 250.655.7467 (SHOP) | 9819 Fifth St

Located in the Landmark Building on Beacon Avenue and celebrating 15 years in business, Galleon Books and Antiques boasts a unique selection of fine books, antiques and collectibles. A shop which has been a part of Sidney's Booktown since 2002, Galleon specializes in out-of-print non-fiction material with a strong B.C. influence. Owners Rod and Brian thought the combination of books and antiques would make an interesting and attractive incentive for the allaround shopper. "Having a little bit of everything for everyone is our motto," says Rod. While the majority of the store's stock is found locally on the lower Island, many of the pieces, along with their history, manage to creep into the shop from all corners of the world. Brian, who resides in Quesnel, manages to find many unusual oddities relating to the Cariboo/ Chilcotin region history, mainly artifacts and ephemera not normally found here on Vancouver Island. A few items have even popped up from the gold rush days in Barkerville! Come visit and bring your goldpans – you never know what you'll find!


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where Seaside Magazine will take me next. This month I ended up on the water for a two-hour sunset paddle tour from Port Sidney Marina, in the capable hands of Amber and Alana from Blue Dog Kayaking. It had been a warm day, but Amber texted me to bring a sweater and as the sun started to drop it got a little cool over the water. Living by the sea it’s easy to take it for granted: to look but never get on it or in it. There are those few hot, hot days in July and August when I will bravely dip in the water to cool off (but mainly on the west side of the Peninsula), otherwise the ocean is only really enjoyed from the shore, or from the deck of a BC Ferry. And what a waste that is, because the ocean is another world and it’s only when you’re connected to its vastness and energy that you really get to appreciate it. My guides saw me safely kitted out in a PFD and a "skirt" that would clip on to my 5.8-metre Atlantic Titan kayak and prevent too much of the Salish Sea from soaking my leggings. It's easy enough to climb in, especially when someone is holding the kayak still, and with a few quick notes about the rudder (controlled by your feet) I was away. My paddle had a Blue Dog sticker on it and I was assured that as long as the dog faced me I was holding it right! (Blue Dog Kayaking takes its name from the owner’s dog Benny; he's a lovely looking mascot.) You can’t deny the meditative qualities once you find a rhythm with the paddle and you can measure the distance against a spot on the shore. We saw a seal, many herons, geese nesting, a kingfisher (I

think) and the fin of a porpoise. There were a few boats coming into the harbour past Roberts Bay but otherwise the water was ours to explore and enjoy. My guides were friendly and knowledgeable about the shoreline and its inhabitants; they were happy to chat but also able to let me enjoy the total tranquility that the evening brings. I don’t know what I expected – rougher seas maybe – but the water was smooth and we quickly made progress up the coastline, checking out the impressive waterfront properties along the way, until we reached Canoe Cove. I suggested that a stop at the Stonehouse Pub would round out the trip perfectly, and was politely reminded that as professionals, the guides would never drink and paddle! Once we turned and started the return trip I realized that I was feeling a little stiff in the hip flexors; a full-day trip would require some good stamina, but the kayaks are very stable and once I’d had a stretch and a wriggle I felt comfortable to put some effort in. We were aiming for Roberts Bay to watch the sun drop below the skyline. It's a magical time of day and the water took on a mystical quality with the low angle of the sun hitting the gentle swell, turning the water pearlescent. I felt privileged to have the experience and privileged to live in such an outstandingly beautiful place. This day out didn't have the adrenaline surge of my day at the track, but it was good for my soul. I don't seek out peaceful experiences very often but I felt really at ease on the water in the good company of Amber and Alana. I got a different look at my home community too, surrounded and shaped as it is by water. For more info visit july 2017 | 53

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Is there something happening in the Peninsula or Gulf Islands Art Scene we should know about? Email Raven Baroque Plays Early Hits

Don’t miss this combination of beautiful music, wigs and pantaloons! The 14-piece Raven Baroque Orchestra will play the hits from 1600 to 1750 in full costume in Victoria and Sidney during July and August. Admission is by donation. July 7 – Beacon Pavilion, Sidney 7 to 8:30 p.m. They return August 11 to the Pavilion.

Watercolours by Louise Piquette “My journey as an artist is an ongoing discovery of the natural landscape and its changing seasons,” says Louise Piquette. See her vibrant

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watercolours of farmland, lakes, rivers, creeks and the Canadian boreal forest at Tulista Gallery operated by the ArtSea Council (formerly CACSP). July 10 to 16, ArtSea Gallery at Tulista Park, Sidney. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free parking.

Lonely Heartstring Band - Boston Some will recognize the name Patrick M’Gonigle, vocalist and strings player in this bluegrass quintet. He busked outside Tanner’s Books in Sidney from ages nine to 16 while taking violin lessons from renowned local violin teacher, Yasuko Eastman. Patrick met his bandmates at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and the rest, as they say, is history. "These guys are as close to the Real Deal as it is possible to get. They made my hair stand on end," says Darol Anger, fiddler for Republic of Strings and Associate Professor at Berklee. Don’t miss this highly rated bluegrass band. Tickets: $20 at July 25, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Christian Science Church, 1205 Pandora, Victoria.

Summer Entertainment at Butchart Gardens Whatever your favorite music genre, you’re bound to hear it this July at Butchart Garden’s evening entertainment. Bring blankets and a picnic and prepare to hear jazz, blues, classical music, dance tunes, folk or contemporary favourites, depending on the night. A few highlights: Chris Millington & Dancin’ on three Tuesdays, Victoria Symphony on the 28th and Mad Day Out will celebrate the Beatles’ music on two Saturdays. Check the calendar at butchartgardens. com. All shows start at 8 p.m. except for Fireworks Saturdays which start at 7 p.m. A perfect summer outing in beautiful surroundings. Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay.

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Chrystal’s soulful voice creates a seamless bridge between traditional country and the blues. She was named CCMA Female Artist of the Year (2008), won Best New Country Artist at the Canadian Radio Music Awards (2009) and was nominated for two Juno Awards that same year. In 2013 Crystal won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year and has also earned three Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in her career. After taking some time off, she wrote the songs featured on her latest “Fish Out of Water” album, described as “cathartic and authentic.” July 27, 7:30 p.m. at Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney. Reminder: Early Bird passes for the Sidney & Peninsula Literary Festival end August 1. See Tickets at


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Community is the heart of the Peninsula Country Market. Enjoy a country morning among friends surrounded by the bustle of a country market, your shopping bag bulging with fresh veggies, savouring a coffee and treat with friends while tappin' your toes to live market music. Shop at the market and enter our weekly contest – you could win $50 Market Buck$! Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Thanksgiving. Saanich Fairgrounds (1528 Stelly's X Road)

Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre is an all-in-one destination for all your outdoor needs. We are a family-owned company that takes pride in supplying Victoria with high quality plant material, gardening supplies and outdoor décor. We are also proud to carry Canadian-made Beachcomber Hot Tubs, outdoor furniture, BBQs and outdoor kitchens. Wildwood Outdoor living Centre is the place to come do it yourself, or have it done for you. 250.658.5415

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Meadow Oak Nursery Celebrating 20 years in business, Alison and her staff at Meadow Oak owe the success of the nursery to the love of plants. They are happy to share their passion and knowledge to help everyone make the perfect choice, whether you are a new or seasoned green thumb. Choose from a huge selection of gorgeous annuals, hanging baskets and custom moss planters for a stunning summer display. Enjoy a relaxing shopping experience in the heart of Deep Cove. 250.655.1756 1070 Wain Road, North Saanich

Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, growing the best moss hanging baskets on the Island. We also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, vegetable starts and succulents. Our studio shop is filled with garden accessories and unique gifts. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendors’ Market and free demos. We look forward to meeting you! Open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday; Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.652.8338 6536 W. Saanich Rd, Saanichton

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Lemon Verbena and Ginger Sorbet As I walk into the greenhouse after a long winter I long for the intoxicating fragrance of lemon verbena. I hope my plants have made it through a rough winter. The plants require protection in the winter and need to be covered by Laura Waters in leaves and nestled close to the Snowdon House house or in a greenhouse. In the Gourmet & Gifts spring the small shoots appear on the old wood. It needs a tidy pruning and this miraculous plant is up and running again. Rubbing your fingers over the leaves bruises them and releases this incredible essential oil. A scraggly tender perennial that is native to South America, this is a plant that is an excellent choice for planting in an outdoor living area, where people may pass by, brushing against it and releasing the essential oil. It likes well-drained soil in a bright sunny spot. It is a heavy feeder and requires a dressing of fertilizer several times through the growing season. Harvest its leaves throughout the growing season. Lemon verbena is used best without heat, as some of the oils are lost when heated. The sorbet recipe below highlights these delicate, volatile flavours. When cooking with lemon verbena,

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it is used to add a lovely lemon flavour to fish and poultry. Or, place it in milk and flavour your custards, panna cotta or yogurt. One of my personal favourites is to make a sorbet with the lemon verbena. Placing the leaves in a pot of tea and covering them with boiling water also releases the incredible lemon flavour. Layering the lemon verbena with sugar in a sealed container flavours the sugar and can be used in cakes, icing and desserts . I have dehydrated and frozen the leaves with success for use in the winter. I recently read that when a tea is made with lemon verbena it is very effective for those looking to lose weight. Apparently it has only two calories per serving and seems to curb one's appetite from the munchies! It also has qualities that soothe the stomach, helps boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, reduce fevers and reduce joint pain. ( This is definitely one of my favourite herbs, and a must for any garden. I grow mine in pots rather than planting them in the ground, replenishing the soil and increasing the pot size every season.

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Smiles for a Healthy Lifestyle: Coast Dental Care by Jo Barnes This is one of a series of profiles on some local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. You’d never forget to change the oil in your car. You wouldn’t go a month without vacuuming your house. You wouldn’t go a year without mowing your lawn. Yes, we’re diligent when it comes to taking care of these things. Yet strangely enough, people often forget to show that level of attentiveness when it comes to something that affects their appearance and health: routine dental care. “The mouth is a major source of bacteria.

It’s our first defense,” says Dr. Mitra Hashemi of Coast Dental Care. “Our mouth health is directly connected to the rest of our body by the inflammatory response.” Daily brushing, flossing, regular cleaning and fluoride and sealants all contribute towards preventing dental disease. In keeping the mouth healthy we minimize the amount of bacteria and potential for gum disease which research shows can lead to conditions like parkinson’s, diabetes and alzheimer’s. So what’s a general rule of thumb for brushing your teeth? “An optimum routine is flossing daily and

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brushing two times a day,” Dr. Hashemi says, adding, “And with an ultra soft toothbrush. We don’t need to be hard on teeth.” What we eat of course affects our dental health. Nowadays the average North American diet has a large percentage of both sweet and acidic content. This means wear and tear on tooth enamel. “A lot of our processed food has quite a lot of sugar in it; it’s impacting our dental health,” she comments. But there are preventative measures we can take. “Fluoride helps to minimize bacteria and

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hardens up the enamel. A mouth rinse can dilute the acidic environment of the mouth,” she says. Dental health also includes good communication between dentist and patient. Dr. Hashemi stresses the importance of clients providing a detailed health background. “Patients need to inform their dentist of their complete medical history,” she states. Previous health conditions, oral supplements taken and past procedures can significantly impact dental condition and surgeries performed. For instance, maybe you’ve undergone radiation therapy, taken oral anti-depressants or been on a regimen of osteoporosis medication. These all affect the health of the bone and can dramatically impact dental surgery and recovery. Evaluating your dental situation means a thorough assessment of teeth and gums, performing oral cancer exams, and taking X-rays when necessary. Coast Dental uses an in-house cone beam CT scan which allows Dr. Hashemi to get a three-dimensional


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with the latest techniques and products. But Dr. Hashemi is equally passionate about client dental education. “People need to understand as much as they can about their situation,” she says. “People have a right to understand what best serves them.” As soon as you step into her clinic, you’ll see models and posters explaining concepts. Large viewing screens present information via the internet. The company website offers numerous videos on a diversity of topics such as patient exams, brushing, teeth whitening, implants, pediatric issues, oral surgery, dentures, fillings, crown and bridge and night guards. around it. It’s like walking around and inside The education and prevention program at the tooth,” she says. “We can evaluate the Coast Dental Care in Sidney will go a long patient first before doing any surgical work.” way. When you take the time to be informed Dr. Hashemi strives to keep current on procedures and information through ongoing and pay attention to the care of your teeth, you’re not only optimizing your dental training such as advanced studies in implant health but you’re preserving your own path surgery and root canal therapy. The dental to wellness. professionals in her clinic regularly attend Now that’s something to smile about. dental lectures and conventions to stay current

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During these long, hot summer days, everyone is looking for a way to beat the heat. One of the best places to cool off is at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, where you can take a dip in the Sooke River. There are several places to swim in the clear, emerald water, including shallow areas suitable for kids and adults alike. The namesake “potholes” were formed by glacial processes 15,000 years ago, when boulders became lodged along the river, and its rushing waters carved large, smooth craters into the bedrock. If you bring a picnic lunch, you can sit at one of several tables dotting the riverside and enjoy the view. You’ll be able to spot the beautiful falls, rushing through and over polished rocks. In fact, you might not know that the geology of Vancouver Island holds a surprising secret – the bulk of the island was actually formed down near the equator, and eventually drifted northeast over the Pacific Ocean. About 42 to 55 million years ago, a smaller piece of crust collided with the Island, and it is this “marine volcanic rock” that forms Sooke. That’s why the Sooke Potholes look so different than 60 | july 2017

some of our other rock formations – they are actually volcanic rocks! There are also some great hiking trails along the river, where you can take in a variety of landscapes. The whole area is forested, with tall, beautiful trees providing plenty of much-needed shade. Sometimes a glorious breeze will sweep up along the river, and there are several viewpoints where you can look out over the idyllic scene. You can even spend a few nights in the RV and tent campground at the north end of the park. Open until September 18, the Spring Salmon Place Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The park can easily be accessed by the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which is a great option for cyclists. If you explore the landscape, you might even find some lesser-known sights – for example, the unfinished remains of Deertrail Lodge standing beside the river. Its massive chimney still visible, these ruins may appear to be hundreds of years old. In fact, construction only dates to the 1980s and 1990s, when private owners began to build a resort that would never reach completion. The abandoned ruins are still there today, providing

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In the great room, ceilings are a spacious 10 feet high and the Sea Wind walls encourage a feeling of tranquility.

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Although I have visited many incredible homes for Seaside Magazine, I was still awed by the magnificence of this Saanichton home when the craftsman-style front door swung open, revealing vaulted white shiplap ceilings, fir floors and tall windows that fill the house with light. At the very end, a handsome stacked stone fireplace in the family room was an inviting showpiece. “It’s my favourite view when you look in; the sightline is an important design feature,” explained homeowner Tracey Jones, principal designer and owner of Remarkable Interiors, a real estate staging and interior design company. “As soon as I saw it for the first time, along with the beautiful fir floors, I knew that I wanted this to be my next home.” One year later, in 2012, Tracey, her husband, two daughters, and their two dogs, a cockapoo and a bichon shih tzu, moved in. The two-storey, 3,900-square-foot home is located in the English Meadows area of Tanner Ridge. It was built in 2008 by Tidman Construction Ltd., the oldest family-owned custom home builder on Vancouver Island, and includes an in-law suite, threebay garage and workshop. Tidman Construction gave the house its spacious structural beauty, and Tracey has used her creative design skills to give it a coastal cottage, beachy feel, all fresh and light. “That’s what I need to relax in,” said Tracey. “There’s no dark in my house. I love to look at it, elegant, dark and dramatic, but I don’t want to live in it.” In the great room, the Sea Wind walls (Benjamin Moore) encourage a feeling of tranquillity. White baseboards stand a substantial six inches high. Extensive custom-built cabinets add storage space and enhance the clean lines of the home. Ceilings are a spacious 10 feet high, soaring even further in the family room and entry where they are vaulted with white-clad exposed trusses. The original design called for the vaulted ceilings to be finished in clear boards, lodge style, but in a moment of inspiration, the boards were reversed, and their white primed side faced out, giving the ceiling an artful weathered/distressed appearance. Recently, Tracey added matching shiplap to the end wall of the dining room for added interest. In the kitchen, gold- and green-flecked black granite countertops and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures highlight white shaker style cabinets built by Summerhill Kitchens. There are three lovely windows above the sink, and the backsplash is snow-white

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In the formal living room, the wooden bead chandelier “makes my heart sing,� says Tracey.

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subway tiles. “The kitchen is always the gathering spot of the home,” said Tracey, “and here, everything is focused to the kitchen – there is access from all the main living spaces.” Comfortable and smart looking white leather Parsons bar stools provide seating around the island. Three acacia wood glass pendant lights from Moe’s Home Furniture hang above it. “We live on an island, and my style is beachy, so the wood adds to that theme,” explained Tracey. In the formal living room, which was originally designed to be the dining room, the chandelier was replaced with a wooden bead chandelier from Pottery Barn. “It’s very heavy, and we had to do some MacGyvering to get it installed. Some people like it and others not so much, but I love it, it makes my heart sing.” To match the feeling of lightness in the room that Tracey was creating, she transformed their dark leather furniture with white slipcovers. Radiant heated tile floors are in all four bathrooms. A soaker tub and steam shower with three showerheads turn the ensuite into a relaxing personal spa. The main floor powder room is quirky and fun with a tall fountain faucet, vessel sink and live-edge granite countertop. A horizontally mounted wooden paddle forms a towel rack, and the mirror was repurposed from an old wooden window. Fir floors add character and history. They were milled from beams removed when the Mayfair Lanes Bowling Alley was demolished in 2006 (It was built in 1963).Each wide plank is unique in its colour, knots, and filled boltholes. An attractive staircase leads up from the great room to three bedrooms and features one-way glass, thus ensuring privacy at night. A peek-a-boo view of the sea and Mt. Baker can be had through the street-facing windows. Each carpeted room is rich with decorative touches, yet still looks eminently comfortable and relaxing. The principal bedroom features a gas fireplace and natural light that cascades in through white-trimmed windows. Tracey works out of her home and especially enjoyed designing her office. “It’s more fun! It doesn’t suit the main areas, but this is my space. I love white and am not really into ‘glammy’ bits, but in here, I really love the sparkle.” Outside there is an attractive variety of perennial beds, two small plots of grass and a gurgling stream. The larger pond was removed

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In the kitchen, gold- and green-flecked black granite countertops and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures highlight white shaker-style cabinets built by Summerhill Kitchens.

because it quickly became the dog’s favourite play area, which apparently was a “disaster.” Stone-tiled patios offer secluded spaces to relax or entertain. Textured concrete paths lead to slate steps that match the slate floor areas inside the house. An automatic sprinkler system helps keep the workload down. “Interior design is always evolving,” concluded Tracey, “and I think that keeping it fresh is important in making a person feel at home. New paint is a simple change that can make a real difference.” 68 | july 2017 | seaside homes

Here are some additional design tips that Tracey mentioned during her home review: • When upgrading door handles, don’t forget to replace the hinges with the same colour • Acacia wood (a hardwood) is very big in design because it has lots of colours and movement. • When purchasing baseboards, go as high as you can – beefy trim looks good! • If you don’t like it, paint it. That’s how it works in my world.

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• I am all about imperfections! • I buy many of my accessories at HomeSense and places like that. You happen upon stuff you like; it doesn’t all have to be expensive. Edgar Allan Poe is aptly quoted on a chalkboard in the pantry: “There is no beauty without some strangeness,” and the artistic touches of weathered distress in this home exemplify Poe’s words. Tracey said that she has seen many trends but “I’ve never tired of what we’ve created here. I love my home, and having my office in it makes it just that much better.”

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Bowl Gardens This is a great selection for people who want to have pond plants without a pond. Traditionally “duck-egg pots” and half wine barrels were the choice of water gardeners, but now there are much better (and lighter) options for a bowl garden. Good ones will have a shelf for marginal plants, like cannas and irises, as well as a pass-through to hide the cord of a pump or light. If weight isn’t an issue, a pot without drain holes that is fully glazed can also do a great job. These days there are some great miniature water lilies, cat-tails and irises that look quite sharp in a small pot.


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With a background in merchandising and being a bit of a clean freak, I can be a pain to work with and OK, I’ll admit it: live with at times! I know for sure this is a fact. When I used to ask my boys to clean up their bedrooms and they were done, I would of course ask if it was done properly. Reasonable question, right? Wrong! “Yes, it is clean to 'our' standards but quite possibly not to yours,” my eldest son would reply. Need I say more? Over the years I have helped family and friends sort through their homes, either while they were getting ready to sell, setting up after a move or just reorganizing. This is can be a daunting task for sure, and we have all been there. You look around your house and wonder: when did everything go sideways? Better yet, where’s the wine? It seems that every room you walk into is a mess and you don't know how you let it happen. We all have very busy lives and it's easy for things to start accumulating; with work, the kids, animals, husband and appointments, it’s no wonder the house is a mess. It's so overwhelming that you just want to walk away, and where to begin is the big question. Take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves and let’s get started. Keep in mind that depending on how big the mess is, it may take a few hours or a few days to complete. I go by a few very simple rules when cleaning or organizing any size area: 1) Always start in the same room of the house. Once it is clean, only then do you move on to the room right beside it. Keeping your clean rooms next to each other creates a flow of accomplishment. 2) Take all the larger items out of the equation by first putting them away where

Organize My House … Please! they belong. Now it just looks like simple clutter to sort through. 3) If you have a lot of things to sort, make piles of similar items on one side of the room. Example: papers / clothing / toys / shoes / misc. 4) Once you have your piles, just pick them up and put them in the rooms they belong in. You will sort them once you get to that room. 5) Your room should be pretty tidy once these items are gone. Now you can clean this room throughly.

6) Your room is now back to normal and you can move on to the next room. When you have a system in place while you clean, you quickly see results as you go. It will not seem so overwhelming – it really is just mind over matter! One thing to remember, if you have a lot to do, NEVER be afraid to ask for help. Or … just pour another glass of wine, close the door and walk away! It will always be there tomorrow. Happy cleaning!

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w h at ’ s h a p p e n i n g tuesdays, july 4 - august 22: Open Air Library 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (weather permitting) Beacon Park (end of Beacon Avenue), Sidney

Come enjoy the fresh ocean air and free books this summer at the Open-Air Library in Sidney! Everyone is welcome to select from a wide range of reading materials, and relax with a good book on our cozy blankets. All ages; no need to register. For information, including special event dates, visit the website above, Saanich Peninsula. The Open-Air Library is a free program sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy in partnership with The Town of Sidney, PCEC “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project, Sidney Girl Guides and many others. July 4 - 13: The Good Old Daze Scarecrow Festival 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mill Bay Centre Mall, 2720 Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay 250.743.9196

Get a hilarious look at Canada's 150-year history. Bring the whole family to see over 100 lifesize, handcrafted scarecrow "People from the Past." Created by the Mill Bay/ Malahat Historical Society, 60 businesses and community groups, all competing for the "Best Figure Award." Pick up a map from participating businesses showing scarecrow locations, vote for your favourite figures and win prizes. Join in the awards/prize BBQ, Thursday July 13, 4 to 6 p.m. Live music by the Carter Family. This free fun event is a glimpse of the past guaranteed to amaze and delight.

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7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church, 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney

A very special summer evening concert with Karel Roessingh on the grand piano and Joey Smith on his bass. $10 tickets at door or at Tanner’s Bookstore (limited seating). Partial proceeds to benefit Angel Flight B.C. july 8: 11th Ann. Water Garden Tour 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Greater Victoria 250. 891.0762 |

Presented by For the Love of Africa Society. A self-guided tour of at least 10 of Greater Victoria's gorgeous water gardens. Tickets are $25 each and are available via For a list of ticket vendors, online sales, or for further information or call the number above. Master gardeners, musicians, artists and water garden designers will be present at many gardens. Refreshments will be served at one of the sites. All proceeds go to For the Love of Africa Society for their projects in Tanzania. july 8: Victoria Accordion Club Band Concert 2 p.m., Beacon Park Bandshell, Sidney

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150 years of nationhood and will feature works from a variety of genres and traditions from Coast to Coast to Coast. The programme will include some tunes by Canadian folk icons Ian Tyson, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. And don’t forget Paul Anka and Leonard Cohen! Free but donations welcome. july 13: The Beach Rocks! (guided walk - all ages) 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Island View Regional Park, Central Saanich 250.478.3344 |

The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Road. july 23: MEC Spring Triathlon

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Invitation to Summer July 24 - August 6, 2017 Jin Chung: oil and watercolour paintings The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2017. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit for more information.

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l ast wo r d Change is in the air … as I sit at my desk to pen my Last Word for this issue, my office window is open. Actually open! Sun is pouring down through fluffy clouds scattered here and there and the distant hum of a lawn mower drifts in on the breeze. Finally, it seems (I hope), the seasons are a-changing. With a week’s vacation booked at a cabin upIsland next week (this early in the year always being a risk with our unpredictable West Coast summers) I am ready for a change from the always-chaotic press week to no schedules and the sandy shores of Qualicum Beach. Speaking of changes, there are many afoot here at Seaside. The last issue saw the introduction of Craig Campbell, taking over “The Light Side,” (see page 32 of the June issue), and this month sees the departure of Trysh Ashby-Rolls, a long-time contributor to Seaside Magazine. Trysh, an author and journalist, wrote the “Grey Matters” column for us for many

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years and, more recently, “Offshore.” Trysh asked me to say goodbye to her fans, and thanks them for their support. “It’s been a real pleasure working and growing with Seaside Magazine,” says Trysh. Laura Waters, of Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts, is another new addition to the magazine. She replaces Deep Cove Market’s Rosemary Scott as the “Island Dish” columnist (a title shared with Hatchet & Seed’s Solara Goldwynn) and this month gives readers her recipe for the bright and beautiful Lemon Verbena & Ginger Sorbet (see page 56). Our very own Deborah Rogers will be more visible in the magazine going forward with the start of her new column this month. “Deb’s Day Out” will see her trying different activities – everything from tranquil sunset paddles (see page 53) to potentially facing some fears in the upcoming months. And finally, the most heartwarming change of all is the growth we’ve seen in our Taking It To The Street Road Hockey Charity Event for Help Fill A Dream Foundation. Our first event, in 2014, saw just over $12,000 raised for the local organization; this year the grand total was $21,400! It’s such a wonderful event to be a part of, and exemplifies the idea of “be the change you want to see in the world.” And while sunny days are very welcome, there is no better change than giving back to others and, as a result, making the world a better place.

Allison Smith, Editor


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