Seaside Magazine October 2021 Issue

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Building Big at Titan Boats


The Professionals




In Fashion

Dressing Day to Night

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2021 PROFESSIONALS Shining a Spotlight on Our Local Businesses


THE NATURAL PATH The Importance of Gratitude


BEHIND THE SCENES Building Big at Titan Boats



IN FASHION Day to Evening: A Versatile Wardrobe






THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS Jo Barnes, Brooklyn Cribdon, Doreen Marion Gee, Sherrin Griffin, Heidi Hackman, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Barbara Hubbard, Hayley Jackson, Glenn C. Jim, Tina Kelly, Paula Kully, Andre Laforest, Kim Loucks, Heather Love, Colleen McNamee, Sheila Molloy, Cassidy Nunn, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Al Smith, David Thomas, Tania Tomaszewska, Laura Waters P.O. BOX 2173, SIDNEY, B.C. V8L 3S6 To find Seaside Magazine near you, visit Get Seaside direct to your door; email for subscription details Seaside Magazine is printed 12 times a year by Mitchell Press. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. Reproduction requests may be made to the editor or publisher via the above means. Views of contributors do not necessarily reflect the policy or views of the publisher and editor. Staff of the magazine cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or photographs. We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live and work.

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Contents OCTOBER 2021

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 18 Behind the Scenes 23 Common Cents 24 Living Off the Land 32 In Fashion 36 Off the Vine 39 The Natural Path 43 The Golden Years 45 ÁLEṈENEȻ

46 49 51 52 55 59 62 65

From the Kitchen Inside Out New & Noteworthy Arts Scene Going Green Out for a … Fantastic Fungi Exploration

69 Trade Student Spotlight 77 West Coast Gardener 78 Seaside Homes 91 Word Jumble 92 Take Note 94 Last Word 95 Sudoku

Stable & Field Seaside Book Club

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It was fascinating to learn about cohousing – which is different than co-op housing – for this issue. I'd never heard of the concept until I met Barb, cofounder of the new Ravens Crossing development in Sidney. With a focus on intentional community, shared resources and green living, they are embracing neighbourliness.

Today's women often lead hectic lives and want to know how to simplify their wardrobe to suit several events during their day. Layering is key; with just a few items they can transform their outfits from "morning look" to "after work meetings" or "attending a barbecue."

I had such a blast putting together the fireplace décor vignettes for fall! I got to work with some talented vendors and the location in James Bay was spectacular! This was my first written article with Seaside, and it was a really great experience. I look forward to contributing more.




Starting a modern but traditional barbershop was expected to be challenging, but I discovered that Sidney's gentlemen were waiting for us to resurface! The response is incredible and rewarding. We wanted gentlemen to feel like they were at home in our new shop; seems like that is how they feel!

Saanich Peninsula residents already know that this the best place in Canada to live, work, and play. But what you may not realize is that the businesses that choose to operate in our community are as unique as the geography, and add and contribute more to your daily life than you might know!

There's increasing attention from consumers in B.C. and beyond on what Vancouver Island beverage producers are doing with local bounty and botanicals. Island vintners are joining the party, blending local ingredients with their grapes to produce fantastic new libations in a range of styles, from low-alcohol to fortified.


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First Word

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Sue Hodgson Celebrate the everyday moments. I keep reminding myself of this, especially at the end of a really long day. With Thanksgiving around the corner, it causes me to pause and reflect on how lucky my life has been. Sure there have been many rough patches, but I have nothing to complain about. Every day there is an opportunity to learn or succeed where you haven't before. Really, there are no ordinary moments. There is always something in our lives to look forward to, or to reflect upon from the past. We need to celebrate, whether it's a simple smile from a little one, a gorgeous day, a full moon or a visit from your four-legged friend! We are still in a bit of flux with respect to Covid but in my heart I know we will see better days ahead. I think more than ever this is a time to celebrate the connections of love with our family, friends and neighbours, maybe even the people you haven't met yet. It's often easy to forget many of the little things we have to be grateful for in our lives; I know I have to remind myself several times but it's important to not take them for granted. I was really pleased to read Marita Schauch's words in her "The Natural Path" column this month (pg 39): "there are many benefits of living a grateful life, and cultivating gratitude as a way of being, that science is just beginning to explore." After each issue of Seaside Magazine is published I feel I have to pinch myself and say: "Wow, we did it again!" Every month we get to go on this ridiculous ride and produce something we are all so proud of. So at the end of those long, tiring days I'm reminding myself that I'm so very grateful about being able to do this every month, and words cannot express how equally grateful I am for my team and the community that loves to read each issue.

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Seaside Sessions is an eight part series that began in September highlighting emerging and underrepresented Canadian talent in a cross section of genres. These unique concerts are affordable and a family friendly return to live entertainment. This program is in partnership with FACTOR Canada: a non-profit dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian music industry. With funding and services designed to assist the spectrum of musical expressions and talent, FACTOR is committed to reflecting the diversity of the Canadian population in its programs and operations while also promoting inclusiveness within the broader Canadian music sector. Each performance will be filmed in 4k in front of a live audience, fans can experience a 45-minute recording on YouTube for free or purchase the extended 90-minute 4k edition. The program is designed to provide access to concert footage and other marketing materials the artists can use to further their careers in the music industry.

Vox Rea • Wednesday, October 5 Vox Rea supplies a soundtrack to the confusion and euphoria of coming of age in a postmodern world. With a sound as impulsive and fluctuating as the life of the 20-somethings they are, their special brand of noir pop blends strings arrangements and harmonies into the dreamy collection of songs on their self-titled debut. Academics at heart, both sisters attended a small liberal arts school in the mountains during this time, where Kate studied philosophy and Lauren studied ecology. At school they met multi-instrumentalist and certified virtuoso Mitchell Schaumberg and started playing at school parties under the name BEEF with a group of friends. Like so many lighthearted music endeavours have gone, they realized the chemistry they had and began meeting up all over the world for late night liquor-fueled writing sessions that would eventually form the Vox Rea repertoire.


The Centre of Your Experience Madison Olds • Thursday, October 7 Madison Olds' release, "Cliché of Falling in Love" lead into her EP, "Drowning in My Thoughts, that launched July 02, 2021, with 1.7 M streams. Recent winner of Bell Media’s “Future Star” radio program (Dec - Jan '21) ; Madison’s radio hit “Best Part of Me” reached the top 30 of several Mediabase and Billboard charts including #22 on Billboard’s Emerging Canadian Artist chart. 2020 was exciting for Madison, as her Tik Tok amassed an audience of 440K+ followers and 13M likes while fundraising $100k and bringing awareness to her partner's need for stemcell treatment to bring health to his severed spine.

Tanika Charles • Tuesday, October 11 Since emerging on the international scene in 2017 with her debut Soul Run, Tanika Charles has revealed herself to be one of the best kept secrets in soul music. Both on stage and off, Torontobased Charles presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities. Tanika returns in 2019 battle tested and ready to reveal the latest chapters of her life since graduating from local favourite to international success. Tanika was born in Toronto, Canada to Trinidadian parents, but energy sector opportunities soon brought the family out west to Edmonton, Alberta. Music was a constant in the Charles household. Her father would return from two weeks on site with the latest jazz records for Tanika and her brothers to jam out to.

Witch Prophet • Thursday, October 14 Witch Prophet is a queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer-songwriter, and the Co-CEO of Heart Lake Records. She provides her fans with a soundscape of vocal layers, loops, raps, and harmonies on a bed of hip-hop, jazz, and soul-inspired beats. Think Erykah Badu meets Lauryn Hill meets Portishead. She finds depth and connection in creating music as a portal for self-growth and discovery, as she navigates and better understands her cultural and queer identity.

Alexandria Maillot • Tuesday, October 19 Breathing new life into the Canadian music landscape, Vancouver Island “swoon rock” artist, Alexandria Maillot, takes listeners on a journey through lava-lamp-lit bedrooms and rain-soaked roads. Spinning sonic motifs of acoustic wonder and electric drive, Maillot’s sound is familiar yet refreshing - a favourite transistor radio playing classic vibes with a contemporary twist. With gritted, nuanced vocals reminiscent of Stevie Nicks, nostalgic narratives paired with the electro-pop playfulness of Alanis Morissette circa Jagged Little Pill, Maillot has been steadily gaining momentum in a post-genre era. Her debut album Time garnered national radio attention and widespread critical acclaim, and now, the budding of a new chapter begins with her full-length sophomore release, Benevolence.

daysormay • Thursday, October 21 Nine years ago, three six-graders ignored all the other trappings of ascendant teenagers and dedicated themselves fully and feverishly to making music. Growing up in the serene town of Vernon, BC, daysormay not only mastered their songwriting and playing skills, but they also became production wunderkinds with the release of their EP, Talk Peace To A Wolf. Now 21 years old, in Vancouver, with a full album in their arsenal, the members of daysormay (the English phonetic of the French "désormais" meaning "from now on") have the wind at their backs with no intentions of slowing down. With influences like Phoenix, Glass Animals and Portugal. The Man., singer Aidan Andrews and twin brothers/rhythm section Carson and Nolan Bassett are carving out a unique space in modern alternative music.

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amazing place to live. We have access to so many incredible outdoor activities that cause many other places in Canada to envy us. On top of that, our amazing weather allows us to enjoy year-round walks and bike rides along the plentiful seaside and mountain trails. With the international airport and B.C. ferries right in our backyard, it's extremely easy for us to travel or have friends and families visit us often. We know, appreciate and are constantly reminded of this amazing location, but the geography is not the only thing that makes this particular little oasis so special. The businesses that make up the Saanich Peninsula are as unique as the geography itself! We have a plethora of lifestyle businesses like coffee shops, restaurants and boutique shopping experiences. Not to mention businesses that scale all the way up to world-leading, internationally acclaimed manufacturers and research facilities. It's this addition to the natural geography that makes this such an amazing place to live, work and play!

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One of the things that is often forgotten is the extraordinary amount of work entrepreneurs, businesses owners, and staff put in to make this happen. Your favourite coffee shop, each boutique store you love to peruse, and every amazing meal you have had on the Saanich Peninsula is the result of a hardworking, diligent, thoughtful person working to custom create this experience just for you. There is a large contingent of world class companies that have chosen to make the Saanich Peninsula their home. Most of them were started locally by entrepreneurs that lived and wanted to grow a business here. We have aviation companies shipping worldwide, ocean and marine companies recognized around the world, global high speed train electronic and software suppliers, and a Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) semiconductor manufacturer known as a leader in medical imaging throughout the world. From small to big, these businesses are a huge part of growing and adding to our community. They create job opportunities for our residents, provide the services we all need for a healthy daily life, and contribute to our municipal budgets and economic growth. As you go about your day, please join us in supporting, thanking and appreciating these hard-working individuals and teams!

DOMINIQUE ALFORD Alford Walden Law Dominique has over 24 years of experience in estate planning and administration, real estate, business and corporate law. She is devoted to providing advice and guidance to her clients and has been admitted to the British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba bars. With strong connections with her community, Dominique is currently a director of the Saanich Peninsula Community Foundation, an active member of the Brentwood Bay Rotary Club and a founding member of 100 Women Who Care – Saanich Peninsula.


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SHELLEY, EMMA, KYM and CYDNEY Active Balance Physiotherapy Studio Shelley, Kym, Emma and Cydney are passionate about people, are enthusiastic about an active lifestyle, and are committed to helping our clients with their health and well-being.

Shelley Dumais has more than 25 years’ experience working with clients to take away their pain, restore their mobility, and keep them doing the things they love. She did her Physiotherapy training at UBC and also completed a BSc. in Economics from UVic. Shelley is excited to be mentoring her new team and passing along the skills learned from her manual therapy training and her “whole body” treatment model. Shelley loves to ride her bike, run, hike, surf, paddleboard and golf.

Kym Tribe has recently joined our team. She has her Masters in Physiotherapy from UBC and brings to Active Balance Physiotherapy experience and training in pain management, manual therapy, concussion management, fall prevention, IMS, and vestibular physiotherapy. Kym has a keen interest in working with the aging population and especially those with balance disorders. She spends most of her spare time chasing her two young kids and puppy around the Peninsula and sneaks in the odd run or hike.

Emma Rigsby has her Masters of Physical Therapy from Western University and her Kinesiology degree from UVic. Emma is an avid skier, golfer and outdoor enthusiast. At UVic, Emma had the opportunity to work with many athletes. Emma is great at treating dizziness and vertigo and has a keen interest in treating pelvic floor health. Emma loves to ride her bike and has recently joined the Peninsula Women’s soccer team.

Cydney Smith has a passion for holistic health and wellness. She graduated with her Diploma of Acupuncture from Eight Branches Academy in 2017. Cydney brings to our community experience and expertise in treating insomnia and issues with sleep, menopausal hormone imbalances, fertility, stress and anxiety, addictions, sports injuries and pain. You might see Cydney roller-skating around the airport or paddleboarding in Deep Cove with her dog.

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DEPARTURES TRAVEL Meet the Sidney Team

Cathy Scott CEO (Chief Exploration Officer) Victoria & Sidney

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The dynamic duo of Cathy Scott and Cathy Larsen bring a fresh and unique perspective to the travel world-something you’ll notice from the moment you step into one of their beautiful boutique offices in Sidney and Oak Bay. The level of service and years of experience that each travel advisor offers is why Departures is the oldest (and only) independent travel agency in Victoria!

ALISTAIR MACKAY Financial Planning

With over 30 years of Financial Services experience, Alistair works to help people make the best informed decisions for their money, whether it be their retirement plans, current income needs or leaving a legacy. Everyone needs a plan to work from and their plan needs to be flexible. Offering a wide range of Mutual funds, Segregated funds, Life Insurance Products and GIC’s.

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Amanda Cribdon Photography Amanda is the eye behind the camera at Amanda Cribdon Photography. She was raised on the Saanich Peninsula and found herself back here after living in Vancouver for several years while attending university for film and sampling life on the mainland. Amanda discovered photography while attending Parkland Secondary and was immediately drawn to the new perspective it gave her of her community. This translated easily into filmmaking but ultimately, she’s come full circle with her love for still photography. Storytelling through the lens is what keeps bringing her back to her camera. Capturing memories for families, being included in the happiness of celebrations, and making people feel at ease in front of the camera are some of her favourite parts of the job. She’s also been fortunate enough to work with wonderful local businesses. Amanda feels such joy to be able to be a creative person on Vancouver Island. She always looks forward to working with new people, their families, and events on the Saanich Peninsula and appreciates all the opportunities working with Seaside Magazine Magazin e has provided.


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Baker Tilly is proud to announce the appointment of two new Principals – Stephen Leaver and Jonathan Gehrts. Stephen has worn several hats (including a MSc in Biology) on his way to becoming a Principal and his diverse background provides a unique perspective to understand clients and relate to their needs across a wide range of situations. Stephen is enthusiastic about helping clients with a comprehensive review of their situation and identifying tax efficient ways to improve their business and plan for their future. Stephen obtained his CPA designation in 2017 and will complete CPA’s intensive three year In Depth Tax course next year. He is a long time resident of the Saanich Peninsula and a member of the local Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue Unit (RCM SAR 36) for the past eight years. Jonathan brings a decade of experience with the firm and is a key Principal addition to the rapidly growing Cross Border Tax practice. Jonathan grew up in Seattle, Washington and moved to Victoria in 2006, obtaining his Canadian CPA (CA) designation in 2015 and his US CPA designation in 2021. Jonathan specializes in US and cross border tax services and assists clients in determining and fulfilling their filing requirements, including US citizens living in Canada and Canadians living and doing business in the US. As a dual citizen, Jonathan understands the complexities of cross border tax from both a personal and professional standpoint and enjoys helping clients navigate their unique tax situations.


Stephen and Jonathan are based out of the Sidney and Downtown offices, respectively, but are available to meet out of any office or virtually. Baker Tilly Victoria began in downtown Victoria as Norgaard Neale Camden in 1993 and has grown to three offices today (Sidney, Downtown, and Westshore). While the firm is still locally

owned and independently operated, the affiliation with the Baker Tilly Network provides access to support and knowledge from professionals across Canada. This combination has resulted in Baker Tilly Victoria being one of the most successful accounting firms in Greater Victoria, with the ability to handle any matter of accounting, tax, or business requirements.

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Ashley Ruffle is a financial advisor with Edward Jones. Ashley is dedicated to helping you reach your goals by partnering with you and taking the time to listen to what is most important to you.

With over 40+ years’ experience in the financial industry and 24 years of mortgage experience, Fran brings a wealth of knowledge to serve you.

Even though we all have dreams of a comfortable retirement or to send our children to University, many of us put off planning because it seems too complicated or too late. Ashley will change that in her signature way, by having open and honest conversations with you about your goals, making your choices accessible and easy to understand, then working out a plan that it right for you. Knowing where or how to invest your money can be overwhelming – but it doesn’t have to be.

Customer service is Fran’s passion; she thinks outside the box and brings enthusiasm to finding a mortgage that fits your life. As an independent mortgage broker, her business has been built on offering honest, impartial advice with attention to detail.

Give Ashley a call to talk about the promising future you have waiting for you just around the corner.

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Back in Touch Massage Therapy & Wellness Centre Angela Leavey, Leavey, Registered Acupuncturist 250.477.7888 Angela’s passion for working in the healthcare field extends over 20 years. She works with patients with emotional health concerns; anxiety, depression, PTSD and overall stress to the nervous system. Angela is experienced in treating acute and chronic pain, concussion and respiratory conditions, including asthma and seasonal allergies. Her scope of practice also includes Tui Na Massage, Chinese Cupping and Acupressure techniques. Racquel Taylor, Taylor, Certified Reflexologist/Aromatherapist 250.882.2427 Racquel has been practicing Reflexology and Aromatherapy for several years. Reflexology is extremely beneficial for improving circulation and immune function, and can decrease emotional and physical fatigue. Stiff joints and the aches and pains we experience as we age can all benefit Chantelle Angela L Sheila, RMT Racquel from a relaxing treatment with Racquel. For added benefits, Racquel now offers an amazing 90 minute combination of Reflexology treatment and Aromatherapy massage so you can experience both! Chantelle Yeo, Yeo, Registered Acupuncturist 250.883.6656. With a background in kinesiology, Chantelle has extensive experience dealing with sports injuries and body pain. Acupuncture has an amazing ability to target the nervous system, and Chantelle uses that ability to treat various issues that result from stress, trauma and anxiety. She successfully treats sleep and hormonal imbalances and she strives to support the new mothers in our community with maternity acupuncture, both prenatal and postnatal, as well as preparation for birth.

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BEHIND THE SCENES by Deborah Rogers | photos byJanis Jean Photography

Building Big at Titan Boats From the second floor of their large new facility, Jen Michell can see out across the airport, and towards the water to the east of Sidney. She's visibly, understandably, proud to be showing someone around the building – a long-term vision made real during a period of time fraught with difficulties. But why does this locally-


owned business need such an impressive new space? And what exactly do they do in there? I went Behind the Scenes at Titan Boats to learn the whole story. Jennifer is the Organizational Development Manager (she's also the daughter of John Stanners, Titan Boats' founder) and she is deeply involved in the day-to-day running of the business. As we moved through a newly painted lobby, past staff working at computers, she told me that the impetus for the new home for Titan Boats was efficiency. Since their start over 20 years ago this metal fabricator and custom boat building company has expanded and outgrown its previous space. What was literally a home-based business at the outset expanded to fill several buildings, with room needed for metal fabrication, boat building, fitting and rigging. They had gotten to the point where a single custom facility was the obvious solution. Building that new home during a pandemic was never on the cards, but amazingly they have managed to maintain production throughout, at the same time as completing construction of the new building on Beacon Avenue West. Now the crew has moved in, and although there's still work to be done on the office side, the shop floor is open and in business! It's a large space, deliberately chosen to be future proof.

John, a metal fabricator, first started the business building boats for the whale watching industry. He's still hands-on every day. It's a niche industry and has led to a specialism in highly-sought-after rigid hulled inflatables often used by police, search and rescue organizations, coast guards and the military, in North America and globally. To make these specialist vessels takes a team with specialist skills. Titan has many long term staff – including several generations of John's family. Aluminum welding is a hard-to-find skill and something of an art form, and Titan have been proud to mentor and train from shop-hand up to ensure they have the right people in place. In the last five years they have brought the modelling in-house in conjunction with the huge CNC waterjet machine – incidentally, that machine is the largest on the Island – adding engineers to the team, who manage the design and CAD modelling. This has streamlined the ability to change things on the fly and is another of the moves to greater efficiency. As we move up to the mezzanine overlooking the shop floor I suddenly get a glimpse of the scale of this operation. The new space has oversized hangar doors, overhead cranes to move pieces from one section of the shop to another, the aforementioned waterjet machine, plus it's light and bright. Below us were several boats in various stages of completion. A typical project might take three to four months from start to

finish (if there are no supply chain issues – sadly not always the case currently). Whilst the metal frame of the boat is cut, formed and welded in place, the rubber collars are built in Quebec and shipped over for installation. All the ancillary "bits" like the motors, electronics and rigging are sourced and installed in-house. These boats are the real deal: with a reputation for durability and seaworthiness, they look sleek and steely, kitted out with high-tech gear and clearly not for messing around in! Before each boat leaves for its new home it must pass sea trials. You might witness them out in the Haro Strait putting all systems through their paces. Then, of course, there's training for the new operators and production of all the necessary manuals and documentation. There's a big focus on after sales service and support. At this new facility Titan will have the capacity to build up to 20 vessels a year. In the past when international customers would come to visit they would be overwhelmed by the product, but underwhelmed by the venue. That will all change now. How exciting to think of boats built right here on the Peninsula being used all over the world, and staying in use over many years. Congratulations to Titan Boats on their new home and plans for the future, and from Jennifer, kudos to the whole team for keeping everything going through the build and through Covid!

"These boats are the real deal: with a reputation for durability and seaworthiness, they look sleek and steely, kitted out with high-tech gear."


Del Elgersma and Lianne Macdonald started Beacon Law in 2000 with the goal of providing a unique way of delivering quality legal services in the areas of real estate, business law and wills and estates. They began by identifying and prioritizing their core values. These include a deep care for their clients and staff; striving for excellence; being accessible, forthright and fair; and a commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards of practice. Del and Lianne pride themselves on having built a successful business based on these values and on consistently offering trusted advice and outstanding service to ensure an exceptional experience with their firm. It seems to be working, as the firm is regularly voted the #1 choice for legal services in the Peninsula News Review’s Reader’s Choice Awards, and has been voted the top law firm in the Victoria Times-Colonist Reader’s Choice Awards for the past four years. If you are buying or selling a home, starting a business or need help with a will or estate, give Beacon Law a call.



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Fulfilling the dream of opening their own clinic, Dr. Meaghan Goddard and Dr. Lisa Meister are excited to announce the opening of Cordova Bay Optometry at beautiful Mattick’s Farm. Drs. Goddard and Meister met while studying optometry at the University of Waterloo. Remaining in touch after both moving to Victoria and practicing separately, a socially-distanced coffee in the fall of 2020 brought them together again and, with 19 years combined experience, the idea of Cordova Bay Optometry was born. As both were living nearby, Mattick’s Farm was the perfect setting to plant their business roots. Cordova Bay Optometry’s focus is to serve the community by delivering full scope comprehensive eyecare and health education to patients of all ages, while using the latest imaging technology in an accessible, inclusive and relaxed environment. Should your eyes need a helping hand, they also offer dry eye products, contact lenses and eyewear designs ranging from traditional to fashion forward. For your convenience, the clinic offers direct billing to most insurance plans, online booking and free parking.


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Henley & Straub LLP Whether it is a multi-generational family business or a new entrepreneurial idea, Laura provides legal services at all stages of the business life cycle. With corporate experience at a national firm and an education in business and accounting, clients appreciate her practical advice and ability to work effectively with other professional advisors. Laura also assists clients with real estate transactions and estate planning. She prides herself in providing exceptional service and is supported by a dedicated team at Henley & Straub LLP. Laura’s work on rooftop farming has been published in the Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine and her work on fisheries, parks and wildlife has been co-published in a natural resources law textbook. She has also partnered on a project integrating sustainability into elementary school curriculum. As an advocate for access to justice, Laura has provided pro bono legal services to small businesses and worked on outreach projects for women at risk. Laura is proud to call the Saanich Peninsula home, where she lives with her husband, two young boys and horse.

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Ultimate Microgreens The growing area is 400 square feet. The produce is a few inches high. But at this local farm, the word micro means mighty. North Saanich's Ultimate Microgreens grows tiny seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs called microgreens, but the output of this modest facility and the nutritional value of this produce is surprisingly substantial. 24 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | OCTOBER 2021

"It's a controlled environment, a micro factory that is lush and green," shares co-owner Luis Sanchez. "Microgreens are nutrient dense," adds co-owner Dallas Elia. "We strive hard here to create and grow. It's all about the freshness, the taste and the nutritional value." The couple started their business in 2019. It's an enterprise that reflects their combined education and personal interests. With a civil engineering degree, Luis is well versed in design, problem solving and detail work, all of which has been valuable. "My math skills have really helped with doing budgets and scheduling products," says Luis. "Excel spreadsheets are really useful to keep track of produce trays and restaurant orders." A dental hygienist, Dallas has a background in health sciences and a keen interest in food and nutrition. "I am passionate about eating well and great nutrition," comments Dallas. Starting a new enterprise typically brings all kinds of new

challenges, but for these two, the toughest task was choosing the company name. "We came up with 'ultimate' because we thought these microgreens are the ultimate – good for you and your health," says Dallas. Extensive research tested by daily experience is foundational to this business. Microgreens are essentially the stage of a plant after the seed has germinated, the plant has sprouted and the plant has not yet transformed into a baby green. Take the example of broccoli. The seed is planted, germinates and grows, but not to a mature plant bearing stalks, the portion we eat. These early stems and leaves – microgreens – are packed with an amazing nutrient punch. "They have 40 times the amount of nutrients than their mature counterparts," notes Dallas. "They are nutrient dense." Unlike many other farms, the daily work of planting seeds in soil, watering, monitoring and harvesting does not take place in the great outdoors, on and under a field, but occurs indoors. The growing facility consists of row upon row of shelving units, each housing a multitude of produce trays containing the growing plants. The work is precise, the result of research and repeated testing. "There are four factors needed: artificial light, good quality seeds, quality local organic soil, and water." While both LED and fluorescent lighting is used, LED is preferred for its enhanced efficiency and ease of use. Watering is not overhead but done from below each tray. "The plants are watered from the bottom," says Luis. "It's capillary action; the water never touches the leaves." The growing window is small, as the plants grow for about three weeks prior to harvest. So it's essential to stay on top of maintenance. Says Luis: "If we lose a day or neglect a task, then we could lose a whole week. If watering is missed and any plants wilt, it is very hard to come back. The routine is important – it's a controlled environment, and the work is precise." Nearing harvest time, the facility is brimming with life, a lush micro factory of nutritious greens just ready to be enjoyed. There is great variety here including peas, kohlrabi, fava, radish, broccoli, melon, nasturtium and basil. The greens are fresh and at their best as they are harvested in the morning and delivered straight to the market by mid-day. Response to the product has been very positive. Initially Luis and Dallas planned to market their microgreens to restaurants and caterers, but the arrival of the pandemic brought challenges. They began doing home deliveries and added new social media advertising platforms like Instagram. Their microgreens are now available through numerous retailers including Red Barn Market, Root Cellar, The Market at Yates and at Millstream, and Village Food Market in Sooke. In addition, numerous local restaurants are enjoying using the product to enhance both menu and plates. For information about the products, visit www. The bounty of this farm starts as a tiny seed, but when tended with care and hard work, transforms into topmost taste. It's the "ultimate" power of nature and another example of how good things come in small packages.

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New CEO for the SPHHF It's the end of an era for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (SPHHF), as CEO Karen Morgan retired at the end of September. At the same time the SPHHF Board of Directors is pleased to announce, and to welcome, Sarah Bragg to the role. Karen has been an integral part of SPHHF since 2000 expanding their mission into the community, spearheading the fundraising of millions of dollars and leading the way with her enthusiasm and commitment to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital as the heart of our community. Karen says: "From the beginning to retirement, this job has been the most fun you can have and still get paid. I'd like to thank our board members, donors, sponsors and the whole community, for their constant support of better healthcare on the Saanich Peninsula. And I'd like to thank my husband Tim and my daughters, Kait and Maude, for their understanding of the long hours and their willingness to pitch in when necessary." There was a transition period from August 1 when Sarah worked alongside Karen. Sarah comes to SPHHF from her position as Executive Director at the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation on Salt Spring Island. Sarah says: "As a former Operating Room nurse, working in support of a hospital and healthcare team is very important to me. I am excited to bring my years of experience in healthcare and not-for-profit leadership to this role. "I look forward to building on valued relationships with Island Health, established during my time as Executive Director at Lady Minto Hospital Foundation. It will be my honour to work closely with the incredible healthcare team at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, to identify their evolving and most urgent needs going forward. I will devote my efforts to identifying how the Foundation can best support SPH, as it remains nimble in meeting the healthcare needs of the community now and into the future. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the wonderful Board and Staff at SPHHF. Together we will continue the Foundation's great work and build on its legacy of accomplishments. I look forward to working with the Foundation's incredible donor community and corporate partners, who have come together for decades in support of a healthier future for everyone on the Peninsula." Since its formation, the Foundation has raised $65 million for equipment, facilities and programs both at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and in the community. The SPHHF Board and staff look forward to continuing to advance their vision of community healthcare with Sarah at the helm. For more information, visit

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A Versatile Wardrobe In today's hectic world, women are looking for comfort in fashion where certain items can easily carry you through the day and evening without resorting to a huge wardrobe and hurried clothing changes. No more buying and accumulating "stuff;" this is about moving from fast fashion to more meaningful fashion – creating a basic wardrobe and building on it. Fashion essentials include a white T-shirt, black ankle pant, pencil skirt, little black dress, perfect blazer, denim jacket, silk scarf, turtle neck, wrap, cami, coat, dressy jacket, cashmere sweater, silk blouse, classic trench coat in a neutral colour, ballet flats, strappy sandals, pumps and black ankle boots. This is your basic wardrobe that can be built on if needed. Layers are a must for unlimited looks and don't forget to edit your closet by donating anything that has not been worn for several years.

At the begining of the work day the basic black pant, white tee and the classic blazer will take you through the day and to any after work meeting. The dressier jacket will be most useful to have on hand to wear for a more formal event. Pumps and possibly a statement piece of jewelry will make the outfit complete and a new fabulous look is created.


Layering is key for going from the office to a casual event like a backyard barbecue – add a denim jacket over your basic white tee and black ankle pant. A scarf adds a pop of colour and changing into your flats will complete your casual outfit. How easy and great is that?

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When you want to smell irresistible? Acqua di Gio. When adding colour to your outfit? Usually bling-bling like earrings, bracelets, or just a discreet but flashy touch in a fabric pattern. On your luxury wish list? Heliskiing, motorcycle customization, tattoos. When it comes to your go-to “uniform?” Something black and close to the skin with a touch of flashy colour. When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? Flannel or merino wool. In your closet? Leather.

On your skin? Tattoos and merino wool. In your bathroom cabinet? Beard serum, moustache wax and a straight razor. On your feet? Cowboy boots. On your Netflix queue? Doesn't really matter as long as I'm cuddling my love while watching! On your walls? Photos of my hot girlfriend.

In haircare? Chopperhead grooming medium pomade. On your bedside table? Jamie Oliver Cooks Italy. When you don’t care how much it costs? Boss for casual; and Mammut for outdoor. When you want a night out? 10 Acres at the Sidney Pier Hotel! On your playlist? Sade. In home décor? Paintings – usually modern. In the kitchen? A glass of wine while cooking and a chef's hat.

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Putting the FUN in fundraising! At Bayshore we don’t just provide great home care in our community, we care for our community!

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Whether we are hiking for hospice, breakfasting for the Alzheimer society or sponsoring a pit stop at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation’s Scavenger Hunt, the Bayshore team contributes to their community and have a lot of fun doing it!

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Lifestyle Market's Sidney location, Lifestyle Select, as it marks the store's 25th anniversary! Lifestyle Markets has been a staple in Victoria since 1995, when health foods and supplements weren't as prolific as they are today. Lifestyle Select, opened in Sidney in 1996, was the second location. For the past 25 years, Sidney residents have been able to reliably find natural and organic groceries, vitamins and supplements with Lifestyle Select. Store manager Stephanie McColl has been with the store for the past 21 years and has seen how Sidney's landscape has evolved over the past two decades. She recalls that in the early years of the store's success, it did take a while to build up a regular clientele, but that they were always happy to welcome new and returning customers to the store and share their expertise, especially with the hundreds of supplement varieties. Now, the store sees many regular customers – including a few who have been coming in since the beginning. When I ask Stephanie what has been the greatest change from 1996 to now, she notes how Lifestyle Select has served the community as the primary demographic develops and the frequency of younger families rises. This is certainly reflected in the range of products that

the store now carries for children. What was once a small selection has now become several shelves full of snacks, health, and body care items that are kid and family-friendly. Of course, that isn't to say other products have disappeared. Upon touring the store, it's clear how dedicated Lifestyle Select is to providing products for all types of people and needs. In addition to much more accessible natural and organic body care products, customers will also find a wide variety of protein powders, gluten free and dairy free foods, probiotics, alternative milks and meats, vitamins, as well as homeopathic remedies. Notably, Stephanie also point out a few products from local businesses that are owned by both current and former Lifestyle Market employees! With taking Covid into consideration, there isn't the same type of celebration for the store's 25th anniversary. However, I suggest paying the shop a visit and connecting with Stephanie, or one of the other incredibly educated staff members who help to bridge the gap between the medical system and alternative medicines. Whether it's some organic or allergy-friendly grocery items, vitamins or supplements, or natural bath and body care, there's certainly something new to find! OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 35

OFF THE VINE by Tania Tomaszewska

L’Apéro Coastal Style:

Bring On the Botanicals Vancouver Island is kicking goals with its spirits and distilleries game. There's increasing attention from consumers in B.C. and beyond on what we're doing with our local bounty and botanicals. Island vintners are joining the party, blending local ingredients with their grapes to produce fantastic new libations. I've been expanding my horizons recently with a dive into the apéritif and digestif world. What took me so long? Here are just a few ideas for your l'apéro line-up or post-dinner discussion.

Averill Creek Vineyard Vermouth Dark, mysterious and unique. When he joined Averill Creek Vineyard in 2018, winemaker Brent Rowland inherited five barrels of estate grown wild blackberry wine which had been fortified to 19% abv and aged up to six years in French barrels using the solera-style system. He created this vermouth by steeping that wine in teas from nearby Westholme Tea Company, old-growth red cedar and botanicals such as cardamom, star anise and orange peel. 36 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | OCTOBER 2021

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For me it's like taking a walk through our coniferous forests just after the rain has stopped. Dried fruit and fig on the nose followed by luscious and smooth layers of blackberry, forest pine and cedar tones. It's an apéritif, but I lean savoury post-dinner so this could be dessert as it's alluring medicinal tones make it my perfect digestif. The first 30-case batch of this vermouth is sold out at the winery but you can still pick up a bottle at select retail stores. The next batch is expected to be released in early 2022. For more information:

Wolf & Grouse Light Apéritif The brainchild of Blue Grouse Estate Winery owner Paul Brunner and friend Alex Gallé, this beauty is made with Alex's wild gentian root, bitter orange peels and mountain blossoms and Paul's crisp Quill White from Blue Grouse, macerated together to develop complexity and a "je ne sais quoi" before bottling.

It's light and refreshing with a perfect bittersweet balance. Fig, citrus and exotic floral aromatics followed by an effervescent palate and enticing tones of bitters, orange peel, ruby grapefruit and pine resin finish. I had mine with a king ice cube and twist of orange. If you're into photo courtesy negronis or aperol spritz Blue Grouse Estate Winery but looking for a lower alcohol swap, at 6% abv this one's for you. I loved it as an apéritif and digestif. It was just the ticket pre and post a big steak dinner. Go to the Wolf & Grouse website for an excellent description of the genesis of their drop and fantastic list of Wolf & Grouse-inspired cocktail recipes.

Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery 2018 Vermouth One of the oldest forms of alcoholic libations and used historically for medicinal purposes, vermouth gets its name from wermut (German for wormwood) and comes in a variety of photo by Danika McDowell styles and flavours. Wine aromatized with flowers, roots, herbs and other botanicals, it's fortified with distilled alcohol to prevent quick spoilage. This refreshing off-dry white vermouth comes from Beaufort Vineyard & Estate Winery in the Comox Valley, the first organicallycertified vineyard on Vancouver Island. Their single variety madeline sylvaner base wine is fortified to 18% abv with vodka from awardwinning Sheringham Distillery in Sooke which Beaufort infuses with botanicals such as wormwood, rosemary, vanilla, lemon and juniper. Have it straight over ice, stirred in your martini or other mixology creations. I enjoyed mine with ice, a large wedge of fresh lemon and garnished with large sprigs of lavender from the garden. For more information: Interested in receiving other wine picks and news from Tania? Sign up to receive her Newsletters at


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The Importance of Gratitude Gratitude. As Thanksgiving approaches and we plan our turkeys and stuffing, we also turn our thoughts to what we are grateful for. While this may be something that is just a passing whim around the dinner table once a year, there are many benefits of living a grateful life, and cultivating gratitude as a way of being that science is just beginning to explore. It may seem like an airy-fairy thing, but gratitude can have a huge impact on your life and your health, such as: Better Mental Health. People who pay regular attention to what they are grateful for may have lower rates of depression, anxiety, and even may show improved symptoms of PTSD. Lower Stress. Stress is one of the biggest health risks and regular gratitude practise is also shown to reduce stress hormone levels by 23%. A Happier Life. Those with a regular gratitude practise tend to also have better relationships and a more positive outlook on – and overall satisfaction with – life. Improved Physical Health. Grateful people are more likely to take care of their bodies, showing a higher tendency to eat well and exercise regularly, and be less likely to smoke or abuse alcohol. Better Sleep. People who wrote down a few things they were grateful for before bed tended to sleep better and longer. Better Able to Cope with Life's Challenges. Grateful people have improved mental resilience in coping with traumatic events, as well as

greater patience and understanding for others. There are many ways to incorporate being thankful into your life, and it really can be quite easy and take hardly any time at all. You'll be surprised once you start just how many things to be grateful for there are! Create a Gratitude Journal. A popular way to practise gratitude is to start a journal devoted to the things you're grateful for. You could write in it each morning, before bed, or even carry it with you and make note every time you notice something you're grateful for throughout the day. Start Your Day with Gratitude. Have the very first thoughts of your day be of gratitude. The minute you wake up, start by thinking of 10 things you're grateful for to set the tone for the rest of your day. Count Your Blessings Before Bed. Before you go to sleep, think back through your day and find as many things to be grateful for as you can. Utilize Your Commute Time. On your commute to work, create a game of seeing how many things you can notice that you're grateful for. Write Thank You Notes. When someone does something for you that you appreciate, spend the time to write them a thank you note and spread the gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving. May you and your loved ones be blessed with many things to be grateful for this season.


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Make a difference in the lives of frontline staff working hard in our community. These small acts can help staff feel appreciated and safer while at their jobs. 1. Be Patient Our service sector is juggling updated protocols and requirements, while also contending with staffing shortages. Expect that there may be longer than usual wait times for service and delivery. Your patience is greatly appreciated and goes a long way. 2. Respect Business’ COVID-19 Safety Plans Individual businesses or event organizers may implement their own policies to best protect their employees. Please ensure you are aware of their respective procedures before entering the business and be prepared to meet the requirements for entry. 3. Show Kindness Remember that frontline staff are not the ones making the rules. During these unprecedented times, a little kindness can go a long way. Say thank you, wear a mask, adhere to relevant health orders, keep your distance from employees and be kind to team members and other customers. 4. Don’t Forget to Tip In addition to expressing thanks, tip frontline workers well if you are able. These workers are continuing to show up to work in the service industry. Tip as generously as you can. 5. Come Prepared Events, businesses and services will ask to see your proof of vaccination and valid government ID. Show respect to the frontline staff by coming prepared with the necessary documents and keep up to date on Public Health Orders. 6. Support Friends & Family Who Are on the Frontlines A simple text, phone call, or Facebook message during this time can go a long way. Consider safely dropping off dinner or providing a gift card so that they can order dinner in after a long day. 7. Nominate a Frontline Worker in the Community Every month from September to January, the Sidney BIA will be giving away gift cards to frontline workers. Nominate a Sidney employee whom you’d like to honour at Thank you for your ongoing support, respect and kindness as we continue to work together as a community during these unprecedented times.

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Music: Food for the Senior Soul As a kid, I remember many a Sunday afternoon when I could hear the rich strains of big band music coming from our basement rec room. My dad would spend whatever little time he had for himself down there listening to the music he loved. In my pre-teens, I'd browse with wonder through his stack of vinyl records including everything from the Count Basie and Glenn Miller Orchestras of the big band era to circa 1970s jazz with Chuck Mangione's Land of Make Believe. And even today when I visit him at nearly 90, my dad's eyes still light up and he becomes positively animated when he talks about how Chuck Mangione played the flugelhorn, and what a musical genius Stan Kenton was. He still listens to the swing and jazz of the old days on modern-day radio and TV music stations, and even though he lacks the vigour and mobility of his youth, his beloved music infuses his body like a magic potion and he comes alive, his hands gesturing to the beats. My mom, also now in her 80s, favoured feisty female singers like Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney, but in true female fashion still waxes poetic about "hunky" crooners like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra, and how their handsome looks and sultry voices could turn her and her girlfriends to "mush." There is just something about music that stirs our souls; especially music that we've grown up with. How many times have you heard a song which evokes such a vivid memory that it can almost transport you back in time, whether it's the first time you drove in the car by yourself with the radio blaring, or maybe you remember the song that was playing when you had your first kiss. As we age, those associations with music continue to bring us joy and elicit happy memories. But, for seniors, the benefits of music are even more far reaching, and can improve quality of life on so many different levels: • Music enhances mood and can improve cognitive function including memory recall and speech. Even those with Alzheimer's or dementia can be reached with music, by helping the elderly to reminisce and connect with positive emotions and experiences. It gives them comfort, puts them at ease and can reduce tension, stress, anxiety and fear. • Music promotes movement, whether that be swaying to the tune, dancing, marching, stretching or any other toe-tapping movement that can potentially lead to better mobility, increased levels of exercise and coordination improvements as well. • Music encourages more social interaction and engagement, while increasing self-esteem and self-expression. We bond with others over music; music encourages discussion, singing along together or simply listening as companions in mutual appreciation • Music can reduce pain and the time it takes to recover from injury, while promoting healthy relaxation and better sleep quality. • Music has the ability to improve overall mental and physical health, with the power to boost immune function.

The founder and executive director of the Rebecca Center for Music Therapy in New York, John Carpente, calls music "the most engaging and emotionally powerful stimuli." "Listening to music can have strong effects on people's moods, thinking and even their physiology, which constitutes a probable reason certain songs remind us so vividly of a specific memory," Carpente said. "Emotions and memory are very much linked, and because music is charged emotionally, it can trigger past memories." There are many ways that we can incorporate music as beneficial therapy for the seniors in our lives, including making playlists featuring music from their generation, encouraging singing along to their favourite songs, or helping them create an exercise routine to music to get them moving. Even as a pre-senior "tweenie," I have preset my "comfort" stations on the radio, and catch myself singing out loud to old 80s rock ballads, remembering with fondness the days of early MTV, big hair and going out on the town with my girlfriends. Whether I dig up my old stirrup pants and lace gloves? Well that's another story!

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relatives, it really is good that you have all arrived; welcome all. TELIT,MET,ȾTEN is my name and I am from W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich). This is my homeland. Greetings and welcome. It's a beautiful day to be in W̱SÁNEĆ, but when isn't it a beautiful day when in W̱ SÁNEĆ territory? I am here to share why it is such a beautiful place. Please allow me to introduce myself in W̱ E NITEMKEN (the English language). I am Glenn Jim. I am from W̱ S ÁNEĆ and grew up in the W̱S ÍKEM community. Presently, I work for First Peoples Cultural Council ( as a Language Revitalization Coach. I have been actively involved for many years at all levels of First Nations community development as an educator, administrator, Band Councillor and community programs developer. My life has been filled with opportunities to learn and put into motion many traditional teachings of my W̱SÁNEĆ People, and with just as many opportunities to pass on and share what I have been given. I will share stories about me and the W̱S ÁNEĆ W̱ I LNEW̱ (Saanich Indigenous people), and hopefully you will learn a little bit about our language and culture through them. I want to first share a little bit about the column name: ÁLEṈENEȻ. This means "homeland, village, where one comes from, or one's place, one's land." In the W̱ S ÁNEĆ Peoples' worldview and belief systems, language and the land are inseparable. To learn and understand this worldview of the language being derived from our ÁLEṈENEȻ helps understand how the SENĆOŦEN language is spoken and understood. The W̱SÁNEĆ also understood and believed in the concept

of transformation. Over millennia and countless generations, transformation was an integral part of our belief system and was taught and demonstrated by story and action. My story today is related to W̱SÁNEĆ territory and our relationship with the land through SENĆOŦEN, our language. For example, the SENĆOŦEN word ṮETÁĆES means "island" and the descriptors used in our creation story tells us ṮETÁĆES, the islands in our territorial waters, as being our "relatives of the deep." From the beginning of memory, the animals and the peoples were able to communicate with XÁ,EL,S the creator, changer and transformer. He talked with them to share important knowledge of the world. To teach them a lesson, XÁ,EL,S picked up and cast out handfuls of the ancient peoples into the ocean. As they hit the saltwater, they each became ṮETÁĆES (an island) in what is now the Gulf and San Juan Islands. XÁ,EL,S told the remaining people, "These are ṮETÁĆES, the relatives of the deep, your role and duty is to care for them as you would your families and in turn you will be watched over and provided for by ṮETÁĆES". So today, the W̱ SÁNEĆ people look out onto the water, and they see ṮETÁĆES – "their relatives of the deep." This teaching reminds us to take care of these places within W̱ SÁNEĆ territory because our lives depend on them for food and other resources. Learning these simple but important values or teachings are one of the underlying reasons for revitalizing our language. To learn more of the SENĆOŦEN language and hear audio, visit, click "Explore Languages," and search for "SENĆOŦEN." To see the W̱ SÁNEĆ territory on a map, visit and look for southern Vancouver Island.


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Sometimes, More is Better For me, many foods are just conduits for the

accompaniments. Tacos? Add pickled jalapenos, cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes and lettuce and I'm in. Ice cream? Of course you're going to need salted caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, nuts and sprinkles. Sometimes more is just, well, better. And so it can be with apples. Not only are they amazing to just munch away on, but they are also a fabulous base for both savoury and sweet recipes. We're so fortunate here to have plenty of scrumptious choices to cook with and, with fall fully in swing and Thanksgiving this month, it's the season of apple pie. It's not that I don't love good ol' apple pie. I do. But what about individual apples wrapped and baked in pastry? Add caramel sauce to the equation and you've got a very tasty autumn dessert alternative. A classic baking apple is, of course, granny smith. But some exciting options include honeycrisp, jonagold, golden delicious, pink lady, braeburn and cortland, to name a few. What you don't want are apples that reduce to mush, as you want the dumplings to keep their apple-ish shape. Whatever variety you choose, make sure it's one that will soften and cook through but not turn into applesauce in the process. 46 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | OCTOBER 2021

When I looked at pictures of this type of recipe, I was impressed with the ways that the pastry came together at the top, as many showed lovely box-like packages of dough wrapping up the apples. However, mine never quite came out like the images. But then another cookbook said to just follow the shape of the apple and let the dough fold naturally. So I did. These dumplings may not be as beautiful as the ones on Instagram, but heck, they do taste great. Encasing the apples in the dough is the most time consuming part of the whole dessert process. However, you can do this ahead of time and, before adding the sauce, wrap up the pan of dumplings and throw them in the fridge until needed. No worries. Just bring them out of the fridge about half an hour before adding the sauce, then bake. What did worry me, however, was having a soggy bottom. Of the dumplings, that is. When you bake pastry in a sauce, it's part of the deal. However, my taste testers said that they liked the differences in the various sections of the dumplings: sweet and soft pastry at the bottom then crunchier at the top. And the sauce? Fab. Top off each dumpling with an extra spoonful or two of caramel and some vanilla ice cream or whipping cream and I'm sure that you'll find, as I do, that more is most definitely better.

More is Better Apple Dumplings Pastry 3 cups flour 1 tsp salt 1½ cups vegetable shortening, chilled, cut into cubes 8 tbsp cold water Apples 8 small/medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored 8 tsp butter 8 tsp sugar 1½ tsp cinnamon Sauce 1½ cups light brown sugar 1 cup water ½ cup salted butter, cubed

Pastry: In large bowl, mix together flour and salt. Using pastry blender cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly, like little peas. Gradually add water, mixing with fork, until dough forms a cohesive ball. Using your hands, bring it all together; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Not keen on making pastry? Use store bought. Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together granulated sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Set aside. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. Assemble: Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough out into about an 8-inch circle. (Size depends on apples; I've had to go as big as 9-inch circles). Place an apple in centre of dough. Put 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp cinnamon-sugar mix in cored centre. Gently bring up corners of pastry to centre of each apple, pleating as you go. Pinch edges to seal. Put pastrywrapped apples in baking dish. Sprinkle tops with remaining cinnamon-sugar. Sauce: In medium pot, combine brown sugar, water and butter over mediumhigh heat until mix just begins to boil. Stir occasionally. Pour sauce evenly over apples. If desired, you can sprinkle coarse sugar on top of each dumpling. Bake 55 minutes until apples are tender and pastry is golden brown. Baste apples occasionally with sauce. Best served warm. Add ice cream or whipped cream. To amp up flavour, you can replace water in sauce with rum or apple cider. Recipe adapted and amalgamated from: OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 47


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The Marvels of Medical Imaging Medical imaging touches nearly every disease or condition. At the Saanich Peninsula Hospital (SPH), medical radiological technologists including Kim Loucks and radiologists such as Dr. David Thomas work together to obtain images to help your medical team determine diagnosis and treatment. Persistent headaches that can't be explained, pain or trauma caused by a fall or accident, or abdominal pain that doesn't go away all are reasons your physician may send you for a diagnostic imaging exam. With the remarkable ability to see under your skin and into your organs, diagnostic imaging provides answers to medical questions previously only understood through exploratory surgery. X-ray and fluoroscopy machines use a small amount of radiation to acquire images, which are commonly used to diagnose fractures, chest congestion and blockages in the gastrointestinal tract and other organs. Advances in X-ray imaging technology have had a significant impact on patient care with improvements in image quality, reduction in radiation dose resulting in better patient diagnosis, and reduced need for exploratory surgery. In 1974, when a small hospital first appeared on Mt. Newton Cross Road, diagnostic imaging options were limited to a basic X-ray, exposed on silver laden film that was developed in a processing method that created fumes and took four minutes to produce a single finished radiograph. Today at SPH you will find a modern medical imaging department that still offers X-ray services, but now also has ultrasound, CT scanning, Bone Mineral Density, and fluoroscopic guided therapeutic injections. Multiple

images are acquired digitally, and available immediately to physicians, with your imaging results from the radiologist report also available to you as a patient through Island Health's MyHealth website. In addition to X-ray services, SPH's advanced, multi-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner is used to detect tumours, infections, internal bleeding and trauma, and blood vessel blockages (CT angiogram). If patients are undergoing treatment for cancer, they can obtain their follow-up CT scan at SPH as well, with vascular access services available to access in-dwelling ports or PICC lines. Ultrasound is used to diagnose abdominal pain and liver disease, detect kidney stones and blockages in the veins and arteries, and guide biopsies. Over 20,000 X-ray exams are completed at SPH each year. Medical Radiological Technologists are trained to help position patients and, taking the necessary views, the radiologists review and report to a patient's doctor. X-rays will continue to be used to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. "It is impressive to see the positive feedback we receive from our patients. Patients can be assured of receiving the highest standards of safety, care and excellence in Medical Imaging," says Corilee Watters, Manager, Quality, Medical Imaging. "Patients can be confident that the quality of medical imaging available at SPH is equivalent to the best hospitals in Canada." The SPH Medical Imaging department has received the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia Diagnostic Accreditation Program Certificate of Accreditation.


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For the History Buffs Man's Best Friend Does His Best Sidney resident and successful author Grant Hayter-Menzies' latest book to hit the shelves is titled Muggins: The Life and Afterlife of a Canadian Canine War Hero. The book is the first biography of Muggins, a famous white Spitz dog who wandered downtown Victoria during the Great War with two donation boxes tied to his back. He raised the equivalent of $240,000, gained international fame, earned eight medals and remains a Red Cross mascot. Grant has pledged to donate all of his royalties to the BCSPCA and the Red Cross BC-Yukon.

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On the Street In response to the economic impacts of the pandemic on local business, the District of Central Saanich is undertaking a Community Economic Recovery Program. As part of the recovery efforts, a Task Force of community members from various sectors will be created to develop a Community Economic Recovery Plan. In addition, the District recently engaged Patrick Earl, a new Community Economic Recovery Coordinator, for a term of two years.

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After a summer of renovations, the beloved Sidney Museum has reopened to the public! Check out the updates and take in the temporary exhibit, "Connected Heritage," which runs until December 27. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Icelandic Canadian Club of BC and explores the connections between Canada and Iceland. Please don't forget to make a donation when visiting the Museum.

I think everyone can agree that throughout the pandemic, frontline workers have been our saving grace. Because of their courage and tireless effort, our lives have been made better. Now, the Sidney BIA is offering an opportunity to show your gratitude. Until January, the Sidney BIA will be giving away gift cards to front-line workers. Visit to nominate a Sidney employee who you'd like to honour.

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Not So Far Away Local business owner, Normand Schafer of Far and Away Adventures, has transformed his travel office at 2407 Bevan Avenue into a COVID-19 test site for people who require Covid testing to travel or for work. Tests include Rapid Antigen for $78 and PCR tests for $159. For details:

Flight Tests The Victoria Airport also offers Covid testing through Connectus Global, an accredited lab facility with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. The testing clinic is located next to the departure terminal at the Airport and provides PCR Testing for both National and International travel. Testing is available for same-day, 24 hours and 48 hours with varying fees.

Planning for the Future On the Waterfront A hot topic around Sidney these days is the future of Beacon Wharf. The Town of Sidney has been considering replacement options for the Wharf, which has an estimated 10 years left in its

Longtime Sidney resident and co-owner of Chef on the Run Alan Ripley passed away suddenly on August 23. Alan and his wife Julia immigrated to Canada from England in 1996 and opened Chef on the Run in Sidney. Alan will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the community.

Creative Corner Calling All Artists! Artsea Community Arts Council is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for the Sidney Seaside Sculpture Walk. ArtSea and the Town of Sidney have applied to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative to create Safe and Vibrant Public Spaces. Should they be successful, the grant will enable the purchase of a new sculpture to be added to the Sculpture Walk. For details visit

Christmas in October Just a quick reminder that the Sidney Street Market at the Mary Winspear Centre runs Sundays until October 10! The Market has been hugely successful over the summer and is a welcome alternative to the popular Thursday night Market that was postponed due to the pandemic. This means you still have a couple of weeks to shop local for unique and original Christmas gifts. OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 51

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KINDERMUSIK & CREATING COMMUNITY Music fills the air as a toddler twirls to the beat. Meanwhile a parent claps along to the tune, as his little one taps a musical instrument. It's fun and games here … but it's also serious business! Kindermusik, a music-based program for young children, provides not only opportunities to learn about music, socialize and have fun, but is proven to enable children to build a strong foundation towards better learning. The program has now come to the Saanich Peninsula and is offered through Musicoastal which operates under music teacher and director Jessica Burgess. "Kindermusik is an incredible program," shares Jessica. "There was a 2013 independent research study done that showed that preschoolers who participated in Kindermusik for 30 minutes a week showed 32% higher literacy gains than those who had not enrolled in the program in the control group." For 35 years, Kindermusik has been a leading musical education program and is offered now in over 40 countries around the world. It is based on a wide variety of early childhood music education and draws on many respected educators like Orff, Kodaly, Suzuki and Montessori. In a typical class, parents and children are both involved. Activities include listening to stories, singing, playing an instrument and dancing. Numerous development areas are covered such as vocabulary and vocal play. Caregivers learn how to support the progress of their child. The program can be tailored to a variety of ages. Jessica currently offers a Level 1, "Baby Foundational" class for babies up to 52 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | OCTOBER 2021

18 months and a Level 2 class geared for those aged 18 months to 3.5 years old. In January, she hopes to offer a Level 3 class aimed at toddlers between 2.5 and 4.5 years old. Offering this program is based on Jessica's longstanding love of teaching children and sharing music with others. "I wanted to bring the Kindermusik program to the Peninsula," says Jessica. "I love to see the joy that music brings to a child." After moving to the Saanich Peninsula in 2013, she opened up her own music studio. A few years ago, while running the program "Mad Hatters Musical Arts" with Leanne Hopkins, Jessica rediscovered her love of working with children. The arrival of the pandemic brought a time for reflection and the opportunity to try new things. After successfully completing an audition and all the necessary licensing and educational requirements, she embarked on a dedicated Kindermusik program, changed her music studio name to Musicoastal, and hasn't looked back since. "I am growing this program organically," comments Jessica. "I give the best product I can with the tools that I have." Jessica is well equipped for the job and knows her way around music and then some. She is an accomplished musician, completed an Associate of Victoria Conservatory of Music designation (AVCM) and has been a professional piano teacher since 1998. She studied under Winifred Wood, a renowned pianist and teacher who, with husband Robin, founded the Victoria Conservatory of Music. For eight years, Jessica was a classical and jazz teacher at the Conservatory.

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Attracted by the excellence of the Kindermusik program, Jessica is enthusiastic about the opportunities it affords. Music and learning resources are provided to families, and this means young students can learn both in class and at home. Children build a variety of skills in a safe setting which helps builds self-esteem. "This transcends to confidence in other settings," notes Jessica. Parents have the opportunity to actively participate in classes and give feedback at the conclusion of activities. They not only witness firsthand the abilities and growth in their children, but they can really connect in a powerful way with them. "I thought the program would be all about development and growth," notes Jessica. "But a vital part of it was largely about bonding between child and parent or caregiver." The powerful connection between music and family is very familiar to Jessica. "I come from a musical family," comments Jessica. "I started playing piano at age four. My dad played. We had two pianos, and we played together." This image of adult and child spending time, being creative, and learning together epitomizes what Kindermusik is at its core. For Jessica, it is the ideal opportunity to bring together so many factors that make up who she is as a person. "Music is a part of who I am," says Jessica. "Kindermusik is about building community and lifelong connections." Music is a language of communication. Jessica Burgess' Kindermusik program is a marvellous example of how music can bring families together, teach, and develop young minds. All that tapping and twirling might just be the tools a toddler and a family needs. For registration and details, visit

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Do Nothing Summer is now just a memory. We've said goodbye to hot sunny days, lush flower gardens and peak season for locally grown produce. With the latter two in mind, let's all say a collective season ender thank you to pollinators for the fruits of their labour. What would be an appropriate gift of gratitude? The answer, it turns out, is easy: do nothing. When it comes to leaves, that's right, do nothing. Just relax and ignore the rake and Husqvarna. No backbreaking yard work, no gassing up the leaf blower, no bagging up the leaves and setting them curbside. One of the best gifts you can give bees, butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects is to leave fallen leaves right where they landed. It's hard for some to imagine. Leaves strewn about the yard might be seen as a nuisance, as a sure sign of laziness, or as a blight on our upstanding reputation with the neighbours. But messy ground cover provides critical hibernating habitat for a wide range of pollinators. Over the winter our six-legged friends need shelter and sanctuary. Don't think of insects as annoying, think of them as beneficial and necessary. British Columbia has 483 known species of native bees and almost 200 species of butterfly; they are key components of a diverse and healthy environment. More than 70% of plant life depends on pollinators. Pollinators pollinate but they are also prey for birds and other wildlife and loss of suitable habitat is a

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Comfort Food at the Marigold Café This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. As we head into the fall season, warmth and comfort is something we crave – especially when it comes to nourishment. At The Marigold Cafe on Lochside Drive, owners Jenny and Ryan understand what their customers are looking for. "We've been getting a lot of amazing feedback on our soups," Jenny says. "They change daily, and people often choose to pair a cup or bowl of soup with their favourite panini." Seasonally-inspired local ingredients make up the bulk of the comfort food you can find at The Marigold. "For autumn, you can expect lots of nice root vegetables from local farms," adds Ryan, "with heartier stews and chilis for the colder winter season." Whether it's pumpkin, squash, carrots, beets or parsnip, the flavours of the season always shine through. Ryan is a certified Red Seal chef – something not every café is lucky enough to have – which Jenny says is the reason for many of their return customers. "People have been really happy with the high quality of the food." Of course, the drink menu also changes seasonally, so get ready for your pumpkin spice lattés, apple ciders, and hot chocolates. Why not take a bike ride up Lochside Trail through the changing leaves? On these cool, sunny days with the crisp feel of autumn, it's the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and reward yourself with a delicious meal and hot drink at The Marigold. No need to worry about the rain: their outdoor patio is completely covered, so you can enjoy the West Coast weather even when it's a little bit wet. Cozy up with a specialty coffee, a pumpkin scone, and take in the fresh air! Ryan and Jenny are very grateful for the community support they've been given so far. "We're happy the business is going well; we're busy and hoping for our first steady fall and winter," says Jenny. "We don't know what to expect but it's exciting!" Customers are looking forward, too – to hot drinks, baked goods, and fresh sandwiches paired with a warm bowl of the daily soup. There may even be special Thanksgiving or Halloween features, so keep your eyes open! It's a great way to support a local, family-owned business. You can find Chef Ryan's delicious gourmet creations at 7900 Lochside Drive in Saanichton. From BBQ Pulled Pork with Honey Lime Slaw to Poached Pear and Brie, there is something for every tastebud! The Marigold Cafe is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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ȽÁU, WELṈE / John Dean Provincial Park There are more than 300 species of fungi in

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Park. It is important to know it is illegal to remove any fungi found and there's no need to go off trail to find an abundance. Fungi are often inconspicuous, making them challenging and fun to find. It is a great family activity with everyone searching, heads down, as you walk the well-marked trails through meadows, woodlands, marshes and the last old growth forest on the Saanich Peninsula. This park is a worthwhile destination for mushroom exploration any time of the year. Route Details Main access is from East Saanich Road. Head west on Dean Park Road, through the residential community and into the park. We made our own scenic loop in search of a variety of fungi. From the parking lot, head down the trail between the washroom and the park map kiosk. The steep hill eventually levels off as you reach the first junction. Go right and continue through the thick forest and Douglas fir trees, looking on all sides here for some spectacular fungi possibilities including russula brevipes, which are large but can be hidden. Continue to the Skipper's Path sign but go left onto a more direct route to the lily pond. The trail that meanders to the pond has several fallen trees which are great homes for older bracket fungus (fomitopsis pinicola).

At the next junction, you will head up the West Viewpoint Trail. At the four-way junction with Woodward Trail, go straight. When you reach a second junction, take the branch toward the West Viewpoint which will take you down into a shady area with tree fall that is another great place for finding bracket fungus. Head on up to enjoy the West Viewpoint. Return to the previous four-way junction and go right down the Woodward Trail. Follow this as it weaves through the lush forest with some low-lying salal bushes and mosses that are great spots for finding some fungi varieties more common after it rains in autumn. At the next junction follow the sign that turns you toward Illahie Trail. This is also the area you will find the "Common Fungi in the Forest" interpretative sign. Follow this trail back to the John Dean's cabin site and then follow the service road back up to the parking lot. Things to Note Friends of John Dean Park Society (FJDPS) Common Fungi in the Forest interpretative sign can be also found online: https://www. interpretive-signs?view=defaultTabs. The parking lot has about seven actual spaces but there is parking along the road. A pit toilet is located off the parking lot. OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 59




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Annika McGivern:

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"Performance and well-being are

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how to prevent freezing during those scary moments. She strives to help her clients reduce their anxiety, have an increased self-awareness, a greater sense of control and the ability to build helpful habits. Annika's love of horses began in her early years; after clamouring for lessons her parents gave in and she began riding lessons at the age of five. By 11 she had entered the competitive side of the sport in three-day-eventing (similar to a triathalon, the horse and rider compete over three days in three different disciplines: dressage, cross country jumping and show jumping) and there was no looking back. She pursued her equestrian competitive goals by travelling after high school to Ireland, Australia and the United States as a "working student" under several high-level equestrian riders and coaches. She remembers the experience as being a steep learning curve and "really eye opening. I learned so much about the high-performance equestrian sport … and it opened my eyes to the mental world of sport and my ability to perform," she says. After a few years as a working student, Annika bought her own horse and began to compete at a high level, but after she had a few falls in training and competition, she felt mentally rattled. "My horse was ready, but I wasn't. I felt like I completely lost all of my riding ability," she says. Her downward mental spiral continued and it was then she sought out the help of a sports psychologist. Within three sessions, he helped her sort out her mental roadblocks. Annika describes this time as an "aha moment in my life," and the seed of her future career path was thus planted. A move to Vancouver Island to work under another equestrian coach followed her time south of the border and as her horse had reached his athletic limit within competition, Annika was faced with the difficult decision of whether to buy another horse and pursue competitive riding at a higher level or to go back to school. In the end, she sold her horse and attended the University of Victoria, graduating with an undergrad in Psychology. While attending university she also became a certified Equine Canada Competition Coach, which allowed her to keep her foot in the equestrian world and she says, "fed into my interest in sports psychology with being able to recognize the patterns that hold [riders] back." In 2018 Annika moved back to Ireland to pursue her Masters of Science in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Ulster University. With her Masters completed, she started her own business, AM Performance Coaching. "Nobody tells you that being a sports psychologist means being an entrepreneur so that was an adventure!" she says with a chuckle. Right away she tied into the equestrian community as well as branched out to offer her services in the corporate world with business psychology training. She's currently based in Ireland, but is excited to be moving back to Victoria this winter. In the meantime, she's continued to help her Vancouver Island equestrian clients by offering one-on-one zoom sessions, which worked out well during the pandemic as she shifted the rest of her business to a similar model. The majority of her equestrian clients "do three to six sessions initially to learn the range of skills that are helpful [and] applicable," she says. "Some clients will come back for brush ups. My goal is to make you self-sufficient, to coach yourself through these situations." To learn more about Annika and the works she does, you can visit her website at:

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Every fall our friends on the peninsula look forward to celebrating the Gala Evening with us. The good news is we will still have our amazing gala, but safety remains a priority for us. This year’s virtual event will find us gathering safely in our homes once again. NEW this year, we're offering a 6-person meal option so that you can invite your friends or family to celebrate with you!

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by Deborah Rogers

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In 2015 Sylvia Olsen and her partner (now husband) Tex McLeod embarked on a cross-Canada road trip to conduct a series of knitting workshops. Along the way they met knitters from all backgrounds and exchanged knitting stories and experiences. The trip also turned into an opportunity to explore Canada: physically as they covered kilometre after kilometre in their van, but also the very idea of Canada as a nation. The first observation from our enthusiastic readers is that although Olsen's subsequent book Unravelling Canada – A Knitting Odyssey is a book about knitting, it's not a book just for knitters. Olsen explores knitting as a way of belonging, of learning something new, of being connected to your past or to your community. Our group found the book very readable. Olsen's writing is open and even when discussing difficult subject matter she frames her thoughts carefully so that as readers we felt educated and engaged, rather than lectured to. It's a really warm book that comes across as a love story: for knitting, for Canada and for Tex. Woven throughout the book are the sweater stories that were picked up from the workshops along the way. They are just short vignettes but give a sense of cultural adaptation embodied by knitting; of the things that unite us; and sweet personal histories that are connected to one treasured piece. Many of our group are not knitters, but we uncovered a few sweater stories of our own during our meeting. One consistent thought about the book is that we would have appreciated photographs alongside the descriptions. Those who have come across Olsen before will know of her long association with Cowichan knitting. For a short read this book fills in a lot of history about the role of knitting for First Nations communities. At the start of the book Olsen admits to a sense of discomfort with her country, but the journey, and perhaps the writing of this book, allow her to move into a place of greater understanding and respect for where we are. Our readers felt that it gave them the chance to feel good about being Canadian; it brought back memories of road trips and travel, and the feeling that Canada really is special. Sylvia writes: "countries are like our West Coast Douglas firs: they don't reach their prime until they are a few hundred years old. Even now at 150 Canada is still a teenager." Next month we meet on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m., to discuss Petra by Shaena Lambert. The meeting will take place on Zoom; make sure you're signed up to our mailing list to get all the information:

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husband-and-wife team that opened Sidney Centre Family Dentistry in 2000. During the past 21 years, they have provided services to all members of the family, from children seeing the dentist for the first time; to teens, adults and seniors. Sidney Centre provides dental care in a relaxed, calming environment at their dental office located at 9764 Fifth Street. Sidney Centre Family Dentistry has a long history in the community. Have you had anything new happening this past year? Yes, one of our long-time hygienists, Trevor, retired. Trevor was with our office for 15 years and he will be greatly missed. However, we have two fantastic hygienists who have joined our team to replace him: Teresa and Dallas. As a family dentist, let's talk about the different stages of life and how your teeth change with them. Let's start with infants or toddlers. What is an appropriate age for little ones to have their first visit and what can they expect? The first visit is recommended six months after a child's first tooth has erupted. This appointment is to allow kids to get familiar with the office, and for parents to ask questions. It is also an opportunity to check for early signs of decay and recommend changes to halt its progress. Mostly it is just a "look and see" visit, to identify any issues and provide a good first experience, laying the ground work for future visits. When children have all their adult teeth, what are the most important aspects of dental hygiene and what are the most common problems? Using a fluoridated toothpaste and brushing twice a day is a great way to keep your teeth clean. However, flossing is a very important aspect of dental hygiene, as it cleans teeth where the toothbrush cannot access. Most decay in teenagers is between the teeth, which is preventable with routine flossing with the proper technique. One way to make flossing easier is to use flossers, or floss picks, as they are much easier to hold and use. Many kids make the excuse that they

have no floss at home, so make sure your teenagers know where you store your floss! The most common problem is snacking. Eating a little bit over a long period causes the pH in your mouth to stay acidic for longer periods, so teeth are more susceptible to decay. Instead, try to eat at regular meal intervals, and not snack between. That allows the pH in your mouth to stay at safer levels most of the time. How can adults ensure they keep their own teeth for life? The best way to ensure you keep your teeth long term is to form proper oral hygiene habits and have regular dental examinations and cleanings. It is much easier to take care of an issue when it is small! What are your "top tips" for seniors who have their own teeth, and for those with dentures or partial plates? With teeth, don't forget to brush the gumlines. Many older adults get decay right along the gumline of the teeth. Also, like with teenagers, don't snack frequently. With dentures – remove the dentures when you sleep to allow your gums to breathe. Brush your gums and any remaining teeth with the appliance removed, paying special attention to the areas where the appliance touches teeth. Brush the appliance to remove any plaque or debris, but do it over a sink full of water so if you drop it, it won't break. Can you provide an overview of any new or up-and-coming technology and practises that are making an impact on dentistry. There are many advances in dentistry that have improved the treatment we can provide. Digital radiographs give clearer images with drastically reduced radiation. These, along with digital oral photographs, can be displayed on computer screens to educate a patient on why a certain treatment is recommended. New advances in materials and techniques have improved dental care, and give patients more options for keeping their teeth. The advance in implants alone over the last 20 years has been astounding, and many older adults will never need to consider a denture because of the implant option.

"The most common problem is snacking. Eating a little bit over a long period causes the pH in your mouth to stay acidic for longer."

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Changing Value of Bonds Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 270 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.

For decades, Bonds have been a stabilizing force in investment portfolios. When equity markets suffered major reversals, interest rates usually declined and, since Bond values move in the opposite direction of interest rates, the value of the investor’s Bonds increased. Bonds always seemed an assured safety net that could be relied upon to not only moderate the impact of a Bear Market, but also, the longer the Bond Term, the greater the upward pressure on Bond values when rates declined. Then, in early 2020, Covid arrived. The world teetered on not only the brink of a health catastrophe, but also on the edge of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression. World-wide, Central Banks crashed interest rates to almost zero. They also triggered massive “Quantitative Easing” – purchasing government Treasuries and Bonds, effectively through the creation of digital funds. Bond holdings reacted predictably. As interest rates cratered, bond values increased. Bond holders saw solid returns in 2020, even as Equity markets suffered a catastrophic, albeit short-term collapse. Equity markets quickly rebounded, spurred on in large part by Bond holders migrating toward Equities, as Bond yields declined to record lows. Equities were suddenly delivering far more in dividend yields than the miniscule interest rates offered on Bonds.

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So what now? Have Bonds been relegated to the investor garbage can? Interest rates can now only move upward – forcing bond values to decline. The longer the bond

term, the greater the risk of decline. Is it time to ignore history and eliminate Bonds from portfolios? Definitely not! Certainly, long-term bonds are more risky today, unless held to maturity. However, short-term, one- to five-year laddered, high-quality corporate or government Bonds for example, can still be an important component of any portfolio. A short, 2.5-year average term immunizes the holding from major downward pressure as rates rise. Furthermore, each year, as 20% of the bonds mature, the proceeds are reinvested in five-year bonds at the higher interest rate, largely offsetting the downward pressure on value. Shorter-term bonds continue to serve as a traditional safety net for portfolios. If interest rates increase, their value remains relatively stable. If Equity markets suffer a major collapse, the Bonds can be drawn upon exclusively, until markets recover. This avoids having to extract needed funds from collapsed Equity holdings. Once Equity markets recover, some equities can be sold, with the proceeds applied to restoring the original percentage in Bonds. Today, Bonds remain a useful component of any portfolio. However, unlike in past decades, the investor must be mindful that bonds of a longer-term maturity have become far riskier than in the past, when interest rates were much higher. Shortterm Bonds, particularly laddered ones, are still beneficial. As always, the leastexpensive holding cost on such products can best be achieved through ExchangeTraded Funds (ETFs).

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Isabelle Tsui:

Doing it All

Were you ever told as a young adult that you would have to choose between two of your interests? Or maybe they told you that your creative outlet wouldn't be lucrative enough, so you would need to be sure to have a job that would pay the bills? Isabella Tsui is showing others that you can do both, and that the skills she has learned in a trade will help her in computer science. Isabella is a highly motivated, creative and smart young woman. She took advantage of the Vancouver Island University-Saanich School District Hairstyling program when she was in grade 12. Isabella recalls that her family initially had some concerns as they weren't sure how enrolling in a 10-month career program would affect her schooling, but after talking with her high school counsellor, her family was fully on board with her plan. Having completed her required courses for graduation at Claremont, the hair program allowed Isabella to earn elective credits in a focused skilled area. Hairstyling is now a Red Seal trade and students in the Saanich School Program earn their Level 1 certification from the Industry Training Authority as well as Vancouver Island University certificate. Isabella is no stranger to Studio 63, the teaching salon, as her mom started taking her for haircuts there when she was eight years old. She liked the atmosphere in the salon and the one-on-one instruction students receive from hair instructor Anastasia Antoniadis. Now, as a hairstylist, Isabella loves using her creativity to give her clients a hair makeover. She says: "it is not only the dramatic colour and cut transformations that I love but the subtle ones too. It's such an indescribable feeling when you are happy with the work you put out and others share the same sentiments." Isabella was the top student in last year's hair program and during the summer was able to complete over 900 hours working in the hairdressing field to win a Youth Work In Trades award. She is continuing to work at Sahar's Hair Studio while she attends UVic to obtain her degree in computer science. One of Isabella's goals in taking the hair program was to "become more of a people person, and hairstyling really gets you to interact with others and you end up creating great relationships and networks." Creating new networks and relationships and making clients happy are wonderful skills that will serve Isabella well in the computer science world. The program is open to high school students and adults. If you would like more information on the program please contact Joel Danyluk at Studio 63 is open for business and you can make an appointment by calling 250-652-5381. Prices and protocols can be found at and selecting the VIU SD63 Hairstyling Program under the programs tab. OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 69

Not Just A Home, A Community: Ravens Crossing Cohousing

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to meet for coffee. An idea was born, and the two quickly became cofounders of a new community development: Ravens Crossing Cohousing. "I like to call it a strata condo with a big heart," explains Barb, who has been interested in the concept of cohousing ever since she can remember. She travelled to Denmark, where the idea of cohousing originated, and looked at several examples of successful developments there. So what is Cohousing? It's different than co-op housing – which many people mistake it for – and the idea of cohousing is based on forming an intentional community. It is a group of privately-owned homes clustered around shared spaces. "It was all about creating a sustainable community, where you help one another; we wanted something multigenerational, with a big emphasis on green living," says Barb. Soon enough, the group of individuals – or "Ravens," as Barb calls them – grew to 35 strong. With that many households involved, it can be tough to make the big decisions. They operate by consensus, which is difficult but rewarding. "The big trick with cohousing is that it isn't up to one individual: it's up to the group to decide," she explains. "You need both the dreamers and the doers. We didn't know where we'd end up, but wanted it to be walkable, green, and on the Saanich peninsula—and the consensus was Sidney!" "We received lots of support from Margaret Critchlow, who lives in Harbourside Cohousing in Sooke; she really helped us find our way," says Barb. "You have to have a vision of why you're doing this," she adds. "Vancity Credit Union is a real leader in cohousing developments, and the town of Sidney has been great to work with. We've been very fortunate. We're looking forward to contributing to the community and getting to know our neighbours." The building itself is shaped like a Raven, with common spaces in the centre and an east and west wing. The 35 homes surround a

shared kitchen, dining area, guestroom, laundry and playroom. "We're trying to make a village, and I think we have," Barb says. "There's a lot of diversity in the group, from singles to couples, and different backgrounds from places all over the world." Ravens Crossing is built to the highest environmental standard, known as Green Gold, and also has the highest seismic upgrades. "It's an absolutely beautiful building," says Barb. "We've got a really amazing group of people, none of whom I knew before five years ago. Cohousing really helps address isolation and loneliness for people of all ages: it strengthens mental health through developing community." It's also a recycle and reuse approach – as 35 separate households, the Ravens realized they had each acquired things they didn't need. One of the big benefits of cohousing is the opportunity to share resources, like tools and appliances. "How many wheelbarrows do you need?!" Barb questions. "I think there will be more and more of these projects in the future," she says. As of now, there are only five on Vancouver Island, including Ravens Crossing. For Don de Guerre, one of the residents, a major benefit was that of a "found" family. "I retired a few years ago and was living alone, with no family around," says Don. "Ravens meant regaining some family members, people I could be close with and interact with, who could support me and who I could support." Don moved here from Montreal, driving across Canada in a motorhome to make the transition. He was drawn by the climate, the beauty and the opportunity for outdoor activity. "It's a different way to live," Don says, "and it's a tremendous resource to be connected with other people." Some Ravens are even moving from overseas, like Reena Kokotailo, who is coming all the way from New Zealand. "My history with cohousing goes back two or three decades," says Reena, who first started looking at an early model in west Auckland. "It was just the wrong timing and the wrong fit," she says, "so I've been looking for a long time." When she found Ravens Crossing last year and sent in her application, she got a major surprise: her new neighbours would be Vicki and Barry, a couple she first met back in 2008 while standing in line at a music event in Ottawa! "I couldn't believe it," says Reena, "it really is a small world." Ravens was the perfect opportunity for her, with easy access to Victoria and Vancouver, and nearby family in Alberta. "It's ecologically built, in a smaller community, and it's walkable!" It's an exciting time for the Ravens, with everyone arriving from around the country and abroad. As Tracy puts it: "A new home in Sidney – let's see what'll happen."

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Wigella Foliage Flowering Crab Tree Fruit As the days get shorter and the weather shifts toward cooler and rainier, I find my mood changes and I need to be reminded of the bounty found in my garden. Not a fan of orange or yellow, I choose to work with the burgundy and maroon tones found in the garden. There is no plan other than colour and texture when I start the design for an arrangement. I simply walk around the garden, collecting things that appeal to me but not yet sure how I'm going to use them. A lot of different seed pods can be found; peony leaves now have a burgundy twist; Japanese maples are starting to curl; and

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the white hydrangeas are starting to dry on the plant, turning pink and burgundy. Two norland potatoes dug from the garden were on the table, and I found a special place for them in the arrangement. The grapes are ripening, and there are apples and crab apples. My flowering crab tree has never produced fruit before this year, but there are plentiful tiny, bright pink fruit on the branch that make lovely cascades towards the ground. I am so grateful for such a bountiful garden! I have sold the farm; I will miss my garden but I'm on to a new adventure! OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 73

The Rumrunners:


On a dark day in September,

1924, while en route to Sidney Island on the Beryl G, a liquor smuggler and his son were savagely killed by three American thugs who stole their cache. Fortunately, these violent outbursts were atypical in the rum runners' heyday, despite the Hollywood hype. Most players were just doing business as usual in a very prosperous market. The tales of the rum runners are a fascinating piece of maritime history, especially since many of their activities happened around the Saanich Peninsula and Gulf Islands.

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In his 2018 book – Don't Never Tell Nobody Nothin' No How: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running – Rick James shares: "Probably the most surprising revelation that occurred while researching this book was that, contrary to what most of us have been led to believe, not all smuggling during the Prohibition years was marked by violence." His book intends to shelve the "hardened criminals" myth surrounding the rum runners. On January 17, 1920, Prohibition became official in the United States, the same year that B.C. rejected it as a failed experiment. It happened at the worst of times: a severe economic depression following the first world war. Jobless ex-soldiers and their families were desperate for any means to survive and "some soon proved cleverer than others, especially those who happened to own anything that could float." The American "Noble Experiment" offered a rare opportunity to make a fast buck from dry throats south of the border: "Rum running (smuggling liquor by water) quickly developed into an extremely lucrative enterprise throughout southern British Columbia." Rum runners used anything from old fishing boats to large ocean-going steamers, filling their holds with liquor from Canadian distilleries and breweries. From individual entrepreneurs to the big export houses, the rum runners took advantage of southern British Columbia's prime location for ocean-based commerce. With an archipelago of islands peppered throughout Georgia and Haro Straits plus the

close proximity of Vancouver and Victoria to the American San Juan Islands, "the area soon proved a veritable floating liquor marketplace where Canadian boats delivered up orders to their American counterparts in relative safety." Sidney's Bill Singer named his family-owned eatery "Rumrunner Pub and Restaurant", because their legacy was "a big part of local history." He met some former rum runners, such as the notorious Johnny Schnarr, who completed 400 'runs' in his career. Schnarr told Bill that a policeman was once heard bragging about arresting him. So, Schnarr brazenly walked into his office and said, "I hear you are looking to bring me in!" He left, a free man. Canadian rum runners were not breaking any laws as long as they stayed on their side of the border. Any rare incidents of violence were usually by hijackers. "Most B.C. boat operators who took up rum running considered themselves just ordinary businessmen who were providing a delivery service by passing over their cargoes to American vessels well within Canadian waters." The spirits were hidden away in coves throughout the islands of Haro Strait, including Sidney, D'Arcy, Saturna and Gooch Islands, until the exchanges were made. "Numerous Canadian boats … were working for the big liquor exporters and delivering up their cargo to American boats … An enterprising boat owner could easily make five or six trips a month and collect a profit of $1,000 ($14,000 today)." However, much larger windfalls farther south lured some daring local rum runners into risking their lives in taboo U.S. waters, usually under the cover of darkness. Their high adventures at sea were the stuff of legends. The rewards were huge: the greater the risks and danger to themselves in transporting the liquor to the U.S. continent, the more they could charge for their product. In Seattle, a quart of good Scotch sold for $3.50 before Prohibition but Americans paid $25 to rum runners for the same spirits during the national crackdown on booze. Adrian Bogdan, MAS, Assistant Director & Archivist for the Sidney Museum & Archives, adds his expertise: "It is interesting to think about how the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol was forbidden across the border, but the Canadian Government was fine with allowing the shipping of alcohol to the States from this side of the border. The Canadian Government was unsympathetic to American pleas for help with enforcing prohibition (assuming they paid Canadian tax on any alcohol being manufactured here!), offering no resistance to Canadians taking their alcohol across the border. This was until the infamous Beryl G incident … and in 1930, parliament finally outlawed exporting alcohol to the United States." An exhilarating era had ended, but not the legends or the stories.

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Bill Morgan:

Raising Gardens & Harvesting Health His above ground garden boasts fragrant, firm vegetables and colourful fruit bursting with flavour. How is it that an 88-year old hayseed from the prairies has been so successful with this garden? Brentwood Bay senior, Bill Morgan, has spent a lifetime as a gardener and landscaper, and now is offering others the opportunity to build and enjoy their own raised bed garden system to grow their own food. "I wanted to create a garden bed in which you can grow nutritious food," shares Bill. "I wanted to get others started and then mentor them." "The Morgan System of Raised Bed Gardens" consists of a yellow cedar base with polycarbonate bindings and a structure built up and over it that features rebar and conduit framing. "Yellow cedar can last up to 30 years; it is tough and gnarly," comments Bill. Netting or heavy polypropylene covering is attached so that the garden bed is protected from both outdoor elements and pests. Most of the materials are locally obtained. "I can get many materials wholesale from a local source," says Bill. "The netting is from a Quebec supplier, and I sell it off the roll to customers. The polycarbonate for the ends of the box is also from a local source." Bill's gardening system include the sources and costs of materials, a two-hour instruction session on assembly, and valuable information on plants and growing tips. His system and approach represent not only 30 years of design and application of ideas but a lifetime of gardening and farming experience. "I grew up on a farm and came out to B.C. in the 1940s," says Bill. "My first job was cutting lawns. Eventually I went into complete

landscaping in the 1960s." Bill operated a successful residential and commercial landscaping company for many years. He enjoys sharing his expertise, and can offer valuable advice for both novice and seasoned gardeners. An example is preparing the garden for the winter season. "Most important is to cover over the garden beds so that rain doesn't leech anything out of your garden. You can use plastic and staple it on," says Bill. "Also, micronutrients are important. I use North Sea kelp meal." Whether it's pulling up potatoes, harvesting apples, turning over compost, or a host of other activities to maintain his garden, Bill is on the go and knows the rewards of his labours. "Working in the garden; it's great exercise," notes Bill. "And, you can see and eat the results of your work!" With the arrival of the pandemic, Bill has also seen an increase in gardening as an activity. "I think COVID-19 began changing our way of thinking," says Bill. "People have had more free time and have turned to gardening." This gardener knows not only the pleasure that comes from gardening but the benefits for personal health. "The food that you take into your body; it's important," shares Bill. "For 30 years, I've been trying to get people to grow their own food." Positive response has been coming in for Bills' garden beds. "People love them!" shares Bill. The pathway to a healthy lifestyle can seem confusing and difficult, but this local senior offers a way for people to begin that journey in their own garden. For more information, contact Bill at 250-652-7720. OCTOBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 77

SEASIDE HOMES by Janice Henshaw | photos by Janis Jean Photography

Cordova Bay Oceanfront Home Renewal Aesthetic, functional, comfortable spaces with a unified flow – isn't that what we would all like our homes to look and feel like when we come in the door? Some of us have that magical talent to make it happen, and others, well, people like me, go out and buy a piece of furniture or paint a room and then wonder: "What could I have been thinking?" When Rob and Leanne, who built their waterfront home in Cordova Bay 10 years ago, decided it was time for a significant interior update, they wisely chose to work with a professional. They enlisted the help of interior designer Trudi Jones (Trudi Jones Interior Design). When I parked on Cordova Bay Road, I could hardly wait to see what was behind the garage and hedges that hid the 3,000-square-foot West Coast contemporary home.

One forgets all about city distractions when you enter the serenely quiet house. The stunning view of Cordova Bay and the white sandy beach is full-on amazing. There is almost a seamless transition from the inside to outside living, and light floods in from the row of skylights, large windows and huge folding patio doors. New rattan lawn furniture from Wicker Land sits invitingly on the walk-out patio. The sparkling blue sea and sandy beach beckon – how can one stay inside?

But there are rainy days! One of the main items addressed in the home design process was the polished gray concrete floor on the main level. Secondly, the furniture was to be replaced, and among other things, the glass tile backsplash in the kitchen possibly changed. Leanne said: "Ironically, we didn't end up changing the floor or backsplash because what it came down to was making the space more aesthetically pleasing so that those things weren't as noticeable to me."

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Open Mon - Sat 10-4 and by appointment outside regular hours The concrete floor turned out to be an easy fix: it's now almost entirely covered by two large wool carpets from Morocco, which tie everything together. The shag texture is warm and cozy, and the cream colour matches their dog's coat which all dog lovers know is an excellent idea. Leanne had initially thought of buying some interesting and colourful rugs; however, Trudi advised her: "Less is more. You don't want to take away from your art and everything else; you want something more neutral in the carpeting." By enhancing the interiors, Trudi said their goal was to "create a soft, organic, and contemporary living space that marries well with the beautiful surroundings and the west coast lifestyle." They opted to utilize the dramatic redesign of the fireplace and dining table as focal points, surrounding each in complementary furniture, colour and texture. The new maple wood dining room table built by Matthew Lopez contains an insert covered in glass that resembles a flowing riverbed. Leanne chose and varnished the rocks from various beaches she had visited. An exquisite art sculpture of a salmon perched on river rock was designed by glass artist Christopher Smith. Trica, a Quebec-based furniture company, manufactured the grey/ charcoal faux leather dining room chairs and velvet blue low-backed stools at the kitchen island. Still to be chosen is a pendant light over the dining room, which will tie in with the blacks and golds in the foyer. "We want to find one that won't obstruct the view," says Leanne, "yet brings intimacy through lighting down to the table."



At the opposite end of the open concept design is the built-in TV and gas fireplace. The tile surround is a ribbed charcoal marble with white streaks. Leanne says it is one of her favourite parts of the new design. "It extends the room out, brings the open bamboo staircase into the colouring and pulls in a little blue reflection from the sofa." The shelves to the side have new lighting for a nighttime glow and contrast well with the tiles. Leanne's lovely painting of the ocean

and sky is mounted on the interior wall adding dynamic colour and light. "It was a bit of a stretch for me to do it on that big of a canvas!" Having your own unique work of art on display in your home makes it very special. King Living, an Australian furniture company, designed the gray/ blue sectional couch. "When we were looking for a sofa," said Leanne, "we went through different iterations and brought home several fabric swatches, so it did take a while to narrow it down, but this just felt like what I was looking for." The stylish bronze and blue diagonal throw pillows were made by Designers Guild from England. Two creamy Himolla Aura Recliners from Germany have integrated foot and headrests that transform them from a relaxing recliner into a club-style lounge chair. "Himolla" is the combination of three words: heavenly, cozy and pleasant. Art pieces on display – the bowl (Burt Lambier) and vase (Mary Fox) – are from The Gallery at Mattick's Farm. Teddy, the couple's beloved pooch, wasn't forgotten in the design of the home. He has a spacious grotto built under the open bamboo stairs with windows at floor level so he can check what's going on outside. It's an excellent place for his dog bed, toys and food

dishes. Leanne has added a new rug and comfy chair and loves to curl up with Teddy and read a good book. Trudi said the intention in the main bedroom was to "soften the overall room and bring the airy and gentle beach feel inside." The main wall behind the headboard is a soft sea blue trimmed in white (Benjamin Moore – Solitude). St. Genève bedding from muffet & louisa in Sidney tones down the blue and brings in a little more gray, as do the two new gray lamps. It's a gorgeous canvas of the sea and sky outside, bringing in lovely blues, purples, and gray. (Laurent bedframe by Huppé, Quebec). Other changes include blue seagrass-like wallpaper in the main level powder room, which Trudi said should be like a "little jewel!" Contemporary recessed ceiling lights with dimmer switches have been installed throughout the home. Candlelit black and gold bowls arranged artistically add warmth to the main entry. Leanne says the new Paulig wool rug from Chester Fields reminds her of pebbles on the beach. Another vibrant art piece by Leanne adds intrigue and colour.

The new interior design work has been a terrific success! Teamwork, collaboration, expertise, and a healthy budget have created a home of beautiful spaces that reflect Rob and Leanne's design aesthetic. And when you look at the ocean view, it's easy to say that this home has it all!


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Fall Décor Three Ways by Hayley Jackson Viane Designs & Styling

FIREPLACE STYLING ESSENTIALS With all the time I’ve had to spend inside since the pandemic began, I've found myself getting bored of my current décor, especially something as front and centre as the fireplace. Why not jazz it up with some beautiful seasonal pieces for fall? There are such wonderful colours in nature to draw from for inspiration that are not your typical orange and black.

If your house is rustic, try putting a lovely wheat bouquet or dried flower arrangement from one of the many farm stands found on the Peninsula in a funky old vase or vintage amber bottle. When looking for great vintage finds, Steptoe Services’ auctions are a great place to spot some unique pieces. If the minimal look is your thing, try using some beautiful ceramic vases with different-coloured foliage from around your yard or neighbourhood. You could also support a small business and get some handcrafted cement pumpkins like I did from Rock and Rain Creations! Or, go a little moodier with a fresh bouquet of burgundy dahlias in a low vase with some mirrors, candlesticks and twisty branches. Think about mixing textures such as fuzzy, prickly, smooth, shiny and matte; it’s more interesting for your eye. Play with different heights of accent pieces on your mantle. I’m also a sucker for adding throw pillows (like the ones you can rent from The Housse) and creating

a little reading nook next to a fireplace or somewhere to have your tea. Gather some pillows that match the mood you’re trying to set and perhaps an area rug, but make sure that the vent of the fireplace isn’t blocked. If your fireplace is purely decorative, you can always fill the inside with candles, books or firewood rounds. You can also add a nice basket to hold either your firewood or your throw pillows and blanket when they aren’t in use, or even some beautiful fall plants. And always support local, everything used in this photoshoot is from local vendors or made in Victoria, on the Saanich Peninsula or the Gulf Islands. It’s amazing what beautiful and sustainable things can be found locally. Not sure where to start? Visit


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Conversation, Connection and Community: Toastmasters Saanich Peninsula by Jo Barnes

You've overcome a lot of

obstacles in your life, but this is the toughest. Your heart is pounding; your mouth is dry. You step forward and look out at your audience. You can't believe you let yourself get talked into this. You open your mouth to speak, but your mind goes totally blank! Statistics show that more people are afraid of public speaking than death. For over 40 years, Toastmasters on the Saanich Peninsula has been helping people overcome these fears and actually enjoy public speaking, and now there is a unique opportunity for seniors to enjoy these benefits too. "We have a new online Toastmasters Club specifically for seniors," shares Raymond Ho, Immediate Past District Finance Manager, Toastmasters Southern B.C. "Toastmasters can give them digital confidence and the ability to connect with others online." The new virtual meetings via Zoom happen every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Participants have an opportunity to introduce themselves and present their views on a topic. They learn how to listen, and communicate effectively in a supportive setting. To register, email with the subject line: "Seniors Toastmasters." The Toastmasters organization began in 1924 and is now active

in 145 countries. It takes its name from the tradition of the "toastmaster" – the official host of a function who typically gives the primary toast. "Toast" traces back to the Greek and Roman customs of saluting others' health and well-being with a drink. Typically, toast in crumb or whole form was added to the goblet to reduce the wine's acidity. Over time, a good toast has come to mean an effective or inspiring speech. The new online Toastmasters group comes at an ideal time for seniors who are isolated due to Covid restrictions. "Right now seniors are locked away in their homes. These meetings provide a way to communicate and connect. You get to see everybody. I love it!" comments Judy Gwynn-Williams, founder of Sidney's Star Cinema, and former Divisional Governor Toastmasters, Vancouver Island. Harvey Drdul, a senior resident in Sidney who has been an active member in Toastmasters for over 50 years, shares: "I joined Toastmasters in 1961 and have been involved ever since. You develop self-esteem and confidence. It gives you step by step support of members. You're in a place where you can fail but are supported." Through Toastmasters, people learn valuable skills that enable them to go further in their careers and lives. "I was always quiet before, but Toastmasters gave me my voice," says Raymond. "It gave me skills in leadership and management skills. I became a supervisor at work." Adds Carl Jensen, Central Saanich Councillor: "It teaches you presentation and online skills. You learn to pay attention to the words you use and your delivery. You get practice in giving feedback to others as well as receiving feedback. It's a great way for seniors to meet new people and share their stories." We all have a story. Maybe you're in your senior years, and you've spent a lifetime feeling anxious about telling that perspective in front of others. A warm welcome, valuable feedback and a community of support and resources await you at Toastmasters, so that you can take that first step. As Harvey aptly puts it: "You can do it!"

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The man with no math skills thought this diet was filling. Instead of one bagel he got to have... NIDWOW TOTHO SYALAW EWNOV

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How to Play: Unscramble each of the clue words. Take the letters that appear in boxes and unscramble them to solve the final message. Answers on page 75. This jumble was created by The Blue Sheet Club, a group of brain injury survivors. The Cridge Centre for the Family's Brain Injury Services provides independent housing with support for survivors of brain injury. Through the development of support groups like The Blue Sheet Club, we strive to provide opportunities for personal development and reintegration in the community. Creating Word Jumbles are a great way to improve cognitive functioning. Plus they're fun too! Enjoy!


TA K E N O T E OCT 3 & 10

Sidney Street Market

by Jo Barnes


Mary Winspear Centre Parking Area

Connected Heritage Exhibition


Sidney Museum 2434 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Presented in partnership with the Icelandic Canadian Club of BC, this fascinating art exhibit explores the connections between Iceland and Canada. The exhibit features original pieces by six different western Canadian Artists. Admission is limited.


Oct 1-7 Creative Rhapsody Oct 8-14 Boreal Expressions & Country Landscapes Oct 15-21 Watercolours, Fast & Free Oct 22-28 Peninsula Plein Air Painters Annual Exhibit Oct 29-Nov 4 Early Bird Christmas Show

ArtSea Gallery Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney The ArtSea Gallery has re-opened to the public, with artists on site during show hours. Featured art includes multimedia, painting, sculpture, collage, pottery, textiles and much more!

OCT 4, 11, 18 & 25 7PM

Peace Lutheran Church

Petal Walkers: Planting for Pollinators

OCT 2 & 9 9:30-11:30AM

10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich This vibrant market has been happening for the last 13 years! Come enjoy the feast of local vegetables and fruit, chicken, and seafood as well as the creative offerings of local artisans such as jewellery, clothing, soaps and personal care products.

Pup Essentials 1 (Age 16+)


Central Saanich Cultural Centre, Room B 1209 Clarke Road, Brentwood Bay A great course for owners of new puppies aged 10-14 weeks! Classes will deal with how to deal with a brand new puppy in the home, navigating the trials, and helping your puppy become a part of your family. 92 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | OCTOBER 2021



Virtual - Vancouver Island Regional Library Another informative session offered as part of the Virtual Gardening Series, this time you have the chance to learn all about habitat requirements of pollinators, types of bees, native plants that attract pollinators, and how to make the best pollinator attractant on your block! Free. Register & access the Zoom link through the Vancouver Island Regional library website. virtual-gardening-series-petal-walkers

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon

North Saanich Farmers Market

Sidney Concert Band Practices

2295 Weiler Avenue, Sidney

Weekly Art Shows

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The popular event features 50 vendors including local farmers and growers, creative food vendors, local artisans and so much more! Contact: 250-507-0108

OCT 14 11:30AM

Boondocks Bar & Grill 9819 Fifth Street, Sidney Welcoming women to the Peninsula since 1987! Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Pre-booking required. Guest speaker is J’Lene Bradley, a registered nurse and counsellor in elder planning. Topic: Factors to consider regarding long term care options for yourself or your loved ones. For further details:

“Under Paris Skies - Piaf and Dietrich”

OCT 17 2PM

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Edie DaPointe returns with her very popular show, but this time brings not only the music of Edith Piaf but also her contemporary Marlene Dietrich. Edie will be singing in English, French and German and will share her soulful and captivating music with emotion, drama and her trademark humour. under-paris-skies-edie-daponte

Alcohol Ink Art: Tree of Life and Abstract Painting

Sidney Concert Band: Salute to our Veterans

OCT 18


Greenglade Community Centre, Room 6 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Make stunning works of art using brilliant and glittering alcohol inks. Learn techniques to paint stunning trees of life and abstract paintings in a small class setting. Bring gloves. Register through Panorama Recreation.

Gluten Free Sourdough (Age 16+)


Mary Winspear Centre 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Under the direction of Bruce Ham, the local band will be marking Remembrance Day with a special tribute to frontline workers for their work and contributions during the Covid 19 pandemic. Come listen to a variety of music pieces including Hymn to Freedom, Fanfare for the Common Man, and You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Vocalist Nicola Hestnes). Tickets $20 per person available online and thru Mary Winspear Box Office 250-656-0275 |

OCT 21 6-8PM

Greenglade Community Centre, Room 6 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney Learn about fermentation, how to make gluten free sourdough starter, methods for making homemade gluten free breads, and types of flours which are best for gluten free bread-making.

Putting Pen to Paper Writing Workshop (Age 16+)


OCT 23


McTavish Academy of Art


Toastmasters for Seniors (Virtual) Tuesdays | 10-11am

This is a wonderful opportunity, via Zoom platform, for seniors to speak and socialize. For online meeting details, email with subject “Seniors Toastmasters”.

Caregivers Connect: BC's Virtual Support Group 2nd & 4th Thursdays | 2-3:30pm

1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich Led by professional writer and editor, Angela M. Cowan, the workshop will include readings, writing exercises and group sharing to provide feedback. All levels welcome from novice to seasoned writers. Bring your notebook and pen and enjoy! Check website for Covid protocols.

This virtual support group brings people from across the province together twice a month around a mutual experience of caregiving for a family member or friend. This is a time for reassurance, where caregivers can realize they are not alone. Pre-register each week to attend. Visit or Call toll free 1-877-520-3267 extension 1. putting-pen-to-paper

Sidney Sister Cities Association Virtual Meeting

CFUW Saanich Peninsula General Meeting

OCT 26 7PM

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The public, friends and guests are welcome to attend the CFUW SP Speaker Series. "Proof of Vaccine" for Covid 19 will be required for entry. Guest speaker: Deb Greenaway, Coordinator “The Better at Home Program,” United Way, Beacon Community Services, Shoal Centre. Cost: $10 per person.

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The group remains active during the pandemic! They are also being joined by members from Anacortes Sister Cities Association and hope to be attending their meetings over the coming months. For information on how to join our virtual meetings, please contact the Secretary at

Saanich Peninsula Business for Business Network Virtual Meeting Thursdays | 8-9:30am

The Saanich Peninsula Chapter of BforB is a peer-support (mastermind) group for local business owners and leaders of professional practices. Guests are welcome, at no charge. For current members and other details at For info:

Last Word

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Editorial Director

Deborah Rogers CBC News was interviewing people on the street, asking them what date they consider to be the start of the year. It was an odd sort of question – New Year's Day is January 1st – but I understood what they were getting at. The start of the school year is for many a time of change or new plans, or just a return to routine, and it feels like a natural time for re-evaluation. Of our small Seaside Magazine team there are three of us who have said goodbye to our young-adult children this month, sending them off to new exciting lives at university. Speaking for myself, it's been a huge, emotional upheaval! I hadn't quite expected how upsetting it would be, even though I'm thrilled for my son's success and the experiences he'll be having. I've felt a little rudderless without the child I've cared for for 18 years. I recognize how much I define myself through my role as a mother: who even am I without him to feed? What I've tried hard not to do is to put any of my feelings on to him. At 18 I was heading off on a plane across the Atlantic. I clearly remember how terrified I was, and sad to say goodbye to my family. They were great though about encouraging me to take a leap into the unknown, and never made me feel guilty for moving away, or responsible for their sadness. Leaving home was scary and thrilling and I'm so grateful I got the chance to have that experience of independence. It's the natural order; with the turning of the seasons, our children will grow up and move away and have lives of their own. And maybe we'll have different lives without them at home. With different requirements on my time, who knows what else I can do! I hope that you are enjoying the change of season, whether it brings a new circumstance to your life, or just a return to familiar rhythms.

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