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Contents JULY 2019



2019 TAKING IT TO THE STREET Compassion and Connection: Making a Difference

THE FEMALE HEART Beating to a Different Drummer



BATTLEFIELD BIKE RIDE Victoria to Juno Beach and Back

SEASIDE HOMES A Mountain of Bedrock Isn't Going to Stop Us!

27 YOUTH VOLUNTEERING FOR YOUTH: A Small Part of a Greater Good

ON THE COVER Pat Bay Sunset Paddle: Janice Gerrett and her brother Darren with dog Rue. by Sue Ferguson - Outer Limits Digital Photography

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 13 Salish Sea News 14 Word on the Street 21 Common Cents 31 Inside Out 33 New & Noteworthy 34 Living Off the Land 37 The Natural Path 38 Trade Student Spotlight 44 Loving Large, Living Small 51 Behind the Scenes

54 Cowland's Chronicles 57 Meet Your Neighbours NEW! 58 In Fashion 66 West Coast Gardener 71 Seaside Book Club 73 Take Note 77 The Golden Years 79 Last Word

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I have the great opportunity to see what many of you are going through on a daily basis with your hair! One of the questions I get asked most is: "should I transition to grey hair?" This month, I answer some of those questions about how to "just go grey!"

The Peninsula Youth Clinic is a safe, inclusive and valuable community resource. Its presence allows youth to access health care in a confidential environment, and also to work behind the scenes as volunteers and advocates. Read more about my volunteer experience at the clinic.

JESSE HOLTH PAGES 10, 49, 70 Taking It To The Street, in support of Help Fill A Dream, is really about the power of compassion and what happens when we all work together to help each other. This year's Dream Recipient, Adam Bolton, will be going on a Yukon Adventure to see the magical Northern Lights.

TRUDI JONES PAGE 59 The "Less is More" concept is becoming popular in home design as well as the fashion industry. Busy lifestyles are now more then ever attracted to a minimalistic theology, and that well-known saying "quality over quantity" is being applied to households across the globe.

STEPHANIE STAPLES PAGE 24 Most people want to help, they want to make a difference, they want to contribute, but many think they don't have the time, money or resources to make a huge impact. Think again. If you are healthy enough to give blood this could be the most important hour of your month.

DARREN WESTWOOD PAGE 18 In the spirit of "giving back," being part of a 75th Anniversary D-Day Cycle trip to Juno Beach means some more exposure for this amazing charity, Wounded Warriors Canada. The battle against PTSD and Mental Health issues are brought to the forefront, and are not just for military families anymore.

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This Month's Contributors: Annilee Armstrong, Jo Barnes, Leah Bickford, Kristen Bovee, Amanda Cribdon, Sue Ferguson, Doreen Marion Gee, Gabby Gladych, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Linda Hunter, Trudi Jones, Tina Kelly, Travis Koivula, Paula Kully, Anne Miller, Cassidy Nunn, Stu Rhodes, Deborah Rogers, Tracey Scott, Hilary Sparks, Stephanie Staples, Darren Westwood, Hayley Zumkeller

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I treasure my time watching my two children grow up. As I write this it's only a few weeks away from my son's graduation from high school. It's a real milestone for any parent. I'll be honest: the prospect of getting older and having my children all grown up sometimes scares the heck out of me! I'll go back and look at old family photos; the three of us have had quite a journey so far. Their first days of school; soccer games; Christmas concerts, fit in the delicacies of a divorce, and now the first graduation – 18 years of bliss! People say "how time flies," but I have to disagree. I remember those long summers as a kid where it felt like the days never ended; staying out from sunrise to sunset, soaking in every possible second of daylight and making the most of my free time. That's how I feel my time has been


with my children so far – sure there are days that have been on fast-forward, but for the most part I've tried to savour every moment with them. As a parent the ability to be there for all those major milestones has been exciting, but this particular one for my son has me a bit anxious and teary-eyed. I'm so proud of him and will always be his biggest cheerleader, clapping and "woo-hooing" the loudest in the stands, with tears of pride, happiness and absolute love for him during his special day. He'll never be alone in his journey in life; I'll be the voice in his head and his heart … he will always and forever be my little boy. Go get em' Lucas! Congratulations to all of this year's Grads – what an accomplishment. You're the future of our community; we'll be watching to see what you end up doing and who you all become.


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Making a Difference What is life without compassion? It's true what they say – life really is about the connections we make with other people. It's about helping and supporting each other, and at this year's Taking It To The Street, we got to do it while having a great time. It was a beautiful sunny day, with perfect weather to play some road hockey, and a lively event where Seaside Magazine was able to raise $25,000 (now $125,000 to date) for Help Fill A Dream Foundation. So many people came out to support the event, and everyone was smiling and having fun. A number of hockey teams participated this year, including players from the Peninsula Panthers and the Victoria Royals. "[It's] a good opportunity to support the community and those around us," says Ryan Spizawka, a prospect for the Victoria Royals. Nolan Bentham, a fellow prospect, agrees. "This event's been really cool, [and] it's for a good cause," he nods. Former professional hockey player Doug Bodger, of the Vancouver Canucks, also made an appearance at the event. He lives in the Cowichan Valley and came down to support the cause. "[It's] something you want to be a part of," he says, calling it a "no-brainer." With plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, the day was a big hit. "The kids are really loving the dinosaur stuff," says Jessie Della Vedova, operating the Four Frames Photo Booth sponsored by Dino Lab Inc. "We do a lot of work with Help Fill A by Jesse Holth





Dream," adds Casey Cathcart. Kids even got to meet a realistic life-sized dinosaur, Velma the Velociraptor, thanks to Raptor4Rent! "I've seen a lot of smiling kids and happy families," says Richard Ostle, part of the organizing team for the event. He says it's a great way to combine "Canada's favourite pastime" with a good cause. "[We love to see] a lot of people having fun." Residents were joined by local businesses and team mascots, including members of Unifor 333BC, the Sidney and Central Saanich Fire Departments, accountants Peggy Yelland & Associates, and mascots like "Grizz" of the Victoria Grizzlies, Marty the Marmot of the Victoria Royals, and Rocky of the Victoria Shamrocks, among others. "It's about supporting children," says local Joachim Ge. "It's a way to give back to the community, and that's important to me." At one of the booths, volunteers with brightlycoloured wigs are handing out cotton candy. "My husband and I started volunteering with Help Fill A Dream eight years ago," says Michele Brooks. "We just really love contributing to our community." Fans were also greeted with an array of superheroes, in full costume. "We're a children's charity group called Superheroes of Victoria," says founder Mark Ashfield. "We've been around for 10 years," he continues. "We're [basically] a free volunteer resource for charities – we work a lot with Help Fill A Dream." He says the kids love to see their favourite superheroes in real life.

[1] A Kirby Kids' Tournament player goes for the goal! [2] Volunteers Lisa Davies and Bruce Musseau [3] left to right: Jennifer Stone, Aman Randhawa, Leah Purcell [4] She shoots! Leah Purcell takes a shot on the net [5] Dream recipient Adam Bolton with sister Lindsay and parents Amy and Curtis [6] Some of the UNIFOR 333BC team [7] Sue Hodgson, Seaside Magazine owner and publisher [8] Tracey, Asher and Nolan Trousdell [9] Musician Johnny Gr4ves [10] Craig Smith, Executive Director of Help Fill A Dream. Photos by Tracey Scott Photography

6th Annual Charity Road Hockey Event Attendees were treated to the musical stylings of Johnny Gr4ves, a talented local artist. "It's amazing that we [can] have everyone come together," he says. "Vancouver Island is all about community." Samantha Whitney, owner of Stem to Stern Massage Clinic, reiterates how important it is to support each other. "I'm a mom," she says, "and I think about my kids – what if something happened to them?" She's glad to see the event is stirring up the 'giving' spirit in people, and says it's a great way to bring the community together. "We're on this earth to care about others – [that's] what we're really here for." The event wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of TD. "TD likes to give back to the community," says James Haley-Browning. They are especially committed to sports and children's health, so Taking It To The Street is a perfect match. Thanks to everyone in our community, the day was a big success – it's amazing what we can accomplish together. Photos by Tracey Scott Photography


This Year's Dream Recipient: Adam Bolton This year's dream recipient is Adam Bolton. Adam was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was seven years old. "You don't expect that [as a parent]," says his mother, Lindsay. She says one of the hardest parts about the diagnosis is that it's forever – there is no cure. "It's something he'll have to deal with for the rest of his life." Adam has chosen a unique vacation for his dream: a winter adventure in the Yukon. Adam, along with his mother, father, and sister, will be travelling north to have the experience of a lifetime. Their "Yukon Adventure" will take them to Whitehorse in December of this year, where they'll be dogsledding and seeing the magical Northern Lights. "We're really outdoorsy people," says Lindsay. "We've always loved those coldweather adventures." She explains how they found out that Adam was getting his dream. 10 "I got the phone call one day at work, [and] couldn't stop smiling." When she told Adam, he was in disbelief. "He [really] didn't believe me!" she exclaims. "[Sometimes] I feel like we don't deserve it – there are so many [sick] kids out there." She says they are beyond appreciative. "We're just so grateful this could happen for Adam."






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A Decade of Giving Ten years or a decade – either way you state it – that's a long time. In 2009, a five-year plan came by Tina Kelly together when the Shaw Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Ocean Discovery Centre* officially opened its doors with a kelp-ribbon cutting on June 20. Close to 800 visitors flooded through the submarine doors every day that first summer. Keeping the guests engaged with exciting exhibits was the job for a team of committed "Oceaneers," the marine-inspired label for Centre volunteers. Ten years on, some of those original Oceaneers continue to give. Spearheading the volunteer program back in 2008 was Beth Watkins. Beth was employee number one, the Community Coordinator hired by founding Executive Director, Angus Mathews. After many years, and a variety of roles, Beth retired in 2017. But, missing the vibrant atmosphere, animals and enthusiastic staff and volunteers, Beth became a volunteer herself! Once a week Beth spends time in the Aquarist Department, feeding the fish. Beth brought along two special friends – Mikes and Marlies – when she joined the Centre. Over the years, Mikes P. has volunteered in many capacities, both onsite and off, supporting evening events, feeding the exhibits, and assisting with collecting trips and the youth program. She says the latter, staying connected with young people, is a major perk of volunteering. With 2,793 volunteer hours under her belt, Mikes describes the Centre as a home away from home and credits her time at the centre for enriching her life and having a positive influence on her own environmental footprint. Marlies W. enjoys people and loves to roam through the exhibits where she can pass along her knowledge and insight to visitors. Although Marlies feels a pressing urgency to educate others over concern for the environment, she always does so with a welcoming, calm, kind approach. While she enjoys connecting with all guests, Marlies feels it is extra special to highlight our Salish Sea bioregion for visitors from landlocked regions. Another long-time volunteer who deserves a mention is Jill S. With a science background and strong environmental ethics, Jill was drawn to volunteering when her move to North Saanich coincided with the Centre's opening. Jill's early days were spent educating visitors throughout the galleries but now she arrives at the Centre bright and early to harvest and prepare plankton for hungry fish and invertebrates. Using some of her other skills, Jill has occasionally taken on special projects – constructing a wood interactive interpretive display, creating a salmon lifecycle activity

and sewing a cover for our plankton towers. With all of these volunteers, a common theme emerges reflecting their motivations for staying involved. Not only do they share a genuine interest in marine life and lifelong learning, they stress friendships and giving back to the community as reasons to maintain their connection to the Centre. When asked about her 10 years with the Centre, Beth responded: "The volunteers have always been a huge part of the experience and I am proud to have been involved." The Centre is truly indebted to all of the volunteers dedicating time and energy to the organization, but there is a special warm and fuzzy sense of gratitude for those who have been with us for a decade. *Now the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea Interested in volunteering? Visit for more details. Interested in visiting? The Centre is open daily at 10 a.m.


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An Act of Kindness by Lara Gladych

Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so, in every issue, we ask people to answer a question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. An act of kindness is never lost on me, and being engaged and visibly kind to others is something I try to be aware of in my everyday life. Doing something kind for someone else often cheers me up when I'm having a bad day, and there are also days when another person's kind gesture has completely changed my outlook on life. To see these acts play out in the world reassures me that as humans, we have an enormous capacity for goodness and goodwill towards others. What is an act of kindness, either given or received, that stands out in your mind? This is the question I asked people in connection with our Giving Back theme for the month of July. The first person I spoke with had an enormously good deed to recount. "I don't know if you remember Sarah Beckett – she was a

police officer that was killed, and [the city of Langford is] building a playground in her memory. I'm actually a police officer, and I also own a playground company, and obviously this kind of speaks to us. We're volunteering our time to help build it, as well as [donating] our supplies, our techniques and our equipment – coming up in August when the build happens. We're doing a volunteer install, and will have about 70 people there the day of, offering their services for free." This was Rob, 46. Randy is 58, and having had a few moments to ponder the question he said: "The thing for me is that there are a lot of people that are lonely or hurting. Just giving a phone call, or, in my case I go for lunch with an uncle who's by himself. Sometimes you think of the big things but they don't really help many people. I realize it's the little things with my in-laws. He passed away and she's by herself. I'll give a phone call to say 'How're you doing?'" I spoke with Zaylee, 32, who could immediately place how acts of kindness have affected her life. "I'm from Regina originally, and I moved here a couple of years ago. Anytime anybody helps me with


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my kids – I don't have family here and my husband works away – it's an act of kindness that helps me so much. There are a lot of people around here that are always willing to give a helping hand." I crossed paths with Roy, 64, and his wife. "Giving of your time, that's what we do." Next on my route I met Clint, who is 46. "It's the little things, like say you're in line for coffee and someone in front of you pays for it. You just pay it forward the next time." "Well, someone turned in a package that I left at a store and I got it back." Christine is 73. "I try to help everybody I can." "Somebody covered our diner bill," responded a sweet older gentleman (who preferred to remain nameless) who sat with his wife looking out at the water. When I sat down to speak with Terry, 68, I couldn't have known that she was previously deep in thought on the bench that turned out to have her late husband's name on it in memoriam. "I've had a lot of kindness given to me in the last year. It will be a year tomorrow," she said as she brushed the name plaque with hers fingers, tears coming to her eyes and her voice welling up with grief. "In the last year I've had a lot of kindness, just people doing any kind thing they could for me. I've had people be very kind to me, and I will repay that, or I'll pay it forward." I thanked Terry for speaking with me, and sensed that it was a relief for her to acknowledge her gratitude for those who have been there for her. Lately I've been helping single mothers with food," said Chantelle, 44, who says she does this often, and also helps with gas money for mothers in need. Her co-worker, Heather, 55, recalls with a laugh that she bought Chantelle a cookie earlier that day, and Chantelle affirms that Heather often does such things for others. Anna, 59, shares this: "I think for me, it's that we recently helped our daughter move back from Vancouver, but we also helped her roommate because her roommate didn't have anybody. I think when you can reach out like that to somebody who needs a hand it's important … it could be any one of us." Along with Anna was Lisa, 53, who shared this message: "Pay it forward. The value doesn't matter. It's the greatest feeling, and it's more for the giver than the receiver. Everyone can do it, just reach out with no strings attached."

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What started out as a whim a couple of years ago, with many hours "in the saddle" since, turned into one of the most life-changing trips I have ever taken. I am so honoured to be part of Wounded Warriors Canada, a Canadian Charity Organization to honour and support Canada's ill and injured Canadian Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families. And, with that, in the early hours of D-Day June 6, 2019, 75 years to the day since allied troops landed, a group of 130 maple leaf clad cyclists "landed" on those very same beaches. This was the culmination of seven days and 550+ kilometres of cycling from Dieppe to Juno Beach, with a multitude of stops in between to honour all the fallen Canadians who fought in the Battle of Normandy. Their sacrifices on D-Day alone numbered 1,075 men, and over the course of the entire battle, almost 18,700 Canadians gave their lives to allow us and all the other allied countries to live the lives we have today. Thank you to each one. What made our trip so exciting, as we had cyclists from Halifax

to Victoria, was the fact that we had an original Juno Beach Veteran with us for the whole ride as well (at right). We were able to be there on D-Day, 75 years on, when Russel Kaye stepped back onto the same beach he had stormed those many decades ago. It was absolutely mind blowing trying to imagine what was going through his mind. For all of us it was a sight that will truly be once in a lifetime, and there was not a dry eye on the beach. The week spent with this amazing group of people, cycling through some of the most picturesque, poppy-filled French countryside I have ever seen, brought this team of all ages together with one common mission: to say a collective thank you to all. As we cycled through the small towns and villages, hanging on almost every building were Canadian Flags, as well as American and British ones, showing the true respect and thanks the locals have for all that the allies did for them. Out of nowhere, as we cycled into many a small village, you would see people hanging out of their windows, cheering and clapping as we sped past them, leaving a trail of red white and "maple" ... goosebumps every time! The final moments of our visit to Juno Beach on this most momentous day was when the photographer grouped us all together on the beach, facing Canada House, one of the first French Houses to be liberated on that day, for a group photo. What happened next was amazing: the entire group, very unplanned, broke out in unison, singing O' Canada while looking up and watching the many veterans that were looking down, tears in their eyes. There are no words to describe that feeling, other than you really had to be there, which I am so blessed to have been. Cycling off the beach at the end of the ride was a very silent and solemn thing; of all the 130 riders buckling down to climb back up that hill, I don't believe there was one word spoken as everyone reflected on what had just happened, and how lucky we all are to have seen a true piece of history, with actual living veterans in our midst. I would highly recommend a trip through Normandy for everyone, as it really makes you proud to be a Canadian and see what those brave men and women did for us over 75 years ago. I encourage everyone to check out: or www. to see some of the amazing work this charity does for us all.

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What’s Happening at the Mary Winspear Centre

Strange Advance Returning after a 30 year hiatus, Strange Advance brings their Radical Orbits Tour to the Charlie White Theatre on Saturday, July 6. Formed in 1982 by Drew Arnott and Darryl Kromm, Strange Advance was known for their new wave brand of music featuring the use of synthesizers and keyboards to create their unique sound. The band was nominated for a 1983 Juno Award as Most Promising Group of the Year and again in 1985 as Group of the Year. Their first two albums, 1982’s Worlds Away and 1985’s 2WO were both Canadian gold selling records and featured songs Worlds Away, We Run and Love Becomes Electric, all of which are still played on radio 30 years later! Enjoy an evening with “the finest progressive-pop this side of the U.K.” by a group described as “Canada’s answer to Pink Floyd.”

The Godfather of Heavy Metal, Ozzy Osbourne has been rockin’ the world since the formation of Black Sabbath in 1968. With worldwide record sales topping 100 million, Ozzy – as a solo artist & a founding member of Black Sabbath – has dominated the genre of heavy metal for five decades. With heavy guitar riffs and signature vocals, Ozzy’s music continues to be as popular as ever today. Comprised of talented and seasoned musicians, the five came together to create a tribute of the highest caliber. Complete with the “War Pigs” air raid sirens, and the rippin’ lead guitar solos synonymous of Randy Rhoads, Jake E. Lee and Zakk Wylde, Bourne to be Ozz creates a show of unrivalled attention to detail. Fans of Ozzy will be in awe at the authenticity of Bourne to be Ozz’s high energy performance. Don’t miss out on the chance to see your favourite Ozzy & Sabbath hits performed live; a MUST for real fans!

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The Mary Winspear Centre presents Crash Test Dummies God Shuffled His Feet 25th Anniversary Tour on August 8 & 9.

Bourne to be Ozz: the Canadian Ozzy & Black Sabbath Experience is coming to Sidney this summer, Saturday, July 17.

After touring the world for their last album eight years ago, Crash Test Dummies agreed

that they were done. “Everyone was ready to move on in their lives - you know family, other interests.” And I didn’t feel I had anything else to say. I wanted to write albums, but people had stopped listening to albums. Instead, everything was streaming. People only wanted to listen to one song, and then move on to the next band. I lost interest.” Recently, however, Roberts has penned some of his most provocative lyrics ever. “I sat down one night after having written nothing in literally years, and out came a verse--of sorts. I was rusty! But I stuck with it for a few more days, until I managed to make it to say what I wanted to say.” This led to more of the same, and soon Roberts was ready to try setting words to music. “Just for my own pleasure, really. Things grew organically from there. And here we are again!” The August concerts will feature a full performance of the album, “God Shuffled his Feet” plus staples from the band’s catalog.

Supernatural A Santana Experience Returning to the Charlie White stage on Friday, August 16, we welcome back Supernatural - A Santana Experience.

Paying homage to a true icon of modern music. Santana’s music crosses cultural boundaries and excites audiences worldwide. He is an architect of Latin rock and a true guitar hero. Supernatural honors the man and his music. A six piece band recreates the experience of a Santana concert with all the energy and musicianship of the real thing. Spanning an over 50 year career the show takes the audience through all of Santana’s greatest hits and modern classics.

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anything for a cookie. Though it's true you can get your fill of sweet and salty snacks when you donate blood, that of course is but a tiny perk in the selfless act of donating blood. I have been a regular donor since I was a teenager and now at donation number 47, I am even more passionate than ever about this life-giving cause. Imagine your baby or grandbaby being born and urgently needing a transfusion. Imagine your child or spouse in a motor vehicle accident; every second matters in matching their blood type. Imagine your best friend's cancer treatments have left them so anemic, they need blood to function. We don't like to imagine these tragedies, but for many people they are not just scenarios, they're reality. And we, here on the Saanich Peninsula, have the power to be superheros; we have the power to impact lives, in fact to save lives and we don't even have to go to medical school. All we have to do is show up and roll up our sleeve. With only 3.9% of the Canadian population being blood donors (and just 2.9% in B.C.), it's no wonder blood banks are being challenged handling the demand. If you are already a donor, thank you. I bet you feel the same privilege as I do when you donate. Knowing that your healthy


body has the capacity to save a life is a pretty overwhelming feeling. I feel like it's a wonderful way to show gratitude for our own health. If you have thought about giving but haven't quite got around to it yet, let me tell you that the hardest part is getting that first donation in: making the appointment, overcoming the obstacles (fear, needles, the unknown etc.) and setting aside an hour of your time. My encouragement is to commit to going once, just once. Perhaps go with a friend who is already a donor. Go with your book club, go to celebrate your birthday, book a date night, have a mother-daughter night out. Make it an experience! You can expect to find very friendly and professional people helping you every step of the way. You will be well informed, cared for and appreciated. And of course you will have a snack and a "Be nice to me, I gave blood today" sticker, which I personally try to milk for a couple of days. I bet you'll be booking your return appointment before your Oreos are done. If you are one of the 50% of Canadians that are not eligible to donate, Canadian Blood Services is always looking for friendly volunteers. Visit for more information on volunteering or donating, and to find out when clinics are happening in your neighbourhood. Show up and roll up, because you can.













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Youth Volunteering for Youth by Gabby Gladych

In September of 2018

I started volunteering with the Action and Advisory Committee at the Saanich Peninsula Youth Health Clinic. The SPYHC provides space for our youth group to meet every Thursday night during clinic hours. In that time we come up with ways to promote the clinic, help with fundraising, and think of how we might use donations. The clinic serves youth on the Peninsula who are searching for help with any medical questions or issues, need to speak with a youth counsellor, get an STI (sexually transmitted infection) test or pregnancy test. The clinic also sells birth control at cost, and doctors will write prescriptions. All youth from ages 12 to 24 with care cards are able to access these services. As volunteers we try to participate in events as much as we're able, especially when the clinic benefits from a fundraiser. For example, all funds raised by the Bed Races on Beacon (July 7), hosted by the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation, will be donated to the youth clinic. Along with some of the other youth volunteers, I'll be at the Bed Races selling popcorn, 50/50 tickets and doing other jobs to help make the day go smoothly and to show our gratitude for the gesture. What I didn't know when I began volunteering is that it's not just the medical staff at the clinic who think it's a formidable cause. Many organizations and donors have provided funding to keep the clinic afloat. It's validating to see how many others believe in the value of this service and its importance here on the Saanich Peninsula. To give an example, a main source of marketing for the clinic is through local schools. They constantly make school-wide announcements concerning the clinic and they always have Help Cards on hand for students who may need the extra resources. The Help Card was created long before I started volunteering at SPYHC. It is a small card that has over 20 phone numbers for youth to text or call in a crisis. The creation of this card took volunteers

hours to put together, calling each number to investigate whether or not the resource was reliable. Many youth on the Peninsula are taken care of thanks to the dedicated youth who continue to support other youth by being at the clinic every chance they get. We, the youth volunteers, recently won a youth group award at the 2019 Saanich Youth Awards. As a volunteer I have been trained to use a naloxone kit, learned about the importance of youth being partners with adults and above all, been educated about the need to spread accessible healthcare for youth. The most rewarding part of this work for me is when someone I look up to says: "I wish there had been something like this when I was younger. It could have helped me." It is then that I know I am a small part of a greater good. Youth go to the clinic for help; that's why in my view it is so important to have this resource to turn to. At 16, I don't have all the answers my peers may be seeking, but whether I encourage them to visit the clinic or give them a Help Card, I know there is a safe place for them.

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Coast Dental Clinic and ORRCA: One Woman's Passion Gives Back to the Community by Paula Kully

Dr. Mitra Hashemi immigrated to Canada from Iran in 2003 and arrived in Sidney to open Coast Dental Care in 2008. She explains that when she first arrived there were not a lot of immigrants in the area and even fewer female dentists, so she was something of a novelty who intrigued people. Now, as a well-established dental practitioner, her love and connection to the community are evident when she says: "it was destiny that brought me here but it was the people that kept me here. Sidney gives me the

feeling of being home." This is what Dr. Hashemi has to say about her work in the community. What services does Coast Dental provide? We provide all dental services from regular teeth cleaning, cosmetic and implant dentistry to various surgeries. We balance traditional and modern dentistry and our team are constantly training to stay up to date with new technologies. We also have a CT scan in our office, making it the only one in Sidney.

Some people are anxious about visiting the dentist. What practices and tools do you have in place to alleviate patent anxiety? Honestly, the new generation is easier because they have been started early and are much more at ease. It is the older generations that may have had bad experiences when the technology was not what it is today. Dentistry has come a long way. Aside from that, we create a calm environment with pictures on the wall, entertainment and our lovely little dog

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Mosey at the front desk to welcome people. We offer laughing gas to help calm patients and by November, we can offer IV sedation, which is a type of sedation where people are still semi-awake but will not keep any memory of the procedure. What is the number one reason people see the dentist aside from regular check-ups? The number one reason is pain and the number two reason is a broken tooth. But I tell people regular checkups are important for more than checking for cavities or cleanings. We also screen for oral cancer, which is one of the harder cancers to treat, especially once it has reached a stage where pain is involved. I understand that you are the co-founder of the organization "Oral Care for Children and Adolescents" (ORCCA) What inspired you to start up ORCCA? Yes, I am one of the co-founders who presented the concept to the Dental College. ORCCA is my way of giving back to the

community. We began thinking about ORCCA in 2011 but it took two years to get it off the ground. Can you provide some details on how ORCCA works? Who benefits from it and where does the funding come from?

"I tell people that regular checkups are important for more than checking for cavities or cleanings. We also screen for oral cancer, which is one of the harder cancers to treat." ORCCA is a non-profit society. We have eight volunteer board members and some paid staff. It is our community sponsors that make ORCCA possible. There are 25 nonprofit dental clinics in B.C. but ORCCA is the only one that focuses strictly on kids in

the format we do. We feel that childhood is a critical time for dental care. ORCCA is a transitional clinic as we only treat patients under 19 years old from families whose income is less than $40,000 per year. Once kids turn 19 we have to recommend them on, or the family may begin earning more or secure dental coverage in which case they no longer qualify. Even families who make more than $40,000 per year may still qualify for a 30% discount. It is best to contact our office to discuss the details and qualifications. I understand ORCCA opened in 2015. Since that time, approximately how many children have been helped? On average, we have between 400 to 500 patients per year with each kid receiving approximately eight treatments per year. At present, we have 425 patients. ORCCA has been truly rewarding for me. I encourage other dentists to join as it a very gratifying experience.


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As a semi-retired Independent Financial Consultant, my primary focus is always to offer unbiased, factual information, no different from that which I provide to members of my family. Since travel is often one’s greatest discretionary expenditure, I will occasionally highlight travel strategies which my wife and I have refined over many years of extensive wanderings. Those insights might help stretch your travel dollar further than you may have thought possible.

Today, we live in politicallyturbulent and volatile financial times – more so than in most of our memories. With the far-reaching uncertainties of the “Trump Factor,” Trade disputes, Brexit debacle, rising personal debt, as well as increasing national deficits and debt levels, we struggle, regardless of age, to make sense of how to plan for, and manage, our financial future. At the same time, we are bombarded with unprecedented levels of information and advice – much of it contradictory. Too often, solutions touted by the financial services industry are no more than sales pitches for products which are certain to make money for the proponent, while sharing none of

the risk with the investor. Financial Savvy will strive to demystify this confusing environment in which we must make financial decisions for ourselves and our families. No “magic bullet” solutions exist, nor will they be suggested. Articles will provide common-sense analysis designed to help readers refine their personal financial strategies as they navigate the complex and ever-changing financial environment. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you in the months to come. Readers are welcome to contact me with their comments, critiques, and questions. I will be pleased to respond to all e-mails in a timely fashion.

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Alternative Health Choices

I come from a long line of healers who taught Traditional Medicine and Alternative Healthcare, and I'm further blessed that both my parents are Registered Massage Therapists and Craniosacral Therapists. I'd like to give you a deeper level of understanding on why alternative care can and does make such a difference to your whole body. Craniosacral Therapy is a non-invasive calming session while staying clothed. It requires little movement with profound results. By working on mechanical issues on a visceral level and connecting to a deeper level of muscle memory (Somatic Response), it releases memory from previous trauma in a safe and comfortable way. It is known to be incredibly effective for migraines, headaches, ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, alzheimer's disease, orthopedic problems and colic. This is great as an add-on to a service or weekly treatment to maintain and strengthen the benefits and results. Shiatsu is gentle pressure with hands and thumbs following along the meridians. Traditionally, pressure is used to balance the overall energy within the body, aligning what is known as Chi which means: balance of negative and positive forms in the body believed to be essential for good health. Shiatsu can help alleviate the symptoms of many ailments such as MS, Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia. It works well for all ages. My experience

and training with a Chi Kung Master also helps extend my client's benefits by showing simple yet effective stretching techniques to use between treatments. Shiatsu treatments are recommended weekly for optimum health. Lymphatic Massage is specifically beneficial for low immune systems. It removes the stress hormones that accumulate in our bodies by working with the lymphatic nodes to help them drain. Benefits include ridding the body of toxins and waste buildup. It helps alleviate symptoms due to autoimmune disorders, radiation, chemotherapy, medication, stress hormones and anxiety. A calmer more relaxing massage technique is used that will leave you feeling balanced, less tired, healthier and happier. Many have found it very successful. Bi-weekly treatments are suggested to continue the balance from within. Hot Stones Massage. What a beautiful treatment this is, inside and out. It's a relaxing therapeutic way to have a mini mind and body vacation. This treatment lets you finally catch up to your busy self. Benefits include increasing white blood cell count, which strengthens low immune systems, helping with cancer pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, arthritis and so much more. Treatments are recommended to take place four times a year as the seasons change. For more information about these and other alternative treatments or if you have any questions, visit


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Radio Sidney has a new station home on Beacon Avenue across the street from Save-On Foods. You can check out their new digs at their open house on Canada Day.

Fire and Ice (cream) Speaking of Canada Day open houses, after you've stopped by Radio Sidney, head over to the new Community Safety Building adjacent to the Mary Winspear Centre for tours guided by our own firefighters and get an ice cream from Mayor and Council.


The Spice of Life Want to add a little spice to your life? Taco Shell recently opened up at 2367 Beacon Avenue in downtown Sidney. They specialize in tacos, burritos and other Mexican food and you

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The Show WILL go on After Provenance owner Sandy Baynton sadly passed away April 23, there has been speculation about the future of Sandy's beloved shop. Store manager Lisa Knickerbocker confirms that Sandy's son Jordy is taking over the business and she is remaining as store manager. The duo has wonderful plans for Provenance moving forward.


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Moving On Up

Local author and lifelong educator Ruth James has recently published Paseka: A Little Elephant, Brave - a children's book that tells the true story of a baby elephant in Africa. The book is beautifully illustrated by Kent Laforme and funds raised from the sale go to "African Children's Book Box Society." Look for it at Tanner's Books and Buddies Toys in Sidney.

After more than five years as Executive Director of the BIA, Donna Petrie has moved on to the City of Langford where she will take the lead as Manager of Business Development and Events. There is no doubt that Donna will bring the same dynamic, results-oriented enthusiasm to her new role. Morgan Shaw now fills the role left by Donna in the position of Executive Director/Event Liaison Facilitator. Morgan has served as a valuable member of the Sidney BIA team since 2016 as Visitor Experience Manager.

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Snowdon House:

Essence to Life among the Boughs

Many years ago living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery markets and at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. This is the fifth in a Seaside series featuring local community members who all share the same passion for the land and love of what they do. The scent of a fresh Douglas fir in the home at Christmas evokes powerful feelings of joy and good feelings. But what if those Christmas trees weren't cut down and their wonderful essence was made available all year round? Such was the creative choice made by Laura Waters of Snowdon House in North Saanich, a local farm honoured to be the 2019 host site for "Feast of Fields."

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The fir trees planted in 2009 destined to become Christmas trees still stand today and the goodness from their branch tips is transformed into a delicious line of food products enjoyed by many. "I was spending too much time mowing the grass around the trees. I knew the fir was edible, so I tossed a small branch into my pot of strawberries one day, and it tasted good," shares Laura. Laura lives off the land by creating from its by-products, in this, the flavour from the fir trees which is made into infused vinegars, dry blends and brie toppers. Her activities are founded on a deepseated regard for the land and a drive towards sustainability. "We make things out of the plants we have planted and keep adding new plants to the gardens. The trees assist with carbon fixing; they're helping the environment," says Laura. "I'm not

your typical farmer." As you meander through her property, it becomes clear that a definitive value is placed on everything that grows here. "I'm creative and I like to use as much as I can," says Laura. "I don't like waste; my staff will tell you that." The property sits on a high water table, so over 200 willow trees were planted. Not only do they thrive in these conditions and enhance the land usability, but they supply floral and wreath material. A small garden plot near the gift store is home to scarlet runner beans and sweet peas, both of which provide attractive ornamental flowers. Laura grows rugosa roses, a selection of edible flowers, elderflower, lavender and lemon verbena. There are also two healthy bee hives onsite and chickens that produce lovely eggs regularly. Even the resident birch trees provide a bounty that Laura can use in her creations. "You see that wreath on the front door? All of that comes off the birch tree in wintertime; it flies all over the grass when the winds come. You pick it up and tie a wreath," she smiles. Laura and a staff of seven part-time people tend and harvest this four acre property. It takes energy and perseverance, something which Laura has in abundance. Unlike many farmers, she didn't grow up on a farm but had to learn skills and practices all on her own. In the 1980s Laura moved from suburban Vancouver to remote Ootsa Lake in the Bulkley-Nechako region of northern B.C. "It was my first introduction to a farm. You're isolated. It's not an easy way to live. I made my own butter and cheese, planted a huge vegetable garden, and was introduced to animal husbandry including goats, chickens, rabbits, and a dairy calf," she shares. "I became self-sufficient." Laura's discovery of her inner strength and adaptability would propel her forward in both life and business. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of her grandmother Snowdon for whom the business is named, Laura is herself a trailblazer as she has steered this unique farm to the success it is today. She offers customers a marvellous menu of products, enabling them to prepare healthy and tasty meals. As well as numerous Douglas fir products, there are mixes for breads and dips, fruitinfused vinegars, soups, brie toppers and specialty gift packages. "I think we have a really unique set of products that they're not going to find anywhere else. We sell to over 40 stores now," says Laura. Over the years Laura has enjoyed sharing her cooking and gardening knowledge and experience with others. Her distinctive line of kitchen-tested recipe cards is a great example. "People can come in, see the products and with the recipe cards, discover how they can use the vinegars," says Laura. "You're constantly trying to share what you do and your passion with people. I think that's how you teach people." She might not be your typical farmer, and it certainly isn't a typical farm, but this energetic woman cultivates curiousity, creativity and a respect for the land in her care that ultimately nourishes both her and the community. photo by Nunn Other Photography


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Summertime Dietary Approaches for Health

The summer brings us hot days, barbecues with friends and copious opportunities to socialize and celebrate. With this comes food-related activities that don't necessarily mean healthy choices. Research released in 2017 by the Public Health Agency of Canada states that 64% of Canadians over 18 are overweight or obese and so are 30% of children aged five to 17. With so many of us in an unhealthy weight range, it is more important than ever to be conscious of our food choices, particularly in the summer. The following are adaptations to popular summer food choices to make your season as fun as can be. Beverages. With the heat comes the desire to drink a lot more and summer drinks often include too much sugar. Iced tea, lemonade, cold sodas and alcoholic beverages (piña colada, anyone?) are but a few of our common summer drink choices. Low-sugar replacements include: • Herbal iced tea (hibiscus is delicious) with either monk fruit or stevia for sweetening as desired. • Fresh lemon or lime juice in water or soda water, adding the same natural sweeteners to your liking. • Infused water combinations including strawberry, orange, cucumber, grapefruit or any other fruit in season (berries and citrus are best) with herbs such as rosemary and lavender to give it a special touch. • For the adults: Distilled alcohols with ice can be added to any of the above for a tasty coctail. Snacks. We all love to snack during social times. Summer snacks often include salty high-carbohydrate choices that often don't give us

a lot of satiety. Instead of chips, cheezies and other processed packaged snacks, consider the following that are jam packed with nutrients: • Nut and seed mixes • Dried apple or kale chips • Dried Seaweed snacks Mains. We easily get into a meal rut when we are busy in the summer. Consider these options for your main meals in the summer whether you are home or travelling. • Breakfast. A popular weight loss approach is fasting for 16 hours or more a day. While this might seem like an easy way to shed some pounds, our bodies do go through a lot of stress. It is best to have something in the morning before your day starts such as fresh fruit, natural unsweetened yogurt with nuts and seeds or protein smoothie with avocado, spinach and a berry or other tree fruits. • Lunch. Consider lettuce wraps with chicken and veggies such as shredded carrot, radish and peppers or gazpacho soups with a quinoa grain salad side. • Dinner. Have a salad with a protein. This for sure works at a barbecue and is so simple and satisfying. Choose a non-dairy, low calorie dressing such as lemon or apple cider vinegar and oil. Add as many fresh raw veggies on the salad as you desire. For added "good fats" sprinkle toasted seeds or nuts or ¼ of an avocado. Eating well at any time of the year can often be confusing. With so many diets out there and fads for weight loss, people often lose the motivation to eat well and revert to bad habits and convenience. This summer try to eat in the season (fresh is best!) and focus on the health-giving options during travel and social events.

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Carpentry: Tiny House – Pt. III by Stu Rhodes

As the construction of the Saanich

Carpentry program's tiny house draws to a close, it's generating a lot of interest and excitement. Excitement about the project may only be eclipsed by the accomplishments of the students in this unique program. Over the past five months students spent three days per week engaged in comprehensive technical training at Saanichton Individual Learning Centre (ILC) where they put theory into practise as they constructed a tiny house as their class project. During the other two days students participated in a "transition to work" activity where they spent time working with local construction contractors. Most of these placements have now evolved into apprenticeships. Almost every student has now been signed as a youth apprentice with their respective employers through a program sponsored by Industry Training Authority and known as Youth Work In Trades. The only exceptions to this are students who have now decided to explore career pathways in other trade sectors (welding and auto service). Gavin England described his participation in the program and building the tiny house as "… an awesome experience!" He had lots of good things to say. "Building the tiny house really helped us realize how much one trade impacts another when working on a project. We got to do a lot of different stuff. When it came to the carpentry part, I really liked that we got to frame a gable roof on one end and a hip roof on the other." When asked what sort of a life impact this program has had on him, Gavin was clearly able to articulate a pathway that includes participating in a Level One Carpentry class this summer as an immediate goal, getting his Red Seal next, and long 38 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | JULY 2019

term includes ultimately joining forces with his interior designer sister to form their own construction company. Five graduates from this year's cohort are going to head directly to Camosun College at the beginning of July for Level One technical training in carpentry. Upon completion they will return to school to wrap up grad requirements or transition directly into full-time employment as apprentices with their respective employers. Cool programs like this don't just happen by accident. It takes a lot of planning and collaboration with a wide range of partners. Saanich School District and the carpentry students are particularly grateful to the numerous employers who stepped up to provide work placements for the students. The Construction Foundation of BC was instrumental in providing seed funding to get the project off the ground, and other key donors included the Home Depot Foundation and Parker-Johnston Roofing. The tiny house gets lots of "looky-loos" at the ILC campus and really generated some interest at the Tiny Home Show hosted at the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society grounds on May 11. Curiosity intensified at the reveal party on June 20 when the finished product was unveiled. The tiny house is now at lock-up stage with all doors, windows, roofing and exterior cladding complete. It's ready for interior customization by its new owner. It sits upon a heavy-duty, 14,000 lb GVW trailer; ready to roll. What would it take to make this tiny house into your new home? Make a $27,000 contribution to the Saanich Carpentry program, hitch it up to your truck, and drive it away! The house is tiny, but it made a gigantic impact on the students who built it!

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The Female Heart: Beating to a Different Drummer by Doreen Marion Gee

New scientific knowledge reveals that the female heart may beat to a different drummer. A woman's cardiovascular system is different from its male counterpart in important ways, especially when it malfunctions. New innovative diagnostic and treatment procedures are essential to meet the unique needs of female cardiac patients. Fortunately, state-ofthe-art medical treatment plus many excellent resources and programs are helping women in our community as they cope with cardiac disease. The remarkable story of a local survivor puts a human face on the trauma of having a heart attack and the challenging road to recovery. It was nothing like the Hollywood image of a man grasping his chest as he collapses onto the floor. In fact, Carolyn Thomas' jarring experience of having a heart attack bore no resemblance to the usual media images. In 2008, the 58-yearold was enjoying her morning walk in sunny Oak Bay, Victoria. Suddenly she felt nauseous, started sweating profusely, and felt like a "heavy Toyota was parked on my chest." She was

most alarmed by the unusual pain racing through her left arm. However, the symptoms were gone after 15 minutes and her electrocardiogram at the Royal Jubilee Hospital came back "normal." Prior to the incident, she'd felt fit and healthy, with no indication of any problem. When she was correctly diagnosed, Carolyn learned that she had experienced a "Slow Onset Heart Attack" on that fateful stroll. But how could she have known? There was nothing typical about her experience. During the next few weeks, all of her previous symptoms came back with a vengeance and at one point, "I could not walk more than five steps!" During her final visit to the emergency department, the attending cardiologist told Carolyn that she had "significant heart disease." Emergency surgery was performed. Then, months later, she received a secondary diagnosis of coronary microvascular disease. The former public relations professional was surprised to find out that heart disease is always chronic and progressive. The female cardiovascular system has unique aspects to its structure and function. Women's hearts and coronary arteries




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In the Flow by Linda Hunter

I love water, and I mean LOVE

it. I live near the ocean and I love to swim and kayak. Water is always my beverage of choice. My happy place is the bathtub, and I find waterfalls magical. My choice of charity is one that is dedicated to bringing fresh water to the world. I am one of the lucky ones: water has always been available and accessible to me, clean and abundant. In these changing and uncertain times, however, I now find myself more and more concerned about this precious shared resource. I am worried about the water I love. In a conversation about conservation some years back, my brother warned me that future wars would not be over oil, they would be over water. He was not far wrong. According to architect Jason McLennan, a prominent figure in the green building movement, the "risks of water-related violence and conflict is growing." Cape Town is now famous for its monumental water shortage and according to National Geographic: "14 of the world's 20 mega cities are currently experiencing water scarcity or drought conditions." As we pour another glass of fresh cold water, it's unimaginable that 663 million people in the world are currently living without clean water, or one in 10 worldwide, according to And, with predictions placing global demand for water at 40% beyond available supply by 2030 (a mere 11 years from now) it is incumbent


upon us all to do what we can. For our family, as we finetune our planning, we feel the weight of responsibility not only for the physical house that we are building but for the systems that will support living in that new home for years to come. How we access and manage our water consumption and the steps we take now to conserve, could make a real difference. For someone like me, who loves a good long soak, choosing not to include a bathtub in our new home in Shirley was a big decision. Our efforts now include more efficient habits around water while planning future changes that will have an even greater impact. In our existing home, I take three-minute showers, forego watering the front lawn, and we grow food in our backyard instead of grass. In our new home we are working closely with nature, and making plans to incorporate Rain Water Systems to see how much we can harvest of what is already being offered; we are learning to embrace the rain. We are studying Greywater practices that may become viable options and bedside reading now includes books on composting toilets. We are selecting the most water-efficient appliances and including only minimal landscaping with native species. We can't change what we don't understand. So, our goal as we continue to tread a lighter path is to not only build a house in nature, but to build one with nature; using a more balanced approach that includes taking only what we need while taking nothing for granted. Join Linda quarterly, as her family designs a plan to share a life which includes listening to the land and to each other, introducing themselves to the place and to the people, and living a communal future in Shirley, BC.




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Good Fortune:

Iconic Restaurant Gets A New Style by Jesse Holth

The Good Fortune restaurant has been an

institution in Sidney for over 30 years. Ben and Yen Li, the new owners, inherited the legacy from Ben's parents, who first opened the doors in October 1988. After three decades in the same location, it was time for a change – a new spot, and a fresh new look. Moving just down the block to 9775 Third Street, Ben and Yen wanted to modernize the restaurant and open it up to a younger generation. That's where Trudi Jones and Wendy White come in – they were asked to redesign the restaurant with a bold new interior. "They wanted a more contemporary look," says Trudi, noting that the new décor feels streamlined and sleek. Using organic, West Coast colours for inspiration, they added a touch of red as the statement colour. And that's a good thing for a restaurant, according to owner Yen Li. "Red brings out people's appetites," she explains, saying they're very pleased with how the renovation has turned out. "It's a [much] more modern atmosphere." The new restaurant has updated wood floors and family-friendly booth seating. "We put in a new banquette," says Trudi, who was asked to accommodate a smaller, more intimate dining experience as well as larger groups. There are several exciting new features, including a tropical aquarium with koi fish, and red alcoves to highlight a diverse collection of artifacts. "We wanted to stage it in a tasteful, refined manner," says Trudi, explaining the display cases. "We're particularly proud of the alcoves – they really showcase some of the nice pieces that they have." There were a few challenges: Trudi had wanted to install a chandelier, but the sharp edges were a no-no according to Chinese

custom. She was also asked to incorporate a large, gold Buddha – "the [idea] was to embrace it," she says, so they designed a prominent spot for it, right in the entranceway. "He's a happy Buddha," she says, "and that sort of depicts what [the owners] are like." "[Ben and Yen] were a delight to work with – it was a real pleasure," says Trudi. Her design partner, Wendy White, handled the architectural drawings, and they collaborated with Praxis Architects. Alan Jones and his firm, Alan Jones Construction, were instrumental during the whole process. Trudi and Wendy were glad to contribute to the transformation of Good Fortune: "It's part of [the fabric of ] Sidney." The style has shifted away from traditional Chinese and more towards modern dining – Yen says they wanted it to look like it belonged in 2019. People are excited about the change. "Every time we walk around Sidney, we have people asking when [we're] opening." She says that people come to Good Fortune from all over, including Victoria, Colwood, Langford, and even the Cowichan Valley. "My husband and I are very excited about the new restaurant," she continues. "We've introduced some new dishes, some spicy dishes, but also kept some of the [favourites] that Sidney just adores – like Ginger Fried Beef!" She's hoping a variety of new dishes will bring in the younger generations, who may want to try new things. Yen says that Sidney feels like home, where everybody knows each other. "I'd like to thank the community for their support, for welcoming us in 30 years ago and still wanting us around." photo by Nunn Other Photography. JULY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 49

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Brentwood Bay Music in the Park

by Cassidy Nunn

There's a 22-year-old tradition in

Brentwood Bay on Wednesday nights throughout the summer that brings the community and families together. The streets fill up with parked cars while the sidewalks teem with residents, some walking their dogs, others carrying picnic baskets and blankets or folded up chairs, as they all make their way towards Pioneer Park and an evening of Music in the Park (MIP). This community event, which draws hundreds of people to each concert night, is 100% volunteer run and free to the public. The Brentwood Bay Community Association (BBCA) organizes this special series of concerts and one of its eight directors, Geoff Bate, took me behind the scenes to learn about all the hard work that goes into ensuring this event continues to be such a hit. Geoff has been involved with Music in the Park for 10 years as a director and closer to 20 years as a musician. The band he's a part of, Shaky Ground, has been playing the MIP nights for almost as long as they've been in existence. They're such a hit that they get asked every year to come back and play, which Geoff makes sure I understand has nothing to do with him being involved as a volunteer since he is not in charge of selecting the musical acts. Leslie Gentile, the talent co-ordinator and fellow BBCA director, adjudicates the music line up and selects seven acts out of the dozens of applications she receives each year. The BBCA's mandate is to try and host a wide variety of musical acts that are generally outside the mainstream and showcase many different genres of music such as roots, Celtic, R&B, soul, funk, etc. The only time MIP is cancelled is if it's raining torrentially, which has rarely happened over the years. The last two weeks of August are kept open in the event of a cancellation so that the concerts can potentially be rescheduled.

For years the acts would play on a temporary stage that volunteers set up in Pioneer Park's parking lot with pieces of plywood, and then at the end of the season they'd take it all apart. Now, with the newest addition of the beautiful Brentwood Bay Performance Stage, MIP has a permanent, undercover home for the concerts. The stage was envisioned and completed by the BBCA and Geoff worked hard over two years to make this stage into a reality. "But it was great fun," he says with a laugh after recounting the many hours and fundraising efforts he spent on seeing the project through. Geoff credits the incredible support and donations from the community for helping the project be completed on budget – a grand total of $200,000 in cash and services, everything from the architectural drawings to much of the building materials and labour, were all donated and the municipality of Central Saanich gave permission for the stage to be built as a permanent structure in Pioneer Park. While MIP is free to the public, the BBCA relies on donations from the public, as well as corporate sponsorship, in order to pay their musical acts. "The more support for live music, the more we win," says Geoff. You can be sure to show your support by getting your picnic basket ready, a blanket or chair, and join in on the Wednesday night MIP fun this summer at Pioneer Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m! Schedule for 2019 Season: July 3, The Ecclestons, "full contact" folk with Celtic roots; July 10, Shaky Ground, five decades of classic hits; July 17, Auntie Kate & The Uncles of Funk, powerful blues, R&B, soul and funk; July 24, The Temps, modern and classic rock; July 31, The Fugitives, a folk collective with a global reputation; August 7, Matt Masters, Barney Bentall's touring partner gets his own show; August 14, The R&B Kingpins, great R&B classics and cool originals. Photo by Nunn Other Photography JULY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 51

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Berry & Currant Goodness With summer officially here, the availability of raspberries, blueberries, currants and blackberries is growing! Not only do fresh berries excite the taste buds, but they are also packed with health benefits. Among a long list of advantages, these fruits provide many nutrients and antioxidants like vitamin C to protect against many chronic and degenerative diseases. Lets talk anthocyanins and polyphenols. Anthocyanins are defined as a type of flavonoid, a class of compounds with antioxidant effects. These are the pigments in plants. They inhibit the promotion and progression of tumour cells. Polyphenols occur in all plant foods, and contribute to the health effects of fruit. Their contribution to the antioxidant capacity is actually much larger than that of vitamins. Amongst the fruits mentioned above, black currants have the highest (by far) amounts of vitamins, anthocyanins and polyphenols. 100g of black currants contain 500mg of anthocyanins and 1,000mg of polyphenols. Blueberries are the second highest at 67 to 183mg and 260mg respectively. If they aren't already on your radar, black currants should be! The Saanich Peninsula has been home to berry farms since settlers first arrived in the late 1800s. Silver Rill Berry Farm, owned by Pamela Fox, is located in the Mt. Newton Valley on Hovey Road. Pamela comes from a farming family that has a long history on the Saanich Peninsula who arrived in the early 1900s. The main crop is black Currants, along with white and red currants, green and red

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Cole Elder:

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"Crasher" to the Rescue

Well, that was embarrassing. As Cole

Elder described to me the unquestioning, often careless, ways internet users get computer viruses, I saw myself! Cole Elder is graduating from Parkland Secondary School this year. His interests are software and technologies, particularly cyber security, and he is acutely aware of the threats by hackers to individuals, governments and business. Cole is passionate about helping people understand the risks of using the internet. We discussed the pervasive presence of hackers yet, Cole reminds us, it's not difficult to prevent such invasions. He explains: "We teach kids how to wash their hands; we should also be teaching them how to browse safely." Cole feels this awareness is critical. Not only is Cole very bright and capable with technology, he also has outstanding social skills and values. Since elementary school, he has been enthusiastically and freely passing along his knowledge within his school and wider community and feels good about volunteering his time and expertise. Cole loves the problem-solving aspects of computer challenges and digs in until he finds a solution. While giving to others, he enjoys the fact that he's also exercising his mind. Cole entered high school with a self-taught proficiency in electrical music production and video so was able to fill a need there in the musical theatre program. He volunteers at events to set up its computerized sound systems while teaching the staff how to do it for themselves. Furthermore, his guidance counsellor facilitated a connection between him and community seniors needing basic help with computer tasks, a link that fostered his own business. He gets great satisfaction in coaching more self-reliant users. He repeats the classic saying: "‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.' That's ultimately what I believe tech support should be." As if that's not enough to do for a young man preparing to graduate and who fits in friends and video gaming, Cole has been an integral part of the UVic Centre for Autism Research, Technology and Education since eighth grade. Using a gaming app designed to help autistic children recognize faces and emotions, Cole's role has been to break the game in order to make improvements - which led to him acquiring the name "Crasher". He sees the children he works with as a little bit different in a very good way, and fostering their skill sets through this educational game helps to make them more capable people. Cole is clear about his future. He plans to establish his own consulting firm offering expertise in cyber security or "ethical hacking,"

as he calls it. It's like playing the devil's advocate: working to break the system in order to identify its flaws before there's a problem. He never stops learning. Cole spends some of his free time (what? He has free time?) learning about social psychology. He is intrigued how internet users are exploited through various platforms on the web simply because they are seduced into trusting – and therein lies our vulnerability. Always the thinker, Cole believes our society must enhance internet literacy. He strongly believes that as we move through this era of widespread internet use, we must be aware of threats and learn how to protect ourselves. His commitment to making a difference in these ways is admirable and reassuring – and a gift to us all. Anne Miller is a personal historian, saving lives in books. For more information visit

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Transitioning to Grey Hair by Annilee Armstrong

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If you decide to go this route, understanding the difference between permanent hair colour and demi permanent will help you decide what will work best for you. Permanent will cover grey 100%, while demi permanent will blend it with a more translucent result and fade within six to eight weeks. Permanent is like your colour stay lipstick; demi permanent is like your lip gloss! Also, silver tones now exist in many different colour lines, making it easier on hairstylists to help you through. Even men question whether or not they should let it go, or fade it out. Since men come for haircuts more often, a demi permanent to conceal the grey is a great option. Caring for grey hair. Now that your silver is on full display, you'll want to keep it from looking dull. Opt for clear products: sometimes hair will absorb the colour of the products used, so make sure that your products are clear and not tinted golden. Also, due to the nature of grey hair, it can be on the drier side. Make sure you are using products that are moisturizing. Using a hair mask (like a facial mask, but for hair!) can help keep moisture locked in! Tinted shampoos and conditioners are made to keep white and grey hair from looking brassy. Be careful not to OD on the tinted products, but if you do don't panic: it should rinse out the next time you wash! Whether you decide to go grey gracefully, give it some help or fully conceal it, rest easy knowing there are lots of options. The only thing I need to decide is if I should take my own advice!

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A Mountain of Bedrock Isn't Going to Stop Us!

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If you were planning to build a new home, imagine how excited you would be to see a super-promising lot come up for sale in beautiful West Saanich. But when you arrive at the lot you find a bog on the lower level and a steep climb to the upper level that turns out to be pretty much all rock-solid bedrock, no less. Most likely you would give it a pass. Wouldn't anyone? Not so for Aaron Wing, who works as a contractor and also owns the full-service landscaping company, Chi Earth & Waterscape Ltd. "He had the vision for the property," says his partner Jasmine. "When we first saw the lot, we had to fight our way up through the bush to the top. Aaron said: "We should buy this," and I replied: "This rock? You've got to be kidding!" Since 2008 Aaron has created and built more than 600 water features that range from backyard ponds to award-winning lakes for commercial developments. So, when it came to building a home and visualizing the landscape and water feature he wanted, the complexity of the building site did not faze him in the least; to create a level building site, the top three metres of rock had to be blasted and removed. Aaron built a retaining wall, 20 feet high and 400 feet long, to extend the site to the setbacks from the creek below. Mike Dunsmuir, co-owner of Step One Design, designed the West Coast contemporary home to fit the small footprint that was available. Jasmine and Aaron gave Mike a short request list - a onestorey home, three bedrooms, two offices, a gym, 2.5 bathrooms, a laundry room and lots of light - and then gave him pretty much free rein for the design. "It was a fun job," says Mike. "My favourite project of the year." The house is about 2,500 square feet, but it seems larger than that. "I think the floor plan has a really great flow to it and works really well with the architecture of the house," says Mike. "The living room roof goes over the top of the gym, which created an 18-foot ceiling, and the great room roof starts at the den and keeps going over the entrance so the roofs are connected on the same slope. This created some neat vaults in the ceilings." The entry is high and grand with the roofs highlighted by snowwhite fascia and dark metal roof trim. Clear cedar (with no knots) soffits contrast with the grey and white stucco walls. Adding to the impact of the entry are the two solid fir posts that support the overhanging entry roof and the custom built 54-inch pivot fir door. All the fir was milled from the property. For the kitchen, Jasmine wanted an airy, spacious look so she chose flat white doors, some with glass panes. The backsplash is white tile in a herringbone pattern. "I also wanted to bring in a West Coast feel for warmth, so we had silver elm added to box in the hood fan." Shelving and the cabinets at the front of the expansive island are also silver elm. At the end of the custom-made

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fir dining room table there will be a living moss wall. The living room has an impressively long electric fireplace that is faced with K2 manufactured Black Pearl Ledgestone and topped by a white mantle. Aaron built the hearth; it's a massive piece of solid fir, 22 feet by 18 inches. Mellow Oak engineered hardwood adds a warm flowing base throughout the house. Lights in the main room and entry include geometric shapes of cones, circles and lines. Blinds, lights, sound and security are all part of a "smart" automation system installed by Wired Up. In the gorgeous main bathroom, the sleek white bathtub has a peaceful view of the forest. The luxurious shower has a linear drain along the tiled wall so there is no need for a door or curbs. Two undermount sinks in the custom-built cabinetry, expansive mirrors, heated tile floors and view windows that bring the outside in make this room a 10 out of 10! For the powder room, Aaron crafted a unique golden brown and redstreaked bowl sink and frame for the mirror out of a maple burl. Next door is the garage which will turn into a games room after construction

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and ceiling. A sub-woofer and speakers are concealed along with two winches in the ceiling that raise and lower a full-sized bed. Mike laughs as we view it: "That was their idea!" Other projects outside include an outdoor kitchen and firepit, a regulation-size horseshoe pit, and a threehole putting green that you chip to over the koi pond. When asked if they have any suggestions for would-be builders, Aaron says that knowing your trades is essential, and if you don't know them or their work personally, he recommends being sure to check their references. And, secondly: "Don't rush into building; take the time to plan and think about what you want. It's much easier and less expensive to make changes on paper." Aaron's dream is to express his creativity through building living spaces that "let the chi flow freely so that the people experiencing it feel excited, adventurous, comfortable, and safe - and never want to leave. I feel an artistic person needs to find a vocation that allows them to express their creative side. Luckily I have found mine." Jasmine says she loves their new home. "It's perfect! There's not one thing we would change." Aaron, who acted as the contractor and builder for their home, laughs: "I feel like there's more work to do. But we had fun working together and learned a lot." A remarkable achievement by a standout couple!

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in Victoria saw its driest July in nearly 120 years. It had recorded zero millimetres of rain all month, breaking by Hayley Zumkeller records for both heat and WES-TECH Irrigation Systems Ltd. dryness. It is extremely likely that this July will show a similar pattern of drought conditions. This matters. We need to be able to protect our lawns and gardens without it costing an arm and a leg. Once plants are not taken care of, they may not always grow back. Smart Irrigation Month helps homeowners save water, money, time, and the investments they have put into their yards. July is the month we want to raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices. Make sure you're getting the most out of your irrigation system, while keeping utility bills low and protecting the environment. Tips for Saving Money & Creating Better Results 1. Familiarize yourself with your irrigation controller settings and adjust the watering schedule regularly. There are also bluetooth and WiFi features so you can change the schedule with a simple tap of your phone. 2. Utilize new "Smart Controller" technology. These controllers adjust the watering schedule based on weather, amount of rain and soil moisture in order to meet the needs of your landscape. 3. If you do not have a weather sensor, you can install an inexpensive rain shutoff switch which prevents watering in rainy weather. 4. Inspect your system monthly for leaks, broken or clogged heads and any other problems. Add clean micro irrigation filters as needed. Water Wisely 5. Schedule watering for each zone separately. Consider the type of sprinkler you're using, sun or shade exposure, soil type and plant requirements in those zones. 6. Water at the right time of day. Pick a time when the sun is low, there is no wind and the temperature is cool. The best time is often early in the morning. This can minimize water evaporation by 30%. 7. Don't overwater your plants – it results in shallow roots and encourages weeds, disease and fungus. Water only what your plants require. 8. Think about low-volume drip irrigation for plant beds. You can install micro irrigation for gardens, trees and shrubs. It allows water to drip directly onto the plant roots which minimizes water waste, run off and evaporation. 9. Water for Shorter Periods. This lets the soil absorb more water than watering for 15 minutes at a time. With these tips, you can create a well-maintained system that keeps your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy, all while minimizing water waste and saving money. Especially in a month like July! For more information visit


Local Garden Resource Guide July 13: Patio Gardens Vendors Market! Local artisans and vendors will set up throughout the garden centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a wide variety of products. Paintings , glass, wood signs, upcycled items and much more . Free admission. Patio Gardens is a local, family-run garden centre. We specialize in hanging baskets and container gardens, and we also have a great selection of perennials, bedding plants, small trees, shrubs, succulents and indoor tropical and flowering plants. 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

Your Saanich Peninsula Gem! Lochside Nursery is centrally located on the Saanich/Central Saanich border and is a gem surrounded by horse farms on the Lochside Trail. Available are a wide variety of trees including gorgeous Japanese Maples, Magnolias & Gingkos, plus Shrubs, Perennials and Grasses. Lochside strives to provide landscape professionals with a convenient, friendly and easy place to shop, partly because of its smaller acreage. Please visit our website for our "non-commercial" customer details. Open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.544.3100 | Lochside off Dooley

Thank you to the community and local businesses for your support of our 40th Anniversary Open House! Adriana’s The Whole Enchilada | Bark and Fitz Beauregard Café & Provisions | BJ's Bakery and Wraps | Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa Brentwood Bay Village Empourium | Buddies Natural Pet Food | Classic Rock Garden Ornaments Country Grocer | Elk Lake Nurseries | Florist Supply | Level Ground Trading | Pacifica Paddlesports Peninsula Coop | Pharmasave Brentwood Bay | Rascals Pet Market | RockCoast Chocolate Sassy’s Family Restaurant | Sea Cider | Sea Horses Café | The Butchart Gardens United Floral Supply | Victoria Butterfly Gardens 250.652.5812 1304 Greig Ave, Brentwood Bay

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IDEAL for FAMILY or RETIREES This bright and inviting 2 bedroom, plus den (could be 3rd bedroom) townhome on Resthaven is suitable for a family or retirement. This complex is close to schools, buses and 2 marinas. Sunny private garden and patio. $549,000. MLS 412339. Gay Helmsing and Anthea Helmsing 250.360.7387

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SO LD Wonderful family home in move in condition with a main floor open living plan, 3 bedrooms up with a 1 bedroom suite. Situated on a 7500 sq ft corner lot. $679,900.

Top Floor unit, the first moved into when built in 2012. Extras added such as 3 sky lights and wood floors throughout. Large private garage in parking area, with shared elevator to your suite. Garage is 244 sq. ft. (one car and work area); unit is 1,279 sq. ft. with 2 balconies. One level. Delightful area to walk and keep a boat at the Marina and fly in from Calgary.

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One level living at its best. 1600 + sq. Ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms; spacious master bedroom & ensuite with walk in shower. Kitchen with eating area and family room with gas fireplace, leading out to a low maintenance garden and private deck area. The bonus is an oversized garage complete with 220 for the handy person's tools. Great walks through Tod Inlet right out your door. Karen Dinnie-Smyth Personal Real Estate Corporation 250.655.0608

The Moorings in Sidney by the Sea $1,150,000 Across from sea walk and a block to Beacon. 2,300 sq. ft. Top Floor condo with ocean and marina views. Open plan with sky light, 3 Br. 2 Ba. Built by local Jim Dunlop Construction to perfection. Seldom do these homes become available, the owner was first to purchase and move in 2002. Excellent value for layout and space. Deborah Gray 250.655.0608

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Sitting on a level .46 acre sun drenched lot with varying views of the local marine traffic. Enjoy immediate access to Haro Strait, the Gulf & San Juan Island archipelagos and beyond. $2,699,000. MLS #406659 250.656.3486

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A casual sophistication embraces you as you enter this customdesigned, home offering 4BD/4BA, 3,187sf, set on over half an acre of manicured grounds, lawns and mature trees all with loads of natural light and sun inside & out. Excellent layout & space for the entire family + bonus room over the double garage holds many possibilities. MLS 410213. Ingrid Jarisz* Maryan van Stolk* 250.656.4626

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Immaculate Cordova Bay Rancher! $898,000

Executive Living at Sayward Hill! $2,400,000 Completely redesigned in 2016, this exquisite and immaculate home offers 2,300sf of open plan living, with 2BD/3BA, panoramic views of Cordova Bay Golf Course, Salish Sea, Mt. Baker & Gulf Islands. this spacious home offers 9' ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, an abundance of natural light & an incredible outdoor terrace of 675sf. MLS 412021.

You will be impressed with this exquisite Seabury Lane Townhome located on a private laneway set back from the street in an exquisite enclave of just 10 homes. Modern updates, in near-new condition, this single level home has 1,511sf, 2BD/2BA + Den, loads of natural light and an exceptional layout. MLS 412017. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

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Panoramic Views of Cordova Bay! $2,200,000

Sayward Hill Penthouse! $1,475,000

An exceptional home, situated on a quiet culdesac, custom designed & built to exacting standards. A fantastic layout of 4,340sf, 3BD/4BA, Master Retreat on the main & views everywhere! Dramatic over-height vaulted ceiling w/ marble tiled entry captivates with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing views of Haro Strait & beyond. MLS 410369. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

The moment you enter, the views, natural light, soaring 12' ceilings, quality finishes & upgrades set this top floor home apart. Professionally reno'd in 2014 with a fantastic open plan, this luxury home has it all, and is move-in ready. Mattick's Market/Lochside Trail only steps away! Bonus 2 parking stalls! ML # 406403. Ingrid Jarisz* 250.656.4626

Great One Level Home! $629,999

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3 bed, 2 bath, starter home or easy to downsize into! Large private, very sunny West facing back yard: an empty canvas for your creativity! Fabulous sunny family room off the kitchen to enjoy family fun and get togethers with sliding door to the patio. Must see the interior to appreciate all the special features of this home. MLS 412205.

Beautiful, rare, new subdivision of 3, half acre +, south facing lots. Just a few steps to a great, warm water beach for swimming, kayaking, wind surfing, walks etc. Full underground services include sewer, water and hydro. You just never see lots like these anymore-bring your plans and dreams!

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This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. Looking for a way to protect your home against the summer heat? Blinds and shades are one of the easiest and most effective cooling solutions. There are a number of options when it comes to window treatments. Roger Comartin and his son Fielding, of Rodco Draperies & Interiors, can help you decide which ones are right for you. Solarweave – these shades are designed to protect against harmful UV rays and reflect sunlight. Dark fabrics provide maximum visibility, while lighter fabrics reflect more sun and offer added privacy. These shades can also be used to darken a room – Rodco offers a washable Sunout fabric, perfect for yachts, which provides 80% to 100% room darkening. Roman shades – an elegant solution that gives your room a sophisticated look. These blinds are made from a single, continuous piece of fabric, providing a tailored solution while keeping your home cool. Rodco recently installed these shades at the 365 Waterfront condo building. Motorized blinds – a great option for hard-to-reach places, or to provide convenience in a room with many windows. They can be operated all at once, individually, or in pre-set groupings.

Motorized blinds and drapes are available with Solarweave, sheer fabrics, or other window treatments. Drapery – whether you're looking for a decorative valance with fabric ties and fringe, or silk drapes with corded tassels, drapery can be used to elevate your room to the next level. Rodco offers colour matching, so the drapes will complement the rest of your décor. Draperies can be used on their own as a statement piece, or as a finishing touch layered over other shades, like embroidered sheers. Cellular blinds – these shades are made in a honeycombshaped design that will improve the energy efficiency of your home. By creating a buffer of insulation between your window and living area, cellular blinds reduce energy loss in both warm and cold temperatures. With an R-Value of R-4, they create a resistance to heat flow and can save on costs associated with energy loss. They also provide clean lines, and brighten the room with natural light while still providing privacy. From eco-friendly fabrics for your shower stall, to upholstery; from hookless drapery for easy cleaning, to framing your view with the perfect product; from options like rechargeable batteries, to a free cordless option for your shades – Rodco Draperies & Interiors will find a solution to suit your needs.

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Released late last year, Becoming by Michelle Obama sold 1.4 million copies in its first week, and by March this year had sold 10 million copies. On track to become the best-selling memoir of all time, Michelle Obama's autobiography was a great book club selection, and we felt fortunate to get our hands on a library book club set of hardback copies! For someone who had been so visible, Michelle's early life was largely unknown by our readers, and we found it interesting and often revelatory. Growing up in Chicago, Obama describes an ordinary childhood, surrounded by a loving and supportive family. The role of her parents in setting Michelle and her brother's values is really well presented, with some interesting anecdotes about school life and the realities of growing up black in America. An exceptionally intelligent and hard working woman, we follow her as she navigates through school then on to Princeton to study law. Back in Chicago after graduating (and in fact living back at her parent's home) she meets a promising young lawyer named Barack. Obama provides a portrait of her husband, before he becomes a public figure, that is deeply loving, yet feels truthful. In fact there is depth, honesty and wit throughout this book. Our readers found Obama's voice authentic and realistic and at times were surprised how candid she was about her life. Learning about the upbringing that shaped her certainly made the contrast to her eventual life in the White House all the more pronounced. The book is structured around the key moments that became life turning points. Michelle Obama made the most of the opportunities she was presented, and established her own significant career before her husband's decision to run for President turned things upside down. This autobiography shows the behind-thescenes view – that juggling work, family and politics was almost impossible, even for such a high achiever. Several of our readers noted how reassuring it was to read about this woman who from the outside is so clearly successful, but who on the inside had been plagued by doubts. She doesn't hide the moments of frustration, struggle and sometimes failure, which was refreshing. Our group was unanimous in their praise of the book, and several mentioned how it would make an excellent resource for young women. Thanks to everyone who came along and shared their views. Our next meeting will be Wednesday July 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. we'll be meeting at the library in Sidney to discuss The Antiques by Kris D'Agnostino.

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Learn to Kayak with Blue Dog Kayaking

Port Sidney Marina, 9835 Seaport Place, Sidney Some use paws. Some use their arms. But they all love to paddle!

Blue Dog Kayaking, a successful local kayaking business which operates two paddling centres in Mill Bay and Port Sidney Marina, takes its name from an affectionate rescue dog Benny whose painted blue image inspired the company logo. Offering kayaking and stand up paddle boarding guided tours and instruction, Blue Dog’s mission is to make sea kayaking an accessible recreational activity for paddlers of all levels. The upcoming July Paddle Canada Level Course 1 (July 6, 13, 20 & 27) teaches you the fundamentals of paddling in calm sheltered waters. $280 includes complimentary wet suit (drysuit rental available for fee). Fun and fitness from bow to stern! For more information: 1.250.710.7693 or 1.250.929.1229.

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Peninsula Country Market



Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton Drive, walk, cycle or bus your way to this popular community event featuring numerous vendors offering farm fresh products, a fine selection of arts and crafts, live music and children’s activities.

Open Air Library


JULY 2, 9, 16

Iroquois Park, Sidney This summer why not relax on a blanket with a good book? This free program, open to all ages, shines a light on the importance of reading together and sharing ideas and literacy. It’s a relaxed and accessible outdoor space and a great selection of books available. You’re also welcome to take one home! Don’t miss the Booksmack Event featuring local writer and columnist Jack Knox on July 16.

Music in the Park


JULY 3 - AUG 28

Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay Hosted by the Brentwood Bay Community Association. Bring your blanket and enjoy music in the summer evening air. There's parking at the library, or you can walk or bike to the

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Play in the Park Launch Party



Centennial Park, Saanichton Celebrate the Panorama Recreation’s Play in the Park summer program with its inaugural Launch Party! Enjoy dinner and lots of fun activities for the whole family. Sidney and Kiwanis club BBQ by donation.

White Cane Club



Shoal Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney The monthly meeting is a great opportunity for those who are visually impaired and blind to meet with others for a great social time and support. Admission is free. 250-656-5537.

Seaside Magazine Family Movie Night



Panorama Recreation Centre Arena 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich Showing "LEGO Movie II." Sponsored by Seaside Magazine, this evening event is a wonderful opportunity to get everyone together and watch a favourite family movie on a giant screen! Come in your PJ’s and enjoy popcorn and other refreshments!

“ Romeo and Juliet …and Kevin”


Snowdon House: July 6 @ 6pm; July 7 @ 1pm Roost Farm Centre: July 10 & 24 @ 6pm Canadian Centre for Performing Arts: July 24 @ 7pm; July 28 @ 2pm Presented by Theatre Al Dente. Based on an original script, the story is about a struggling theatre company mounting a musical production of “Romeo & Juliet”. They need a big name to attract an audience and hire a somewhat faded star, Kevin, who has big ideas of his own that aren’t exactly Shakespearean! It’s fun for the whole family. Tickets at the door and

Bed Races on Beacon



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Presented by 100.3 The Q and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation, this popular event features 14 teams in costumes racing against each other in real hospital beds. Proceeds go to help support Shoreline Medical Youth Clinic, the only youth health clinic on the Peninsula. Family fun zone and food trucks onsite too!

Summer Sounds Concert Series Beacon Park


JULY 7, 14 21, 28

9801 Seaport Place, Sidney Sponsored by Peninsula Co-op, Salvador Davis & Co, RE/MAX Camosun, and Hughesman Morris, these Sunday outdoor concerts feature award-winning performers such as Nashville recording artists Carli and Julie Kennedy of “Twin Kennedy.” summer-sounds-concert-series/

Yoga in the Park



Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay Stretch and feel revitalized in the fresh summer evening air! This free outdoor yoga session combines flowing movement with static postures. Bring a mat. Children under 12 years need parent supervision.

Beginners Drawing Classes



JULY 9 - AUG 13

McTavish Academy of Art 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Olivia Robinson provides demos and one-on-one tips in the fundamentals of drawing using a variety of mediums. Everyone welcome. $140/six classes.

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Sidney Better Breathers Club Shoal Centre

10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney. 4th Monday of each month. 1:30 to 3 p.m. A free support and educational group for people with lung conditions (sponsored by the BC Lung Association). 1-800-665-5864.

Caregivers of Family and Friends Support Groups

Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church: 1 to 2:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month.

Yoga with Ensemble Wellness

Sidney Studio, 2425 Bevan Avenue, Sidney Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Yoga for different levels. For more info: 250-898-6772.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club

1949 Marina Way. Second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required:







The Butchart Gardens 800 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay You’re invited to an evening of toe-tapping music! Enjoy Grammy award-winning four piece conjunto band Los Texmaniacs as well as the combined talents of The Lone Star Amigos featuring Tish Hinojosa, Rick Trevino, Augie Meyers and Johnny Nicholas & The West Side Horns.

13th Annual Water Garden Tour



A fundraiser For The Love of Africa Society, this self-guided tour showcases outstanding local gardens and outdoor spaces in Greater Victoria and includes opportunities to speak with master gardeners. There will also be musicians and artists along the way and one location serving delicious desserts. Tickets are $25 each. 250 891-0762;;

“ She Shed Sunday” at Sidney Studio



2425A Bevan Avenue, Sidney An attractive space where you will be inspired and enjoy some weekend moments to work on your creative projects! Cost: $20. For more info: 250 898 6772

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Little Things Mean A Lot: SPH Auxiliary Celebrates 45 Years

Forty-five years ago, a small group of local women recognized the very real need to do whatever they could to contribute to the care and comfort of the patients and residents in the soon-to-open Saanich Peninsula Hospital. They got together for the first official meeting of what would become The Auxiliary to Saanich Peninsula Hospital several months before the actual official opening of the hospital in 1974. Since then, our membership numbers continue to increase and to date our work has resulted in the purchase of equipment and programs totaling over $1,894,000. It is our goal to hit $2 million before the end of the year. Our funds are raised through Gift Shop, Raffle, Christmas Bazaar, Spring Garage Sale, Hospital Bake and Craft sales, and by the generous donations of our supporters throughout the community. Our 110+ dedicated, hard-working volunteers can be found working their shifts in the Gift Shop, at weekly Crafty Crew sessions, hosting the monthly Birthday Party Tea for ECU residents, and creating complimentary "his and hers" amenity kits for overnight ER patients. We have a grandmother, mother and her two little girls creating dozens of delightful knitted dolls and critters, many of which are gifted to our littlest patients who need a comforting distraction when they are in our ER or Surgical Day Care centre. We leave the "big stuff" to our SPH Foundation to provide, while we work to purchase the "little things" including new state-of-the-art beds, mattresses, commodes and shower seats, Broda recliner chairs, over-bed lifts, blanket warming cabinets, and a new centrifuge for the LAB, and so much more! We purchased the ECU bus, and award two scholarships annually to local deserving medical students. With your support, our efforts will continue to fill the wishes and needs of our little hospital. When you visit, please drop by the Gift Shop to simply say hello, or should you someday need care and attention there, know there is a little dedicated group of volunteers working hard to ensure you are well cared for and comfortable with all of the necessary "little things that mean a lot." Visit for more information.


How to Navigate Living Options for Seniors – Pt 1 by Sherrin Griffin

As we approach our senior

years, our physical and lifestyle needs may change, and it may be time to consider the different living options that are available to us. These days, as the senior population grows exponentially, so do retirement and assisted living communities, with a vast array of living choices customized to suit every need and situation. In B.C., whether you choose to remain at home and consider home support services, or move to a well-appointed senior living community, through personal choice or necessity, there are publicly subsidized or private-pay options for most scenarios, pending provincial qualification requirements. The Ministry of Health will subsidize seniors who meet provincial eligibility through programs such as Independent Living BC (ILBC). Seniors who prefer to stay in their own homes may need help with some activities of daily living such as personal care (bathing, dressing, etc.), medication administration, meal preparation, housekeeping, etc., and have the option of receiving home support services, either subsidized or private pay. When Vancouver Island seniors are deemed to have "health conditions and care needs that can no longer be managed safely in their own home," they have access through Island Health to subsidized Assisted Living and residential care facilities that provide a range of services including 24-hour professional care and supervision. Although individual preference for service is taken into consideration, a formal assessment determines which facility and what services will be provided. Perhaps you're looking to downsize from a large house that is just too much work to maintain, and/or wanting the convenience of services and amenities that are more easily accessible. VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

"Independent Living" at an appropriate retirement community may be the perfect fit for you, giving seniors full independence and freedom, yet with the benefits of on-site dining, entertainment, social activities, and programming offered by the provider. Those who need a little more support can access grocery shopping and transportation services, as well as medication administration. "Assisted Living" residents are able to still maintain their independence, yet must be able to self-direct their own care and have certain mobility requirements. Mobility aids such as a cane, walker or wheelchair are permitted, but the resident must be able to self-transfer from the mobility aid to chair, couch or bed as needed. According to the BC Ministry of Health, Assisted Living facilities, whether subsidized or private pay, are licensed and regulated under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act or the Hospital Act, and must follow the Residential Care Regulation and Standards of Practice which specify building requirements, staffing and management, recreation activities, record keeping, health and hygiene, nutrition and medication management. Whether you are seeking subsidized or private-pay living arrangements, make sure that you evaluate, and express/advocate for, your specific needs and desires in terms of lifestyle priorities, physical ability, amenities, recreational and social activities; taking into account, of course, your budget considerations if you're going the private-pay route. Transitioning into a new living arrangement can be scary and a bit overwhelming. Next month, we'll get into specifics regarding how to choose the retirement community that's perfect for you and/or your loved one(s), including the right questions to ask and where you can find additional resources to help you make the right decision. JULY 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 77

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I was so excited to be at the grand re-opening of the Sidney/North Saanich Library in June. It was quite the celebration, with cake, speeches and a ribbon cutting. There were many people to name check and thank, and all of it happened within their new beautiful, bright, contemporary space. On all the signs, along with the Vancouver Island Regional Library logo, was the message: "Strong Libraries, Strong Communities." It really struck a chord. I LOVE libraries (I love book stores too; I guess I'm that kind of person) but I really, truly believe in and value the idea of a public library. No longer the reserve of academic institutions, today's public libraries are resource hubs. It's not just a place for dusty old books, it's where you should start any quest for knowledge. When I moved to Sidney almost 12 years ago, the library was the first place I visited. I found out about a drop-in story time, learned what the local publications were, where to look for a job. I used the computer and printer, I borrowed DVDs and books: lots and lots of books. Perhaps most importantly, I felt welcomed and like there was always a place where I could go (and take the children). A library is one of very few public spaces where you can spend time, and interact with other people, without the expectation that money will be spent. This means it's a resource that's truly open to all. Equal opportunity of access, the same information and resources available to all. While we might have all sorts of information at our fingertips now with just a quick internet search, it doesn't come close to a dedicated building full of knowledge and knowledgeable staff. It's cool in the summer and warm in the winter; you can read the paper, a magazine, pick a book from the shelf or browse the catalogue. If there's something special you want they will bring it in for you. For free! The library in the town I grew up in closed last month. The place I spent Saturday mornings browsing, where I read (almost) everything from picture book to adult fiction, researched school projects, and eventurally took my own kids to. It makes me so sad, and frustrated – what a shortsighted decision. Make sure you take advantage of our incredible community's library. Check out the new accessible space, take part in the free programs they offer, and read their books! Ah summer reading – don't get me started on the joys of that … !

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The “All Care Pen Pal Buddy Group,” which provides a wonderful bridge between seniors and children, is run by our fantastic volunteers: Andrea, Irene and their “Pops” Rene, who is a resident here at Sidney All Care. The program links generations together through written letters from the Grade 4 class at Cloverdale Traditional School. What started as a small idea has blossomed into a meaningful and very touching program for all those involved.

To find out about volunteer opportunities or to book a tour please contact Judy Peterson at 778-351-2505.


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