Seaside Magazine July 2018 Issue

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our giving back Issue 5th Annual Taking It to the Street | Gratitude is an Action Word Peninsula Newcomers Club | Cycling Without Age | Seek Meaning in Life Investing on the Islands | Your Best Summertime Skin | Island Dish

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Contents july 2018



#Summerfun! 19 Fun Things to Do on the Peninsula This Summer!

saanich peninsula community foundation: A Gift for Now, and Always



seaside homes A Log Home Renovation

taking it to the street Corporate Heart in Community



affordable prosthetic limbs Victoria Hand Project

“Sunset Beach Swing”

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First Word Behind the Scenes Deb’s Day Out In Fashion NEW! Common Cents Island Dish The Natural Path Word on the Street Inside Out Seaside Book Club

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New & Noteworthy On Design West Coast Gardener Seaside Arts Scene Sudoku Last Word What’s Happening

photo by Lara Gladych

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rupert downing page 20 Community Impact Investing means creating a positive social, economic and environmental impact in your own backyard while earning a financial return. It’s a major source of financing for innovative local entrepreneurs and social enterprises around the world, but we’ve had no vehicle to do that on the Island. Until now.

lara gladych page 34 I loved July’s topic for Word on the Street. The people I spoke with really thought through this month’s question, and to me, this is the most satisfying part of an interview: asking a question that makes people go to a place in their minds they weren’t prepared to, and then sharing something profound.

shannon hall page 18 Summer is definitely NOT a season to slack off on your skincare routines! The sun’s harmful rays are more damaging during this time AND we are spending more time outdoors! In this issue are sun care/skincare tips to help you look and feel your best while maintaining good skin health!

jesse holth page 24 How much do we take for granted, with two fully-functional hands? This month, I had the pleasure of learning about the Victoria Hand Project (VHP). A wonderful not-for-profit that provides prosthetic limbs to people around the world, VHP has innovated a 3D-printed limb that costs much less than conventional prosthetics.

trudi jones page 66 As an Interior Designer, one of the most important factors for success is the relationship between client and designer. Building a bond is a collaboration of ideas. The job of the Interior Designer is to be able to interpret the vision a client has and make it become a reality.

emily van der kamp page 37 Thinking about giving back to others led me to think about the meaning of life; this of course raised more questions than answers. I would like to share how an occupational therapy perspective led me to consider life and philanthropy in terms of power and how people spend their time.

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Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Jordan Caldwell, Gillian Crowley, Rupert Downing, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Shannon Hall, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Sharon Hope, Trudi Jones, Paula Kully, Karen Morgan, Phillip Tiicham Muir, Cassidy Nunn, Cam Oddie, Belinda Parke, Deborah Rogers, Emily van der Kamp, Jo-Ann Way, Carol Whitehouse 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 heldresponsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs.

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first word Are you getting into the spirit of giving this summer? Seaside did! For the fifth year, Seaside Magazine hosted its Taking It To The Street charity event on June 9 at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre (see page 10 for story). The focus of the day’s event was to raise funds for Help Fill A Dream Foundation, a charity that ignites hope in the lives of children who face life-threatening conditions by fulfilling their dreams, improving quality of life and assisting their families with care and financial support. Over the past few months while preparing for the event I had a number of people and friends come up to me and ask why host a charity event when you have such a busy life. On the toughest days I do wonder myself sometimes, but when I meet the children and families we help, it’s all worth it. And now I say: “Why not!” One thing I’ve learned through this journey is that dreams do have a ripple affect. The impact goes far beyond the dream recipient: it touches family, friends, neighbours and the community as a whole. When the idea came to me five years ago, nothing could

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stop me and thankfully I’m still at a point in my career that I’m able to do this. I read once that success isn’t just a reward, it’s a responsibility. Think about it for a minute. Success is not only a way to improve our own lives, but it’s a means of improving the lives of other people by giving back. That’s exactly why I feel so passionate about this event: it’s my time to give back. How great to see a charity event bring together a community of volunteers, passionate hockey players and dedicated sponsors, all for a common cause. I think any business, no matter how successful, can give back. All it takes is a dash of effort and a dollop of creativity. I think every entrepreneur should answer the question: “Can you make the choice that your happiness will come from the success of others?” with a resounding “Yes!” As an entrepreneur in our community, I feel very fortunate to work alongside so many remarkable local business owners, and have a job I truly love!

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Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation: A Gift for Now, and Always by Jo Barnes

It feels good to give, but even better when

you know your gift will keep giving forever. The Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation (SPCF) provides the opportunity to donate money that will not only benefit the community immediately but will continue to do so in perpetuity. "When I joined the organization I was drawn to the concept of a permanent endowment that will support this community forever," shares Viola Vanderuyt, President and Chairperson, SPCF. Run by a volunteer board of directors, SPCF encourages donations that are placed in an endowment fund with the Victoria Foundation. These funds are pooled and invested, and the returns are then disbursed as grants to worthy charities. In this way, a donor's gift is something that will keep giving over and over again. SPCF began almost 20 years ago, but developments like a partnership with Brentwood Bay Rotary Club, and successful fundraising events like the annual Lobsterfest, help generate funds to advertise and hold community events so that the work of the Foundation can continue and flourish. "To see the foundation grow from an initial distribution of about $2,000 to our current level of $25,000 has been rewarding," says Doug Guedes, longest-serving Director on SPCF Board. So how does SPCF decide which charitable groups should receive their support? First groups must be registered as charities with Canada Revenue Agency and have been in operation for at least a year. Groups must also have a definite purpose, projects covering a specific period of time, and a plan which promotes participation by volunteers. Over the years the SPCF has provided numerous grants in the areas of health and social services, recreation, arts and culture, conservation

and education. One example is the SPCF's support of Vital Youth at Stelly's School. This program teaches young people about philanthropy and actively engages them in charitable work. Students select a cause to support and submit it to SPCF for approval. "We provide the students with $2,500 to grant in the community to typically two or three charities with a need that they identify," says Viola. "We also provide $500 to a permanent endowment for Vital Youth that is held at the Victoria Foundation." SPCF efforts have resulted in community benefits such as Saanich Marine Rescue Society's Saving Lives on the Water program and Countryside Preschool's new playground facilities for children of limited mobility. Says Doug: "Our granting process really gives us a chance to understand how many groups on the Peninsula can benefit from our efforts, and it is always a nice thing to witness the results!" But SPCF has bigger plans. It is working towards becoming an autonomous organization which supports the Saanich Peninsula, separate from the Victoria Foundation which supports the Greater Victoria area. "Next year we will be 20 years old and we are starting the process of setting up a standalone charity. This will allow us to receive large gifts directly and legacy gifts through wills and estate plans," shares Viola. She adds: "We are making a difference. There is so much more we can do." And this is where you come into the picture. Maybe you feel prompted to make a donation. Maybe you know a worthy charity that could really use some support. Giving begins with awareness. And in this case, that giving can last well beyond your lifetime.

Taoking it t t e e r t S e h t

Seaside Magazine’s Corporate Heart in Community by Jo Barnes





Welcome to

the business world, where it's all about the bottom line. At least that's the stereotype that comes to mind when some people think about corporations. But the reality can be very different, as Seaside Magazine's local fundraising event called Taking It to the Street on June 9 beautifully showcased corporate philanthropy at its best. "The bottom line has to take a back seat to people," shared Peggy Yelland, CPA, Owner of Peggy Yelland & Associates. "It's very important to give back to the community," says James Haley-Browning, Branch Manager, TD Canada Trust. Taking it to the Street, at its heart, is an annual road hockey event hosted at the Mary Winspear Centre. The event raises money for Help Fill A Dream, an organization whose mission is to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening conditions and to provide financial support to their families. "The focus on corporate responsibility is a very big thing. Company employees are out having fun today. They are here for a bigger cause; it's bigger than the dollars," shares Craig Smith, Executive Director of Help Fill A Dream Foundation. This year's Help Fill a Dream Recipient is Jacob Kerr, who in 2005 at age five was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. He underwent and recovered from chemotherapy, radiation and surgery only to learn in 2017 he had bone cancer. Most of his right pelvic bone was removed. Help Fill A Dream provided financial support for Jacob's physiotherapy, massage therapy, medical and travel expenses, and this year are deleted to be able to grant

his "dream trip" to Iceland. For five years Taking it to the Street has provided a tremendous financial boost to Help Fill A Dream, this year raising $30,105. It's a joyful day: happy hockey enthusiasts shoot the puck as friends and family look on with interest, tiny tots bounce on inflatables, Grizz the Grizzlies Mascot waves at passers-by, guests nibble on cotton candy or popcorn. The event involves a cross section of the community including students, firefighters, insurance salespeople and business people. Most volunteers are employees of sponsoring companies including TD Canada Trust, RBC, TELUS and Scotiabank. "Volunteering is part of our corporate culture," says Scott Wilson, Consultant, RBC. "Our volunteers were supervising the children's bouncy castles." So why do these companies get involved in charitable events like these? The common thread is giving back to build a stronger community. Volunteering is woven into corporate principles and initiatives like TD Bank's Volunteer Network, or TELUS' Days of Giving and TELUS Community Ambassadors or RBC's and Scotiabank's employee volunteer programs. Do employees benefit, and if so, how? "I encourage employees to volunteer. If you care about community, you'll care about your clients," says Peggy. Volunteering plays a vital role in the development and growth of employees and in the success of the company. "If an employee is motivated, engaged and inspired, this actually translates to service the employees deliver to customers," says Jill

[1] Craig Smith (Help Fill A Dream Foundation) and Sue Hodgson (Seaside Magazine) high five as the fundraising cheque is presented [2] New this year, the Kirby Kids tournament was a big success [3] Mascots - and Wonderwoman! - always happy to pose for a pic [4] Four Frames Photobooth brought some silliness to the day [5] Score! [6] Dr. Stan Marcus of SpineCare Chiropractic works on a sore referee [7] Diving to make the save! [8] CTV’s Joe Perkins emcees this year's event [9] Helping sick kids: a great reason to break out the tux [10] Christine O’Bonsawin and MLA Adam Olsen chase the puck for the Tsartlip Golden Knights. Photos by

5th Annual Road Hockey Charity Event Howard, Manager, TELUS National Contact Centre. "You'll see it in customer satisfaction." "It generates positive morale; it's a boost to the whole company," shares James. "Employees get to know each other outside of work and this makes working together more congenial," says Scott. "Volunteering helps everyone grow as a team." It's less about getting and more about giving to others. It's a call to action and an invitation to respond. Why work tirelessly on a charity event like Taking It to the Street? "Why not?" smiles Sue Hodgson, co-founder of the event. There might have been a few rain showers at Taking it to the Street on June 9, but the sun was shining in people's hearts. Everywhere you looked people knew why they were there. "The journey is always full of hope; there's hope in every situation," shares Susan Kerr. And often corporations through their dedicated volunteers can transform that hope into reality. Maybe it's time to take another look at the stereotype and recognize the wave of corporate philanthropy enriching our community.


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This Year's Dream Recipient: Jacob Kerr At 11 he taught himself web design. At 17 he graduated with honours from school. At 18 he'll begin a university computer science degree. But it all began with a cancer diagnosis at kindergarten age. 18-year-old Jacob Kerr is a bright, affable young man who has physically endured more than most his age, but he showcases a quiet fortitude in the midst. Diagnosed at age five with neuroblastoma, Jacob underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Treatment was intense, involving stem cell transplant, chemo and radiation. Jacob progressed and did extremely well. Then in 2017 he learned he had bone cancer, a result of the initial intense treatments. Most of his right pelvic bone was removed and he was advised that he might not walk again. However, Jacob persevered and now he not only walks without crutches, but completed a 5k race in May. "As to what I've been through, well, you just deal with it," 10 he says. Such resolve and resilience at 18 years of age; it's inspiring. "He doesn't want to be defined by his cancer," shares mom Susan. "He just wants to get on with his life. He's excited to start the Computer Science Program at UVic this fall." This is one fellow who is defined by his ability to embrace his situation and move forward towards his dreams.





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Community Building One Book at a Time by Carol Whitehouse

Books of all shapes and sizes excitedly tumble out of decorated suitcases and arrange themselves on red plaid blankets in eager anticipation of meeting new friends and finding a new home. Three years ago, I went looking for people who supported literacy so I could connect Girl Guides with a community group to complete a badge challenge. I was referred to Saanich Peninsula Literacy. On attending their meeting, I was introduced to an amazing group of people from several different organizations who came together to talk about and take action on literacy and lifelong learning on the Peninsula. I was instantly welcomed and found several opportunities for youth involvement in literacy events. Open Air Library Volunteer

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Artists in Wonderland July 16 - 22 Romona King, Brenda Milne, Kirsten Sawatsky, Debra Wilson. Fantasy sculptures, paintings and furniture. Fusion Works III July 23 - 29 A variety of work by local artists. Landscapes and Humanity July 30 - August 5 Oil and watercolour paintings by local artist Jin Chung. The ArtSea Gallery has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2018. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information:

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My favourite event happens on select Tuesdays in July and August between 10 a.m, and noon. The Open Air library is an event where, with a little help from volunteers, literary friendships are created, new worlds explored, mysteries solved, funny bones tickled and heroes are worshipped. At a new location in Iroquois Park, 2295 Ocean Avenue in Sidney, the Open Air library has already united hundreds of new books with human friends. It is a free drop-in program sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy in partnership with The Town of Sidney, PCEC "1000 X 5" Children's Book Recycling Project, GVPL, Sidney / North Saanich Library, Sidney by the Sea Rotary and many others community groups. Every Tuesday is a little different at the Open Air Library. You may find: community members squaring off in a Booksmack to audience applause; a singer inspiring a troupe of tiny dancers; old friends sharing a coffee and the latest news; a daycare group out for an adventure in the sun; parents and children enjoying each other's company in a chance to slow down the pace of life with an open book; and volunteers carefully watching to make sure everyone feels welcome, the book supply is topped up and that everyone goes home with a book of their choosing. This summer, the Open-Air Library will be set up in Iroquois Park beside the putting green and concession building. Running on Tuesday July 3, 10, 17 and August 7, 14 and 21 (weather permitting), Open Air Library will host a wide variety of reading materials – for all ages – to read and take one home afterwards. On August 14 between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. we'll host another hilarious All Ages Booksmack event where the Greater Victoria Public Library, Sidney/ North Saanich Library and various community members race against the clock to tell you about their favourite books. This is community building at its best! We look forward to reading with you in the fresh air this summer! For more information, visit

behind the scenes

Keepers of the Coast

by Paula Kully

I recently had an exciting opportunity

to take a ride with our local Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR). Along with Seaside Magazine photographer Cassidy, and RCMSAR crew members Kevin, Brian, Pat and Gordon, we headed out for a real behind-the-scenes experience on an authentic marine rescue craft. As we left Canoe Cove, someone on shore indicated that a large boat might be having some trouble. The three men onboard, who up until that point had been very casual, suddenly morphed into serious search and rescue mode: directions were given and digital maps were turned on to calculate water depth as we neared the vessel which appeared to be hung up on rocks. As we came within sight of the boat, it really did seem that it was having a hard time moving, but the passengers waved that they were OK and we carried on. Although there was no trouble this time, we did get a sense of what it might be like when this team of trained professionals respond to a real emergency. Before heading out on our test run, we had been decked out with bright orange jackets that have a floatation device built into them and bright yellow helmets. The uniforms of the RCMSAR crew are designed for visibility, safety and warmth. It also includes safety boots, gloves and a safety vest equipped with tools such as a strobe light, radio, protective gloves, a knife and flashlight. Each "cruiser suite" costs roughly $3,000 and every member has their own which is neatly lined up on hooks and labelled with the owner's name. 14 | july 2018

The Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue are essentially the first responders of the water. In fact, their motto is "saving lives on the water." They take their direction from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria after the Coast Guard receives a call for assistance. The Saanich Peninsula team typically deals with two types of calls: PAN-PAN, which is the radio signal for an urgent situation but one that does not currently pose immediate danger; or the well-known Mayday, which is the signal for a lifethreatening emergency. The people who are sent out on these calls are highly trained and 100% volunteer. While most have some recreational boating experience, the time commitment is significant and the rigorous program to prepare them as operational members of the crew can take a year or more to complete. Volunteers must be at least 19 years old, live within 15 minutes of the RCMSAR station, and pass a criminal record check. The Saanich Peninsula RCMSAR has 25 volunteers, two of which are women. Training begins with 20 hours of "in class" direction accompanied by many hours of personal study. This initial step is merely confirmation that the volunteers-to-be are prepared and knowledgeable enough to be on the boat. From there, training includes everything from log keeping and reporting to heavy weather boat handling, first aid, reading charts and symbols, sound signals, towing, night search and meteorology, to name just a few. There are four basic crew levels: new crew (after completing the 20

hours of instruction), signed off crew, advanced and captain. Captains complete further training at the regional training centre in Sooke. Volunteer Gordon Waller explained that after one year he had logged 100 hours on the boat, but it wasn't until after he had logged 250 that he finally feels he is truly an asset to the captain. All of this prepares the volunteer team to take on the various emergency situations they are faced with. Within 20 minutes of a call, the team has been briefed and is on the water. They respond to everything from capsized kayakers to more serious situations such as the recent incident where a BC Ferries passenger fell into the water. Typically, the crew responds to approximately 40 calls per year. With an annual budget of $100,000, fundraising is a constant component of this non-profit organization's work. Although they are partially funded by BC Gaming Grants, they also rely on donations from the public. So, the next time you see these "keepers of the coast" out in the community, consider the valuable service they provide and support their hard work.

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Lawn Games Perhaps, like me, you thought it was necessary to dress all in white to play lawn bowls? Maybe (also like me) you've never really thought by Deborah Rogers about lawn bowling at all? Well, you might be missing out. Established in 1998, Sidney has a Lawn Bowling Club all its own. Central Saanich has one too, just off Wallace Drive by Centennial Park. But it was a warm invitation from John Little, President of the Sidney Lawn Bowling Club, that brought me out to try my hand at the game. First things first: you don't have to wear white. That's just for competition. I visited on a Wednesday morning, which happens to be ladies' morning, and I was quite surprised by the large gathering of women enjoying a coffee and chat as they got organized for their play. I had a quick tour of the building and recap of the history. The lovely clubhouse was built by the members themselves, of whom there are currently 170, ranging in age from eight to 94; there is a Juniors Program that has seen winners at provincial and national competitions; and they strive to be the friendliest lawn bowling club on Vancouver Island. John and his wife joined seven years ago, never having played before, though they previously curled. John says with a smile that they wish they'd started sooner. It's clear that it's another little community hub, but what strikes me is that you don't have to be a team or a couple; players indicate their availability to play as they

enter the clubhouse and then a draw happens to put everyone on evenly balanced teams. It seems that all you need is a measuring tape and a piece of chalk. And well, some bowls of course. Out on the lawn – or rink as it is formally known – John sets me up with a set of his bowls and a quick run down of the way the game works. A jack is thrown (surprisingly far) and then players aim to get their bowls closest to it. They are not entirely spherical, but flattened on one side, and weighted so the line they follow is curved. Ah ha, so not quite like the bocce I've played before! It takes me a few tries, but as I adjust to the weight, the distance and the curve, I start to make some reasonable shots. I'm slightly terrified of damaging the grass though. This lawn is a thing of absolute beauty, and the last thing I want my visit to be remembered for is a big divot in it! Apparently the lawn is amongst the best on the Island and takes considerable maintenance, but it is a solid playing surface and I leave it unscarred. It's a rolling action rather than a throw, and definitely success is determined by technique rather than strength. I didn't stay long enough to be invited to join a game, though John said I had a good arm and he'd welcome me back! I watched some of the ladies play though and they were having a great time. There are opportunities to chat between "ends," but focus is required as you signal to your teammates which way they should aim and how close their bowl got. It's a polite, friendly and supportive atmosphere where a clap and a "good ball' after your shot goes a long way to encourage participation. I came away feeling that I'd discovered a bit of a hidden gem; it surprised me, which made it all the more enjoyable. july 2018 | 17

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Your BEST Summertime Skin! by Shannon Hall

Summer! This is definitely

NOT the season to slack off on your skincare routines! The sun's rays are more harmful during this time and we are at a higher risk of sun damage when we are spending more time outdoors and exposing more skin. Here is the skinny on your best summer skin! Exfoliate. Exfoliating the face once a week during warmer months will provide clearer, smoother skin! For the body, dry brushing or exfoliating mitts work well to keep skin looking youthful and smooth. If you know you will be in the sun for longer periods that day, hold off on exfoliating. When you're younger, your skin will naturally renew itself faster but when you reach the age of 30, the process begins to slow down, resulting in more pigmentation and a duller complexion. Glowing skin starts with good exfoliation habits. Hydrate. Hydration is important to keep our tissues moist. Skin benefits from being moisturized day and night. Day creams with SPF provide protection from free radicals and UVA/UVB damage, while night moisturizers provide repair, nourishment and anti-aging benefits! Everyone has different skin needs, so visit a skincare specialist to get the best cream for your skin type. Oh … and drink more water! Hydrate from the inside out and outside in!

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When in doubt, apply (and reapply!) sunscreen! Even if your primary goal is to get a golden tan, you still need sunscreen. Make sure sun protection for your face and body is integrated into your summer skincare routine – it's one of the most critical summer skin care tips. Unprotected UV exposure may help you achieve a bronze complexion, but it will also permanently damage your skin, leading to premature aging, and put you at risk for cancer later in life. My favorite facial sunscreen is Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 by Dermalogica. Double up on age prevention with this morning moisturizer to safeguard skin against UVB /UVA rays while cranking up collagen production thanks to firming peptides. Layer your clothing and wear a hat if you know you will be outdoors for longer periods of time, especially during peak sunshine hours. Repair and treat sun damage with antioxidants. Antioxidants are a sun damage superhero! They go in and help block the effects of free radicals, which are the bad guys that break down collagen and elasticity. Serums that include vitamin C will help rebuild collagen, firm the skin and brighten dark spots from too much sun exposure. Best used during the night while your skin repairs itself! You can also help repair skin from the inside by eating an antioxidant diet full of delicious, skin-boosting foods. Fruit salad at the beach anyone?

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I always need more than a clutch and have a great bag from Flush that holds my iPad, lip balm, phone, first aid supplies, glasses, a water bottle … When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? My cosy sweatshirt from Mark’s in Sidney and soft wool leggings.When you don’t care how much it costs? John Fluevog shoes or boots (funky and beautifully made!). On your walls?

We have eclectic taste in art. The key is it must have a story attached; either about the piece, the artist or where we found it.

In your closet? Sympli skirts,

Jacob Ribkoff jackets and anything Eileen Fisher. Though comfortable, these brands get me compliments every wearing. In your makeup bag? Pixi lip and cheek colour and Clinique chubby eye shadow pencil. In your bathroom cabinet? Epsom salts and bath bombs for a spa experience! On your bedside table? “The Age of Voter Rage” by pollster Nik Nanos. I’m a political junkie. On your playlist? Michael Kaeshammer’s live albums. And of course, the font of all musical wisdom, the Beatles.

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Ground flax seed. Boring, but important for heart and digestive health! When you want a night out? My favourite places are Bistro Suisse and Haro’s, but it’s even better when my husband Tim cooks for me. He’s a talented amateur chef. On your feet? FLY London shoes. I wore my super comfortable Flys all over Liverpool when Tim took me on a “Beatles tour.” Adding sparkle to your outfit? My diamond studs. I’ve worn diamond studs (with one small upgrade!) since my late 20s. On your luxury wish list? It’s an unorthodox wish, but a visit with the mountain gorillas in Africa. In home décor? I started buying pine antique furniture when I was young, and they remain my favourite pieces. When it comes to your go-to “uniform?” A classic skirt, top and jacket (usually Eileen Fisher). On your skin? Homemade coconut oil soap and lovely organic Eminence moisturizers from Haven Spa. july 2018 | 19

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community impact: investing on the islands Impact investing is a fastgrowing vehicle for getting a financial return while also creating positive benefits for people, the planet and communities. By 2015 the sector grew to $9.2 billion in Canada. After working in Community Economic Development in many by Rupert Downing places for 40 years, I wanted to know Vancouver Island Community how we could add "invest local" to Investment Cooperative "buy local" to build our Vancouver Island communities. We did the research and modeled how funds could be managed in the B.C. context. Then we tested the idea on potential investors and were overwhelmed with the public response and interest in all parts of the Island. Next was testing the market for patient capital amongst local enterprises and affordable housing developers. Again, an overwhelming positive response: "we need patient community capital to take our projects to scale." As of right now, of the $500 million in annual RRSP investments by Island residents, not one cent goes into local investing ($4.5 billion in B.C.). And so we launched the Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative to become a vehicle for local people to invest for community impact in our own backyards, earning a modest financial return for ourselves whilst also giving back to our communities. Our first capital raise in the Fall of 2018 targets: agriculture and food enterprises; affordable housing; renewable energy; clean technologies; First Nations Partnerships; enterprises that create employment for local people and those with disadvantages, and; waste recovery/recycling. We have partnered with CCEC Credit Union to administer our funds in a registered GIC, and use it as collateral on loans to enterprises picked by our Board and Investment Committee, with due diligence by staff at the Credit Union. The Cooperative is democratically controlled by its member/shareholders – one member one vote. Each member pays a one-time fee of $250 and then is able to subscribe to investments each year at whatever amount is suitable to them, with a five-year limit on redemption. Over time, we hope to create a Vancouver Island Community Impact Fund of around $20 million in a diversified portfolio of ethical investments of benefit to communities throughout the region, with at least a GIC rate of return for subscribers. And we are not alone: we have started a BC Coalition for Community Impact Investment ( that is working across communities to make this a dynamic new ethical investment option for all B.C. residents just as it has been for residents of Nova Scotia and other places for many years. Find out more, and join us. We'll be holding a public information session in Sidney in the early Fall, phone on 250-727-5475 or visit for more information.

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Healing Through Healthy Smiles 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. We live in tight knit families. Our sense of self includes others. Our older members pass social wisdom to younger ones. Such is the life among a pod of orcas. While we may differ greatly in size and how we communicate, as you can see, we are very similar to the orca whale when it comes to valuing community and family. Echoing its namesake, ORCCA, a Sidney

non-profit organization, mimics this strong sense of community. Its name stands for Oral Care for Children and Adolescents, and its mission is to provide oral care for children and adolescents who are under 19 years old and from low-income families. “I was chatting with a friend about the poor oral condition of some of the children in the local school district. We said to each otherr: 'let’s start something; let’s make a difference,'” says Mitra Hashemi, Vice Chairman, ORCCA. Mitra’s friend is Heather Burkett, a former

district principal for School District 63 and the Chairperson for ORCCA. In 2011 the two women created the bylaws and sought out funding. Their organization answers a critical need in our community. “For families whose earnings are less than $21,000 annual income, the children are only eligible for $1,400 government coverage for dental every two years. This is not a lot for a child,” states Mitra. “And for situations where the income is $20,000 to $40,000 and there’s no insurance coverage, ORCCA is trying hard to help this particular group.”

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Located in the annex of Sidney Elementary School on Henry Avenue, ORCCA opened its doors in March 2015. It offers various services including dental cleanings, fillings, root canals, and other dental work. As well as Dr. Mitra Hashemi, other dedicated dentists volunteer their time and expertise including Drs. Vohn Rosang, Jeremy King, Anna Wang, Ron Walsh and Peter Culligan. Patients access the clinic through their Care Card, Status Card or if the annual family income is less than $40,000 with no dental insurance coverage. It just takes a phone call and an appointment is made. Dental care not only brings healing but self confidence. It’s life changing. “It was looking like one young 11-year-old might have to have her front teeth removed because of infection. Can you imagine? 11 years old and having to deal with that?” says Mitra. “We found a sponsor and managed to resolve infection through a root canal procedure. It was a huge win all around.”


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The organization is 100% non profit with all funds going towards the needs of those for whom they care. Funding is critical. “Our first sponsor was the Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club who donated funds. It was a dream for us,” says Mitra.

monies but also specialized equipment like a Statim Sterilization Center donated by Sidney by the Sea Rotary. “It’s the most rewarding part of it all; it’s so heartwarming that people give,” says Mitra. “I am an immigrant myself who has been embraced by Canada. We can all make a difference.” The clinic has helped over 200 children with dental care so far, but it’s clear from the passion in Mitra’s voice that there is still more work to be done. “We’re looking for more volunteer dentists, for more sponsors, for more help to make changes for these kids,” states Mitra. It all began with a private response, but as awareness grows, hopefully young people will no longer have to struggle to get the basics of Since 2011, sponsorship has grown to health care because the community around include numerous groups such as Co-Op, them answers the call. Like our great finned Telus, Norgaard Foundation, Victoria friends that swim our waters and stand by Foundation, Rotary Club, and Saanich Fruit each other, we too need to reach out and take Growers Association. There has been an outpouring of community support not only of care of our own.

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Printing Prosthetic Limbs: Victoria Hand Project

Victoria Hand Project (VHP) is a notfor-profit organization focused on providing low-cost, upper-limb prosthetics. In many parts of the world, a lack of local resources – as well as the prohibitive cost – can prevent people from accessing the prosthetic devices they need. VHP has created a device through 3D printing which allows the cost to be significantly reduced. Including the necessary materials, the clinician fee for fitting the device, and the technician fee for assembling the device, VHP can provide a prosthetic limb for only US$300. This is a huge reduction in cost, and eliminates the need for second-hand devices from other countries – devices which have not been custom made for the user, and can cause problems due to improper fit. Michael Peirone, the Chief Operating Officer at VHP, says that conventional prosthetics can cost a few thousand dollars in materials alone. With 3D printing, Victoria Hand Project has been able to provide arms to 280 amputees around the world. "Every patient fitting is special. People [are] so grateful after receiving a hand." When I ask if any specific stories stand out, he recalls when he fit his very first patient in Nepal in 2016. "He had been missing his arm for 20 years and had never had a prosthetic hand. He had to travel for a day to Kathmandu to receive the hand. When [he] arrived, he was hiding his missing limb under his jacket because he didn't want to show that he was an amputee. By the end of the fitting session, he couldn't stop smiling and wanted to pose for by Jesse Holth

photos. He said it felt good to have two hands again." Peirone explains that the team at VHP is focused on the provision of low-cost, upper-limb prosthetics. He says it's very rewarding to provide someone with their own hand, boosting their self-esteem and giving them the ability to receive steady work in order to

support themselves or their family. VHP has clinics in Cambodia, Nepal, Haiti, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Egypt. The limbs are made in-country, with help from locals, which allows the cost to remain low and brings a sense of pride within the community. VHP works in partnership with established prosthetic clinics in each country, such as Range of Motion Project (Guatemala and Ecuador), Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital (Nepal), ArcHubPNH (Cambodia), and Enable International Haiti (Haiti). By training the staff at existing clinics, as well as establishing 3D print centres, VHP enables knowledge and technology transfer to empower in-country healthcare. VHP has received funding from Grand Challenges Canada and, and provides school presentations in the Victoria area, as well as tours to local school groups. There is a great deal of support for the project, even beyond Vancouver Island, and people reach out to VHP from other parts of B.C., Canada, and even the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. Peirone says that anyone is welcome to make a monetary donation to help provide someone with a hand. "For every CDN$400 raised, we can provide a hand to someone [in need]." He adds that it is also very helpful when people share about VHP on social media. The ability to provide an affordable, highly functional, 3D-printed prosthetic is certainly worth our support. VHP is changing lives, one limb at a time. For more information, visit

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Ignio Circus Making their debut at the Charlie White Theatre, Ignio Circus presents Eyes Up on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. EYES UP delves into topics that permeate our everyday lives. We rely on technology everyday as a vehicle for communication but what do we do once it drops us off at our destination? It is about our natural desire to connect; what happens when we look up to find a genuine human encounter right in front of us? Through an incredible mix of acrobatics, juggling, and comedy, five international circus artists explore and express the beauty and awkwardness of interacting face to face. Ignio Circus Company is a new, locally based, company focused on creating and producing contemporary circus shows. Through our productions we hope to build awareness, and interest for contemporary circus on Vancouver Island. We strive to produce shows that inspire human connection and creativity. Director and performer Kaelyn Schmitt grew up right here on lower Vancouver Island and trained trapeze at the National Circus School in Montreal. For the past 10 years she has been traveling

internationally and performing as a professional trapeze artist. For the past 3 years she acts as an artistic director in Europe during her winter contracts. She is excited to create and promote circus here on Vancouver Island, where it is scarcely seen. Her goal is to make high level contemporary circus accessible to everyone, and to share her passion for the circus arts here on the west coast. Come enjoy an extraordinary, hilarious, and poetic experience of what it is to be human.

Side by Side by Sondheim Directed by Alan Corbishley and presented by Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre (BC Living Arts), Side by Side by Sondheim showcases the composers most loved songs like “Send in the Clowns”, “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” “Losing My Mind” and “Being Alive”. With a unique look at this musical, Alan Corbishley has woven his own take on the list of songs which will follow the lives of two couples and a single woman trying to navigate and understand love. This Vancouver cast will bring to life this fun yet heart wrenching look at contemporary life. Stephen Sondheim has been the leading composer of musical theatre for the past fifty years. His work is timeless and

includes the classics like Into the Woods and Sweeney Todd (as recently made into films). His songs represent a definitive time and place, and yet move beyond their particular settings to speak to us all. Now, with this award-winning musical, with some of the most lush, unforgettable songs from this musical theatre master are presented in one magical evening. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. Side by Side by Sondheim runs Friday, July 13 at the Charlie White Theatre.

Curtain Up The Mary Winspear Centre welcomes back Variety Fare with their performance of Curtain Up on August 4 and 5. “Curtain Up” features the music of Broadway and Hollywood highlighted by the singing of the octet Variety Fare and featuring the comedy and mimic artistry of Steve Ivings. The music includes tunes from such well known shows as “My Fair Lady,” “Guys and Dolls” and highlights TV favorites as well as artists such as Frank Sinatra and The Carpenters.

Direct From Vegas, The Rat Pack! After a sold out performance 3 years earlier at the Mary Winspear Centre, the dynamic trio will once again be flying in direct from the Las Vegas strip to beautiful Sidney by the Sea, for one night only to bring you…. “Direct from Las Vegas, The Rat Pack!”. The show is an all new, original take on the three most famous members of the nostalgic Rat Pack. Frank, Sammy and Dean come to life in this fast paced, fun-filled, interactive and musical salute to the greatest songs of the 20th Century.

Audiences from around the world have enjoyed this show, that tours non-stop in the United States, as well as abroad. Come take a walk down memory lane and enjoy the timeless songs and antics, laughs and banter as the trio brings to life the iconic performances that took place at the Sands Hotel throughout the early 60’s! Fly away with The Rat Pack on Friday, August 10, presented by Rock Island Entertainmernt.

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Warm mornings, sun shining during walks down by the breakwater, and cool summer winds that breeze through late-night patio conversations. Everything about summer has that great positive vibe to it. Colours are brighter, and oddly enough water even tastes

colder and more refreshing! July is right in the peak of patio season. Family and friends gather outside to play or suntan on the lawn. You could close your eyes and imagine you’re on a beach in Mexico, with a cerveza in hand, and it would seem like reality. Despite Mexico being a great distance away, we can still bring the flavours of Mexican cuisine into our kitchen. A great way to make your next family gathering more authentic would be to bring this excellent ragout and dazzle them all! We are using the flavours of juicy tomatoes, smooth avocados and tart limes that will make your food – and your drinks – a Mexican escape! The dish this month can be enjoyed heated or chilled, and is a great example of how flavours and spices can be enjoyed either way. It’s perfect for a cold rainy day, or a hot summery one! Please note: the recipe calls for cilantro stalks. Not many people like to use the stalks of herbs such as parsley, cilantro or dill. Did you know they actually have a lot more of the fragrance than the leaves? If I could add in one tip for this month, it’s to use cilantro stalks in your cuisine! Just dice them up finely and use them in a fresh salsa, fajita or burrito bowl. You will be thanking me later! Just remember to give the stalks a good wash before use. 28 | july 2018

Turkey Meatballs and Black Bean Ragout (serves 4) Ragout: 1 red onion, halved and sliced 2 garlic cloves, sliced 1 yellow pepper, quartered, deseeded and diced 1 tsp ground cumin 2-3 tsp chipotle paste (to taste) 300ml chicken stock 400g cherry tomatoes (on the vine is best) 400g black beans 1 avocado, stoned, peeled and chopped ½ lime, juiced Meatballs 500g ground turkey 50g panko crumbs 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander ⅛ bunch cilantro, chopped 1 tsp oil First, douse the cherry tomatoes with olive oil and place in the oven under the broil setting (about 525°) and roast for 7-8 minutes. Remove from vine and reserve to the side. For the meatballs: put ground turkey, panko, shallots and cilantro into a bowl. Lightly knead the ingredients together until well mixed. Shape into 12 “ping pong” sized balls. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan, add meatballs and cook, turning them frequently, until golden. Remove from pan. Add the onion and garlic into the pan with the yellow pepper and cook until soft. Stir in the cumin and chili paste, then pour in the stock. Return the meatballs to the pan and cook, covered over a low heat, for 10 minutes. Stir in cherry tomatoes and beans, cook, uncovered, for 5 more minutes or until liquid has reduced by a quarter. Toss the avocado chunks in the lime juice. Serve with the meatballs topped with the avocado and cilantro leaves. Did you prefer the dish heated or chilled? I prefer chilled! july 2018 | 29

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With summer upon us, it is a time for fresh fruits and vegetables available locally. We can also, with a little space and intention, grow many things that will add to our daily health and culinary delight. The following are three of my favorite “mint” or Lamiaciae family botanical medicines that you can grow in a pot or garden and enjoy throughout the season. Not only do these herbs grow well, they also smell wonderful and have many garden management qualities (ie. bug repellants) that help your garden grow beautifully. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Lavender can be planted almost anytime of year and enjoyed throughout the seasons. For the summer, lavender has many wonderful benefits including a sweet pleasant fragrance that lends to relaxation and calming of the nervous system. It also has the amazing property of repelling pesky insects like mosquitoes and flies. Simply hang a few bouquets indoors to keep the flies out. As a medicinal plant, lavender has great antiseptic quality. Travelling with lavender essential oil will not only aid in sleep but it will topically speed the healing of cuts and wounds while preventing infections. It also helps with hair loss! It improves the health of hair follicle beds. Simply make a tea from the flowers and use as a rinse on the scalp. Lavender also has a lovely flavour. It can be made into a tea as an infusion and used cold in the summer as a refreshing drink (see recipe below). Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). This is an easy to grow mint herb that helps attract bees to your garden. It has powerful antiviral properties and helps with anxiety and hyper activity. It can help with digestion (bloating and gas) and aids in liver and detoxification by

supporting glutathione production. It has quercetin that helps reduce hayfever and allergies. Lemon balm (as it indicates in its name) has a very lemony flavour; it can be used easily in place of lemon peels in recipes to flavour soups, sauces, vinegars and seafood. Add a few fresh leaves to a salad, mix with fruit, or use in a vinaigrette for salads. Yum! Catnip (Nepeta cataria). Not only does your cat enjoy the effects of this plant, but people also can experience positive benefits when this mint is consumed. Some of the main health benefits of catnip include stress relief, improved sleep and an enhanced immune system and it is an anti-inflammatory. It has been used as a treatment for menstrual mood swings, migraine headaches and arthritic pains. It is an easy herb to grow and helps keep bugs away from the garden. It can be also applied topically as a salve to irritated skin to reduce inflammation quickly. It is always important for us to make an effort to nurture ourselves. These three easily-grown herbs are a wonderful addition to a home garden and will give you some health giving benefits while tasting and smelling amazing. Easy Mint Tea Recipe: • 4 heaping tbsp organic lavender buds, lemon balm, or cat nip • ¼ cup of honey • juice of 3 lemons • ice Boil 7 cups of water and pour over the lavender buds. Let steep for 10 minutes and strain. Add honey and let cool to room temperature. Add lemon juice, stir and serve over ice. Enjoy!

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Sidney’s Holistic Health Care: Archway Wellness Centre This is part of a rotating series of articles featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. Rosemarie Bongers is the owner of Archway Integrated Health and she has big plans for holistic healthcare in Sidney. The Archway Integrated Health & Wellness Centre used to be called Avalon Spa, and will occupy the same spacious building on James White Blvd. The new name though signals a shift in direction for Rosemarie who is looking to offer services to address the whole body, mind and spirit. In the Centre’s healing and welcoming environment clients will be able to access a range of treatments and therapies. A Clinical Foot Specialist (Podologist) is available for problem feet and for diabetic foot syndrome. There are anti-aging facials using advanced technology and products. Reiki and regression therapy are available alongside the more traditional waxing, massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. The Centre also offers vein and mole removal. If you are concerned about weight loss they may be able to help you safely reach your goal when you are ready. In their studio they offer guided meditation for the management of conditions such as MS, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, and cancer. But guided healing meditation sessions are also available for anyone in need. There will be daily morning yoga classes and a Qigong master available for group or private sessions. Archway wants to be your “Bridge to Wellness”, providing all the necessary resources to address concerns about body, mind and spirit. Healing energy is felt simply by walking through the door. Everyone is welcome to experience specific services to clear your mind, and ground your body for thinking, and focus. Alongside the therapies and treatments, Archway carries a range of clinical clothing as well as specialty haircare products.The Firma Energy Wear clothing line is made of a live yarn called Emana that uses active bioceramics, crystals and minerals to bring a farinfrared effect to the body. This is very healing and can help with microcirculation, vasodilation, thermoregulation, inflammation and pain reduction, increased energy and cellulite reduction. Archway Wellness also specializes in custom-fitted orthopedic TAB Bras, which help with posture correction, circulation and lymphatic drainage and are mastectomy compliant. They are able to expertly fit you using over 100 sizes. The TAB bra holds a Medical Device licence with Health Canada and is covered by most extended medical plans. Plan a visit to see the range of services yourself; as Archway grows Rosemarie will be looking for more clinicians to join her to offer even more services such as RMT’s, compassionate Counseling, a Naturopathic Doctor. In the fall there are plans for guest speakers as well as a meet and greet for local artists. The Centre has free parking and is wheelchair accessible.

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Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being “the voice of the Saanich Peninsula,”so, in every issue, we’ll be asking people to answer a question. We’re looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. The notion of “giving back” runs wide and deep on the Saanich Peninsula, as I see things. Here we are quick to support those who need help, to endorse a worthy cause and to rally for good where there is a perceived need. When asked the question “What does giving back mean to you?”the locals I interviewed were pensive, and offered carefullycontemplated answers. When I think of giving back, I immediately consider examples such as regularly supporting and touting the local businesses who have repeatedly supported my kids in their dance and baseball endeavours over the years. I believe that word-of-mouth is the most effective way I can help the businesses and people I love, and is a gesture that costs me nothing but can make an enormous difference for others. I then think of the outpouring of donations big and small, and 34 | july 2018

the difference these made to my daughter when she was fundraising to travel to Germany to dance with Team Canada a couple of years ago. Friends were so eager to show their support with donations, and I remember this every time I see a friend’s child fundraising for opportunities they have worked very hard for. I give back to our school by volunteering whenever I’m able, and I show my appreciation for our teachers with small gestures like a surprise latté once in a while. I love the look on someone’s face when they realize you’ve done something nice for them for no particular reason except that you are generally grateful for all that they do. “Paying it forward”is a response I heard over and over again from people in the community, and is a sentiment I share about how we all can give back. It is an intentional effort to consciously “pay forward” generosity, a kind act, a show of affection and support, or perhaps even the wisdom of a past experience from which others can learn something. In my experience, it is the most rewarding way to acknowledge that which others have done for you in a time of need. “Gratitude is an action word,” says Hélène, 46. “It’s the simple

things. Just giving back … it could be picking up someone’s coffee, or helping someone move,” adds Johanna, 32, who is with Hélène. The two agree that doing something for someone without them knowing is a wonderful way to give back. “It’s selflessness.” Linda, 71, says: “It’s about sharing. Someone shared with you and therefore you share.” Carol, 75, gives her thoughts after some quick contemplation. “At my age it’s volunteering for whatever you can. Donating. I’ve just been volunteering at the Visitor’s Centre.” Well, that’s putting your words into action, Carol. After a little tumble off her bike, followed by an ice cream cone from Mom and Dad, little Avery, three, tells me that she likes to share, give flowers to her mummy, and make her sister, Maya, two, laugh. Her parents are both nurses, and feel that they give back on a daily basis through their profession. “We give a lot of our time and energy and support. We’re taking care of people when they’re in their most vulnerable states. It’s a gift to have people open up to you when they’re at their most vulnerable,” says Krista, 35. Though she’s in a bit of a rush, Tracy, 49, hurriedly shares that for her giving back means “doing unto others as you would do for yourself. Treat everyone as family.” “Not thinking about giving something to someone is what it means to me. Pay it forward. It’s karma, the great wheel.” That’s Leanna’s wisdom. She’s 66. Her friend, Dana, who is 65, adds that “giving back is rewarding; it makes you feel good. People have been good to me.” So many thoughtful answers. Bob mulls it over for a moment and finally says: “First of all, it’s giving your children the love they give you, on a unconditional basis.” Bob is 71. “Giving back means to give someone something to make them happy or to say thank you.” This is from Madalon, 57. Similarly, Colleen, 52, feels that giving back is doing a good deed for someone else. The final answer I hear comes from Liana, 25. “Giving back to me means helping out people in our community that need it and need our support.” A shared sentiment, I’m sure, Liana. In his book, A Hand to Guide Me, Denzel Washington says: “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” I hope we can all find something in these words.

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What is it that gives life meaning? An age old question. Many people find meaning in giving back to others, whether through developing knowledge, creating art or being there for friends and family. As an occupational therapist, I spend a fair bit of time thinking about what gives meaning to people's lives and how that plays out in everyday life. Life is marked by time, and the way we spend our time matters a lot when thinking about bringing meaning to life. The things that occupy us throughout the day, the way our time is spent, and how much capacity we have for giving back to others depends a lot on our state of health. So what is health, how do we care for it, and how does it relate to giving back to others? When talking about health care the image that comes immediately to mind might be a doctor's office or a hospital, perhaps pill bottles and medical procedures. However, if instead we think of health care as being an important part of everyone's everyday life, something we can work on daily, it gives us power to improve our own health and the health of those around us. To me, caring for health should happen in our kitchens and communities as much as in our clinics and hospitals. Occupational therapy takes a wholistic view of health, taking into consideration life history, interests, goals and present condition, as well as the environments people exist within. Health isn't just about individuals: people do not exist in isolation and the choices an individual makes daily from what food to eat to what words to

say can have a big impact on health: our own, our friends', and our communities' health. 
I am a firm believer in the value of caring for one's own health in order to build the vitality, the energy, to be there for others. It is much simpler to save someone else from drowning if you are standing on firm ground yourself than if you are right there in the river with them. The trick is to find the balance between spending time caring for oneself and caring for others. From an occupational therapy perspective, at the core of health care is always the question: what is important to this person? What brings meaning to their life? Meaning can be woven into many small choices made throughout the day such as what clothes to wear or where to sit. These small choices are especially valuable at times when a person does not have a lot of power over their own life. One of the most generous gifts a person can give to another person is power; power is energy over time, giving away power means giving away the choice about how time and energy are spent. It also means making yourself vulnerable; giving away the choice of how your time is spent and acknowledging that we are all human beings moving through time. That vulnerability in power sharing is why it is so valuable to look after yourself in order to be there for others. Find or build your firm ground by pursuing the things that bring meaning to your life, so that you can reach out to the drowning person, help bring meaning to their life, without falling into the water yourself.

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RTAINUP! U C Celebrating the Music of Broadway and Hollywood

Join us for an exciting evening of music featuring the incomparable singing group Variety Fare with Bob LeBlanc at the piano.


Also featuring the amazing Steve Ivings, comic and impressionist extraordinaire. Enjoy lots of comedy and familiar tunes from such shows as Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Showboat and My Fair Lady along with tributes to Frank Sinatra, Old Time TV shows and Oscar winning songs from the movies.

FOUR SHOWS August 4 at 8 pm / August 5 at 2 pm CHARLIE WHITE THEATRE – Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney Tickets available at the Mary Winspear Centre box office or by phoning 250-656-0275

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A Collaboration of Co-Stars It's been 17 years since Steve Ivings and Bob LeBlanc worked together onstage. Back in 2001, Bob was producing his major stage production On Broadway and Steve was a featured performer. So when the phone rang earlier this year, Steve was delighted to hear from his old friend. "Bob suggested we join forces on a new musical comedy show. I had just moved back to Victoria after years in Toronto and thought it was a great idea." Bob has created and presented a number of Variety Fare musical shows over the past two decades, each with a different focus and theme. The new production of Curtain Up! is a musical comedy tribute to Broadway and Hollywood; Bob and Variety Fare provide the music, Steve provides the comedy. "With all of the impersonations Steve does, it was a natural fit. We do a medley from My Fair Lady, Steve joins in as Rex Harrison. In the Frank Sinatra section, Steve performs his multi-voiced version of My Way." And then there are the talented singers of Variety Fare: Lena Palermo (Peninsula Singers' Artistic Director and featured performer in Fabulous Fridays), Katya Delancey (Prisoner of Second Avenue with Bema Productions and Little Shop of Horrors with Kaleidoscope), Craig Wilson (Lumiere in VOS's Beauty and the Beast and his tour de force, the Engineer in Miss Saigon), Cody Miller (VOS's Spamalot and Langham Court's Urinetown), Helena Descoteau (Langham Court's Sense and Sensibility and VOS's Sunset Boulevard) and Jo Barnes (Marilla in VOS's Anne of Green Gables and Isabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society). Bob has high praise for the six. "Each one of them is a talented performer in their own right, but when they all raise their voices in glorious harmony, it's musical magic!" That magic includes Broadway classics like I Could Have Danced All Night, My Favourite Things and Consider Yourself, and Oscar winners such as Over the Rainbow, Que Sera Sera and Moon River. And there's a tribute to ol' blue eyes featuring Come Fly with Me, High Hopes and New York, New York. All of this wonderful music is tied together with Steve's impeccable impersonations. Ed Sullivan begins the "really big shew" by introducing celebrities in the audience including Richard Burton and Jack Benny. Dean Martin opens the Sinatra sequence with a few Rat Pack anecdotes. And movie stars like Bogie, Bing and Groucho describe their less-than-stellar Broadway debuts. Curtain Up! features a cast of eight, but together they present an all-star evening of musical comedy entertainment! Get your tickets now for Curtain Up!, August 4 and 5 at the Charlie White Theatre. For more information visit; for tickets, visit


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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, small trees, shrubs, succulents and indoor tropical and flowering plants. Our studio shop is filled with garden accessories, ceramic pots and unique gift ideas. We offer a variety of garden and floral workshops, and events such as a Vendors' Market. We look forward to serving you. 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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July 2

Amazing Activities on the Avenue! Sidney Sidewalk Sale & Street Festival 40 stores are

participating ensuring lots of selection for enthusiastic shoppers. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., there's a dizzying array of activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, yoga, aerial performance by IGNIO Circus Company, music on the main stage and delicious cuisine by local vendors.

July 2 - August 30 (thursdays)

Downward Dog Delights! Yoga in the Park offers the

opportunity to de-stress, stretch, and revitalize in a delightful outdoor setting. Sessions are free and take place at Pioneer Park, 7130 West Saanich Road. Bring your mat and enjoy the summer evening air. All levels are welcome. 250-656-7271.

July 5

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July 6

Be a Kid Again! Sidney Museum’s Up Up and Away! Comic Book Superheroes and Our

July 8

Art that Amazes! Sidney Sculpture by the Sea Featuring over 30 artists and 100 pieces of art,

Park, this popular annual event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. offers a variety of fun games in the great outdoors for the whole family. Bring an appetite! Members of the Sidney and Peninsula Kiwanis will be on hand preparing hot fare from the barbecue (by donation).

Culture This event for all ages features comic books, action figures and other fun paraphernalia showcasing history from 1938 onward. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities such as a scavenger hunt, superhero cartoons and superhero trivia. For info: 250-655-6355.

the event showcases spectacular contemporary sculpture. Most items will be for sale. The event runs through to September and covers two venues: Mary Winspear Centre and Sidney Museum. The event also highlights the spectacular sculptures along Sidney's gorgeous waterfront, Beacon Avenue and at other town sites like the Mary Winspear which features a stunning First Nations sculpture collection.

July 8 - August 26

Music in the Air. Summer Sounds Concert Series A variety of musical

performances each Sunday will take place at the Beacon Park band shell stage. The popular event, sponsored by Peninsula Co-Op and by donation, draws music enthusiasts each year. Admission is free. The first concert features Rukus offering numerous songs from the Golden Age of Rock N Roll. The lineup includes Shari Ulrich and The Timebenders and other highly entertaining artists. Visit for the full lineup. Reel in a Special Experience! Up Close with Sea Urchins & Star Fish A fun interactive way to spend a summer afternoon is to visit the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Aquarium at 9811 Seaport Place. Learn about the Salish Sea Bio-region and ecosystems. The Centre is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Summer Lights! Every Saturday through July and August, you can experience a jaw-dropping firework show from the fireworks lawn at Butchart Gardens, choreographed to music.

Fishing in and around the Saanich Peninsula can be an ideal way to spend a summer afternoon. Stock up on gear at Capital Iron or Booty’s Boat Locker. Try some crabbing at Sidney Pier, or take Bear Hill Road to the northeastern corner of Elk Lake and enjoy some great fishing off the pier.

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July 13

Musical Theatre in the Mix. A Tony award-winning musical, Side

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entertaining production, presented by Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre, features many well-known Sondheim songs including “Send in the Clowns” and “Being Alive.” For tickets: Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275.

August 10

Hear the Kings of Cool! 7:30 p.m. Direct from Las Vegas,

The Rat Pack! This fast-paced interactive event at the Mary Winspear is a wonderful musical salute to some of the greatest songs of the 20th century. It's an original presentation of famous members of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin. For tickets: Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275.

August 17 - 19

Farm Fresh Fun! North Saanich Food and Farm

Festival With over 20 venues and activities, this exciting event celebrates food

Wonders of Whales!

Sidney Whale Watching. This family run business offers a stellar whale watching tour. Guests will have the opportunity to see a variety of amazing West Coast wildlife including orcas, grey and humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions as well as sea birds and land mammals. Call: 250-656-7599

growers, harvesters, fishers, producers and vinters of the region. There will be activities for all ages, demonstrations, tours and a delicious array of food to sample. http://www.

August 19 - 20

Cycling and Cuisine! The Flavour Cycle This delightful

bike tour, which takes place during the North Saanich Food and Farm Festival, is hosted by Tides Destination Group. It departs from Melinda's Biscotti at 9:30 a.m. returning by 4:30 p.m. Travel the country roads, explore local markets and farms and enjoy all that local flavour stops have to offer. Registration: www.TIDESgroup. com or call 250-891-6599.

August 25

Take a Walk in Time

Situated next to Victoria International Airport, the BC Aviation Museum is home to numerous aircraft including civilian, commercial and military, engines, pictures, models, and artifacts. Maybe you’ve always wanted to sit in the cockpit of warplane; now is your chance! Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Light Up the Summer Evening! Salish Sea Lantern Festival

This event for all ages celebrates the Salish Sea and the creative spark in all of us. All the fun takes place at the Sidney Pier Bandshell from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and includes a lantern procession at 8:30 p.m., face painting and bubbles, and live music. Lanternmaking workshops will be offered prior to this special event. For more info: https://

August 26

Farm to Table Fun. The 21st Annual Vancouver Island Feast

of Fields An afternoon celebrating the connections between farmers and chefs, field and table and farm and town communities. This gourmet harvest festival at Kildara Farms offers the opportunity to taste gourmet fare, sip on local wines and spirits, and hear local musical entertainment. For info:

Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk

Where art and activity come together. The route begins at Beacon Park and follows along the waterfront walkway heading south. The outdoor gallery features a variety of creations such as the bronze Sea Otter Plaque by renowned artist Fred Dobbs.

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Saanich Peninsula Shops & Services Part of what makes our neighbourhoods special are the businesses that thrive within them. As Saanich Peninsula entrepreneurs we strive to meet the needs of, and give back to, our diverse community. We ask that you please take a minute to think about the large potential of your consumer dollar.

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Introducing Archway Wellness Centre We are your bridge to health and wellness in Sidney! Archway offers everything from yoga, ChiGong, reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy and massage to full clinical foot care and anti-aging facials using high-end sensitive skin products. We use exclusive techniques that encompass the use of micro-current, microneedling, lights and two forms of dermabrasion (diamonds and biogommage) for procedures such as vein and mole removal. The results will amaze you! In line with our "full service centre," Archway carries the complete collection of Firma Energy Wear. This clothing line is made of a live yarn called Emana that uses active bioceramics, crystals and minerals to bring a far-infrared effect to the body. This is very healing and can help with microcirculation, vasodilation, thermoregulation, inflammation and pain reduction, increased energy and cellulite reduction. Archway Wellness also specializes in custom-fitted orthopedic TAB Bras, which help with posture correction, circulation and lymphatic drainage and are mastectomy compliant.We are able to expertly fit you using over 100 sizes. The TAB bra holds a Medical Device licence with Health Canada and is covered by most extended medical plans. We invite you to come in to feel the unique experience of integrated wellness at its best. Unit #1 2227 James White Boulevard, Sidney. 250-656-0585.




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Victoria Distillers Victoria Distillers has been making quality small batch spirits since 2008. We opened our new waterfront location to the public in May 2016 in beautiful Sidney B.C. Since then, we have released the award-winning and visually stunning Empress 1908 indigo gin, now found across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. We also boast crowd favourites such as Sidney Spiced, Rum, Left Coast Hemp Vodka, Standard Vodka, Grappa Brandy and Chocolate Liqueur, as well as award-winning Victoria premium cocktail gin and Oaken gin. With numerous products to choose from, we have something for every spirit lover. But don't just take our word for it, or the numerous accolades: come for an intimate look inside one of B.C.'s finest artisan distilleries. We currently offer Tours & Tastings Thursday through Sunday on the hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (reservations recommended). Visitors receive a tour and guided tasting through five of our best-selling spirits and are welcome to relax in our lounge or patio area to enjoy a cocktail from our carefully curated cocktail menu. We book Tours for groups of one to 30 people. To reserve your spot, please call 250.544.8217. Find us on social media: @victoriadistillers, @drinkvicgin and @empressgin1908. See you here!

Kristy has designed and project managed renovations for 18 years specializing in kitchens and bathrooms. Please come visit our show room to see kitchens and custom furnishings 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. 250.656.2691 2071 Malaview Ave, Sidney

Focus Hair Design Focus Hair Design (formerly Focus 5000), Certified Green Circle Salon, is located in the Seaside Plaza at the bottom of Beacon. New Clients bring this ad in to receive 25% off a service / Current clients bring it in to receive a gift! We look forward to seeing you! 250.656.8122 #102 - 2527 Beacon Ave, Sidney

Sidney by the Sea Dental Hygiene Clinic Live Longer and Healthier with a clean mouth … we focus on preventative dental hygiene. Complimentary complete dental hygiene exam and diagnosis ($100 value). We are accepting new patients. Paulette Reid, RDH, BBA, MSc 250.655.4884 #102 - 2423 Beacon Ave, Sidney

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Business Relocation Signs Signs Everywhere a Sign Speedpro Signs has returned to the downtown Sidney core. As of June 1 their studio is located at 2408 Beacon Avenue. You can expect the same great customer service from the Speedpro team, who look forward to helping you with signs, vehicle signage, banners, business cards and more. The new studio will showcase a wide variety of products and samples.

A Change of Location is in Your Future Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant opened its doors at 9838 Third Street in October of 1988. Now, nearly 30 years

later, the restaurant must relocate to make way for a new condo development. The owners have secured the Beacon Community Thrift Store building at 9775 Third Street for their new restaurant. The current location will shut its doors at the end of July, and loyal customers must wait until late this year or early 2019 for another taste. It'll be worth the wait, as they're planning a contemporary dining experience with a few additions to the current menu, including more spicy, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

New to the Area Sidney Goes Big Box Sandown Park Shopping Centre is well under construction, and the first phase will be home to a new Canadian Tire store opening to the public in the fall. Agricultural reclamation works are to be complete by the fall as well, and the 80+ acres of land associated with the amenity have already been dedicated to the District of North Saanich. Leasing

for future phases is actively underway, and leasing inquiries can be directed to John Allan at 604-566-8251.

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Start licking your lips, because Rock Coast Confections is coming to Saanichton! Their new production facility and storefront will be off of Oldfield Road at #107 - 1753 Sean Heights. You'll still find their products in a number of retail locations province wide, but can browse a full selection of English toffee, assorted chocolates, ice cream bars, candies, caramels, seasonal gifts and a new line of protein bars when they open on or around August 1.

Working Website Wonders Brentwood Bay's Spencer Boisvenue has 10 years' industry experience in Web Development, Marketing and Technical Assistance. As of June his services are available for hire on the Saanich Peninsula. Call on him for help with WordPress, technical SEO, ecommerce, website

A Good Deed is Never Lost The Victoria Leadership Awards honoured six Saanich Peninsula members of 100+ Women Who Care on May 3. Debra Bartlett, Shelley Mann, Kim Sabourin, Sandy Webb, Lynn Henshaw and Catherine Mustafa were honoured by Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin for their philanthropic efforts. The group consists of 100+ Women who each contribute $100 to a pool of funds, the recipient of which is voted on by the entire group. This past March the Saanich Peninsula chapter donated $16,200 to Victoria Women's Transition House, making for a total of $178,000 they've given to charities so far. Follow 100+ Women Who Care Saanich Peninsula on Facebook, or better yet get involved!

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on some of the unique shops and services available on the Saanich Peninsula. In all my years of relishing honey, the major appeal was always its rich and syrupy dance on my tongue. I never imagined that it had amazing health benefits. Recently, I stopped eating honey because of concerns about its calorie count. And once again, this article’s steep learning curve revealed my ignorance. Thank you to the owners of the Urban Bee Honey Farm for educating me about the health-boosting elixir created by honey bees. In 2015, Lindsay and Jason Dault bought an 11-acre property in Brentwood Bay and established their innovative Urban Bee Honey Farm. The pair raises bees, pork and poultry at their country oasis. They are proud that their “bees are managed without the use of antibiotics or pesticides; they’re as organic as a beehive can get.” With hives at different locations around Saanich, Lindsay is excited that each yard has a unique taste: “You can taste your way around the Saanich Peninsula, in a jar of honey.” Among the many delectable treats at their store are local plain and infused honey, bee pollen, beeswax products, and honey and mason bees. Plus, they have a new “Observation Hive” in the store! “Pure is simply better” at Victoria’s only Honey Bee Farm. Most honey sold today has been through a pasteurization process where the requisite heat destroys much of its nutritional and healthful values. However, the Daults produce raw honey – a pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized version that retains all of its dietary goodness and health-boosting qualities. “Raw honey nutrition is impressive,” says Dr. Axe, a natural medicine doctor. “It contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.” He calls raw honey an “antioxidant powerhouse,” boosting overall health and immunity. (The Many Health Benefits of Raw Honey, 2018). According to Lindsay, bees add an enzyme to honey that produces hydrogen peroxide. Therefore, honey is a natural antibacterial and wound-healing agent. As for weight watchers, research studies show that honey can keep the pounds off and its raw form can activate hormones that suppress the appetite. The two farmers are as busy as their winged friends as they revitalize the property to include beautiful walking gardens, animal pens for the kids and picnic tables to sit and enjoy a coffee and a honey treat. Take a trip to the Urban Bee Honey Farm and make this your healthiest summer ever! Contact / Source:; the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

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Summer Reading Club Summer Reading Club (SRC) is an annual systemwide initiative that encourages children up to age 12 to visit their local library to help build and maintain their reading skills during the summer months. This year’s SRC theme, Motion Commotion, is tailor-made for kids on Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the Central Coast. With endless opportunities to play and explore and libraries that offer books and resources for every interest, this is the perfect summer for kids to embark on reading adventures whereever they live. When they register for SRC, each reader receives a registration package which includes an information sheet, a reading record, a bookmark, a tattoo, stickers and a flying disc. Every time a reader fills in seven lines of their reading record, they can enter their name into a weekly prize draw. Readers who finish their reading record are eligible to receive a special Summer Reading Club medal. SRC is a province-wide summer reading club sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) and local public libraries, with support from the Libraries Branch, Ministry of Education, and the RBC Foundation. In 2017, over 6,200 children at VIRL participated in SRC. SRC 2018 starts on July 3 and runs until August 21. Registration is free at the library, or online at summer-reading-club. The Teen Summer Challenge is back! Teens aged 12 to 18 can connect with VIRL in fun and engaging ways in this system-wide program that encourages teens to critically think through a series of tasks while learning new skills, reading, and experimenting. Teens who participate in the Summer Challenge have an opportunity to win some fantastic prizes such as the newest iPad, a $50 Chapters gift card, weekly book prizes and cool tech prizes. Teen Summer Challenge Task Booklets will be available for pick up at all VIRL branches starting July 3. The challenge runs from Tuesday, July 3 until Tuesday, August 21. Adults can also get in on the summer reading fun again this year! They’re invited to take a trip around the world with titles, songs, and movies from every continent during the Adult Summer Reading Challenge (ASRC). To get involved, visit any VIRL branch to pick up the reading package, which includes instructions, challenges to complete, and everything else participants will need. Adults who participate also have a chance at some great prizes: a Kobo Aura One eReader and gift certificates to local businesses. The ASRC also runs July 3 to August 21. For more information, call 250-753-1154, extension 248.

Cycling Without Age: On the Road in Sidney Soon! Cycling Without Age (CWA) looks to create happiness among our fellow elderly and less-able citizens, by providing them an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community. Participants will feel the wind in their hair, see their town and the surrounding nature firsthand, and share their story in their environment. CWA is based on generosity and kindness, starting with simply volunteering to take others on a bike ride. Out of respect for others and the environment, CWA cherishes being slow, allowing one to be present in the moment. It's about letting people age in a positive context while interacting with their local community. Cycling Without Age is a global non-profit started six years ago in Copenhagen. Today, it spans over 38 countries with 1,100-plus local chapters. There are over 40 chapters in Canada, with the majority in B.C. The mode of transport is the Trishaw. Built in Copenhagen, incorporating safety features not found on regular bike, Trishaws are an electric-assist bike holding two passengers and a rider pilot. Launching the Sidney chapter of Cycling Without Age will serve individuals throughout the town and hopefully the surrounding Peninsula. The organization's first goal is to raise funds to purchase

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two or three Trishaws in 2018. We are looking for support with funding, volunteering as pilots and participating in this wonderful community activity. Join us at Sidney All Care Residence on Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy an evening of theatre and dessert to support our fundraising efforts. Contact Cycling Without Age Sidney by email (CWASidney@ for information about how you can support this effort. The idea of Cycling Without Age is simple; the effects are profound! There are no fees to participants, just joy. CWA is less about volunteering in the traditional sense of the word and more about active citizenship. Photo courtesy Carson Sage - Cycling Without Age Victoria.

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Thank you for visiting The Fickle Fig Farm Market! The Fickle Fig Farm Market is a year-round farmers market, bakery and bistro. We use our very own produce and ingredients with an added Italian flair. We believe in sustainable farming and only use what is in season. Here at the Fickle Fig, we aim to build community whenever possible, providing a gathering place for farmers, artisans, and community members. We are home to Howl Brewing – Greater Victoria’s newest nanobrewery, which features seasonal beers using our very own ingredients including hops grown on site. The market is situated on ALR land, and for the first time since the ’30s houses farm animals. We currently have chickens, rabbits and a trio of miniature goats on our farm, which are employed as our welcoming committee. Be sure to come check us out!

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Join us Sunday July 15 from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. for our monthly pig roast! A delicious BBQ lunch featuring our own Fickle Fig Pig, a smokey strawberry barbecue sauce, house-baked brioche bun, and sides! Face-painting, and live music for all ages! Howl Brewing is now open for growler fill ups and a tasting room. For more information please visit Find us on Facebook at for details on upcoming events, classes and our most current menu.

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Peninsula Newcomers Club Celebrates 30 Years of Newfound Friendships If you are a woman new to this area, how do you meet people and make friends? You can join the Newcomers Club, which offers several activities: from walking, hiking and biking to book clubs, quilting, knitting and socializing over lunch. Here, past members talk about their experiences: Lynn Meyer – President 2017-2018: "When I moved here, the first thing I looked for was a book club. I found two through the Newcomers. Little did I know that I would also make lots of friends. My husband complains that he never sees me because I am so busy. "He has made new friends too, as the Club offers some social activities where our members bring their partners. I have found the Club a wonderful venue to 'shop for friends'." Diane Dixon – President 2015-2016: "I moved to Sidney from southern Alberta and joined the Newcomers prior to unpacking any boxes. I didn't know anyone in this area, and after attending a couple of the monthly luncheons, I was walking down the street and one of the ladies from the club said hello to me by my name. I felt part of the community and knew this was 'home.' Such a joy to meet so many wonderful women in this new chapter of my life." Marg Stothart – President 2013-2014: "Newcomers Club was a breath of fresh air in my life on the Peninsula. Newly retired, I was delighted to meet other women who enjoy many of the same activities, and to find that I could sign up for brand new experiences. "Out and About took me to places all over Greater Victoria, even to Vancouver on public transit; Investment Club opened my eyes to the complexities of the stock market; hikers went as far afield as Arizona and Panama! "My retirement is richer for the people I've met and the skills I've learned. I even play bridge now (sort of!)" Virginia Watson-Rouslin - President 2007-2008: "In the turmoil of getting settled, I never thought I'd need to join a Newcomers' club, but my good neighbour advised: find women who are in the same

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exciting/stressful situation, sit back and talk to them, and you may be surprised. This did happen. "What we have in common is the desire to know where we live, to explore our environment and to do that with other women who take the journey with us." These testimonials show how important the club has been in our lives. And since it is not for profit, over 30 years we have donated around $40,000 to local charities. What a great way to meet new friends and feel good about doing so! Interested in the Newcomers' Club and want to find out more? Visit

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A Log Home Renovation: Not for the Faint of Heart

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Have you ever wondered what happened to the hard-working family that used to own Marigold Nursery? If you are like me, you dearly miss their incredible nursery; it was always such a wonderful treat to browse through their impressive selection of plants, tools, seeds and other garden treasures. This June, I was lucky enough to catch up with retired Marigold owner Ray Smith and his family as they were moving back into their 3,000-square-foot log home after a major renovation. Their log home fulfills the romantic and cozy image that many of us think of when we see a log house nestled in the woods or surrounded by fields. The huge shiny round logs, cedar trim, antiques and a wood-burning fireplace add to the old-fashioned charm. The home’s expansive view to the west looks over Martindale Valley. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given their former business, the family’s gardens are outstanding. Stately poplars line the driveway. Around the house, there is an attractive mix of grass, flowers, herbs and three separate gardens of mature evergreens, pasture, and maple and cedar trees. Ray and his wife Libby purchased their rural nine-acre property in 1989 and decided to build a three-storey, three-bedroom log house. Six logging trucks brought fir timbers logged from the Lake Cowichan area. On the property, the logs were cut to size and hand-stripped of their bark. There was still a lot of moisture in the logs when they were lifted into place to form the walls and ceilings. Over the years, the logs dried and cracks appeared, accompanied by a startling bang, says Ray. To finish the ceiling and upper walls, he milled cedar trees from the property into boards and then trucked them to a finishing mill in Chemainus, where they were dried and cut into tongue and grooves. Ray chuckles as he points out the living room end wall, which has logs at the base and is finished in cedar, reaching up to the very high 27-foot ceiling. “Do you see that

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line where the cedar changes colour? I ran out of cedar boards at that point 30 years ago, and it never got finished until this renovation.” The renovation idea became a certainty after Ray contacted Mike Keddie, owner of YYJ Contracting, to check out what he thought was a bit of rot in the logs at the gable end of the house. Further investigation proved that it was, in fact, damage caused by carpenter ants. A structural engineer was called in for consultation. In the end, YYJ had to remove the entire bottom half of the log wall. To rebuild the wall meant that the tremendous weight of the upper floors and roof had to be supported during construction. YYJ put in a steel Moment Frame and then reframed the entire wall. “It was quite the undertaking,” said Mike. “A log home is designed to be built from the bottom up, so taking it apart from the middle down is not an easy process. It was really difficult.” “The ant damage was really unfortunate, they destroyed part of the home, but what the ants did inside the logs was stunning,” continued Mike. “They completely hollowed out the insides of the logs but left the rings and knots. It looked like art created by Nature.” The renovation started after Labour Day last year, and Ray and Libby moved up to their summer home in Youbou. Ray said he couldn’t just sit and watch the construction crew, so he felt it was better to stay away. But that didn’t stop him from driving down every other day to check on progress. Ray and Libby’s daughter Rayanne shared that Ray still gets up around 4 a.m,, as he did every morning when he watered the plants at their nursery. Working at Marigold was the only job Ray ever had, and he said that he loved his work. But now he is learning to relax. “It’s nice not to be worrying about the weather and planting schedules, and whether the plants will freeze in winter.” The renovation also covered the inside of the home, including the kitchen. New cabinets and a central island were built. As they love to entertain, Ray and Libby wanted the island to be free from a sink or cooktop. The countertops are lovely green and cream granite called Ocean Mist, purchased from Matrix Marble and Stone in Duncan. Thomas Philips Woodworking custom built the kitchen’s hickory cabinets. Eric Gummer of Thomas Philips said that they installed appliance

At left: a successful shopping trip to Coombs added a solid Indonesian mahogany dining table This page: the living room wall has logs at the base and is finished in cedar, reaching up to the 27-foot-high ceiling

A central island was built without a sink or cooktop to better facilitate entertaining. With no upper cabinets, space was maximized in the lower cabinets by having lots of drawers and pantry rollouts.

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lift-up hardware on one end of the island to house heavier countertop appliances. They painted the wall cabinets to add brightness to the kitchen. And because there are no upper cabinets, “It was important to maximize the storage in the lower cabinets by having lots of drawers and pantry rollouts.” A successful shopping trip to Demxx Deconstruction, Inc. in Coombs added a solid Indonesian mahogany dining table with bench seating, and handsome mango wood and iron swivel seats for the island. A previously-sunken living room floor was brought up flush with the main floor of the home, which makes it safer and more convenient for furniture groupings. Realistic wide vinyl plank flooring adds warmth to the room and is quiet underfoot. The upstairs flooring was also removed but the work turned into a big job, taking two workers three weeks to remove tiles and underlay that had been glued and stapled. Mike said, “There

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Syrian Refugee Families on the Saanich Peninsula by Sharon Hope

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Pollatsek wished to help Syrian refugees arriving in Canada, so Tricia formed a private group to bring a couple and their toddler from Turkey to Canada. This group has raised approximately half of the $40,000 they require. Tricia believes that private groups can offer more effective support to refugees compared to families receiving government assistance. Martha attended a panel discussion where Syrian refugees told their stories. When the meeting ended, she was so moved by the experience that she and a friend immediately volunteered to help. Anne Zerrath, who rents to a Syrian refugee family, described assisting them as a life-changing experience: "I've gained a different world perspective and more insight into how other societies are structured compared to my own." The Syrian family Anne and Martha know on the Peninsula originally moved from Damascus to Egypt. Like many families, they expected to return to Syria within a few months, but that became impossible. The mother spoke to me about the difficulties the family had experienced. "I left for Egypt because of the war and then my husband followed within six months. We stayed in Egypt four years where we both worked but we wanted a better life for our children. When the U.N. assigned us to Canada, I was really afraid because I knew no one there." She continued: "When I first arrived, I didn't understand anything – even the fact I could say no when someone suggested a get together or an appointment and I already had something planned. We stayed for two months in a hotel with 30 other Syrian ation prepar x a t l na perso y

families where it was very noisy. All the families in the hotel suffered from severe anxiety about the future. Initially, the food made most of us sick. When we met Martha, we didn't know what we were going to do about housing or about settling in but she helped us with everything." She smiled at me. "Once we moved from the hotel to our house it was much better. Because I come from a large family, it was lonely though, until I made friends. Extended families are close in Syria and I missed my relatives very much. At first I was afraid to walk in the neighbourhood and felt uncomfortable because there were no bars or metal grilles on the windows. Since I didn't know whom to trust or how to keep safe, I kept the doors locked. There were many other differences in customs as well. In Egypt and Syria buses are small and do not have regular stops like they do here. Although I couldn't before, now I can drive myself wherever I want." When I asked about other specific differences between countries, she noted: "In Egypt, schools have fees and it may take several months to process applications but in Canada it is much simpler and quicker. Compared to Egypt, there is no garbage on the streets. As a result, there are no stray dogs and cats gathering to eat the garbage, nor are there large rat populations attracted by it. I am very grateful to all the people in Canada who have helped my family. In the future, I hope I can find work here." Anyone wishing to assist Peninsula Syrian refugee families can contact Tricia via email at:, or Martha at: To obtain additional information, email the Saanich Peninsula Refugee Initiative Group (SPRIG) at:

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Co-op Donates to Learning Garden Co-op is helping to build a place for everyone in Victoria with funding for the Food Eco District (FED). The Co-op Community Spaces Program is providing $56,000 to help build the FED Urban Learning Garden at the Greater Victoria Public Library. The garden provides a beautiful space and outdoor classroom where the public can learn how to save seeds, identify local plant species, discover First Nations plant uses and how to grow food in urban spaces. “This project has been in the making for many years and the funds from Co-op make it a reality. We’re so excited to revitalize this space and we’re so thankful to Co-op for helping to make it happen,” said Heidi Grantner, Director of Food Eco District. Co-op Community Spaces is investing in community projects across Western Canada, from Vancouver Island through to Manitoba. The program helps create, protect and improve projects dedicated to environmental conservation, recreation and urban agriculture. This year, 24 organizations will receive a total $2 million for their community projects. Since 2015, Co-op Community Spaces has donated $6.5 million to 88 projects. “This learning garden will foster educational enrichment and environmental sustainability. By supporting projects like this, we’re helping to build and support a vibrant and healthy community where people can come together,” said Lindsay Gaudette, Marketing and Community Relations Manager, Peninsula Co-op. The giving program is administered by Federated Co-operatives Limited on behalf of more than 180 independent retail co-operatives across Western Canada that form the Co-operative Retailing System. The complete list of 2018 Co-op Community Spaces funding recipients will be announced later in June. For more information about the program, visit

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The EKSM Festival wraps up If there are any events in the arts world coming up on the Peninsula, July 1 and 2 with concerts by three please let us know via: outstanding performers who have come together to form a dynamic trio. Violinist Stefan Jackiw, pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell have joined forces to form the JCT (Junction) Trio. They will perform select pieces from Ives, Ravel and Trapani. Tickets: July 1 at 2:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church of Victoria and July 2 at 7 p.m. Church and State Wines, Brentwood Bay.

SPACtivity at Tulista Join the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Craft Society in celebrating SPAC's 65th anniversary. Visitors can watch the exciting plein air contest and enjoy artist demonstrations, jewelry displays, children's hands-on activities, prizes and more. June 30 to July 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, Sidney

Open-Air Library All ages can enjoy fresh ocean air and free books this summer at Sidney’s Open Air Library. Select from a wide range of reading materials and relax on cozy blankets with a good book. Bonus: you can take a book home with you too! July 3, 10, 17 and August 7, 14, 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at Iroquois Park, 2295 Ocean Avenue.

Artists in Wonderland: Local artists Romona King, Brenda Milne, Kirsten Sawatsky and Debra Wilson have a love for all things fairy tale and wonderland. Each has a different point of view, working in a variety of mediums. July 16 to 22.

Sidney Sculpture by the Sea This exciting new summer arts event will showcase sculptures of different sizes, mediums, and images and most will be for sale. The show features close to 100 sculptures by 30 top artists and will also highlight the many sculptures that line Sidney's waterfront, Beacon Avenue and elsewhere around town. Near the end of July, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea will feature a new, contemporary piece by master-carver Temosën (Charles Elliot). Supported by community sponsors, this is a collaborative arts event by the SBIA, Town of Sidney, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Museum and the Vancouver Island Sculptors Guild. July 8 to Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At both Mary Winspear Centre and Sidney Museum.

Summer Sounds Concert Series Once again, enjoy music by the waterfront each Sunday afternoon in July and August. An eclectic lineup of musicians takes the band shell stage in Beacon Park for free community shows generously sponsored by Peninsula Co-op. Concerts run 2 to 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the ambiance. Schedule at

More at ArtSea Gallery The Gallery in Tulista Park has a number of captivating shows by Island artists this month. Open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission and parking. A sampling: City Blues: Paintings by artists Peter Greczmiel and Hank Lionhart. Using primarily acrylics, Peter paints in a largely impressionistic style yet captures a level of detail more often associated with realism. Hank will feature a series of paintings on the Legends of the Blues which reflects his own music and love of the blues. July 2 to 8.

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Circles of Care: Giving Back In time everyone finds themselves caught up in life circumstances where they are helped by others. Have you ever considered setting up a Circle of Care for such circumstances? A Circle is an organized cooperative. Circles come together to promote well-being and quality of life for a person or couple. As a Circle member, I have helped friends who are dying, admitted to hospital or downsizing, as well as frail seniors living at home. I experienced joyful satisfaction when I could offer my skill or what I know best for these situations. These joyful aspects remind me of the connectedness I felt giving back as a Circle member. Participating in a Circle is more than being a good neighbour; it is a powerful relational way to give back that comes from a genuine desire to help and make a difference for someone you know. Caring about someone does not necessarily mean taking physical care of them, but it could. The Circle surrounds the person or couple for all kinds of reasons like reminiscent visits, relieving a caregiver to attend an appointment, running an errand, or sharing a meal. A Circle is continuous and has reciprocity, because when you give back, you get even more back. Circles are a shared endeavor, where roles and responsibilities can change over time because life situations

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are dynamic. In Circles the load is shared between members, and this allows for unique approaches to accommodate specific needs. This is important because giving back to families and neighbourhoods in this way enriches community life. If you are thinking about setting up a Circle, remember there is no one way to do so. It is best to start early to think about who could be in your Circle before a crisis develops. Although there is no ideal number, I have learned that you need more than two people. Draw from prior relationships founded on bonds of kinship and friendship for potential members. Take into account the importance of your history and culture. From loyal and trusted relationships, establish a team leader. Coordination is a key factor for success. Have a fanout list. Bring the group together – meeting helps everyone to learn each other's talents and to connect. Explore hypothetical situations and ensure that everyone has the same information about your values and beliefs. This isn't just about what you want the doctor to do in an emergency, or in a medical crisis or illness. Focus on what quality of life means to you. And remember it is okay to add or remove members from your Circle. Circles can have pitfalls, like navigating boundaries with family relations, determining who has the right to assume implied consent over personal matters, and unclear roles and responsibilities. Members can also under- or overestimate their skill and knowledge. To counter these problems, work hard at communication and share information, and promote collaboration and cooperation in the Circle. When joining a Circle, it is important to know your own values and beliefs so you can join with authenticity. See people as likeable, self-able, and connect by building trust and mutual respect, while sharing moments of humor and fun. A Circle can leave an enduring legacy: it shows the younger generation that caring about people when matched with action offers personal fulfillment and builds community. Giving back through Circles of Care makes us better people and stronger community citizens.

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Marigold Lands Ltd. offers housing options crucial to the continued success and growth of the Saanich Peninsula’s transportation and technology industries. Capital Regional District surveys have shown that at least 2,500 people employed on the Saanich Peninsula commute to work each day from Victoria, the Western Communities, Sooke and north of the Malahat, including the Cowichan Valley and Duncan area. Meanwhile, traffic congestion worsens and daily and round-trip commutes to the Peninsula now average two to three hours for many employees. This has created two major challenges for workers and employers. First, the cost of the commute by automobile can consume upwards of 10% of a worker’s income. This is only going to get worse as fuel prices rise. Second – and the most important – the time spent away from home, family and community. Instead of time spent with children, spouse and friends, Peninsula workers living in distant communities spend time commuting to and from work. This negatively impacts their quality of life, happiness and job performance. This means Peninsula employers have stressed employees. This also means Peninsula employers face a burden when recruiting the skilled employees: where are they going to live? Prices for single family houses now average over $900,000 in Greater Victoria. Housing on the Peninsula can be even more expensive. Marigold will assist the Peninsula’s employees and employers. If you thought that the Peninsula was just too expensive, we invite you to consider Marigold, located in Central Saanich at 7874 Lochside Drive.

While similar Sidney condominiums are selling from about $550,000 to $900,000, two-bedroom, luxury condominiums at Marigold are selling from $469,900. We are building a complete new community, in a great central location, close to Sidney, Victoria, work amenities and transportation off the Island. Our beautiful, first phase building offers two-bedroom homes which include secure underground parking, two bathrooms, gourmet kitchens, natural gas fireplaces, ranges and BBQs, large decks and superior interior finishing. There are several floor plans to choose from. Visit our Presentation Centre, located in Sidney at 2387 Beacon Avenue, open from Saturday to Wednesday, 12 to 4 p.m. For more information see

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last word June marks the preparation of our July Giving Back issue and the culmination of many months’ work by a dedicated team of volunteers who strive to make Seaside’s annual Taking It To The Street road hockey charity event a success. This year was no exception: another great day during which we raised an amazing $30,105 for Help Fill A Dream. Being part of Taking It To The Street never ceases to inspire me and encourage me to look at what I’m doing to give back in my personal life. The problem is, giving back is amazing in theory and a critical part of community building, but what if you’re the full-time mom of a toddler and the fulltime editor of a local magazine? When it seems like the only “spare time” you have is when your head is on the pillow, figuring out a way to give back seems like an unattainable goal. But giving back doesn’t have to be about the big things, as Lara Gladych discovered in this month’s Word on the Street (page 34). As Lara found, it can simply mean a kind act, or a show of support. And when looked at this way, examples can be found everywhere you look, and seem much easier to attain.

When your time is at a premium, perhaps the best ways to commit a kind act or show of support can be found through your own interests and connections. Maybe your friend is a new mom, who just needs you to hold her baby for a little while while she catches a quick nap or shower. Lately I’ve been seeing nothing but support from friends and family. My daycare closed with no notice, and the number of people who have offered to help by taking my daughter for the day, whenever I need, is certainly a kind act. Add to that my Seaside team of coworkers who don’t bat an eye at my all-over-the-place schedule and I am reminded how lucky I am to be surrounded by good people. What about finding ways to give back based on your interests? In my childhood my mom was a big part of the local SPCA, which gave her a way to spend time with and take care of the animals she so dearly loved. The ocean has always been a huge part of my life, and a recent visit to the World Oceans Day event at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea reminded me that people aren’t the only thing you can give back to: our oceans need our help just as much. Simple things such as giving up plastic drinking straws, or taking part in a beach cleanup day, are small but kind acts that can have far-reaching implications. The point is, giving back can take a different form for everyone, and finding your path to doing so is just as unique as you are.

Allison Smith, Editor

July 8 to September 4 10am to 4pm daily Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue


Sidney Historical Museum 2423 Beacon Avenue admission by donation most works of art for sale, please contact the Mary Winspear Centre for details

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what ' s happening Thursdays till August 30: Sidney Street Market

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Beacon Avenue, Sidney

Sidney’s Street Market has been a holiday highlight on Vancouver Island for over 17 years. Every Thursday night from June to August, the Town’s charming main street, Beacon Avenue, is closed to traffic and transformed into one of the most spectacular, festive street markets in British Columbia! saturdays till october 6: North Saanich Farm Market

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich

Rain or shine, the weekly markets are on! Each week, our vendors can vary and our entertainers will switch up. But you’ll always be guaranteed a great time and fantastic produce and products. Make sure to check our Facebook page for any late breaking changes to our weekly lineup. saturdays till october 6: Peninsula Country Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton

Our vibrant community market has more than 50 vendors weekly offering farm fresh products, jams and jellies, honey, homemade bread, cut flowers, assorted fresh meats, organic produce and a fine selection of arts and crafts. Enjoy a country morning among friends, live music, hot coffee, great munchies and children’s activities. july 1: Sidney Days: Canada Day Celebration 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Iroquois Park, Sidney 250.656.7271 |

Join us at Iroquois Park for some face painting and inflatable fun celebrating Canada Day & Sidney Days! Come on down and wave to Slider in the Canada Day Parade at 11:30 a.m. in downtown Sidney! july 5: Play in the Park Launch Party

5:30 to 8: 30 p.m. at Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay 250.656.7271 |

Join us as we kick off the Play in the Park program for this summer! Have dinner at the park! Sidney and Kiwanis club are providing a BBQ by donation. thursdays, july 5 - 26: Yoga in the Park

july 11: Moon Walk (guided walk - 5 yrs +) 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Coles Bay Regional Park, North Saanich 250.478.3344 |

When the moon is new and the tide is low, down to Coles Bay we'll go! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. This program includes wading in the water so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Inverness Road. july 18: Cougar Capers (guided walk - 5 yrs and under) 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park, Saanich 250.478.3344 |

Investigate the life of a cougar on this interactive walk with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. There is no fee for this program but you must pre-register by July 13 as space is limited. july 28:

BC Aviation Museum Open House 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 1910 Norseman Road, North Saanich 250.589.2602 |

This year, the Open House will honour Canada's participation in the closing days of World War I in 1918. This popular annual event will include the museum's exhibits, inductions into the B.C. Aviation Hall of Fame, activities for children including the Kids' Pooh Bear Corner, military re-enactors and vintage military vehicles. The Sidney Lions Club and Mama Rosie's Food Truck will be selling refreshments, and $40 Discovery Flights will be made available by the Victoria Flying Club and Pacific Sky Aviation. Expanded parking will be available nearby at the Rotary Park Field of Dreams on Canora Road, with shuttle service to the museum. Please note that service animals only will be allowed on the museum grounds. 2nd wednesday OF each MONTH

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Group 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church 2159 Mount Newton Cross Road

Find comfort and camaraderie in a safe setting. 3RD THURSDAY OF each MONTH

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting 7 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

6 to 7 p.m. at Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay 250.656.7271 |

Speakers and discussions on the association's ongoing projects.

Come and participate in a FREE outdoor yoga session while enjoying the fresh air of the summer evening. Combine flowing movement with static yoga postures to release, restore and lengthen the body. Please bring a mat. All levels welcome. Weather dependent.

2nd Thursday of each Month

july 6: Cheek to Cheek Benefit for Angel Flight BC

Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula?Ladies – come join our club!

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

A very special double bill with Edie Daponte and Jazz Vocalist Susannah Adams ( Jan Stirling on grand piano and Joey Smith on guitar/ bass. Advance tickets $15 at Tanner's Books.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel Pre-booking required. More information at

tuesday evenings

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting 7:30 p.m. at Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support.

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