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As a restaurateur for the past 15 years, I found my passion coordinating special events for charities. Working with those in need is extremely rewarding and fulfilling. I bring a dynamic and eccentric approach to balance out the Just Love Animal Society's team's uniqueness and talents. My passion for animal welfare has been a lifelong calling and I believe my voice is loud enough to speak for the animals that cannot speak for themselves. PET-A-PALOOZA is a chance to bring awareness to the issues that mean so much to the three of us at JLA. The article "Join the Fight" highlights three people who have followed their passion to create a movement to better the lives of animals in need in British Columbia.
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Since my husband and I moved to Sidney 18 years ago, we've met many wonderful people, some of whom have become part of our extended family. One such person is Krista Hargreaves, the subject of this month's Friends & Neighbours column. She and her family welcomed us to Canada and into their family. Over the years, it's been a joy to watch Krista and her sister, Jamie, grow from effervescent children, to questioning teenagers, to the remarkable young women they've become. Krista's enthusiasm, commitment to her work, and deep understanding of her role in peoples' lives is nothing short of inspirational. Writing her story led me to want to say thank you to all the other caregivers in our community. We are so very fortunate! linda hunter
I have spent 20 joy filled years as an independent writer and event planner and, for 18 of those years, have been blessed to be participating in a multi-generational home, raising family and living on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Involved in a wealth of exciting and fulfilling projects, I remain convinced that life and business are about building authentic relationships, supporting passion and each other, and celebrating change and growth, however that shows up. I feel fortunate to share the latest news from those doing business on the Peninsula in New & Noteworthy each month and writing exciting features including, in this issue, a first for North America: the IFSC World Youth Championships at Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich.
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On my desk sits a plaque. It says: "If I agree with you we would both be wrong." I cheekily bought this for my husband's benefit. We work together as business partners and fellow designers. A little gauche of me, I know. I have asked a few of my most-loved customers what their thoughts are on my strong opinions, and they have told me that they appreciate my decisiveness and when I speak off the cuff. I used to worry about this, but now have realized that this is exactly how I should be. If I'm not saying anything, that's because of my humility and a deep desire to find the perfect solution to make every project a true reflection of their personality … to be at peace in their homes. In this issue I talk about cost saving when doing kitchen renos.
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f irst word According to the MerriamWebster Dictionary, recreation is defined as "refreshment of strength and spirits after work, by some form of play, amusement or relaxation." Note the phrase "after work," which I assume means the kind of work for which we are paid. But what about the work required to make that "refreshment of strengths and spirit" happen? I'm thinking here of readying the troops for one of those Friday afternoon drives to a weekend getaway spot that becomes an all-Friday-evening affair. Or a season called "summer," during which we mean to bask in the warming air, but end up digging, planting and watering. These activities don't sound like recreation as it's defined, but can bring a deep feeling of personal satisfaction. Eventually. This issue brims with people who believe, without a doubt, that their work, paid or not, is worth the effort. Take for example Team 4 Hope, a local group of people who are dedicated to raising awareness about childhood cancer, especially neuroblastoma. Their second annual "Vocal For Local" event, hosted at the Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa and sponsored by Seaside Magazine, happens September 7th, with all the funds raised benefitting neuroblastoma research. (see page 23) We also meet Dr. Mitra Hashemi of Coast Dental, the driving force behind the newly-formed Oral Care for Children and
Adolescents Dental Clinic Society (ORCCA), that intends to care for children from families who would otherwise not be able to afford dental treatment. (see page 41) On page 22, we meet the Just Love Animals Society, which brings awareness to animal welfare issues with events such as PET-A-PALOOZA, happening August 10th and 11th at Ogden Point in Victoria. And finally there is local hero Richard LeBlanc, a "soft-spoken man who has developed an innovative holistic program to take people off the streets and rebuild their lives." At Woodwynn Farm on August 24th, Richard is hosting an event to celebrate his vision. (see page 16) And whether taking photographs for work, school or pure pleasure, our first annual Seaside Photography Contest is on. Deadline is August 14th! (see page 26 for details) We invite you to take some time "after work" and relax with this issue of Seaside. We hope you'll find your spirits refreshed, and perhaps your own definition of recreation, whatever it may be, strenghtened. "The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both." ~ James A. Michener
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Boulders Climbing Gym Hosts World Championships by Linda Hunter
For Vancouver's Sean McColl, the 2012
World Men's Youth climbing champion, hosting the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Youth Climbing Championships makes him "immensely proud and represents a huge step towards worldwide participation in our sport," a sport he has loved since age ten. For the first time in North America, from August 15th to 19th, more than 2,000 people, including over 500 athletes aged 14-19 from over 50 countries, will descend on the Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich for this world-class competition. The sport, overseen by the IFSC governing body, includes three disciplines: lead/difficulty climbing, speed climbing and bouldering. Athletes at this year's event will complete in two disciplines: difficulty (highest on the wall) and speed (first to the top). Kimanda Jarzebiak, volunteer chair of Boulders and the Championships, hopes the event will be exhilarating for both those on the wall and on the ground, and that bringing the world's youth to Boulders will raise climbing's profile and introduce the competitive side of a sport that, for many, has been traditionally viewed as a recreational venture. For those less familiar, Kimanda explains that climbing is an interdependent sport, "one of the few sports in which competitors
actually help each other, even at the highest level. Someone else is at the end of a rope and you need each other." If you haven't seen it yet, Boulders is the giant structure reaching into the sky behind Stelly's Secondary School. Boulders, a not-for-profit society that makes climbing accessible for everyone regardless of ability or ability to pay, boasts over 13,000
"Climbing is one of the few sports in which competitors actually help each other, even at the highest level." square feet of climbing space and provides adaptive recreation and rehabilitation programs, youth recreational and competitive programs and facilitates a climbing academy at Stelly's. Boulders is also the national training facility for Team Canada, a team that includes 27 athletes, five of them hailing from the local facility. Kamloops native Alison StewartPatterson was so committed to her sport that three years ago she pulled up stakes and moved for it, attending her final two years of high school at Stelly's and climbing at
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Boulders. Alison has been climbing for as long as she can remember and thrives on challenge. She credits climbing with helping her grow as an athlete and person and believes that bringing the Championships to Boulders is a great opportunity for Canada, one that wouldn't have been possible five years ago. With the infrastructure now in place and a sport that is growing, this local climbing wall continues to gain traction as a world-class facility. Alison's hope is "to represent my country well, to improve as a climber, and ideally to place in the semi-finals." McColl, who will coach this time around , hopes to inspire many of the Juniors to reach their goals and for many, the final round (topÂ 8). We invite you to support Team Canada and watch Alison, Sean and others as they reach new heights, welcome the world, and showcase a first class climbing gym. The event is free to spectators until the 19th, when the semifinals and finals take place ($5 at the gate) and will also feature a marketplace with a farmer's market, food fair, climbing retailers and sport-related products. Interested in volunteering at or sponsoring the event, or need more information? Email Boulders Chair Kimanda Jarzebiak at email@example.com or visit www.climbtheboulders.com.
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f riends & nei g h b ours community support workers provide vital services to the individuals and families they work with
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Friends & Neighbours is a column about the people who quietly enrich our lives personally and by Susan Simosko collectively every day. They distinguish themselves by the incredible things they do, whether or not we even notice. It is my pleasure to introduce you to a few of these remarkable people and to share something of their stories. Even if Krista Hargreaves were twice her age she would still be remarkable, not only because of what she does but also because of her profound understanding of the role she plays in people's lives. The 21-year-old North Saanich woman is a community support worker (CSW) with Community Living Victoria, an organization dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities. Krista has worked with the organization for two years and did similar work in Quebec and Scotland. Why and how is part of her story: "When I graduated from high school, I didn't know what I wanted to do," Krista tells me. "College was an option, but without focus, I didn't think I'd do well. So I joined Katimavik, a national community work experience program. That's when I had my first experience as a CSW – it was one of my placements." She was 18. During this placement, Krista began to understand how alike people are, regardless of their abilities or disabilities. "When I worked in Quebec City," she recounts, "I couldn't really speak French. That's when I realized that my need – and inability – to communicate was just like many of the people I worked with. My ideas and emotions were trapped inside me. I was so frustrated! Really, there is so little difference between any of us. We all want the same things – to communicate, express ourselves, and feel cared about." From Quebec City, Krista went to Edinburgh, working for L'arche, an international organization that offers residential and day care for people with developmental disabilities. "I learned so much," Krista says." I was given a lot of responsibility very quickly. It was a challenging, but extremely worthwhile experience." Community support work is not always simple or easy, Krista tells me, particularly when individuals do not feel well, are hospitalized, or are dying. "Sometimes they take their frustrations out on the staff. But that's a signal that you need to look closer and help people express what they really want or need and above all, be flexible!" With a smile, she recounts some of the communication strategies she finds helpful including gestures, miming and picture boards in which she or the individual can point to an image and begin to communicate from there.
"Hugs go a long way, too," Krista adds, "regardless of the situation." Every day is different for community support workers. Unnoticed by most of us, they provide vital services to the individuals and families they work with. A typical day might involve getting individuals up, dressed, washed, shaved, toileted and fed – and helping them do whatever they'd like. "You need to honour individuals' preferences," Krista says. "That's a big part of our job. No two people or days are alike – that's one of the things I love about the work. Everyone wants to look good, feel good, and have some fun – and if I can contribute to that, even in a small way, I'm very happy." Long term, Krista hopes to become a nurse. "I'm a born caregiver," she tells me with a smile. "That's what I do. I can't think of anything more important, can you?" No, Krista, I can't, and for that I thank you and the many caregivers in our community for their ongoing care and compassion. Where would we all be without you?
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Muse Winery The Muse Winery is an attractive small vineyard set in picturesque Deep Cove. The proprietors, Jane and Peter Ellmann, forsook the rigors of corporate life for the demands and rewards of running a winery. Jane was the general manager of Marriott Hotels, and Peter had more than 30 years' experience in the wine and food industry. "We loved the change from corporate business," Peter says, "although the first year was very hard work." They have run the vineyard for five years, and it is very much a family affair. "We have fun doing it," Jane says. She runs the financial and artistic side while Peter, with the help of only one full-time worker, maintains the vines all year round on their three-acre property. He is responsible for the health of the grapes, the picking, the crushing, the storing and eventually the bottling. He admits: "We did not take a holiday for the first three years." During that time he completely replaced all of the machinery, and together the Ellmanns developed the restaurant side and raised their two daughters, while coming to terms with the complexities of owning a business. Jane and Peter are primarily interested in wines, and have divested the restaurant to Stonestreet Catering of Sidney, which provides an imaginative and well-priced menu at the Bistro Muse.
Doug Stuart, and his sister Sherril Gazarek, are responsible for the culinary creations that are on offer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer. The Tasting Room is a friendly space ideal for small gatherings and is managed by Claire Sakiyama, who after four years has a complete knowledge of their 13 wines on offer. I was introduced to Muse's crisp Ortega, and was particularly impressed with their 2009 cabernet merlot, a smooth blend of B.C. varieties. "We buy grapes from growers in the Okanagan and locally," Peter says. "We pride ourselves on producing only B.C. wines." Outside is the comfortable Wine Terrace, and to the right is the Ortega Terrace. "This is where we put on our summer events," Peter indicates a covered space complete with stage and theatrical lighting. Recently, they hosted a ballet, which was a sell-out success, and have frequent musical events. On Saturdays and Sundays in July and August the Peninsula Players are performing "One Flew Over the Cabernet" by Sasha Moriarty-Schieven. "We have had these performances for a number of years and they are always great fun." The Bacchus Room, which seats 80 people, is atmospheric and suitable for both musical and art events, as well as intimate meals and the enjoyment of fine wines. Jane sums up their philosophy: "We are committed to involving the local community." "I named the vineyard as a tribute to my wife," says Peter. There is no doubt the Muse Vineyard delights the senses and is well worth a visit.
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