Seaside Magazine August 2016 Issue

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The kids Issue Building Hope in Nepal | Can We Talk with Casey Atkin | You’re Wearing What?! Mental Health for Children & Youth | Kids’ Fall Activities | Local Arts Scene Gardening Ergonomics | Cycling the VI Circle Route | Rooms That Grow

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Every Impact Matters: Finding My Passion in Nepal

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Can We Talk: Publisher Sue Hodgson chats with a local aspiring Olympian Mental Health for Children & Youth: Building Resilience What’s Happening This Fall: Events Calendar for Tots, Kids & Teens Seaside Homes: Concrete Comfort – Coolness, Stability & Security

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august.2016 YOUR SAANICH PENINSULA VOICE tina kelly

As the Director of Learning at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, I have the pleasure of being surrounded by sea creatures and talking about marine science all day. I’m not sure which came first, my interest in science or passion for the ocean, but I do know that time spent exploring Cordova Bay beach, fishing with my dad and using my annual pass to observe sea life at Sealand of the Pacific in Oak Bay helped foster both. These marine experiences aren’t too different to those of the two passionate youth featured in this month’s “Salish Sea News:” just substitute a beach, swap the aquarium to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and add their impressive volunteer work. tracey jones & stacey kaminski

Transitional. A key word in our world of rapid change. We love tucking into transitional design as it makes so much sense to be given permission to like many different styles from different times. Kids’ bedrooms are a perfect area to embrace the transitional movement. We hope some of our tips in “Rooms that Grow” can both help ease the pocketbook as the kids grow up and allow children to express themselves in their space! Keep it simple and have some fun! We have been having fun designing, styling and staging homes on the Peninsula since 2008. We love to bring in a fresh perspective, encouraging clients to think outside the box while creating a new look. We offer full service design and staging, paint consultations, window wardrobes, and accessory shopping. travis koivula

I’ve worked as a financial planner in the credit union system since 2007 and specialize in dealing with private, corporate and institutional investors. As a new dad, I’m also acutely aware of both the importance of financially planning for baby and how vast and varied the lessons are that I now have to pass on to a son (including the art of responsible financial management one day). To this end, I’m extremely passionate about the environment and, as such, am a leader in offering fossil fuel free and socially responsible investments to my clients at Island Savings. I hold designations as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Investment Manager (CIM), Chartered Strategic Wealth Professional (CSWP) and I’m a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).


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Jo Barnes, Yvonne Bulk, Gillian Crowley, Dylan Elzinga, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Solara Goldwynn, Brian Harrison, Janice Henshaw, Sharon Hope, August Horeth, Tracey Jones, Stacey Kaminski, Tina Kelly, Travis Koivula, Tyler Laing, Susi McMillan, Emma O’Neill, Amanda Punch, Dana Tishenko, Jo-Ann Way P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6

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amanda punch

As a recent Stelly’s grad I’m opening an exciting new chapter in my life – this fall I will be moving to Vancouver to study engineering at the University of British Columbia – but I will never forget my time in Nepal last March when I helped build a school in Bandipur. I had always been involved in some form of humanitarian work, but being able to work directly with the people, and see the effect of my contributions, is what allowed me to realize my passion for it. Nepal has not only reminded me how fortunate I am to be living on the West Coast but also broadened my perspective on the world, and I wanted to share my experience with the community.

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first word I was at the gym today with my daughter Eva as we are doing some conditioning before she heads to the B.C. Summer Games in a few days for basketball. With school out we get to spend some real quality time together and she doesn’t mind being around Mom, even at the gym! It’s pretty amazing. I soak up every moment and find myself staring at her when she isn’t looking; I can’t believe how grown up she has become. Every so often I run into a few old friends who haven’t seen the children in a while and they can’t believe how both of them are towering over my 5’9” stature. I once thought I was tall! And yes, they do say time flies with kids but I have to disagree; I can remember almost every detail. One moment that I will never ever forget is with my son Lucas, when he was about seven years old. We were at the gas station and he started scribbling a picture of someone with his pencil. “Honey, who are you drawing?” I asked. “You Mom,” he answered. And in the same breath he said to me (and picture his drawing of a person with crazy hair; yes, that was me): “You’re as beautiful as a hippopotamus in a bird bath!” As it’s our Kids Issue, I had to ask my staff about some of their funniest moments with their kids. This is what they had to say: “Although she babbles a lot, my 21-month-old daughter Tessa doesn’t say a ton of decipherable ‘words’ yet. But one of the ones she does know, and uses often, is ‘uh-oh.’ One day we were at the grocery store and a middle-aged man was struggling to pull a carton of ice cream off the shelf without toppling the whole row. No luck: a bunch of them came tumbling out of the freezer compartment and onto the floor. ‘UH-OH!’ crowed Tessa, almost lunging out of the cart as she

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took in the scene. The man turned around sheepishly; ‘yes, that was definitely an uh-oh,’ he said with a chuckle.” ~ Allison, Editor-in-Chief “My little guy Gabriel is 3 and he has a lot to say, pretty much nonstop actually. I have started to post some of his silly sayings on my Facebook profile to share with friends and family and I call it ‘Daily Gabeism:’ Daddy let’s go in that forestes, I want to go walk in the forest! Mom: what are you going to do in the forest? Gabe: I’m going to get lost with my families! Daily Gabeism: Mom your lipstick is off roading! Daily Gabeism: My ears are too loud for this song!” ~ Jo-Ann, Staff Photographer “We always made an effort to teach our two daughters independence. So as soon as they turned four and seven I sent them by themselves to the nearby corner store to buy a needed item and of course a little treat. As teenagers, the task did not change but the result sometimes did. Being a mom trying to get to work on time I realized one morning we were almost out of toilet paper. The kids were on the school bus already so I wrote a note for the afternoon: ‘Please buy toilet paper today. Thank you, signed Mama.’ (Money was connected to the note.) When I came home I found a note on the same piece of paper: ‘Sorry, I got shampoo instead. Luv you lots.’” ~ Susi, Seaside Trendspotter “The funny things our kids said when they were little have become longstanding family jokes. Learning to talk is hard but the mispronunciation of words is endlessly amusing to parents: Dinosaur was disonour; magazines were mazagines; tigers were die-dies and for some reason a trip to Butterfly World resulted in the spectacular news that someone had spotted a Ding-Dong – yes, that’s a flamingo, and will be for ever more!” ~ Deborah, Associate Publisher

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Every Impact Matters: Finding My Passion in Nepal by Amanda Punch

On the verge of high school graduation, you are constantly burdened with the question “what will you do with your life?” It’s a question that I, like many, lost sleep over. After placing the final brick on a school my classmates and I helped build in Bandipur, Nepal, I found my answer was quite simple: I want to help people. I’ve been involved in a class at Stelly’s Secondary called Global Perspectives – a program focused on humanitarian work – for the past two years, and this year our project was to build a Learning Centre in Bandipur. It has been over a year since a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Here, tucked within the refuge of the Canadian West Coast, the quake may be nothing more than a distant memory, but the damage is still very real in Nepal. Temples were reduced to rubble and thousands are still living under nothing but a tarp held up by bamboo – we wanted to help this country in any way we could. After countless hours organizing our annual Global Gala and with thanks to all the local businesses and families who came out to support us, we were able to raise over $21 000 towards the project. This money was then translated into rebar, cement and other supplies, and, after a week of work alongside the locals, we were able to finish the brickwork – a task that normally would have taken months – leaving the roof and the plastering to the professionals. The final day of our project fell upon Holi – the festival of colours where a dye called tika and buckets of water are thrown

throughout the streets. I came to Nepal with my white shirt, blank canvas and open mind, and let the culture stain my clothes, bowing down to let the children paint my face. The colour war ended with a ceremony and despite the language barrier, I could sense how much this new school, three times bigger than the old one, meant to the community. The workers hugged us and danced with us, and, before we left, we stopped to press our hands together and say a final namaste, a powerful greeting that can be heard throughout the streets meaning hello, goodbye, and, quite beautifully: “I honour the soul within you.” Walking through the rubble, it may not seem as if we made a huge difference, but I have learned that any impact you can make on another person’s life is significant. My final day in Durbar Square only enhanced this philosophy when we met a man selling pottery who stopped a few of us, asking us why we were in Nepal. When we told him about our project he decided to give each of us a little clay animal to put incense in. It continues to amaze me how thoughtful the Nepalese are, and I wish to continue this karma, this infinite cycle of giving. My time in Nepal may have been short, but if there is one message I bring back it is to inspire others to take their own white shirt somewhere new, embrace the colours of the world and take the time to help others, no matter how big or small. After all, we only have so many hours on this earth: might as well use them for good. august 2016 | 13

can we talk publisher sue hodgson talks with local runner and aspiring olympian casey atkin

Do you remember the moment when you knew that the Olympics was going to be your lifetime goal? Have you ever wavered or questioned if that was the right decision? The Olympics have always been important to me; they are the biggest goal anyone can have in any sport. I didn’t know what sport was going to be my best chance. I played every sport I could growing up but in grade 11 I realized that I had the most passion for track and that I wanted to represent my country in running. I have had that moment of: “Am I doing the right thing?” but then I tell myself: “This is what I love and I’ll never regret doing something I love.” It’s all or nothing: you can’t have the slightest bit of doubt! What does a typical week of training look like for an aspiring Olympian? 12 sessions, 40 hours, seven days a week. It involves weights, on track and off track, and recovery. Then there is the background “homework” like logs and going over race strategy. It’s a constant awareness of making sure you’re eating healthy and getting the right rest between sessions.

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At such a young age – just 23! – you spend countless hours training. What would you say to a member of our younger generations striving to be one of the best, while helping them manage the stress and pressure that comes with this level of commitment? Always enjoy what you’re doing, laugh and have a blast. Put in the hard work, and the hard work will be noticed. Make sure you’re happy. Balance in your life will help with the stress that sport brings. You receive some funding for your expenses through Athletics Canada, but not nearly enough to survive. In what other ways have you been able to fundraise, and is finding sponsors to support you quite significant? We get little help financially, but fundraising and sponsorships are the key for our sport. Without the help of the community we are not able to train at the level needed to represent our country! I have done a silent auction out of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney and a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign online a few years back; these have helped hugely. The community has been a big part in my success over the last few years, allowing me to focus and not stress about the financial burden of sport. This year Saunders Subaru funded a portion of my altitude training camp and helped with new trainers and flats. In a year we need a minimum of $15,000 to make it through a solid season. The next four years will be hard; my focus is the 2020 Olympics and every little bit of support helps. Tell us a little about your involvement with the NextGEN program at Athletics Canada. As a targeted athlete they provide us with support through coaching, therapy, sports psychology, facility usage and financial support. Without the support

I would have never had the season I had this year. It is such a great system in our country, but it only helps cover a small percentage of the total support we need in a season. For someone so young, you are already an incredible role model in our local community. Who was your role model growing up and why? Wow that is a hard question! I’ve grown up with many role models. In sport from a young age I looked up to Ashely Stocks, a rugby player who was a dear friend of my sister Molly. Very down to earth and confident, it was inspiring to see how much she was respected by her peers! Where will you be watching the 2016 Rio Olympics from? Do you have a particular athlete who you’ll be cheering on? No matter where I am, I’ll have my laptop ready and whomever I’m with, whether it be my friends or strangers, we’ll be cheering proudly for every Canadian. I’ll be jumping up and down uncontrollably when Hilary.S, Jessica.O, Alicia.B and Melissa.B get on the start line. Over the last few years at training camps and traveling, I’ve established relationships with athletes that are at the Games and it is such a cool feeling to know them personally!

Casey Atkin, Aspiring Olympian Every single day, I hit the ground running … hard. Born and bred on the West Coast, I am going the distance, encouraged by a supportive family and a loyal, local community. An award-winning runner, I have my eye on the finish line, with the 2020 Olympics and the promise of the podium top of mind. Born in Sidney and graduating from high school in 2011, I divide my time among running, working, and volunteering. Living by the sea provided early volunteer opportunities with the Marine Ecology Centre and the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Following graduation, I went on to work with my hands, receiving a scholarship and award for woodworking and joinery. With a future goal of obtaining my red seal in joinery on hold, I am currently solely focused on my running career. When not working or running, I spend my time making connections and building relationships, inside and outside the world of sport. Dedicated to family, I am indebted to them for their unwavering support and belief in my abilities.

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hen I was a Sidney Council member in the late ‘90s, many community groups applied to the Town of Sidney for grants every year. It was disappointing to me that we were unable to help some very dedicated groups, so I came up with the idea of developing a “Peninsula Foundation” that one day might be able to help our Local Community. With the encouragement of Clive Tanner and Reg Teeney, I decided to put my idea into action. With much-needed advice from the Victoria Foundation, along with an agreement that the organization would manage the funds and investments for the new foundation, I was encouraged. With a small committee of six local businesses and residents, we created the Saanich Peninsula Foundation and applied for legal status and charitable association.

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Mental Health For Children and Youth: Building Resilience by Doreen Marion Gee

Our children and youth are fortunate to be on the receiving end of incredible advances in our knowledge of and treatments for mental health problems early in life, plus there is a plethora of educational programs to help families. One very promising direction in mental health is the concept of “emotional resilience.” Many local professionals are committed to helping young people enjoy a healthy, happy and highquality life. According to the B.C. Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association: “Mental illnesses are surprisingly common in children and youth. About one in seven young people in B.C. – 14 % – will experience a mental illness at some point.” The CMHA states that anxiety disorders are the most common illnesses impacting kids and youth, “causing kids to be extremely afraid of things or situations to the point that it interferes with daily life.” The next most prevalent disorders are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder. Depression is also high on the list – showing up most often during the teenage years. The statistics reveal the vulnerability of this group: “Suicide continues to be the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in B.C.” Judging by the news, some adults and young people are having

difficulty accessing our over-loaded mental health system. Fortunately, though, it seems that many families are still managing to get the help they need. Kirsten Lauvaas, Communications Manager in the B.C. Government, relays the following information from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD): “Currently, over 27,000 children and youth receive community mental health services annually.” Catherine Casey, MSc Psych, a clinician with Saanich Child and Youth Mental Health Services, does screening, assessment and intervention for mental health problems. She offers group or individual therapy; with very young children, this is often with the parents. The clinician stresses the importance of catching mental health problems early because “the research is clear that early intervention can lead to better outcomes and can make recurrence less likely.” Wade Maybie, Team Leader of Child and Youth Mental Health teams in Saanich and the South Island (Multicultural Outreach), is a registered nurse with an MA degree in Creative Arts Therapies. He is encouraged by the times we live in: “We have never had more knowledge and experience in mental health, including skills and strategies.” Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is often formally diagnosed in childhood – with several useful and simple strategies under their belt, “many children and teens with OCD can walk away august 2016 | 19

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from our services with the skills and knowledge to take charge of their life again.” Wade and his teams offer services to children, youth and their families and they support them with skill-building, peer support and the latest research. Every avenue is pursued: “We have several very successful groups such as 'Parent Connect' and we have a longstanding group for teens seeking to recognize and manage anxiety and depression," he says. The best prescription is always prevention. Catherine Casey: “To me, the more important issue is using the knowledge we have in society to prevent mental health problems in the first place. We know that toxic stress damages a child's developing brain and increases their susceptibility to both mental and physical illness.” She believes that “we also need to look at how we can provide resources to families earlier to break the cycles of early distress that have lifetime effects. The good news is that we know so much more about building resilience and protective factors that can counter the effects of toxic stress.” Focusing on emotional resilience seems like a very progressive and promising preventative approach. Essentially we are giving children and teens a mental toolbox of coping skills that will strengthen them for life. Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, in his book, A Parent’s Guide to Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Your Child Roots and Wings, identifies the seven “C”s of resilience: coping, competence, confidence, connection with others, character-building, contribution and control. The FRIENDS program in B.C. schools puts principles of prevention into an effective action plan, teaching kids valuable life skills. It is an evidence-based anxiety-prevention and resiliencybuilding initiative that has been in schools since 2004. The Australian-based program is coordinated by MCFD staff, who train teachers and educators in the course curriculum. “FRIENDS promotes self-esteem, problem solving skills, psychological resilience, self-expression, and positive relationships with peers and adults (MCFD).” There are three levels: Fun FRIENDS (Kindergarten and Grade 1); FRIENDS for Life (Grades 4 and 5); and My FRIENDS Youth (Grades 6 and 7). The program “focuses on increasing the emotional health of all children in a classroom.” The children and youth of today have a much better shot at good mental health than kids of my generation ever did. As always, parents play a vital role in the healthy development of kids and teens. I end with Catherine Casey's tender words: “Be a secure base and soft place for your children to land as they continue to grow and explore their world.” Contacts: FRIENDS:; Saanich Child and Youth Mental Health Services: #201 - 4478 West Saanich Road, 250-952-5073.

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Music in the Park Series One of the best things about summer in Central Saanich is the Wednesday night Music In The Park series in Brentwood Bay’s Pioneer Park. Now in its 17th year, it was one of the original weekly music series to debut in Greater Victoria. That first year, only two concerts were held, but they were so successful the decision was quickly made to offer a weekly concert series the next summer and each summer since. Beginning with local artists only, the series has since blossomed to include regional, national and international performers. Talent co-ordinator Leslie Gentile says: “We now get dozens of submissions throughout the year from across Canada and the U.S. and have even had a performer from Australia. We could easily fill every Wednesday year-round!” The programming tends towards roots and global music, but has also included blues, reggae, jazz, folk, bluegrass, pop, rock and even tribute bands! The music is the main draw of course, but the feeling of community created by the weekly event is just as strong. It’s all about families, kids, dogs, food, friends, neighbours and great music. The series has always enjoyed strong support from the community, with over 500 people coming out most nights. A good selection of food vendors adds to the

enjoyment. Recent offerings have included everything from Filipino food to pizza to First Nations salmon BBQ to fresh baked desserts! Up until now, the concerts have been presented on a series of "temporary" stages, dismantled at the end of each season, but plans are now underway for construction of a permanent covered stage, which will serve not only Music In The Park, but many other community arts groups as well, starting in summer 2017. Upcoming concerts (6:30 p.m. start time) include: August 3, Dirty Mountain Band (roots rock); August 10, Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band; August 17, Shaky Ground (five decades of classic hits). Music In The Park is produced by the Brentwood Bay Community Association and couldn’t happen without the dedication of dozens of volunteers. Visit

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Naval Cadets:

An Ocean of Opportunity What if there was a dynamic and structured youth program that offered Canadian youth a variety of interesting and challenging activities? What if there was a program developed for youth that increased self-confidence, selfesteem and self-awareness? What if you watched your son or daughter motivated to improve their physical fitness, to work harder at their academic studies and to give back to their communities through volunteerism and citizenship activities? What if that program was called “Cadets?” For generations both the Navy League and Sea Cadet programs have had a direct impact on Canadian youth in more ways than can be counted. Today’s Cadet programs empower our youth to gain confidence in themselves, set goals and achieve success in more ways than the score of a game or how fast they finished a race. Ask any Cadet parent about the growth they have seen and the experiences their child has had through a cadet program. Ask a Cadet about the fun and exciting things they have done as a cadet and how they feel about helping their community. Ask today’s leaders, many who are former cadets, and they will note how the program helped them become well-rounded, community-minded, confident young individuals better prepared to assume their place as today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. Since 1969 the ideals of “Cadets” have been made available to Saanich Peninsula youth by two cadet corps having received the highest level of achievement within cadet movement: The Admiral Budge Sea Cadet Corps and Admiral Martin Navy League Cadet Corps. The Navy League cadet program (ages nine to 11) uses a naval theme to promote fun and challenging experiences such as team building, swimming, camping, hiking and participating in parades and other community events. Navy League Cadets also learn life skills such as communications, seamanship and citizenship skills. The Navy League program is highly structured and focused on the development of self-discipline, organization and teamwork. The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (ages 12 to 19) are taught many life skills such as sailing, seamanship, naval communications and leadership. Selected senior cadets have the opportunity to be

paid to attend summer training courses at many training centres across Canada and partake in international exchanges, ship deployments aboard Canadian Navy and Coast Guard ships. Sea Cadets also have the opportunity to compete in sailing regattas,

band competitions and ceremonial activities. For more information regarding the Saanich Peninsula Navy League and Sea Cadet programs visit or www. or to locate a corps within your community visit


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seaside arts scene by Gillian Crowley

Salish Sea Lantern Festival

First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show

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There’s fun for all ages at balloon lantern making workshops organized as part of the Salish Sea Lantern Festival. Create your own balloon lantern inspired by the creatures of the Salish Sea. Then take it to the Festival at the Beacon bandshell and join in the lantern procession Saturday, August 20 at 8:30 p.m. Morning workshops are for kids ages six to 13, and afternoons are for families. Make your lantern on a Saturday, let it dry overnight and return the next day to complete it. Register with Tulista Gallery 250-656-7400. Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. Workshop dates: August 6, 7, 13 and 14: 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.

For the entire month, the Mary Winspear Centre’s gallery will be alive with a unique art show featuring First Nations artists from across Canada. Participants include local Coast Salish artists, Northwest Coast artists as well as Métis, Mohawk, Haida, Cree, Ojibwa, Dene, Inuit and Chickasaw Nations. This diversity of art expression includes carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, pottery, beading, leather work, painting and jewelry. Canadian icon Buffy Sainte-Marie will partake in this artistic gathering before her concerts August 7 and 8. Some tickets may still be available for her Monday performance. Art show: August 8, 1 to 4 p.m. August 9 through 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buffy Sainte-Marie: August 8 at 7 p.m.

Summer Sounds at Beacon Park Every Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. a different musician or musical group will entertain at the “shell” in Beacon Park in Sidney. Bring a blanket to sit on and savour your favorite music in a beautiful seaside setting. Free. August program: • August 7: Johnny Vallis, “Man of Many Voices” • August 14: Daniel Lapp, fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter • August 21: RUKUS, '50s and '60s Rock ‘n Roll • August 28: Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy


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Coastal Expressions Artist Leslie Hunt began working as an art educator in 2001 and became an art consultant in 2009. Coastal Expressions is a collection of works that reflect the beauty and mystery of Vancouver Island. From small treasures to large paintings, this collection will inspire curiosity and delight. The art includes fused glass, sculpture, printmaking, acrylic and oil paintings. Free parking. August 22 to September 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays). Tulista Park Gallery, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney.

Music at Butchart Gardens Visitors and locals alike can enjoy a wide variety of musical evenings at world famous Butchart Gardens as part of the regular admission price. Just about every genre is represented this month, from classical to blues through rock and roll, jazz, blue grass and pops to big band and marching band. Bring a blanket or sit on a bench. Starts at 8 p.m. each evening followed by fireworks on Saturdays. See Entertainment at

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FOR TOTS, KIDS & TEENS September 4 Sea Shirt Sunday Create your own fishy fashion with a cool

ocean-themed T-shirt. Bring a T-shirt or cloth bag or buy a shirt at Centre. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission plus $2 for paint. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511.

September 10

Explore the E&N Rail Trail (Guided Bicycle Tour) Very

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exciting bike ride along newly opened sections of the E&N Rail Trail. Langford to Victoria and back. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 12 yrs+. Free; limited space; pre-register at 250.478.3344 by September 8. parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/crdregional-parks/events.

September 10 Coast Capital Free Skate Free skate rental and free fun

on the ice with family and friends. Remember to wear a helmet – and get a chance to win prizes. Saturday, 12 to 1:20 p.m. All ages. Panorama Recreation Arena A. www. 250.656.7271.

Sept. 23 - Nov. 4

Enjoy crafting with your little one and create a work of art together, then savour a complimentary swim. All supplies included. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Three to five years. $15. Panorama Recreation Poolside Room. 250.656.7271.

September 25 Seed Spectacular Come and see what Mother Nature is planting in her garden for next

book author of Spork and The Specific Ocean will explain how a picture book is created. She will read from her books and lead an art activity. 6 years+. Free drop in. 1 to 2 p.m. Sidney / North Saanich Library. branches/sidney-north-saanich. 250-656-0944.

October 2 Thanksgiving CRAFTERNOON Get

busy and creative – make a Thanksgiving centrepiece using mason jars and beautiful craft supplies. All materials provided. 2 to 4 p.m. Ages eight to 14 years. $35. Greenglade Community Centre Room #8. 250.656.7271.

LEGO® Stories

Build your best LEGO® masterpiece yet. Listen to stories. Show off your creation in the library. Fridays: September 23, October 7 and 21, November 4. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Ages five to 12 years. LEGO® supplied. Free; register by email or phone 250-656-0944. Sidney/North Saanich Library. www.virl. sidney-northsaanich.

September 10 DOODLEBUGS Parent & Tot Art Class Flower Pot Wind Chimes.

year. Enjoy crafts, a seed scavenger hunt, hands-on exploration and planting a seed to take home. Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m. All ages. Drop in. Admission by donation. Meet at Nature house. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. www. 250.479.0211.

October 2 Sea Shirt Sunday Create your own fishy fashion with a cool ocean-themed T-shirt. Bring a T-shirt or cloth bag or buy a shirt at Centre. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission plus $2 for paint. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511. October 4 - 25

MAD Science NASA Space Explorer - Home School Program

Journey to the moon and Mars, team up with NASA to learn the joys of space, put on an astronaut’s suit, take a MAD planetary tour and make a rocket. Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Five to 11 years. Four classes/$78. Greenglade Community Centre Room #6. 250.656.7271.


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By Doreen Marion Gee For further information and more classes, programs and camps, visit the Panorama Recreation, CRD Parks & Trails and Saanich Recreation websites. October 5 - 26 Biology Buddies This series of activities for preschoolers offers a gentle introduction to the wonders of nature. Themes: Bats, Decomposers, Snakes, Insects. October 5, 12, 19 and 26: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Four to 6 years. Four-class session: $60 (members ); $80 (non-members). Pre-register in-person or 250.4790211. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. October 21

MAD SCIENCE Earth Sciences Learn about animals in this

exciting day camp. Fun-filled hands-on science activities. Kids will create, design and build interesting projects. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Five to 11 years. $65. North Saanich Middle School Classroom. 250.656.7271.

October 21 Science Sea Day Let’s celebrate

science! Cool demonstrations, fun (non-exploding) experiments, and talks by local scientists. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages. Free with admission. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511.

October 30 Creepy Crawlies Learn about tiny mysterious creatures that may give you the heeby-jeebies. Who has six legs, eight legs, no legs? Have you ever shook hands with a tarantula? Meet “Rosebud.” 12 to 3 p.m. All ages. Drop in. Admission by donation. Meet at the Nature house at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250.479.0211. November 2 - 23 Biology Buddies This series of activities for preschoolers offers a gentle introduction to the wonders of nature. Themes: Camouflage, Grossology, Hibernation, Migration. November 2, 9, 16, 23: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Four to six years. Four-class session: $60 (members ); $80 (non-members). Pre-register in-person or 250.4790211. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. biology-buddies.php.

November 7 - December 12 Bricks 4 Kidz, Energy is Everywhere Kids are introduced to energy in all of its fascinating forms.

Learn about energy sources like the sun and wind – and the ideas of “renewable” and “greenhouse effect.” Mondays, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Five to 11 years. Six sessions/$90. Greenglade Community Centre Room #8. 250.656.7271.

November 10 - December 15 Floor Hockey Action Have fun and learn the fundamental skills of hockey, the best techniques, stick-handling and slap-shot. Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Six to eight years. Six sessions/$48. Greenglade Community Centre Gymnasium. 250.656.7271. November 19 FOODSAFE Level 1 Essential

certification for work in the food service industry. A complete sanitation program for food handlers. Earn own Certificate. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 14yrs+. $70. Central Saanich Cultural Centre Room A. 250.656.7271.

November 27 Super Slimers Explore the

mysterious world of slugs and snails – slippery, slimy and super cool. Enjoy games, slug goggles and slime making. 12 to 3 p.m. All ages. Drop in. Admission by donation. Meet at Nature house. Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. 250.479.0211.

Everybody’s So Excited: Mineral World Has Reopened!

November 6 Wooden Canvas CRAFTERNOON

Decorate a pallet canvas with your favourite lyrics, music or quotes. Create your own unique work of art and taste some berry punch and cupcakes! All materials provided. 2 to 4 p.m. Ages eight to 14 years. $35. Greenglade Community Centre Room #8. 250.656.7271.

November 6

Sea Shirt Sunday Create

your own fishy fashion with a cool ocean-themed T-shirt. Bring a T-shirt or cloth bag or buy a shirt at Centre. 1 to 3 p.m. All ages. Regular admission plus $2 for paint. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. 250.665.7511.

Mineral World has reopened in beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea where we are once again offering our distinctive Earth Science experience. Visitors are able to spend time in the Earth Science Centre and Scratch Patch where they can collect gemstones and learn about the wonders of our planet or wander through our store of amazing gifts, jewellery, minerals and fossils collected from around the world. Our well-respected School and Community Earth Science Program will also be returning in September.

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We’re celebrating


at the Mary Winspear Centre

8th Annual First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show August 8th to 31st Daily 10am-4pm (August 8th 1pm-4 pm) The Mary Winspear Centre is proud to host the 8th Annual Invitational First Nations, Inuit and Métis Art Show and Sale this summer. The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Artist Collective, along with the Mary Winspear Centre, extend this invitation to everyone to come and experience this exciting annual event held on traditional Coast Salish territory. While there have been one time art exhibitions, this is the first continuous art show that has represented local Coast Salish territories artists, along with First Nations artists from across Canada. There are also works by other Indigenous artisans whose heritage is Inuit, Métis and Native American.

The purpose of the art show is to provide artists with opportunities to expose local audiences to an exhibition of their work and to nurture within the community an appreciation of the wide spectrum of visual and performing art crafted by our Aboriginal Artists. This function touches the very roots of the community and the Mary Winspear Centre objectives while also reaching out to bridge gaps and promote understanding within our region. The whole gallery is displayed to reflect the intent and spirit of the event. Stories and music add to the ambiance of the ever-changing show. The diversity of art expressions includes carving, weaving, prints, fabric art, drums, rattles, pottery, beading, leather work, painting, jewelry and some that might surprise you! Come often to meet many of the artists, see changing displays, and discuss culture as the artisans demonstrate their craft.

Buffy Sainte-Marie Canadian Music Legend Buffy SainteMarie returns to the Charlie White Theatre for a rare solo performance on Sunday, August 7 & Monday, August 8 at 7:00 pm. The show will include numbers from her new album Power in the Blood and some recognizable favourites including Universal Soldier and the Academy Award winning song Up Where We Belong.

Cowboy Junkies Canadian alternative rock band the Cowboy Junkies will make their debut appearance in Sidney on Friday, September 30.

What ’s Happening

Founded in 1985, Cowboy Junkies recorded a succession of critically acclaimed albums during the ‘80s and ‘90s earning them a cult following throughout North America and Europe. Their style is a fusion of traditional country, blues and folk which has earned them multiple awards and nominations throughout their 30+ years in the industry. Their second and most notable album The Trinity Sessions has reached multi-platinum and was named one of the 10 best albums of 1988. Don’t miss the chance to relive the memories of this iconic Canadian band. Tickets are on sale now.

End of Summer Vintage, Retro and Collectibles Show This major event on Sunday, September 4 offers a tremendous mix of collectibles – with everything from pre and post war jewelry, gold and silver coins and paper collectibles like stamps and postcards. Toys too, from dinky cars, meccano,

mechanical plus - everything from stuffed to Star Wars! Tableware, paintings, and an amazing assortment of wonderful books as well. Don’t miss it.

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salish sea news "with emma and liv joining – and leading – the next wave of sealovers and marine conservationists, the ocean is in good hands."

Ocean's Future in Good Hands by Tina Kelly

Choosing the winner was unanimous – unanimously difficult. The one thing everyone could agree on was that picking a winner for the “Rockin’ Rockfish” award was the toughest decision yet. Each year, the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea’s “Rockin' Rockfish” acknowledges an outstanding Youth Volunteer. Awarded in April – during Volunteer Appreciation week – this year’s recognition went to Emma. At the time, she had proudly worn her green Oceaneer vest for little more than a year but her history with the Centre went a little farther back. Emma was an annual pass holder, a graduate of our Salish Sea School summer camp and a school field tripper to the Centre. It was a combination of those experiences, along with living in Sidney-by-the-Sea, that inspired her to become an Oceaneer. When asked about her favourite volunteer moments, Emma replied: “when you are talking passionately to a visitor and you see in their eyes that they are absorbing the information and you know you are making them more knowledgeable about our ocean.” Emma acknowledges that volunteering at the Centre has had a positive impact on her mindset when it comes to conservation; her awareness that our environment needs protecting has increased substantially. Emma’s future is brighter than an anglerfish lure. She’s excited to be starting Parkland’s Marine Academy next month where she’ll add marine technology skills to her growing base of marine science knowledge. Blending both technology and biology is what attracts Emma to her ultimate goal of working for Ocean Networks Canada. Also vying for the award this year was 13-year-old Liv, who joined the Centre’s volunteer team last year as part of the inaugural Youth Summer Volunteer Program. Liv was drawn in by her interest in 30 | august 2016

marine life and the hands-on approach the program offers. This program combines marine science, field trips and valuable work experience. Her favourite part of being a volunteer is not too different from Emma’s: Liv enjoys learning new things as well as the reactions visitors have when she teaches them something new. The latter – speaking to the public – is a skill Liv feels she has grown the most in and recognizes how it has improved her presentations at school. Managing school and homework means Liv commits to one volunteer shift a week from September to June but come summer, she ups her shifts to three times a week. This time spent volunteering and learning is all part of her journey to become a marine biologist. With Emma and Liv joining – and leading – the next wave of sealovers and marine conservationists, the ocean is in good hands. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea’s volunteer program accepts applicants 13 years old and over. To learn more visit

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back to school: the perfect time to have that talk with kids Just like the birds and the bees, talking with your kids about money can be uncomfortable. But, like all of the most important lessons, starting these conversations early and revisiting them often is the best way for your kids to build a lifelong talent for responsible financial management. by Travis Koivula, Here are a few tips to help you Senior Financial Advisor take advantage of September’s fresh Island Savings start vibes with a meaningful chat about money. When to do it: • Children as young as four associate the visual buildup of coins with the abstract concept of saving. It’s a great time to begin teaching your child the difference between saving and spending, what a need is versus a want and that sometimes you need to wait before you can have something. • Studies show that a child’s financial habits are formed as early as age seven when they are most into imitating parents’ behaviour, so how you handle your finances will set either a good or bad example for your children at this age. Have your kids at your side when you pay the bills, explaining to them what you’re saving for and why. • Bonus tip: if you have a financial advisor, bring your children along to an appointment so they can listen and ask questions about your savings plans. A few golden rules: • Always tell the truth. • Keep kids in the loop when things are tough (without passing on stress). This will give your child a better appreciation for why you can’t go out for dinner or buy the latest toy. • Start an allowance that isn’t linked to chores. Let this money cover some day-to-day expenses and then let them play with the rest. Allowances are great introductions to budgeting, giving your children the experience of both having money and running out of it. Model good habits: • Shop for groceries with a list and stick to it, re-enforcing the concept of needs versus wants. • Shop with cash. Kids don’t understand the concept of credit until they first learn that when money is gone, it’s gone. The best financial help you can give your child is information and experience – and your financial advisor can help you identify even more teachable moments if you’re unsure where to start. Bottom line: talk comfortably about money, model good savings behaviour and involve your children in household financial decisions so that they can learn first-hand what money management is all about. Travis Koivula is a senior financial advisor with the Island Savings division of First West Insurance Services and Credential Securities.

Holidaying At Deep Cove: A Historical Perspective Sea Cadets

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ginger ale, coke cola, ice cream and bags of candies for the children. During the Metropolitan Church choir outing, members played baseball in the meadows overlooking the beach. Gordon's Limited, a large Victoria store, held its annual summer picnic at Deep Cove for several years. Spurning the train, the store conveyed employees together with baskets of fruit and other provisions, using a series of touring cars and "tally hos." Employees took part in foot races, waded or wandered about the cliff top, while the refreshment committee prepared the lunch and large urns of tea. When the Cholberg Shipyard held its picnic at Deep Cove, 200 men, women and children boarded the train while 50 others travelled by car. Following lunch there were three-legged and wheelbarrow races as well as a tug of war. The yard manager's wife presented prizes that included one special item, a car. After dinner, during two hours of dancing, the Chalet proprietress Mrs. Cresswell, played the piano on the veranda. Unfortunately, due to bookings, Chalet staff could not celebrate the end of World War 1 with their own picnic until August, 1919. Photo 2012-034-023 courtesy Saanich Archives. Caption: Swimmers D. Long, J. Stott, D. Clapham, W. Silburn and T. Crawford at Deep Cove.


It was the BC Electric Railway that first advertised Deep Bay, later known as Deep Cove, as a destination for day trippers and vacationers. The company initially built the Chalet as a place for public refreshment and as a hotel. As Deep Cove's popularity grew, six cottages were constructed immediately south of the building and a tennis court appeared on the northern side overlooking the beach. The Chalet rented boats for 25 cents an hour. Weekly evening excursion trains to the Chalet were common before 1920; the combined cost of train fare and an evening dance was 75 cents. As many as 600 visitors began arriving by train on summer weekends, to swim in the blue waters and to view the newly-mown hay fields and woods of North Saanich. Renting locally-owned private cottages close to the terminus cost $3.50 per day. When Victoria organizations began holding their annual picnics at Deep Cove, programs featured bathing, lunch, sports, dinner and dancing. Men erected change tents in the fields west of the tracks; swimmers scrambled down the banks to the water, where there was a diving platform. Visitors leaned on the wharf railings admiring the scenery. In some cases, organizations supplied the food, with ample cakes, sandwiches, by Sharon Hope

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we’d like to admit it or not, we’ve probably all found ourselves silently judging the appearance of a young person at some point in our lives. We may have questioned their choice of clothing, finding their outfit to be too revealing, too unkept or too mismatched. Perhaps we didn’t mean to be harsh, but impressions were made nonetheless. If we all take a moment to walk down memory lane and think of ourselves as kids, and teens in particular, we may remember the many factors that contributed to our choice of clothing on a daily basis. First, we probably considered what was trendy, what everyone else was wearing at the time, and what that staple piece of coveted clothing was that would make us part of the “in” group. Did we ever stop to ask ourselves: “Is this outfit flattering? Do I look presentable? Is my own style shining through when I wear this, or am I conforming?” We likely had no idea what any of these questions even meant. Even less likely is that, as budding teens and young adolescents, we were able to consider whether or not certain looks actually worked on our new long limbs, broadening shoulders, hips and curves. Were these looks "appropriate?" Who knew or cared! Like every parent, I’ve disagreed with my own kids at various times about clothing and dress, mostly over simple things such as what matches and what is and isn’t dressy enough for certain occasions. The most challenging time I’ve had in terms of helping my older two kids find clothing they like and feel happy in has been during the middle school years. Kids’ bodies are changing so much and with such different timing at this point in their lives. It’s hard for them, and us, to know whether they should be shopping in a kids’ store or moving on to a place that’s more adult. The worst case is when they’re stuck in between, and nothing seems to fit! Little kids are the best at expressing themselves just the way they want to be. Appropriateness is not in their vocabulary, and they will dig in their heels to wear whatever crazy combination of clothing they see fit. I still remember one of my sons being determined to head down to a skating lesson in his long underwear, his sister’s lavender ski socks and his favourite penny loafers. He thought he looked great!

A little bit fancy (which was important to him), but “appropriately” dressed to stay warm for skating. As parents, we all know the familiar battle. We want to share our own values around clothing, style and grooming, and teaching our kids how to present themselves to the world. At the same time, we hope to nurture their individuality and selfconfidence, and send them off feeling comfortable and pleased with how they look. It’s excruciating to go shopping with your child and see them hold up a pair of expensive runners or a pricey sweatshirt, to recognize the look of hope and pleading in their face, and then have to consider things like value, budget, quality, vanity, materialism, etc. It’s so hard to balance it all! I found an article in Psychology Today ( called "Why Your Teen Insists On Dressing Exactly Like Her Friends," by Stephanie Newman, Ph.D. It sheds a lot of light on the behaviour of dressing to fit in: “ … When adolescents copy their friends’ outfits, it’s not just about clothes. By dressing the same way, speaking the same way and adopting their friends’ mannerisms, they are actually expressing something complicated about their own developing self esteem.” Newman discusses the important concepts of “mirroring” and “twinning” in a fascinating article that will leave you feeling certain, if you weren’t already, that children and teens are complex creatures, who really just need to find their own voices and make a few mistakes along the way.

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Beyond the Blow-dry by Lara Gladych

Yvonne Campbell and Sam Quinn are the salon

owners at Exist Hairworx, in Sidney. Michelle Brenner is their esthetician, and Carmel Graham is one of their stylists. I meet them post-photoshoot one day in July. Walking into the studio, I see four women who are strikingly stylish, each in their own way. Michelle’s business, Bella Peche, operates out of Exist, and she offers a full range of esthetic services. She has flexible hours and will stay late to accommodate customers. I’m told that she’s known for her expertise in gel-nail application, for those of you who are fans. Carmel is the salon’s Artistic Stylist and Educator. She does in-house education with the staff twice a year to keep them current with the newest styles, techniques and product advancements. ColorProof, Joico and Moroccan Oil are the go-to lines at the salon. Every product they use and sell is hand-picked for its quality and effectiveness. Given that this issue’s focus is on kids, I ask the stylists about their youngest clients. What kids do with their hair “is a way for kids to show their independence,” says Yvonne. No matter what your age, “nothing feels better than great hair,” adds Sam. Their tips for helping kids get what they want in a hairstyle is to encourage them to talk to their stylist and express their ideas, and to bring pictures whenever possible. The same advice goes for adults! Pictures are extremely helpful in communicating your style objectives. The stylists tell me that one of the most important questions for them to ask a client is: “What don’t you want to see?” As we get closer to another season change, I ask what the big trends are heading into fall, and what they love about the transition. “I love colour36 | august 2016

changing,” responds Yvonne. You see changing hues in hair colour when the weather changes, adapting to each season. The trends that are staying strong looking forward to September and onward continue to be ombré colour, specific colour placement, dishevelled and textured styles, and lots of braids. Colour is simplified, and overall, these looks “offer freedom because they require less maintenance.” We wrap it up with some kind words from Carmel: “Everybody loves working for these ladies.” They’re clearly a close-knit staff with friendships that run strong, and a rapport with their clients that makes everyone feel like they’re family … beyond the cut, colour and blow-dry.

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The Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Association is a non-profit organization comprised of professionals and volunteers who deal with stroke patients who have recovered enough to leave hospital and continue to work towards their recovery. Meetings are held in the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 9300 Willindon Road in Sidney every Monday at 10:30 a.m (except in August). There is coffee and tea for everyone, and sometimes there is entertainment, music or a speaker from the University. The BC Transit handyDART supplies door-to-door transportation and is accessible for people of all abilities. There is a speech therapist available, and two physiotherapists who teach exercises depending on the individual needs of members. Association volunteers visit local hospitals and talk to stroke victims and their caregivers; their whole life has changed dramatically and communicating with someone who has had this experience can be comforting. There is also a focus group, made up of caregivers, who bring up problems they are having. Usually someone in the group has had the same problem, and it helps to hear if a solution was found. There is a moderator and everyone in the group gets a chance to talk. Many of the volunteers have had their spouses pass away so they feel sharing their experiences may be of some help. It is recommended that caregivers attend a meeting to see what the association does and meet the coordinator, Lyall Copeland, before the stroke victim leaves the hospital. Membership is $30 per year. Members enjoy a corn roast and Christmas party every year. Mixing socially with people who have suffered a stroke and their caregivers is very therapeutic for the strokers, especially when they see the results and how well some of them are doing. For more information call 250-652-3016 or visit

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





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

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inside out diabetes and our children The World Health Organization estimates that there are 422 million adults living with diabetes worldwide, a figure which has nearly doubled since 1980. It should be no surprise that this by Dana Tishenko chronic disease has also had a toll Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic on our children. The American Diabetes Association states that 23,525 children will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone, and a whopping 22% of those will be Type 2 diabetics which was virtually unheard of a couple decades ago. Type 2 (T2) is normally diagnosed later in life, and related to risk factors such as poor diet and obesity. In children we are normally concerned with Type 1 (T1) diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which the person’s own immune system attacks the islet cells of the pancreas destroying the body’s ability to produce insulin. Diabetes T1 is the most common childhood disease in Canada with 75% of cases being diagnosed by age 15. Who’s at risk? Unfortunately, despite intensive research it is unclear what causes T1 diabetes. A genetic predisposition for diabetes has been linked to several genes (HLA-DR3, HLA-DR4) but the environmental triggers are unknown. Studies of identical twins have shown that although one twin may be diagnosed with diabetes the other twin has less than a 50% chance of also developing the disease. Research suggests that early childhood diet may play a role, or there may be a virus that triggers the autoimmune response. Interestingly, most cases of diabetes T1 are diagnosed in the winter. Warning signs to look for in your child include increased thirst and urination, changes in mood, irritability, unexplained fatigue, vision changes, failure to grow, weight loss, and reoccurring yeast

infections in girls. A simple blood test is used to diagnosis the disease. Left untreated T1 diabetes is life threatening and can have serious complications. What can you do if your child has been diagnosed with T1 diabetes? First, understand that it is absolutely not your fault, nor your child’s fault. There is nothing that can prepare you for the fear of the initial diagnosis as being faced with your child’s mortality is beyond frightening. Start to build a social network with other T1 diabetic families. The Child and Family Health Unit through VGH is a great resource. There are also many online communities and local events to meet other kids with T1 diabetes. This will help to normalize the disease for your child so they realize that they are not alone. Create healthy a relationship with food. This means you want your child to eat a whole foods diet low in processed foods (that I would recommend for every child) but you do not want to outlaw "sweet foods." TI diabetics did not get their disease from eating poorly, they just need to properly dose medication to account for carbohydrate intake. You do not want to create an atmosphere where children are hiding away eating a cupcake. Foster a strong relationship with your child’s healthcare team. During the adolescent years teens are at a particularly high risk of poor blood sugar control because they are eating outside the home, and may be experimenting with alcohol or drugs. They are also at higher risk of developing eating disorders. They need to have adults they trust who teach them strategies to minimize damage. Diabetes is a daunting diagnosis but with new insulin medications, and improved technology for monitoring blood sugars it is possible to manage the disease better than ever before and your child has a very good chance of living a long and healthy life.

3 tips for a healthier trip to the grocery store 1. Take a few minutes each week to plan your menus. This will allow you the time to schedule healthy, quick and easy meals. 2. Cruise the grocery store with a list. A grocery list will ensure that you bring home everything you need to prepare the tasty and nutritious meals you planned and avoid those impulse buys. 3. Choose bright seasonal produce. Buying fruits and vegetables in season lets you enjoy peak flavour at modest cost. Remember: the darker the colour, the higher the nutrients!

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This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles on some great local businesses that are working to keep us all in good health. After only a few trips to a local pool, my walking and balance have improved and I feel much stronger – a minor miracle after two total knee replacement surgeries. Sheri Piacente of Reach Health is well aware of the remarkable health benefits of being in the water. A water therapy practitioner, she is keen to explain the physiological benefits behind

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the rejuvenating power of the aqua world. Reach Health Clinic in Sidney exemplifies the intrinsic value of integrated health care. Every patient benefits from the collective expertise of five highly skilled therapists offering Registered Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sheri Piacente, Registered Massage Therapist and Aquanetics Certified Hydro Therapist, is a dedicated and energetic member of the team. Her professional

accomplishments are impressive, including work with the University of Calgary Swim Team at the National Olympic Trials and the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team during preparations for the World Cup. Sheri explains the core principle behind every service at Reach Health: “Health is like a chair. The four equally important legs supporting it are: cultivating the mind and spirit, consistent movement, putting good food in our bodies and enough sleep for rest


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and repair.” A very exciting dimension of Sheri's massage therapy work is water therapy at a local pool: “Water therapy is a way to get active rehab done that is accepted very well by the body. It can be billed under extended medical for patients.” The wonders of a water environment are infinite. For anyone recovering from injury or surgery, water acts as a cushion for the body’s weight-bearing joints, reducing stress on muscles, tendons and ligaments. As people age, generally their movements become smaller and more constrained – for fear of falling. But in the safe and supportive pool medium, they are more apt to push themselves to take on more physical challenges. In the pool, people are constantly going off balance and correcting ourselves, but the water pressure protects the body from falling. “If we don't challenge our balancing system, then we never get a chance to fine-tune and improve it. Water therapy strengthens our 'core stability' so the next time that we are walking on land and we stub a toe, we will have the strength to straighten ourselves up and avoid falling. We

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are retraining our nervous system.” Sheri's seemingly contradictory comment, “The strength of water therapy is that it is supportive but it is also unstable,” actually makes

"The wonders of a water environment are infinite. For anyone recovering from injury or surgery, water acts as a cushion." perfect sense. Despite its inherent instability, water also offers a non-weight-bearing, gravityreduced and perfectly supportive medium to move our bodies safely. “We rely on gravity too much for stability, instead of just using our muscles. With less gravity in the pool, we can develop and strengthen our muscles to increase the movement and mobility of our joints. The water allows us to safely challenge the nervous

system out of its comfort zone, which is where strength and functional stability are built.” I find it is easier to move in water, which maximizes our ability to build fitness and health. Water therapy improves our health in extraordinary ways. People enjoy better respiratory health – the water resistance challenges them to breathe harder, producing a natural cardiovascular workout. Circulation is enhanced as the water pressure forces the use of all their blood reserves. As a result, internal organs are more efficient at filtering our fluids. The caring therapist accompanies patients to the pool, giving them progressively more difficult exercises to build stamina. Sheri has witnessed incredible progress in her patients – from pain and debilitation to living and moving in ways that seemed impossible before. Which brings us to Sheri's ultimate passion: “If we can help people have more range of motion and to move more in the pool, then hopefully their quality of life will be better outside the pool.” In my life, that hope is a reality. Contact:

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BUSINESS Where to Travel … Far & Away is the newest place in Sidney to make your travel plans. Having operated Cheap Tickets Canada in Victoria for the past 20 years, Normand Schafer and his team are now here locally to book your traditional vacations and cruises, as well as offering their expertise on travel to the South Pacific. Deluxe Freighter Cruises from Tahiti, kayaking trips in Tonga, small ship cruises in Fiji, and sailing yacht charters in Tahiti, are all of special note. Far & Away is located at #204 - 2405 Beacon Avenue (across from TD Bank, above Odyssia), and at www.

Where to Shop … MJ Vogue Home Furniture and Decor is a locally owned and operated online home furniture and décor retailer.

Shop their website, www., from the comfort of home, and pick up your purchase within the hour or at your leisure, or have it delivered the same day! (10% off all pick-ups.) They offer affordable pricing on their assortment of furniture and décor items. Visit them to see their selection on display in their showroom before you buy! Located at #7 - 2042 Mills Road West, in Sidney.

Where to Live … On September 1st, Suzi Jack will open Dockside Realty Ltd.’s newest office on the Peninsula in downtown Sidney. It is a family owned and operated real estate brokerage in business since 2006, with offices on both Pender and Saturna Islands. Suzi brings to Dockside many years in the industry, complete with a background

in real estate financing, residential and commercial real estate insurance, and real estate sales. Visit, or call Suzi at 866-629-3166.

news Helping Out Beacon Community Services has two big announcements! First, they have elected five new members to their Board. These members were elected at Beacon’s 42nd Annual General Meeting, and they join seven existing community Board members. Second, they’ve awarded $6,500 in scholarships to five graduating students from various high schools for exemplary volunteerism and community service. You can read the full news release under News & Publications on their new website,

Highlighting Sidney The Sidney Business Improvement Area Society (SBIA) has been busy with a new destination marketing campaign, the VI Circle Tour. This is a joint campaign with the Sooke Regional Tourism Association, to promote the best of the VI Circle Route. It promotes travel to both Sidney and Sooke, targeting residents of Washington and Oregon States in the process of planning their vacations. This is a $32,000 campaign, half of which has been subsidized by a grant from Destination BC. The Sidney BIA seeks to attract travel writers and bloggers to our region in hopes that they will showcase Sidney as an alternate to staying in downtown Victoria. Visit the website, www., for more information.

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When you shop local, more revenue remains in your community, supporting parks, schools and more! For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $46 is recirculated back into the local economy.

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Brown's The Florist Fresh, locally grown sunflowers are sure to make someone's day SUNsational! Surprise them with flowers from Brown's The Florist. Sidney: 250.656.3313 2499 Beacon Ave

Beacon Cat Hospital Beacon Cat Hospital, located on Fifth Street just south of Bevan Avenue, has been providing veterinary care to Peninsula cats for over 20 years. Dr. Ellen Guttormson and staff strive to provide exceptional health care for cats in a quiet and stress-free atmosphere. Furry feline friends seem to be more relaxed away from the noise of boisterous barking dogs. We are a full service veterinary hospital providing routine health care and vaccinations, as well as surgery, X-ray, dentistry and dental X-ray, ultrasound, in house and referral lab work, and medical hospitalization. In addition we carry a full range of veterinary prescription diets, deworming and professional flea control products. Dr. Guttormson is a longstanding member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and routinely attends continuing education meetings and professional development seminars. The hospital has an extensive library of the most current feline text books and scientific journals. At Beacon Cat Hospital we strive to provide excellent care in a compassionate atmosphere. Our motto is "special care for special kitties" and your loving bond with your cat is one of our primary considerations. Please feel free to phone us any time to arrange a tour of the hospital facility.


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We have over 40 new styles of Skechers arriving. There will be a steady flow of ultra-comfortable lace-ups, slip-ons and sandals rolling in the door, so come pick out your favourite pair!

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Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop Lolly Gobble Sweet Shop aims to provide Sidney with a traditional candy store experience, complete with friendly service and a wide selection of unique confectionery. 778.426.2541 | 9774 3rd St

The Dancing Orchid Individually handcrafted with care, Pyrrha tailsmans protect, celebrate and inspire the wearer. Come and explore our shop, with one-of-a-kind hand-chosen greeting cards and an amazing selection of unique giftware.

The Yoga Studio The Yoga Studio in downtown Sidney is warm, welcoming and dedicated to safe, mindful instruction in Yoga and spiritual studies. New early morning classes. Drop-ins welcome. 250.655.5254 | 9819 5th St 250.656.1318 | 2416 Beacon Ave

You are investing in your community by supporting its unique businesses. Appreciate what makes our neighbourhoods different. Our one-of-akind businesses are an inherent part of the distinctive character of our Saanich Peninsula neighbourhoods; that is what brought us here and will keep us here. Stay local and stay connected to the merchants in your community. By supporting independent businesses today, you are investing in a unique and sustainable future for the Saanich Peninsula community.

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Come experience this aquarium and cultural centre engaging people TEMOSENG Charles Elliott in the learning and conservation of the Salish Sea Bioregion. 250.665.7511 | 9811 Seaport Pl

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Beacon Cat Hospital A full-service veterinary hospital dedicated exclusively to providing “Special Care for Special Kitties.” Committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care in a community-based environment. 250.656.5568 | 9711 A 5th St

Galleon Books & Antiques Antiques, books, collectibles and jewelry. Estates and private libraries purchased. 250.655.0700 #106 - 2506 Beacon Ave

Laloca - Fair Trade and Local Products Ethiopian scarves handcrafted using ancient weaving traditions combine cotton and silk. Made by an ethical and eco-friendly enterprise that creates sustainable livelihoods for women. 778.351.3844 | 2367 Beacon Ave

The Dancing Orchid The Dancing Orchid, now in it’s seventh year of business, continues to be owned and operated by the mother-daughter duo of Janet and Shirley Henly. They would like to extend their gratitude to all the local residents and visitors who have helped make this store a success and who have made the journey in doing so such a pleasure. Being a part of the Sidney community has been a wonderful bonus. Shirley and Janet are proud to showcase products that reflect the quality and style that customers appreciate. Items such as the PYRRHA talisman pendants, Maxwell and Williams collection of ceramic tableware and kitchen accessories, LAMPE Berger Home Fragrances, THYMES Bath and Body and Charlie Paige Clothing and Accessories are but a few of these carefully chosen products that will entice the senses. Whether you are in search of a beautifully scented bath product, stylish décor and textiles to add to your home's beauty, clothing and fashion or even just that creative and charming greeting card, The Dancing Orchid offers you your “Accessories for Life.” Visit The Dancing Orchid at 2416 Beacon Avenue in Sidney.




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One Stop Furniture Shop Cooking indoors or out, our Gourmet Island can help you cook with class. Just roll the island from your kitchen to your deck! 250.655.7467 (SHOP) 9819 Fifth Street

Pitt & Hobbs What an elegant Father’s Day gift Waterford Crystal makes. Established in 1783, Waterford is timeless and beautiful. Pitt & Hobbs has many wonderful gift ideas for Fathers, Grads and Weddings.

Pitt & Hobbs Pitt & Hobbs Gift Shop started as a mail order Paper Co in 1989 and now we can personally serve you at our storefront on Beacon Avenue (under the black and white striped awning). We carry a great selection of the most beautiful card lines, in every palette, and many nostalgic and European gift and home items from some classic, age-old companies. Should you enjoy tea in the garden on a beautiful summer day, Royal Albert has fresh new patterns that you will love. For the Scotch enthusiast, the feel of a heavy crystal Waterford tumbler cannot be matched. And every baby deserves their own Bunnykins dish set! To add a little fun, we now carry FAT Paint to repurpose old furniture and create your own shabby chic style. It blends perfectly with our beautiful Bone China. Our newest additions are Garnier-Thiebaut, one of the oldest French Linen companies in France. Each tea towel is a work of art. We recently received our Mosser Glass, handmade in the U.S. by the same family since 1959 – just the type of company we want to work with! You can find us online at for more information and updates.

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Upon arriving at the house on Wain Road, Kael Gray rushes out on his trike to tell me that he is four years old, and that he had slept right through a big storm, because his home is so safe. He added: “There was even lightning!” As I look behind him, the award-winning concrete home does indeed look strong enough to withstand anything that Mother Nature can throw at it. On this warm summer day, the expansive windows, large roof overhangs faced with Douglas fir, concrete walls and sidewalks gave an impression of coolness, stability and security. In fact, it looks like a super cool designer cave for the 21st century! Homeowner Damon Gray came out to greet me with a New Zealand accent and welcoming smile. He is the manager of NZ

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$50,000 to $80,000 more on their home,” Damon acknowledges. However, he suggests that options such as putting in laminate counters rather than stone result in savings that can be channeled into “a durable envelope method for the home.” The walls are poured on site when possible and hefted into place by the company crane. “This is a cost-effective technique,” he says, “with a shorter completion time as well as far less construction waste, incredible durability, and promotion of thermal comfort (less heating fluctuations and costs).” One layer of concrete forms the inside structural wall and another layer of concrete forms the outside wall and siding. Together with the insulation, the one-foot-thick reinforced walls provide a strong external structure for the home without requiring wood framing. Electrical conduit and outlets are installed in the structural 52 | august 2016 | seaside homes

layer of the panel. There is no need for drywall; it would merely impede the transfer of heat. Concrete walls can be left as they are or finished with mud (drywall plaster) or American clay, lime plaster or any other coating that can attach to a concrete surface. Concrete panels were used to build this 3,000-square-foot, one-storey home. Based on passive house design principles that minimize energy use, it has triple-glazed windows and a huge array of solar panels adorn the roof. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom, wheelchair-accessible home is designed in the shape of an “L” to maximize sunlight energy collection. A south-facing concrete patio includes a custom-built barbecue and clan-sized concrete and wood picnic table. After coming from outside, the controlled humidity and coolness of the home feels lovely. Damon explains that the coolness is the result of three things. “There is shading from the roof overhangs, it’s

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to connect and create incentives such as low interest loans that will increase the opportunity for more people to live in durable and healthy, environmentally sensitive homes. He sees his role not only as a builder, but as an educator as well. “The building code for conventional homes ensures you have a roof overhead,” he says, “but it’s not giving you health, or durability, and it’s not protecting your investment. There are better ways to build things. For us, as builders, we need to do our research and educate our clients correctly.” Damon is passionate about housing, innovation, the environment, sustainability, and his home and business reflect that unity of purpose. On the wall of his bathroom, it says “Love what you do, do what you love.” As I reflect on the cave image again, I think in some ways today’s intriguing concrete homes are being designed as a follow-up to what Mother Nature has already taught us. The basic design elements provided safe havens for early dwellers. Did they not have thermal mass via the rock construction? Insulation via dirt and ground cover, and a fresh exchange of air through the front door? I am also quite sure that they had the dew points figured out too. To view all the photos from this shoot, visit Vault/Architecture/Wain-Rd-NZ-Builders/. 54 | august 2016 | seaside homes

west coast Gardener gardening that's good for your soul, and body Gardening brings joy to our lives, and is a great way to savour summer and get physical activity; however, it can also contribute to aches, pains and strains, particularly for people living with conditions affecting their joints, mobility, and energy. Don’t let that keep you from the pleasures of the garden. Here are some by Yvonne Bulk tips from an occupational therapist to help & Laura Bulk Patio Gardens you stay active and safe in the garden. Lifting: Be it moving mulch, transporting tools or clearing debris, lifting incorrectly can be problematic. When lifting, face the object, bend your knees, and use your leg strength to lift. Reduce strain by dividing materials into smaller chunks. For example, dump some soil into a cart so you needn’t lift the whole load at once. When choosing a cart, consider having one with two wheels instead of a wheelbarrow, which can be very unstable. Tools and equipment: Choosing the right ones can help reduce fatigue and strain. Padded and curved handles place less stress on your wrists, fingers, and hands; clippers with spring-action self-opening features are helpful, especially if you have arthritis in your hands; a foldable kneeler seat will help protect your knees and back; a lightweight self-coiling hose is an excellent watering solution. Design: Important for the look, and function! Position thirsty plants near your water source. Raised beds are a great option: they allow you to avoid extended time bent over reaching for your plants and enable easier access for wheelchair users. They also keep out some animals and facilitate drainage. Plant choice: Consider how much maintenance will be required. Perennials allow you to avoid replanting yearly and groundcover, such as thyme, looks nice and keeps weeds to a minimum. Protection: Safety first! Wear UV protection for skin and eyes. Sunglasses should be worn, even on overcast days. Large-brimmed hats, long sleeves, pants, and sunscreen help protect your skin from harmful rays, abrasions, and bug-bites. Keeping your tools carefully sharpened will help avoid injury due to slipping tools. Pacing: Just starting out? Take it in steps. Start with a small garden and build on your successes. Take mini-breaks at least every 30 minutes. Rotate through different tasks to avoid overstressing particular joints or muscles. Know your limits and stop before exhaustion. Avoid: Twisting and reaching, bending with your back, awkward postures, gripping tools tightly for a long time, prolonged hunching or kneeling and staying in one position for an extended period. For more information email


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active lawn bowling club; visitors are amazed when they see this hidden gem. The club boasts a membership that averages about 160 area residents. Over 18 years ago, some folks with a vision and with the cooperation of the town, reclaimed what had been a dump area. They cleared, dug and built the oasis that is there today, then carefully planned a balance of social and competitive bowling in order that the skills and wishes of its members were met. Thanks to the foresight of the founding members and those that came along later, the facilities are used year round with short mat bowling indoors, card and board games and many social events through the year for its members. Two years ago club members realized that the element of youth was missing. The club lost no time in doing something about it. Due to other priorities and the ever-present competition with other sports, youth membership went up and down. In 2015 the junior group held firm with an enrolment of three. Thanks to a high standard of training, coaching and talent, and the Sidney club hosted the Under 25 / Junior Provincials. It was an overwhelming success and the Sidney club won a bronze medal. Perseverance by the club coupled with a strong sense of maturity and sharing in club duties by the junior group has created a partnership between the younger and older elements – arguably the greatest success. This spring a surge in interest by more youthful bowlers bodes well for the future and at present there are nine talented and enthusiastic young people enrolled in the club. Encouraged by 2015, the club agreed to once again host the Provincials. Beginning July 8, the event went on for three days and spectators were treated to some of the best lawn bowling imaginable. Our Island bowlers did very well, with five bowlers making it to the podium. The girls gold medal went to Carah Webster, Lake Hill Club; silver was awarded to Emma Boyd of Tsawwassen Club and the bronze medal went to Sierra Trueman, Sidney Club. The boys gold medal went to Max Bodley-Scott, Gordon Head Club; silver was awarded to Trevor Birrell, Sidney club and bronze went to Arden Grew, Gordon Head Club. Information about the club, its events and activities is available at

Cycling the VI Circle Route by Tyler Laing For years I have been hearing from people about their experiences biking the Vancouver Island Circle Rout: friends cycling between wineries on the Peninsula, stopping in at farms and local grocery stores for fresh food; colleagues commuting through forests and over wooden bridges along the Galloping Goose. Cyclists in the CRD are fortunate to have two railroads-turnedbike-paths that connect Sidney to Sooke. The Lochside Regional Trail, roughly 35km, begins at Swartz Bay and ends in Victoria, where it meets the 55km Galloping Goose Trail that spans Victoria to Sooke. Having never travelled any of the Circle Route by bike before, my girlfriend Kim and I decide to give it a try. The full circle route then goes on from Sooke to Port Renfrew and all the way round to the Cowichan Valley: too much for a day trip! Our July morning is slightly overcast and breezy; ideal conditions for what is to be an 80km grind. Friends drive us out to Swartz Bay so our car won’t be stranded and we set off from there. We reach Sidney in little more than 15 minutes and then ride south along Lochside and past the historic artifacts of Heritage Acres to Michell’s Farm for lunch. This year Jenni and Brendan Brown have opened Harvest Rd. – a food truck on the family farm that sources food from the surrounding fields. When we pull up, both bike racks are packed and more bikes rest on the ground. We order tacos and homemade fries and chips, all of it delicious, and Jenni tells us: “We’ve had tons and tons of cyclists coming through, the reception has been great.” We ride the rest of Lochside, past people on horseback and others picking blackberries from the side of the hard-packed dirt trail. The trail takes us through residential areas and over the trestle bridge at Blenkinsop Lake. Neither Kim nor myself are particularly avid bikers, and our legs start to feel a bit tired by the end of this section. The Goose is quite a lovely ride, with varied landscape, views of Portage Inlet and Garry oaks. As we near Thetis Lake, the asphalt trail gives way to the compact rail bed of the past. The trail up until now has

been flat and easy to ride; we get our first bit of hilly terrain as we pass through Colwood. Through Langford we head into the rustic landscape of Metchosin. By now, closing in on 5 p.m., the intermittent company whom we have shared the trail with has almost totally dropped off. In this peaceful farmland we ride alone in the shade of the forest. We hit Matheson Lake a little before 6 p.m. and the timing couldn’t be better – our aching legs call out for a swim and the lake is all but ours. A little girl splashes in the shallows with her father while a lone fisherman floats in his dinghy, flicking his rod in the low sunlight. Just after Matheson Lake we come upon Roche Cove and the copper green surface of the ocean. The trail remains hard packed and the forest thickens on either side for a stretch until it opens up again to the west and the sight of the ocean breaks through once more. While our original goal was to reach Leechtown, site of a 1860s gold rush community, it’s after 8 p.m. by the time we approach Sooke and the sun has already dropped below the tree line. With much more yet to see, we’ll just have to ride out this way again. For more information visit

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This is part of a rotating series of articles on members of Sidney Meet Up, featuring people in business on the Saanich Peninsula. The words in the title of Colleen Hoggarth’s accounting business ring true on many levels. The expert team at Security House are helping businesses to be financially “secure” and protected from pitfalls that could undermine their success in the marketplace. By supporting businesses in keeping their financial “house” in order, they are opening their doors to prosperity. Colleen Hoggarth, Certified Professional Bookkeeper and personable owner of Security House Accounting Inc., is enjoying their second location in Sidney and working with clients on the Peninsula. Her general bookkeeping services involve taking a company’s receipts, invoices and banking statements and using that information to prepare and provide the business with a monthly financial statement. Colleen: “The important point about having regular bookkeeping done is that people can see where they are at every single month with their business. If people wait until the end of the year, it is too late to make a ‘course correction’ if things are going sideways.” With her regular oversight of a company’s financial transactions, Colleen makes sure that they stay on course and continue to grow and build their capital. She protects her clients’ best interests. Many people do not have the skills to properly manage all of the complicated financial details of a business. At Security House Accounting Inc., clients can feel secure in the knowledge that their books are being expertly handled by people who excel in managing those financial fine points. Colleen reviews the monthly statements with clients, making sure they are fully aware of every dollar coming in and going out: “You can’t do anything with a business until you see it on paper. You need a good financial knowledge of how your business is doing before you can grow it to be even bigger and better.” Mike Kamo does not mince words in his article, 6 Reasons Your Small Business Will Fail (And How to Avoid Them): “Sometimes people start businesses with a dream of making money but don’t have the skills or interest to manage cash flow, taxes, expenses, and other financial issues. Poor accounting practices put a business on a path straight to failure.” Another area where Security House staff protect the financial interests of businesses is making sure they are compliant with Canada Revenue Agency rules and procedures. Colleen helps clients to regularly and accurately report all of the GST and PST they collect by the deadlines and to “keep good books and records.” By ensuring their clients’ cooperation with Ottawa, Security House professionals are giving entrepreneurs a solid chance at success in the business world. Colleen Hoggarth and Security House have got your back! Contact: Source:

Panorama Rec: Art For Your Heart by Jo Barnes

You want your kids to be healthy

and get the most out of life. You make sure they get regular exercise, eat a variety of healthy foods, and … do some painting? That's right, painting or any other fine art activity! The Panorama Recreation programs reflect what many Canadian studies have shown: that the arts contributes to health and well being.1 When you take part in an arts class, you learn new skills, socialize with others, and express yourself in new ways all of which builds confidence, alleviates stress, and enhances health. So what's new in the arts line-up? Arts Sampler Week from September 11 to 17 features free demonstrations and sample classes. Forest Explorers, for children age three to five, kicks off in September. This new program, which originated in Germany, is an opportunity for little ones to not only get physical exercise through playing, walking and climbing, but to enjoy opportunities for storytelling, singing, and drawing. Close to nature, children are introduced to unique opportunities to learn about the world around them. Over the years Panorama has endeavoured to include the arts in their youth programming including afterschool activities and Pro-D Day camp sessions. "We have been working with our staff team to encourage them to try new mediums and different projects as much as possible," says Jason Gray, Community Recreation Coordinator, Youth Programs. Panorama offers diversity in arts opportunities. Are you aged eight to 14, love creativity and crafts? Crafternoons offers plenty of handson fun with seasonal projects such as holiday centrepieces, wooden pallet canvas art and holiday garlands. In October and November local event planner and craft specialist Emma McCormick leads two hour creative crafting workshops on how to make seasonal pieces for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Are you a dance enthusiast, singer, musician? Plenty of dance and music opportunities are available in sessions by instructors of Allegro Dance and Peninsula Academy of Music and Arts. The Cooking for Fun program is back! Youth can have fun in the kitchen preparing delicious Mexican, Italian and Asian dishes. New this season is Cookie Crumbles and Cakes, an opportunity for young people to prepare all kinds of sweet treats. Even big folks can get in on creativity. Doodlebugs Parent & Tot (age three to five) returns, and this time parents and their little ones can have fun together making items like stained glass candle holders or painted birdhouses. To best accommodate busy family schedules, Doodlebugs is offered at new locations and times. With so many options at Panorama, it's best to check the website for details and registration: Whether it's on the dance floor or on the forest floor, on the canvas or in the kitchen, Panorama Recreation promises art in their program mix.

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CACSP Small Expressions Show “Beeswax

Join us for our SMALL Expressions and Bears” Show. Both 2D and 3D artwork all August 1st - 7th March 4th to 29th sized to fit within a 12” x 12” x 12” Tuesdays - Sundays, Marie Savage:10am-4pm encaustic, mixed media and photography. space. Featuring: painting, collage, photography, glass, sculpture, fibre, “From Shirleypottery, to Sidney” metal, wood and more.

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A show that reflects the beauty and wonder of the South Island. Sherry Leigh Williams, Shannon Lee Rae and Evelyn Williams. 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking

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We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council.

New works by Donna Jean, Diane Lair and Penny Baziuk.

“Coastal Expressions” August 22nd - September 4th Leslie Hunter: A collection of fused glass, sculpture, printmaking, acrylic and oil paintings.

The Tulista Arts Centre has many creative and imaginative shows scheduled for 2016. Come in and enjoy the wonderful local art. Visit our website for more information: Open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 5th & Weiler, Sidney Free Admission & Parking We acknowledge the assistance of the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Municipality of Central Saanich and the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council. august 2016 | 63

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Charles Dickens Pub: It's About the Experience by Lara Gladych

This is the fourth in a six-part series of profiles featuring some of the Saanich Peninsula's wonderful restaurants and pubs. Nick Coates, Sean Kelly and Dena Bystedt are the team behind the Charles Dickens Pub experience. They have fantastic chemistry and are a great pleasure to speak with about their common goal of making the Pub a great local gathering place. “Business has changed, and it’s as much about the experience as it is about selling alcohol,” says Nick, about running a successful pub these days. When looking at beer alone, they see a

much more sophisticated consumer. Their younger patrons in particular are “gravitating towards local craft brews, which have become quite popular.” As such, the Dickens now offers a “Beer Flight” sampler consisting of four 5oz portions of whichever beers you’d like from their selection on tap. To pair with the beer sampler, Dena suggests trying the sliders from the new menu. Each order comes with three varieties of sliders: lamb, chicken and beef. Another great summer option from their new menu are their Gourmet Fusion Hot Dogs, each of which begins with a Kobe beef wiener

that is then topped with one of six different combinations (think Greek, Ukrainian, Hawaiian, etc.) Variety isn’t foreign to this kitchen. Mondays and Tuesdays are Prawn and Wing Nights respectively, and you can have your prawns or wings prepared in a choice of 25 different flavours! The wings have become hugely popular with customers, and TripAdvisor continues to reflect their success with wing-lovers. I ask them about what they see in the newest generation of young drinkers, mostly from a standpoint of safety. The wisdom that Cook & Oscar Photography

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Nick offers is that it’s “not about quantity, it’s about quality,” and he and Sean tell me that they see this with their youngest patrons. They don’t drink like the older generations, and they have much more refined tastes and gravitate towards quality products. “The younger generation is much more responsible,” he notes. “Eating habits change in the summer,” says Dena, and their most recent menu reflects that with a “summer barbecue style, and seasonal flair.” You can expect to see the menu change two to three times per year to showcase the seasons. “As much as I wanted to get away from the traditional pub style food, we’ve maintained it … but with a twist!” They never cut corners and always focus on quality. The Charles Dickens Pub is a great place to watch the Olympics this month, and the World Cup of Hockey, too. On the calendar for next month is The Dickens Annual Golf Tournament at Ardmore Golf Course on September 25. Everyone welcome! Call Sean at

the Pub for more information and to register. The Dickens will be undergoing a “refreshing” project before too long, in the pub and at the liquour store. “We will be looking at everything, even a name change, to better reflect what we are and the

"The common goal of Nick Coates, Sean Kelly and Dena Bystedt is to make the pub a great local gathering place.” experience our customers will expect when they come in.” Charity is close to Dena’s heart, and she wants to remind our school PAC's that the Charles Dickens will continue to host Beer & Burger fundraising evenings every Saturday night, with proceeds benefitting any school or organization that wishes to participate.

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After a great conversation with these fantastic folks, they leave me on my own to eat two wonderful dishes they’ve chosen for me: their calamari, and also Smoked Chicken Alfredo. The calamari are hand-cut, and breaded and spiced in a special mixture of Dena’s. They are served with her homemade tzatziki, deep fried jalapenos and red onions, and a topping of fresh diced tomatoes and green onions. They are tender, not rubbery, and the extra toppings add colour and variety in texture. The Smoked Chicken Alfredo is rich and comforting, prepared from scratch with smoked chicken, smoked cheddar and handcut bacon. Dena assures you that there’s nothing else on the Peninsula like it. It’s all about the experience here at the Charles Dickens Pub. You’ll always be taken care of, be served the very best they can make or offer, and they won’t disappoint with a friendly face and kind ear. For more information visit

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Lavender Infused Blackberry Galette

by Solara Goldwynn

Summer on the Islands is an

amazing and abundant time for local food. As I write this, a staple summer flavour is beginning to ripen: the contentious blackberry. I know there are those of you out there who underappreciate this incredibly successful plant. For myself, most of the year I curse it too. It comes up in the garden, creeping through the hedgerows, overtaking the underutilized spaces (or buildings) and really hurts when you attempt to remove it. A friend once told me that a blackberry plant can grow 18 feet a year, and I’ve seen that to be true. In our garden at the edge of the property, there is a blackberry patch that rivals many. The past few years we’ve decided to work with it instead of against it. Once a year we rent a hedge trimmer and cut a maze into the brambles, and when they are ready, we pick. All kinds of blackberry goodness ensues the rest of the year (including the best, most wild tasting blackberry wine!) Here is one of many ways we eat blackberries: a simple, yet delectable galette. And so, let’s enjoy this successful plant and appreciate its abundance, at least this time of year. Hatchet & Seed

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1. Put the flour, salt, sugar, and lavender petals in the bowl of a food processor. Mix until combined. 2. Add in the butter and mix until crumbly (about 30 seconds) 3. Slowly pour in water through the feed hole while mixing, just until the mixture starts to hold together. 4. Take the dough out and divide into two (save one for later by keeping it wrapped in the freezer; we’ll just be making one today). 5. Roll out with a rolling pin (some extra flour helps for this!) Place the rolled-out dough into a high-lipped pie pan and place in the fridge. Galette: 2 cups blackberries (or other fruit) 1 beaten egg 2 tbsp cane sugar 1. Mix 1 tbsp sugar with the blackberries in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. 2. Put this filling into the centre of the chilled crust, leaving two inches around the border. 3. Pinch the crust up around the fruit, leaving the centre exposed. 4. Brush the beaten egg around the outside of the crust and sprinkle with remaining sugar. 5. Bake at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes (until the crust is golden and the fruit is bubbling). Serve with whipped cream or coconut milk ice cream. Enjoy!

Power to Be

by Dylan Elzinga

Talking with Bayside Middle School students about writing and the media, Associate Publisher Deborah Rogers challenged them to write articles about what inspires them, with the direction that any pieces that met the criteria would be considered for publication in our August Kids issue. Here, from the point of view of a 14 year old, is the response to the question “What’s your Passion?” Thank you to Ms Moore and all her students. Read on to meet a potential journalist of the future!

It’s beautiful. The bright greens, blues, reds and purples dance in the sky off in the distance. It’s silent, except for the howling of the wolves every now and then, and the soft sound of the river. Its amazing, and I knew I was hooked from the first moment. This is one of my favourite memories. It is the first time I really noticed the true beauty of nature. I was seven years old, and had just moved to Smithers. It was winter and was very cold. I have moved around a lot since then, and am now living in Brentwood Bay. There are barely any places to go and just be in peace and quiet around here, which sucks because I miss things like that. Luckily I have recently been accepted into a Wilderness School Program run by the non-profit organization, Power to Be. Wilderness School is a program for kids who like that kind of stuff, like the outdoors, but don’t always have the opportunity to get into it. It gives us the chance to be one with nature and experience things we don’t get to do on a daily basis. The group meets at the old site of the Prospect Lake Golf Course where we get ready to go. We go on one trip a month and sometimes we have family gatherings or special events. The trips can be anywhere from one day up to 12 days in the summer. During the trips, we do anything from kayaking and hiking to snowshoeing and camping. If anyone doesn’t have the gear they need, the leaders at Power to Be will lend it to you. This program helps kids by giving them something to look forward to every month. It helps them connect with one another, meet new people and experience activities that allow them to explore their comfort level and abilities. I feel lucky to have been chosen to be involved in this program because it gives me a chance to do things I wouldn’t otherwise get to do, and I have also made some good friends. We were all accepted into the program in grade eight, and we will continue to work together for the next three years. Power to Be is a way to have fun and learn at the same time. Power to Be provides programs like the Wilderness School for a small annual fee. They are able to do this using donations from the community. If you want to learn more about Power to Be, visit Dylan Elzinga is a grade eight student at Bayside Middle School. He loves skateboarding and spending time outdoors. He is looking forward to doing both of these things this summer.

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Click In To Car Seat Safety by Janice Henshaw

Is the used car seat at the garage

sale a good bargain? Or do I really need to go out and buy new car seats (infant, child and booster)? And gulp, once I have them, how do I use them? Is it as simple as just strapping the seats in with a seat belt, and going on our way? According to the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Canada. They estimate that 68 children age 14 years and under are killed and another 880 seriously injured each year. Do car seats make a difference? Yes! The CPS reports that “when car seats are used correctly, they reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for children one to four years of age. And they reduce the risk of hospitalization in children age four and under by 67%. Booster seats provide 59% more protection for young children than seat belts alone. Are we doing everything we can to use the safety technology of car seats? The answer appears to be “no:” The CPS estimates that “anywhere from 44% to 81% of car seats are not used correctly and that nearly three-quarters of Canadian children four to nine years of age are not transported in booster seats.” For those of us who would like information on car seats, where do we go for assistance? The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) offers a free child passenger safety program that provides information and training on how to buy and install a car seat, how long they last, car seat recall notices and car seat clinics and workshops. “It’s important to never use a car seat that has expired as materials in the seat can break down. BCAA recommends a new car seat as the safest option,” says Shawn Pettipas, community manager at BCAA. In partnership with United Way of the Lower Mainland, they have donated over 7,000 new child car seats to non-profit agencies and community groups. You can call the BCAA Car Seat info line toll-free at 1-877-247-5551. Another helpful resource is The Vancouver Island Car Seat Technicians website ( where you will find “Everything you never thought to ask about child passenger safety” from their Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Easy-to-find answers include: “Our favourite seats”, “Top 10 booster seat tips”, and “When can a child sit in the front seat?” Can we step in and make a difference? We can help raise awareness by sharing websites that provide up-todate information on why and how to use car and booster seats. We can ensure that our little ones are always in car/booster seats, even


for short trips. Perhaps we can offer to fundraise, or assist with the purchase of new car and booster seats for someone who can’t afford them. When you do get to click in your small wriggling passengers, here’s something fun to say: “Click clack, front and back.” And remember: “A friend is like a seat belt; you may not always need them, but they will be there just in case.” Resources:,

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"When people's head and heart are in

sync, they're in a happy place." Those words by Church and State Wines owner Kim Pullen rang true because the concept of balance seems to describe the very heart of this business. Church and State Wines is a highly successful winery operation at 1445 Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, a challenge as it has to contend with different climates and operations at its two locations, one in Saanich, the other in the Okanagan. Originally called Victoria Estate Winery, the business changed hands to Kim in 2004. He bought it as an investment but was quickly drawn in by the challenges of product and potential. "We had to rebrand, to start fresh when I bought the business," said Kim. "The Church and State name was chosen. It's about balance, the balance of head and heart". Balance begins with the grapes. Winemaking is a

detailed process involving getting the right mix of weather conditions and vine care. The 115-acre Okanagan site is between Oliver and Osoyoos. "It's called Black Sage Bench, a desert area. Here sage brush grows which eventually turns black, that's how the area got its name," says Kim. To the untrained eye it might seem dry and lifeless, but it's ideal for growing grapes. It's on the east side of the valley which receives the afternoon sun. The Brentwood site, just under 10 acres, has

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different climate and its own challenges. "It started off so warm this year but then when you get a cold spell, you look into the future," says Kim. " How do I farm to end up with a high quality product?" He knows that while it's hard work, it's critical that Church and State farms its own grapes for optimum quality control. "We sell only wine we've made with our own grapes," says Kim. And quality is what Church and State is all about. Its onsite bistro is always buzzing with patrons, and there are regularly booked weddings, corporate and charitable events. Its wines garner attention beyond B.C.: #1 Small Winery in B.C. by National Wine Awards of Canada (2015), Best Malbec (2015) and five Canada’s Best Red Wine awards since 2009. Such success is the result of balance. You have to weigh volume with quality and juggle traditional tastes with new twists. It takes a team to produce great results. "You need a great vineyard manager, a great winemaker, a great administrator and a great sales person to really achieve the success at this business," says Kim. "I am floored over the kind of dedication of our people and also by the way people really believe in our products." Church and State Wines, where head and heart meet for a lovely bouquet.

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t e c h ta l k is your business information safe? (Part 2) In Part 1 we offered the first five suggestions to protect your business in the event of a disaster: conduct an assessment; work with a trusted partner to disaster proof data and systems; define what an acceptable recovery time is and choose the right storage media; by Brian Harrison create a disaster recovery plan, and Peninsula Computer test it; and make sure sensitive data Solutions Ltd. is properly encrypted. So let’s continue with a few more suggestions to protect your business and protect your information. Regularly backup and snapshot data. No strategy will work if you haven’t set up automatic backups. Whether it is to one of your corporate data centres, or the cloud, be sure that all critical data is backed up on a schedule that protects your business from downtime in the event of a disaster. Take real snapshot backups, not just RAID mirroring or database replication. If someone or something issues a command to overwrite or delete data, intentionally or otherwise, your RAID controller or database replication will dutifully delete it from the mirrors as well. Make sure critical applications are also accessible. Protecting your data is not enough if you want to keep the business running during an event that causes downtime Ensure critical applications can be accessed or restored quickly so that your employees keep productive. Follow the 3-2-1 rule. If an enterprise wants truly disasterproof data, it needs to follow the 3-2-1 rule: three copies of the data, stored on two different kinds of media, with one of them stored offsite. By following the rule, it eliminates any single point of failure. Keep backups off site, in a safe location. How far off site depends on the risks. If your data centre is in Victoria and a major earthquake knocks out all your infrastructure, then it doesn’t do any good if your backups are in an “off site” facility in Colwood, the next town over. Consider the threats and plan appropriately. Test for recovery, and test again. It’s all about the recovery! All the backups in the world cannot save you if you can’t recover. So test then test some more. Do random recoveries each week. Do disaster recovery testing and verify your backups. Always be sure you can recover your data. A Final Thought. Seriously review your business and how much your reliance is on the data and computer systems you use. If tomorrow we took away ALL your computers and all your information, could your business survive, or would you be out of business ? No insurance company can restore your lost information. For more information visit


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13 and 14 at Michell Air Park on Lochside Drive between Martindale and Island View Roads. This will be the 15th Annual Airshow and promises to be the best so far. Admission is by donation and this year 100% of proceeds will be donated to CFAX Santas Anonymous. The Airshow event site offers lots of free parking as well as a bike rack for cyclists. Bring the family, a lawn chair and some sunscreen and spend the day. The aerial action starts at 10 a.m. and continues non-stop until 4:30 p.m. There will also be a display area where you can view aircraft that are being built or just finished and awaiting test flights. There is a concession with hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks at great prices. There is also a huge raffle, daily 50/50 draws and kids' activities too! Model aircraft of all types will be flying: WWI and WWII warbirds as well as civilian and novelty planes. Guest pilots from B.C. and the U.S. as well as local club members will be entertaining the crowds with aircraft such as a 40% scale aerobatic 3D plane performing to music, a 33% Stearman with a five-cylinder radial engine and smoke system, a 1/5 scale turbo-prop aircraft flying and performing big aerial manoeuvres, and a 50% scratch-built clipped-wing Cub powered by an electric engine. Some of the Airshow highlights are the jets with real micro turbines capable of speeds up to 200 mph. These amazing aircraft sound and smell like the real thing. You might even see Snoopy and the Red Baron in a dogfight! Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow draws thousands of spectators and over 30 pilots annually. Over the past 14 years the Airshow has raised over $241,000 for local charities. Make this event one of the highlights of your summer.

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Friday Aug. 19th, 8 -10:30 am Coffee, Juice & Pancakes! 9768 Third Street, Sidney

Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow is set to take place August

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If you live on the Saanich Peninsula, you’ve likely been touched in some way by Devon Jones’ selfless efforts to give back to her community. Devon now needs our help. After fighting and recovering from leukemia less than three years ago, she has now been rediagnosed with this life‐threatening disease. Devon and her family have a long road ahead and could use all the help they can get.

Victoria's Largest Little Airshow

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Let’s Help the Helper: All funds raised will go to Devon Jones

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Come out and enjoy a pancake breakfast at Hughesman Morris, Chartered Professional Accountants.

Fall High School Rowing League


What and Who: No experience necessary! The 28th Annual LVISSAA Fall High School Rowing League is an opportunity for novice and/or experienced high school students to learn, train and compete for their school in three regattas. Aside from having thousands of Greater Victoria students compete for their high school team and beyond, the Victoria High School Rowing program has developed several Olympic medalists. This year, three athletes from the Canadian Olympic Rowing team started rowing for their high school: Lindsay Jennerich (Claremont), Patricia Obee (Stelly's), Caileigh Filmer (Mt. Doug).

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When: September 9 to November 6, 2016. Where: Depending on your school, rowing activities occur at Elk Lake Boathouse (5100 Pat Bay Highway) or Gorge Narrows Rowing Club (2940 Jutland Road). Why: Get Fit. Compete. Make friends. Teamwork. Be outside. How: High School rowing teams are assembled during the first week of school in September. Listen for announcements for the team or get in touch with the rowing teacher sponsor at your school.

Come celebrate local bounty from land and sea. Food. Wine. Farm life. Music. Art. Culture. Cycle or drive the trail! August 19-21, 2016 Full details:

More Info: Henley & Walden LLP is pleased to welcome

Michelle Randall

to our firm as an Associate Lawyer

Michelle was born and raised in Richmond, B.C. After obtaining her Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, she articled and practiced with a small firm in historic downtown New Westminster. The experience she gained there in family law, civil litigation, real estate and estate planning/administration will serve her well as she establishes her practice on the Saanich Peninsula. Called to the British Columbia bar in 2013, Michelle’s varied experience in all aspects of dispute resolution allow her to approach her clients’ challenges with the good humour and communication skills that are key to finding solutions for everyone. Michelle can prepare your marriage or separation agreement, depending where you are in life, and can then advise you on estate planning in light of changing circumstances. Michelle lives in North Saanich with her husband and two young daughters. She enjoys gardening, cooking and reading ridiculously long books. She is excited to raise her family in North Saanich, and is looking forward to becoming part of the Saanich Peninsula community. She is welcoming new clients to all areas of her practice.

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w h at ' s h a p p e n i n g Wednesday evenings till August 17 Music in the Park

Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Held every Wednesday from July 6 until August 17, this is a community family event. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic supper, or buy your dinner from one of the vendors in the park. Experience a wide variety of music, and the company of your neighbours and friends – a unique event! Sundays throughout august Summer Sounds Concert Series

Beacon Park Pavilion, Sidney 2 to 4 p.m.

Kick back, take in the ocean view and tap your feet to the music. Donations at the concert help to pay these talented performers. August 7 –Johnny Valis; August 14 – Daniel Lapp; August 21 – RUCKUS; August 28 – Naden Band. tuesday evenings

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney 7.30 p.m.

Toastmasters has a specific structure that provides a safe forum for speaking while giving encouragement and support. 2nd Thursday of Every Month Peninsula Newcomers Luncheon

Haro's Restaurant & Bar, Sidney Pier Hotel 11.30 a.m. More information at

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Just moved to the Saanich Peninsula? Join our club! August 6

Morning Mist Canoe Adventure (Guided Adult Paddle; 5 yrs +) Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park (North Saanich) 8 to 11 a.m. 250.478.3344 |

Search for eagles, herons, turtles and other wildlife on the lake with CRD Regional Parks naturalists. Canoe equipment and instruction are provided; no experience is necessary. $20+GST (15 yrs +); $10+GST (5 - 14 yrs.) Pre-registration required by August 4. Space is limited. august 8 - 31

First Nations, Inuit & Metis Art Show Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 250.656.0275 |

A unique art show in Canada with First Nations artists from across Canada. The whole gallery will be displayed to reflect the intent and spirit of the event. The diversity of art expressions include: carving, weaving, prints,fabric art, drums, pottery, beading, leather work, painting, jewelry, and some items that might suprise you. (Open 1 to 4 p.m. opening day.) August 13

Sidney Poker Run For more information and to register:

All boats welcome! Dinner and Dance at Mary Winspear Centre. Trophies for first, second, third, fourth and fifth best poker hands, plus “Cool Cat,” “Vixen V,” “Rough Rider,” “Hard Luck,” “Travelers Award” and “Directors Choice.” Net proceeds will be donated to the Sidney Lions Food Bank. august 20

Saanichton Family Festival Panorama Recreation Centre 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1885 Forest Park Drive, North Saanich 250.656.7271 |

FREE family oriented event with lots of games, prizes, inflatable obstacle course and vendors from the Peninsula Country Market. Brought to you by the Saanichton Village Association and the Peninsula Country Market. 76 | august 2016

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KEEP YOUR BRAIN HEALTHY The Alzheimer's Association recommends doing puzzles like Sudoku to strengthen brain cells and the connections between them. Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. *Sudoku Solutions may be found on page 74.

last word There was a time, not so long ago, when people could recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of a great tragedy. Finding out horrible news left a mark, a permanent impression on their memory bank. Now, it feels like not a day goes by without something terrible happening, often in our own “backyards.” These are all tragedies, some more so than others (if one can truly put this sort of thing on a scale), but whether “big” or “small,” whether one person is shot by a police office or 84 are killed by a truck, they have one thing in common: these almost daily horrors are desensitizing us to violence, death and destruction. Desensitization is defined as the diminished emotional response to something negative. The other night I was talking to my fiancé; “Every day something happens,” I said, “and it’s sad but they are starting to run together in my mind.” These things deserve to be remembered but, at least for me, for every new tragedy I hear about another seems to get bumped from my memory to make room for the disturbing news story of the day. But maybe it’s not actually that my overtaxed brain can’t contain all of the violence; maybe it’s that I don’t respond as emotionally, and therefore that “permanent impression” is not being left. That thought makes me incredibly sad. I am an emotional person,

a very empathetic person; I don’t want to lose that essential part of what makes me who I am. I don’t have a solution. But through the preceding pages I now have hope – hope that the next generation, our children, might be the ones who fix some of the problems that make our world so violent and unpredictable. In “Every Impact Matters” (pg 13) writer Amanda Punch shares her realization that the answer to the question “what will you do with your life” was, for her, quite simple: she wants to help people. Emma (pg 30), recipient of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea’s “Rockin’ Rockfish” youth volunteer award, says her favourite part of volunteering is “when you are talking passionately to a visitor and you see in their eyes that they are absorbing the information and you know you are making them more knowledgeable about our ocean.” Aspiring Olympian Casey Atkin (pg 14) hits the ground running every single day. Her goal is the 2020 Olympics but that determination doesn’t mean she forgets what’s also important: “Dedicated to family, I am indebted to them for their unwavering support and belief in my abilities.” These young people serve to inspire, to ignite confidence, and to make us believe that just maybe, some of them will follow in our footsteps, righting our wrongs and ultimately forging new, wiser paths.

Allison Smith, Editor First to take the pulse of the community CINDY E. HARNETT @cindyeharnett

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