Seaside Magazine November 2019 Issue

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How to...

Be a Leader, Do it Yourself, Make Friends, Survive Divorce






Simplify Your Beauty Routine

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Contents NOVEMBER 2019



DO IT YOURSELF! How To Make It, Create It, Fix It & Improve It

UPGRADE FOR YYJ New Departure Lounge Complete



BE PREPARED Emergencies Big & Small

SEASIDE HOMES A Quality Build With Power to Spare

22 WORD ON THE STREET What it Takes to Be a Great Leader

ON THE COVER Cathie McGinnity and John White at the "Lost Airmen of the Empire" monument on Hospital Hill. Photo by Sue Ferguson

EVERY MONTH 8 First Word 10 Letters 15 Cowland's Chronicles 18 In Fashion 21 West Coast Gardener 22 Word on the Street 25 Inside Out 33 Island Dish 34 Living Off the Land 37 New & Noteworthy 43 Salish Sea News 44 Behind the Scenes 47 The Golden Years

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51 Impromptu 56 Globehopping 65 The Natural Path 68 Seaside Homes 77 On Design 80 Stable & Field 83 Loving Large, Living Small 85 Seaside Book Club 86 Art Scene 89 Take Note 94 Sudoku 95 Last Word

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Fall is finally here! The time for comforting soups and braises is upon us. I love cooking during this time of year; using beautiful root vegetables and large slow-cooked pieces of meat is one of cooking's great pleasures. I hope you enjoy this beautiful season!

Spending time with a centenarian made me realize how important it is that seniors have the opportunity to share their incredible life stories. Their first-hand accounts from bygone eras give us a glimpse into history, connect us and help us to better understand our place in the world.

"Can you fix this?" is probably the most common question my landscape clients ask me. It's not easy for people to know what to keep, what to toss and where to start when faced with tough landscape challenges and poor choices. Happily, I can help.

LINDSAY NEAL PAGE 56 Pulled in by ancient architecture, we explored Angkor Wat and the Angkor Temples in torturous heat. At night, when the temperature dropped in Siem Reap, we dipped our toes into Khmer culture and night markets. Templedout, we left our adventure appreciating air conditioning a little more.

GLYNIS SCHULTZ PAGE 19 What a fun opportunity it was to participate in Seaside Magazine's "In Fashion" feature! Thanksgiving weekend was a good time to go through the questions and to reflect on the items in my home that are important to me, my animals, and special gifts that I treasure.

MURRAE WILSON PAGE 18 I am truly blessed to be able to help women feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. Simplifying and, as a result, shortening our beauty routines can shift our focus to the things that really matter in life, such as finding time for, and loving, ourselves.

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This Month's Contributors: Jo Barnes, Kristen Bovee, Anne Brodbeck, Christopher Compton, Chris Cowland, Amanda Cribdon, Gillian Crowley, Sue Ferguson, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Linda Hunter, Tina Kelly, Katie Kroeker, Paula Kully, Wayne McNiven, Lindsay Neal, Cassidy Nunn, Deborah Rogers, Glynis Schultz, Dan Van der Vlugt, Murrae Wilson

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You go to school to learn to read and write. You take lessons to learn an instrument, join a team to learn a sport, but I sometimes wonder how we are supposed to learn about some of life's less tangible skills, like relationships. When we're in the first flush of love perhaps we wouldn't want to take advice, but as time goes on there are many couples who could benefit from some lessons. Having been through a divorce I feel I have some insight, and sadly can act as a cautionary tale. Eight years of post-divorce challenges have taught me a few things, some I wish I didn't know, but others I think could be helpful for anyone going through the same situation. Everyone's circumstances are different, but if you want to move forward you have to let go of anger. Anger is a normal response to hurt or betrayal, but it becomes toxic when we hold onto it and refuse to let it go. You're just keeping the anger alive by going over and over the same grievance. Taking responsibility for your emotions, and reactions, can allow you to regain a little power. Similarly, you can't control what the other person says or does, however hurtful or wrong they are. But you can control how you react to them – it can be hard, but it is so important, especially if there are children involved. Stay in the moment and try not to look back at how things went wrong, or what you could have done differently. It's far more productive to maintain open communication – with your ex if you can – but certainly with your kids. Stay nonjudgmental and then they'll know they are always safe with you. Allow yourself to be vulnerable with the people you trust: friends can be your rock. Surround yourself with a whole crew of advisors if you can, people who understand you, and who you can relate to. A great lawyer is essential, but other sounding boards can be life-savers too. This is how I've learned to survive over the past eight years. And with our November issue's How To focus I hope sharing my story will help other women try and survive too.

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LETTERS Seaside Magazine welcomes your feedback! Send letters to the editor via or post your comments on our Facebook wall! Letters may be edited for space and content. In Karen Morgan's article ("Inside Out;" September 2019), she articulates accepting the reality of her brother's dementia diagnosis and reconciles herself to his inevitable deterioration. Karen's second sentence "caregivers needs" resonates with me as I was a caregiver to my late husband before he succumbed to his dementia. Imagine if you can how difficult it was for me to watch my very intelligent, clever, witty best friend of 60 years slowly dissolve into simple child-like behaviour over five years. While I endured his slow, inevitable and final journey I became very aware of so many other caregivers, right here on the Saanich Peninsula, enduring their similarly lonely road. Since then my mantra has become "who cares for the caregiver?" Current "experts'" advice is that "age in place" is the best option. What is missing is respite for the caregiver. At best, if caregivers are fortunate, respite comes when their loved one gains admission to a day health care facility such as Mt. Newton Centre Society, a non-profit organization which has quietly been serving Peninsula residents, almost under the radar, for the past 40 years at its location adjacent to SPH. Mt. Newton's services have been a God-sent four-hour-per-day reprieve for those caregivers lucky enough to outlast the year-long waiting list. Four precious hours per day is hardly adequate to do a few errands, let alone recharge the mental and physical batteries necessary because caregiving is non-stop – a 24/7 commitment. Our Peninsula community is blessed with SPH and its Foundation which offers an almost complete continuum of care from proactively initiating the first primary care clinics in Sidney and Brentwood Bay to the end of life palliative and extended care facilities within SPH. What is desperately needed and is missing is respite care to enable caregivers to recharge their mental and physical batteries to carry on before they require medical care themselves. In the case of SPH there are only two respite beds, and sometimes only one bed is available if it's desperately needed elsewhere for palliative or extended care. Brenda Harfield, Sidney

I saw the picture on the [September] cover and therefore, logically, expected to find an article inside. I was very interested in the story since I saw over 150 people in line at the Sidney market one night for scones; however, I couldn't find the article anywhere. I was wondering if it was overlooked, never intended, or will be in a future issue? Owen Kemp, Sidney *Editor's response: our covers don't always have a story attached; sometimes they are just about encompassing the focus of the issue, in this case our special culinary features. We were so happy to be able to celebrate Chelsey Columbus and Sidney Scones; what a local success story!

Just wanted to congratulate your roving reporter Lara Gladych on her article, "Your Most Memorable Meal," in your September issue. My cycling group and I were interviewed by her at 10 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | NOVEMBER 2019

Georgia Café in Sidney and two in our group were mentioned in her article. I especially like how she closed her piece with a memorable quote. I love getting each copy of Seaside, and read it from cover to cover, always finding something which leads me to discover yet another great spot on the Peninsula. Case in point from your August issue ("Living Off the Land"): I led my cycling group to Marsh Farm on Wallace Road and had a great time chatting with Evelyn Marsh, learning the history of the farm and her passion to involve the community with her labour of love. So, kudos to Lara and to all of you in producing such a wonderful product each month. Am looking forward to next month's issue. Always a delight for me to peruse at leisure with my good cuppa Red Rose tea. Best to you all for a job well done! Ev Kelly

I so enjoy Seaside every month. The variety of endlessly interesting content and the quality of the magazine itself are impressive. I read [Deborah Rogers'] editorial on eating habits (Last Word; September issue), and boy, can I relate. Incidentally, I have a friend who is in a Duncan nursing home after loss of her independence from a brain tumor. When I visit, she always bugs me to bring a copy of Seaside and read it to her; she lived here for most of her life and likes to hear what is going on in the area. We look at the articles and great photography and I tell her what it's all about. Keep up the good work. Nancy Johnson

I've just enjoyed another great read through the October issue of Seaside Magazine. The cover is particularly spectacular this month. Congratulations to Sue Ferguson for her "The Girl with the Violin" photograph and to model Emma Jean for this eye-catching shot. Well done! Carry on the good work. All the best to you and the Seaside Team. Arlene Antonik

Rejuvenating article on Elsy Perks (Meet Your Neighbours, October issue). This article restored my faith but also contrasted strongly with the current generation's demands for "more $$$$ handouts from the government." Ms. Perks illustrated how she succeeded throughout her lifetime just by "always feel I can make do with what I have." She is a very strong example of how we should all be facing life. Joyce Mylymok **Editor's note: in the September 2019 issue the story "Rodco Draperies & Interiors" was mistakenly attributed to Jesse Holth. It was in fact written by Jo Barnes. Our sincere apologies for the error.


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HOW TO BE PREPARED: Emergencies Big & Small

by Jesse


Emergency preparedness is

something you probably don't spend much time thinking about. But it can make a huge difference – well-prepared individuals and communities are more resilient when it comes to disasters. So how do you prepare for the unexpected? Start by following these simple steps to get your household emergency-ready. One of the quickest and easiest things you can do is opt-in to any emergency notification systems in your area. These alerts and updates come from the municipal level, like VicAlert or Saanich Peninsula Alert, as well as provincial/federal, like Alert Ready. Check that you're subscribed to all local emergency alert systems relevant to you. Communities that practise "everyday readiness" fare better during an emergency. This means knowing your neighbours, making sure your cell phone is always charged, and buying a few extra cans of food whenever you're at the store. Whether you rent or own, you should also make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

Earthquake • Practice the "Drop, Cover, Hold On" technique, so you know what to do if you feel an earthquake. Don't forget to stay away from windows, and shelves with heavy objects. • Know how to turn off the water and electricity in your home, and clearly label the on-off positions for water, electricity and gas. • Fasten heavy appliances to studs, so they don't break gas or water lines if they shift or topple. • Secure tall shelving units and keep heavy items on lower shelves. Properly affix mirrors, paintings and other hanging objects. DON'T hang heavy pictures over beds. • Keep flammable items and household chemicals away from heat, and where they're less likely to spill. *NOTE: The shaking from an earthquake is your tsunami warning. Check to see if you live or work in a Tsunami Hazard Zone – if so, you'll need to move to higher ground (13ft/4m+).

Flood • To reduce the likelihood of flood damage, put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the bottom of ground-level doors. • Do not store important documents in the basement – keep them at a higher level, in a fireproof and waterproof safe, if possible. • During a flood, NEVER attempt to shut off electricity if any water is present – water and live electrical wires can be lethal. Leave your home immediately and do not return until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.

Power Outage • Make sure your home has a working carbon monoxide detector – if hard-wired to the electric supply, check for a battery-powered back-up. • Protect electronic devices like TV's, computers and DVD players with a surge protector. • During a power outage, don't open your freezer or fridge unless absolutely necessary. This will keep your food from spoiling for 24 to 36 hours.

Winter Storm • Before any severe storm that is forecast, stock up on heating fuel and ready-to-eat food, as well as batterypowered or wind-up flashlights and radios (with plenty of extra batteries). • Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose, such as garbage cans or lawn furniture, and make sure dead branches are trimmed. • Stay indoors, and keep away from windows, doors and fireplaces.

Wildfire • Ensure all household members are familiar with the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique. Learn and share fire safety practices, hold regular fire drills, and have an escape plan. • Consistently check for fire hazards around your home, and remove dried out branches, leaves and debris. • Equip each floor and all sleeping areas with smoke detectors, and keep a good sprinkler in an accessible location. *NOTE: In any emergency, listen to the directions of authorities and immediately evacuate if asked to do so.

Emergency Kit:

A Must for Every Household Having an Emergency Kit is crucial for emergencies. What should you include? • Water (2 litres per person, per day) • Non-perishable food items (granola/energy bars, canned food with can opener, and dried foods) • Flashlight • Blanket • A wind-up or battery-powered flashlight and radio, with extra batteries • First aid kit • Extra keys for your car and house • Extra clothes, including shoes • Cash, including small bills and change • Whistle • A copy of your Emergency Plan (including contact information, so family members can contact each other if they are separated during an evacuation) and personal documents (ID/license, health card, insurance) Consider any additional items you may need, such as daily prescriptions, baby food or formula, pet food, toiletries, personal hygiene items, and hand sanitizer. You should have enough food, water, and supplies to cope for three to seven days without outside assistance.

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Released by the Victoria Foundation, the 2019 VITAL SIGNS report on Greater Victoria confirmed our region’s average life expectancy at 83.3 years – well above the national average. Partly as a result of these encouraging longevity statistics, seniors everywhere are facing ever-increasing burdens of rising personal debt. A national Sun Life survey (October 2017) found that 25% of retirees were struggling with their efforts to eliminate debt. One in five still carried a mortgage; 66% carried unpaid balances on credit cards; and 26% held vehicle loans. How does the average retiree cope with this debt challenge? Many continue part-time employment; some sell their home, downsizing pricewise, or opt to rent. For ever-increasing numbers of debt-burdened retirees, however, the answer often seems to be the addition of even more debt through the muchadvertised “magical” solution of a Reverse Mortgage. The providers of reverse mortgages offer homeowners

over age 55 a loan of up to 55% of their home value, with zero payments required until the home is eventually sold. Only once the home is sold does the full amount of deferred principal, plus accumulated interest, become payable. To a debt-burdened senior, a reverse mortgage may seem a dream come true. Anything appearing to be a magical “fix” usually has a downside. With reverse mortgages, it consists of a set-up fee of up to $2,000, and an accumulating interest rate of around 5.5% – twice that of the best available rate on a normal mortgage. The combined effect of the high deferred interest and principal is that within 12 years, the initial borrowed amount has nearly doubled. Alternative solutions include downsizing the home, adding an income-generating suite to the home, or using a lower-cost HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT (HELOC), which can be drawn down gradually, with only monthly interest payments required on outstanding balances. Although reverse mortgages have their place as one potential solution for some cashstrapped seniors, they should not be a senior’s first choice. They should be selected only as a last resort, and only with full appreciation of the long-term impact on one’s home equity.

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How to Start a Real Motorcycle It seems that every other bike on the road nowadays is a Harley or a Honda, but in my youth, you would rarely see either by Chris Cowland one in England. But there are groups of enthusiasts around the world who own "real" motorcycles, those made in England around 50 years ago. The heyday of British motorcycles was in the 1960s and 1970s, with magnificent machines with truly evocative names, such as the Vincent Black Shadow, the BSA Rocket Gold Star, the Triumph Bonneville, the Norton Dominator, the Ariel Huntmaster and the Velocette Venom. These bikes handled as well as they looked, and even today you can see advertisements for extremely low mileage examples of many of these marques. However, the more astute would-be purchaser might be curious to explore the reason for this low mileage and lack of use. Well, most of these bikes had a single massive cylinder, so imagine a heavy piston rushing upwards, changing direction, then rushing downwards thousands of times every minute. The vibrations would be so bad that they created a thriving market for replacement headlights, footrests, side stands, rear mudguards and every other ancillary part that was not welded solidly to the frame! You know there is a problem when the riders' instruction manual recommends that you "check the oil level and tightness of key nuts and bolts before every excursion." There used to be a joke about English bikes: "If it isn't leaking oil, it must be empty."

The brakes on these early bikes consisted of two semi-circular metal shoes covered with friction material, which would expand outwards inside a metal drum when you pulled the brake lever. Luckily, the Morris Minor driver who slammed on his brakes right in front of you had an identical woefully inadequate set-up, so you would both sail on for hundreds of feet maintaining a precisely equal intervehicle distance. But here is the real reason for the ultra low miles on many of these old bikes. You had to start them. They had no fuel gauges, so step one was to open the fuel tank cap, stick your finger inside, and see if it came out wet. (This of course was after you had put away your tools after checking tightness of wheels, handlebars and important bits, and had topped up the oil). Then you were instructed to "tickle the carburettor." The "tickler" is a small button on top of the float chamber that you would lovingly caress two or three times until petrol started flowing out. Then you had to kick the old girl over, ensuring the piston was just past the top of its stroke before you bore down with all your weight on the kickstart lever. After several kicks and maybe a few more tickles, the old girl would sometimes reward you with a cloud of smoke and a loud "putt putt putt," and you could then throw your leg over and off you would go. Germans have a reputation for their precision, Japanese are known for reliability, American bikes are great in a straight line, but you now know why owners of old British bikes have such huge smiles on their faces if they eventually arrive at their destination. NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 15

3 WAYS TO EXPLORE SIDNEY THIS FALL 1 Fitness Focussed For one of the rainy days, check out studios like Hot Yoga Sidney where you can be enveloped by the warmth of the practice space, or Sitka Yoga to get your heartbeat up with a rewarding Barre class. 2 Catch a Flick Schedule some much-needed downtime and pop by the Star Cinema to see what’s playing. There’s nothing better than enjoying some buttery Star Cinema popcorn on a rainy Friday night.

COZY UP IN SIDNEY The months leading up to winter are most certainly some of the most cherished time of the year. Crisp autumn days spent walking by the breezy oceanside or over a warm cup of coffee with a friend – what’s not to love? There’s such a wonderful variety of things to do in Sidney this season!

3 Down Duvets & Beeswax Candles Everything you need to prepare for the cold months ahead can be found at one of Sidney’s home decor stores. Cozy duvets from Muffet and Louisa, soft throws from Nest and Nook, sink into a comfy chair from One Stop Furniture Shop, top it all off with organic beeswax candles from Sidney Natural Foods

COMING UP THIS MONTH IN SIDNEY Until November 28 WSÁNEC Art & Culture Exhibit Sidney Museum is pleased to host an exhibit of WSÁNEC art by local Indigenous artists. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is by donation. November 22 Fall Reading Series An Evening with Barbara Smith and Erin Davis both great Canadian authors. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the 2021 Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival. 7:00 pm November 23 Annual Sidney Merchants' Open House, Downtown Sidney Remember when holiday shopping brought a smile to your face and a bounce in your step? If so, check out Sidney as your “go-to” holiday hub! Late night shopping, carol singers, FREE horse drawn carriage tours and much more! 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm November 30 Breakfast with Santa at the Mary Winspear Center Save the date for the Peninsula Celebrations Society’s annual Breakfast with Santa! Santa will be arriving at 9:00 am A delicious Pancake Breakfast will be served by the Sidney Lion’s Club at a cost of $7 per adult and $5 for children under 12, at the door.


How to Simplify Your Beauty Routine by Murrae Wilson

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do not allow much time in the mornings for a complicated beauty routine. I must admit, I've found myself applying lipstick on the way to work after rushing out the door. Wherever you are off to, whether it's the office, the coffee shop, or the grocery store, wouldn't it be nice to look somewhat presentable with little-to-no effort? Fortunately, there are a lot of new (and not-so-new) beauty trends that can free us from the clutches of our bathroom mirror in half of the time! What would you do with an extra 15 minutes in the morning? Save time by focusing your attention on your favourite facial features! Take your eyes for example: mascara can be a pain to apply properly and usually betrays us during the day by leaking under our eyes or drying up and flaking onto our cheeks. Eyelash extensions are a great alternative to that mascara mess! Eyelash extensions are synthetic lashes designed to be adhered to your natural lashes for a mascara-like look without the fuss. These extensions can last up to six weeks (with fills every two to three weeks). For less upkeep, try a lash lift and tint. This is a beauty service that curls and perms your natural eyelashes. After the lashes are permed, a dark tint is applied making your lashes look naturally darker. Lash lifts and tints can last from four to six weeks and don't require touchups in between. If you desire a soft and even complexion, try using a tinted

moisturizer. This way you won't have to moisturize, wait, then apply a foundation. Most tinted moisturizers contain SPF to keep your skin safe from sun damage. You can purchase tinted moisturizers at your local drugstore or invest in higher-end brands at specialty make-up stores. Tinted moisturizers can look really natural and are generally easier to find in your perfect shade (we've all felt a little pumpkin-coloured at one time or another when we've chosen the wrong shade of foundation for our skin tone). When considering simplifying your beauty routine, eyebrows can frame your face and accentuate its natural shape. It's no longer considered "the thinner brow the better" … dark fluffy eyebrows are in! If the 90s and early 2000s gave your poor eyebrows a beating, consider an eyebrow tint. This beauty treatment consists of a semi-permanent dye that is applied to your eyebrows to leave them looking bold and more distinguished. Eyebrow tints can last up to six weeks with littleto-no maintenance in between. There are many salons on the Peninsula that offer these services, feel free to ask your local aesthetician about which ones might work best for you. With these popular beauty trends, you can look your best in half the time! What will you do with your extra 15 minutes in the morning? Meditate? Enjoy a brisk walk? Or maybe you'll sit for a while longer and enjoy a long sip of your favourite coffee.

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"Whether you're off to the office, the coffee shop or the grocery store, wouldn't it be nice to look somewhat presentable with little to no effort?"

SEASIDE talks with Glynis Schultz, owner of Greenhawk Equestrian Sport, about what's

in FASHION … When you don't care how much it costs? Vet care for my animals When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? For winter it's toques: an instant and cozy solution for helmet hair

In your makeup bag? Sunscreen, Clinique mascara and Katherine SPF 20 lip gloss When it comes to your go-to "uniform?" Blundstones, Banana Republic jeans, sweaters or sun-shirts from Greenhawk, and a Black Knight wristlet wallet When you want to smell irresistible? Jo Malone In your closet? Mostly equestrian brands like Asmar, Ariat, Tempo – they're great layering pieces and are technical, comfy outerwear On your bedside table? A Kindle and a Learning Spanish text book

On your skin? Coola mineral sunscreen On your walls? A collection of unique and original landscape oil paintings by my father, local First Nation carvings, and portraits of my favourite horses by my photographer friends Cassidy Nunn and Maureen Garrity On your Netflix queue? Documentaries, but I'll binge on House Hunters International and Moving to the Continent When you want a night out? Dinner with friends and family at Zanzibar or Deep Cove Chalet

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How to Fix Bad Landscaping

by Katie Kroeker

Whether you bought a new

house and inherited a landscape that doesn't work for you, or heaven forbid, you paid for professional landscaping and don't like the finished result, bad landscapes happen to good people. The first step to correct the situation is to identify the problem. Poor plant choices. These include trees that have outgrown the space around them, struggling shrubs and perennials, or a mishmash of colour. Solution: Remove them. There is nothing wrong with taking healthy trees and shrubs to the compost. They will break down and their nutrients will enrich new compost or bark mulch. The exception is large, old growth conifers and other protected trees that contribute to our native wildlife habitats. Wasted opportunity. This is most noticeable with new custom homes. Often there is nothing left in the budget after a new build, and the landscaping looks like an afterthought. The scale and proportion are wrong, the plants can be found at any gas station, and the landscaping isn't doing the house justice. Solution: Expand the beds, replace the generic plants with thoughtful choices (in multiples), upgrade the outdoor lighting, and invest in larger trees or shrubs for visual balance. It's Ugly. Often with ugly landscaping there isn't much to be done. The combination of several bad decisions that do not lend themselves to partial fixes often requires starting over. It can be tempting to find band-aid solutions but that just creates a collection of band-aids. These temporary fixes require throwing good money after bad and Owner/Designer, Pacific Ridge Landscapes


new plants won't fix a bad path. Solution: It's gotta go! You paid a landscaper and you don't like it. This is heartbreaking because it means that the process went wrong in several ways. It may indicate a lack of experience or skill on the landscaper's part. Landscaping is far more than just the physical ability to dig holes and plant a garden, but people still think that a pickup truck and a wheelbarrow qualify them as landscapers. Brawn is often cheaper than brains, and the promise of stretching your budget can be appealing. The trouble is it comes at the cost of ongoing communication, artistry and client satisfaction. Solution: Solve this before it happens. Do your homework. Interview multiple designers/contractors. Check references and tour their previous work. A reputable company should not only have references, but repeat clients. Finally, trust your gut when you meet with them. If the work is already underway, speak up as soon as you see something that makes you wonder – a good landscaper will have solid reasons for their choices and will be happy to discuss them with you. Here are a few ways that you can ensure your landscaping is fabulous for years to come. 1. Start with a landscape plan or overall design that will focus your efforts to ensure a cohesive look and address any problem areas from the beginning. 2. Take care of the landscaping you have as this will prevent overgrown plants and shrubs that will need to be removed in favour of new, healthy ones. 3. Buy plants in multiples. Always. This will give you greater visual impact and ensure your landscape is cohesive and calming. For more information visit NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 21


How to Be a Great Leader Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being "the voice of the Saanich Peninsula," so in every issue we'll be asking people to answer one simple question. We're looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community.

by Lara Gladych

At the time of my interviews, the national election was one week away. It was very much at the forefront of many people's minds, weighing heavily on some as they questioned their choice. "What, in your opinion, are the essential qualities of a great leader?" I asked. I stipulated with each interviewee that though political leadership was very much on everyone's minds, to consider, too, professional


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leadership, spiritual leadership, etc. I have long been fascinated by the natural qualities of a leader. I've always had a sense that the greatest leaders in my life haven't always been obvious to begin with and usually don't identify as leaders, but rather, are those who have come to the forefront over time as being of truest character, conviction and heart. (I recently re-watched The Lord of the Rings, and thought to myself that Frodo Baggins (and Bilbo before him) perfectly exemplify what a great leader is in my mind. I would follow Frodo to the ends of Middle Earth if he needed me.) "The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly." (Jim Rohn) I like this so much because it emphasizes both the notion of toeing that very fine line, and the responsibility to keep oneself in check. Locals had many to-the-point and articulate thoughts on the subject this month, and though there was some overlap in ideas, I was pleased that answers were also quite varied. Ursula was the first person I spoke with, and she chose to address professional leadership. "Intelligent, empathetic, fair, not pompous but down-to-earth – very important – and above all, somebody who tells the truth. We just voted, and it's been the hardest decision I've made in a long time. I'm still agonizing right now. I've never felt so torn." Michelle's response was one of my favourites: "A great leader is somebody who can be looked up to by children and people who are learning to be good humans." Lorne and I spoke for quite some time, and I promised I would do my best to condense his thoughts and wisdom. He had this to say: "Somebody that's inclusive rather than exclusive. A leader is someone who can bring people together for a common cause. A leader is somebody that can put principles before personalities." Of utmost importance to Lorne was the ability for leaders to talk to each other, regardless of ideological stance, in order to find compromise. I met Scott and Diane, two cyclists enjoying a coffee break from their ride. Scott said this: "To me, because this is how I am, I see it as somebody who leads by example. That's what I see. We can all give people lip-service, we can say whatever we think people want to hear. It's the bigger picture of seeing them. That's how I lead my life. If people watch me, whether they think I'm a leader or not, how do I carry myself? We're all theoretically a leader to some degree." As for Diane, she said that a great leader is "somebody who provides a clear direction, is transparent in the way they operate, and that you can trust." Renée and Abby were the next passers-by. Renée said:

"Somebody who's responsible, smart, and knows the right thing to do." Abby added that "they have to be respectful and responsible, and wise." Carolyn answered my question with a leader in mind who she perceives as lacking these qualities. To her, a great leader is "someone you can respect and who's truthful, and that will listen to you." Gordon said: "One who has a vision; one who's able to articulate that vision to the people he or she works with and also be able to have those people see themselves in that vision." "How about some honesty?" This was Ian. "I would suggest some empathy, and basically, willingness to compromise rather than sticking to the partisan point." On the flip-side of an unwillingness to compromise, Ian also brings to the discussion the ability to make a hard decision and stick with it. This same ideal was echoed by Stephanie. "The ability to follow through when they say they're going to do something. The tenacity to actually do it, even though they come up to people that oppose them; do it, if that's what they stand for." I love these words from M.D. Arnold: "A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them."

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A Mental Health How To by Anne Brodbeck Streams Counselling

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As we enter the last two months of the year, life can start to get frantic for many. There are holiday events that require preparation and planning. The weather often is wet and cold, making it harder to get out for exercise and relaxation. If you have school-age children there will be a steady increase in additional events like classroom potlucks, holiday concerts and often extra fundraising activities. And even the shorter days can be strain for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or even just the winter "blues." Give yourself the best chance at starting the New Year in the best possible frame of mind by considering how to take care of your mental health: 1. Check your Boundaries. Set limits. What is your yes and what is your no? Be aware of and listen to the signs you've had enough. It's perfectly acceptable to give yourself permission to keep a meeting short. 2. Create an Emotional Budget. Just like creating a budget when we go shopping, we need to create a budget for our emotional energy. The best way to establish this is to start with an inventory of your resources such as time, circumstances, energy, fatigue level or travel. Allocate emotional energy; ask yourself things like: • What is the optimal amount of time you're willing to spend at this event, or with this person? Be aware of quality time rather than quantity. • To help gauge how long to stay, reflect on past experience. What was successful or disastrous? You may need to take a break or stay elsewhere. • Formulate answers for favours you may be asked. • Agreeing to disagree may be a more loving approach to family members with different opinions.

• What is your exit plan if things go crazy? 3. Tools to Employ – as required. • Permission – when you find your energy depleting and diplomacy evaporated, allow yourself to take a break. • Breathing – breathe and stay calm. • Listen – take time to listen and ask questions. Respond rather than react by being mindful of your own thoughts and behaviour. It's perfectly natural to change the subject. • Lower expectations. Be aware that some family members may be unable to meet your standards of behaviour. Be respectful of their limitations and choose gracious communication. 4. Self Care. In order to be fully present, have a self-care plan in place. Some ideas here are: • Allow yourself enough down time. • Ground yourself with whatever makes you feel balanced, such as exercise and personal routines. • If the way you are feeling is negatively affecting you, there are tools available, including light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. Speaking with a doctor or counsellor might be of benefit. 5. Put Fun into Family. • Be ready with light, uplifting topics of conversation. • Prepare interactive games or activities that are whimsical in nature. Remember, your presence is a gift. Keep things light and lower your expectations. You are responsible for your own emotions and actions, not other people. Anne Brodbeck can be found at


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He’s back! The Mary Winspear Centre presents comedian Shaun Majumder for his newest standup show, HATE on Friday, November 22 at 7:30pm.

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Host and Gemini Award-winning actor/comedian Shaun Majumder hails from Burlington, Newfoundland (population 350). He starred in the Farrelly Brothers Fox comedy Unhitched in 2008 before his Comedy Central Presents special debuted; he’s since appeared on 24, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and was one of the principle cast members of This Hour Has 22 Minutes for years. His documentary series Majumder Manor told the story of his dream to transform his home town into a highend, sustainable tourist destination and ran for 2 seasons on the W Network. Film credits include Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, The Ladies Man, Pushing Tin, Purpose and Bob Funk, and he’s hosted the Just for Laughs Comedy festival TV series for three seasons. He currently splits his time between Los Angeles, Halifax, and Newfoundland. In HATE, Shaun uses his quick wit to tackle distressing themes of intolerance and prejudice with unrelenting humour. In this must see show no topic is safe, Shaun will shine a light on a world run by viral videos, hate-filled tweets, racism, and even his own careers controversy’s.

Canadians are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he was the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions. Audiences can expect to be simultaneously informed and entertained by Rex’s provocative commentary. He knows what makes Canadians tick, and what drives our political and social affairs. Rex makes us important and reminds us we have culture beyond hockey. His thought-provoking, sometimes stinging commentary and original insights are delivered through a vocabulary to make Webster’s consider updating. A Rhodes Scholar, Rex was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University. He went to Oxford, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex later ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?

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A Louisiana Hayride Christmas Get in the Christmas spirit with the incredibly talented cast of the Louisiana Hayride Show on November 27th. On stage to entertain you will be Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Crystal Gayle, Lefty Frizzell, Shania Twain and more! They’ll be singing their big hits as well as their favorite Christmas songs, such as Blue Christmas, Let It Snow, Pretty Paper, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and White Christmas. In addition to enjoying your favorite ‘characters’ from the Louisiana Hayride Show and a few of our most popular songs like I Walk the Line, Pretty Woman, If You’ve Got the Money and Crazy, in this special Christmas edition you’ll be treated to the incredible vocals of the cast as they sing as themselves! This show will take you on a magical Christmas journey, a delight from start to finish. You will Love the Songs, You will Love the Stories!!! Tell your friends and family and get your tickets now before the show sells out!

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How To …Make Friends as an Adult I've heard it several times recently: "but how do you make friends as an adult?" Granted it was likely a rhetorical question, but with our "How-To" focus in November it seemed like a topic that could stand some investigation. Loneliness has been identified as an actual public health issue, with studies showing how it is affecting people's physical health and society as a whole. It seems that there is an epidemic of loneliness in modern society, which sounds just awful. Do you remember how you met your school friends? I actually don't, it seems so long ago, but I asked someone still in school and he reliably told me it was all about interests. "We liked the same Hotwheels car!" This was in kindergarten, and those boys are still firm friends now in Grade 11. That's suggestion #1: Look for people who share your interests. It could be a hobby like a book club, hiking group, political organization or volunteer role. When you have some common ground it's easier to break the ice and find topics to talk about. Of course we should also remember the classic Nick Hornby line: "It's not what you like, but what you are like that's important." Just because we both have a shared love of 19th Century Russian Literature, it doesn't mean we will like each other as people. But at least we had a starting point to explore from! Shared values are probably a closer guide to who will be a good friend, than shared interests necessarily. Suggestion #2: Facebook Friends can count! It's easy to connect with people online. A click of a button and we are now friends, but does it count? Well, it depends what it gives you. One of my good IRL friends (that's "in real life") says that online communities were a huge help when she first moved to Vancouver Island. She connected by Deborah Rogers

via message boards and chat rooms with other new moms, and once they'd been talking back and forth online for a while and had got some of the awkward conversational openers out the way, were ready to meet in person. There are now Facebook groups for every hobby or interest you could imagine, and it's easy to find ones that are geographically based too. My oldest friend (or perhaps I should say friend I've known longest) has been in my life forever. Our moms were friends, so we were too. Suggestion #3: Use your contacts. It's alright to ask someone to introduce you. You also shouldn't assume because a social group seems closed – like they've all known each other forever – that there isn't room for newcomers. Just as when you start a new job and take a while to get to know your colleagues, so it takes a while to integrate into an existing friend group. But as long as you're not trying to push anyone out, why wouldn't they want someone as awesome as you to join their gang! Marx says: "I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member" (that's Groucho by the way, not Karl) but if you're confident in yourself, there's no reason others won't be too! Suggestion #4: Get a pet. As long as you care for them, they will always be your friend and can provide a genuine respite from loneliness. Walking a dog is also a surefire way to stop and have a conversation. Granted, often people really want to talk to your dog, but it's a start!




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The days are getting shorter and it's finally the time of year where you can enjoy warm soups and stews. This recipe is inspired by my old chef Castro Boateng and a dish he would make. A by Christopher Compton warm pot of stew cooking slowly, and filling your house with a tantalizing scent, is one of life's great pleasures. The combination of ginger, tomatoes and peanut butter may sound a little strange, but it's a classic West African flavour combination, and creates a rich and pleasantly spiced dish. It's best served with rice and a salad. One of the ingredients, called Shito, is a Ghanian smoked shrimp and chili paste. It can be hard to find and is totally optional, but it adds a touch more spice and some subtle smokiness to the dish. You can find it at African or some Caribbean markets or order online. Enjoy the colder weather with a rich and satisfying dish like this! 1 small onion 6 cloves of garlic ½ cup chopped ginger 796ml can of roasted tomatoes ----------------------------------------------------1 large onion 1 kg lamb shoulder

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Preheat oven to 300°F. Get a large oven safe pot such as a Dutch oven and begin to slowly preheat on your stove top. Blend a small roughly chopped onion, garlic, ginger and roasted tomatoes until they are thoroughly combined. This will be the base for the stew. Cut the onion into large chunks. Chop the eggplant into large pieces, sprinkle with salt and place in a bowl. Let this sit for about an hour; this will draw out moisture and make sure that after cooking the eggplant it will stay firm. Cut the lamb shoulder into approx. oneinch squares and season with salt and pepper. Crush the garlic with the side of your knife. When your pan is hot and ingredients are ready, begin by adding

some oil to the pan and start browning your lamb. You will want to do this in batches and when it has developed a deep brown colour set it aside, then repeat until all lamb has been seared. Add the onions to the pan and allow to sweat. Once the onions have taken some colour add the crushed garlic and spices. Add the peanut butter and shito if using. Allow it to melt, stirring constantly to prevent burning, and cook for a minute. Add the tomato mixture; this will help deglaze the pan. Add the stock, stir and allow to come to a simmer. Add the lamb and stir so it is covered with the sauce. This is when you will add the habanero. I prefer to just leave the pepper whole so you barely get any of its heat, but you can slice the pepper up and the stew will be hotter. If you leave it whole you can pull the pepper out when the stew is at your favoured spice level. Place the pot in the preheated oven and allow to cook, uncovered, for an hour. Putting the pot in the oven instead of allowing it to sit on the stove top will help create a gentle cooking environment and allow the sauce to gently reduce without scorching on the bottom. After an hour is up, place the eggplant in the pot and mix. Cook for another hour and a half. Check the stew for seasoning, the lamb should be tender and the eggplant should still have some bite to it. Enjoy! NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 33


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Farm Fresh for the Family Many years ago living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery markets and at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. This is the eighth in by Jo Barnes a Seaside series featuring local community members who all share the same passion for the land and love of what they do. We are what we eat. For one local family, what they eat goes to the heart of who they are. Since 1987, Brian and Daphne Hughes, owners of North Saanich's Kildara Farm, have

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been sustaining themselves and their family from the labour of their own hands. "We wanted to be sure about what we were eating," says Brian. "We wanted to feed ourselves. That's how it all began." Their farming story goes back to 1985 when Brian, a commercial realtor at the time, began to seriously consider the food available and the process of creating it. "I have a chemistry degree. I was really concerned about the food and our kids," shares Brian. "I was looking at what was happening. There were so many pesticides, herbicides and insecticides being put on the food." At Daphne's suggestion they began to regularly travel to farms in the area and buy their produce directly. The issue of food continued to play on their minds though, and the couple began looking for a farm. "One winter I had bought a Times Colonist where I saw this farm advertised," says Brian. After a visit and much negotiation

with the owners, he bought the present day 30-acre parcel of land off Chalet Road in October of 1985. Then the real work began. It was a significant transition from suburban Vancouver to rural Deep Cove. While there was great southern exposure and a lovely view of Deep Cove, the land was largely undeveloped. Brian and Daphne not only had to deal with the process of establishing a viable farm operation but did so with three young children in their midst. "By the time we bought the farm our kids were eight, six, and one year old," shares Brian. It was hard work. The property's soil was enhanced, a farmhouse built by the following year, and farming operations initialized. Early days included strawberry and raspberry production with varying degrees of success. But Brian and Daphne persevered, always keeping an organic approach paramount. "We started off being organic, but there was no certifying body on the Island at the time. We did our research through the British Soil Association, probably the oldest organic certifiers in the world," states Brian. The formation of the Island Organic Producers Association made certification possible, and in 1994 Kildara Farm became a certified organic farm. The designation requires steadfast record keeping, dedication and monetary expense. "Every year an inspector comes. We have to prove that we're clean and account for where everything comes from, what's in it, when we harvest, when we plant, who we sell to, document that our seed is organic," says Brian. "It's a lot of paperwork." An organic approach is grounded in sustainable methods. "We have a proper composting shed. All manures have to reach a minimum of 130°F for five to six days in a row," states Brian. "We have used sea soil and fish fertilizer in our soil but we also use our chicken manure. We also do cover cropping." "This puts nutrients into the soil to replace what's been taken out," adds Daphne. Over time, the couple's experience and knowledge have grown and so have the variety of crops and farm output. Now the largest producer of organic salad greens in B.C., Kildara also produces over 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables, meat chickens, eggs and pork. "We thought we'd buy a little farm," says Brian, adding with smile: "Now we supply Thrifty's with organic salad greens!" A key piece of this story is the Hughes children who were not only the reason for the farm purchase, but who have been an active part of the farm's success. "I remember the kids would climb into bed with their dad and talk about what we were going to grow on the farm," says Daphne, "They were excited." The early seeds of the farm experience have definitely taken root in the next generation. David is responsible for the salad green production, Michael handles the field produce, and Sarah manages the wedding events and floral arrangements at the farm. Shares Daphne: "We're so grateful they are working with us." Sustainability has always been paramount. Brian installed floor pipes in the compost shed that generate heat to greenhouses. No manufactured chemicals are used and salad bags are compostable. The next generation has also enhanced sustainability practices like digital records rather than paper usage. All this effort and dedication means a high quality product that customers really love. Food at Kildara is grown with you in mind. What started as a pursuit of family health has led to the opportunity for healthier food choices for the greater community.

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John Lewis, who has been the President of the B.C. Aviation Museum for five-and-a-half years, has recently stepped down while David Jackson assumes the role of President. John will remain on the Board of Directors until his term ends next February. However, he will still be involved as a volunteer and is currently working on the restoration of the Merlin engines of the Lancaster which was acquired last year.

Hook & Hook Designs has moved its showroom and shop. But don't worry: they aren't going too far. They are still at 2042 Mills Road in Sidney, only next door and upstairs. The move comes with an expanded showroom that is four times its previous size! You can check it out at the grand re-opening on November 19 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Yes, Kermit, It is Easy Being Green To help meet the insatiable desire for electric vehicles on Vancouver Island, Julian Sale, owner of the formerly named "Motorize – Your EV Store" in Sidney, is excited to announce a new store, at 1671 Island Highway. There is also a name change to "Motorize Electric Vehicles" and two new staff members: EV enthusiast Corey Wilde, and David Hoar, who has a background in electrical infrastructure. Motorized Electric Vehicles has been operating in Sidney for 10 years and provides the option to special order any EV in Canada or the U.S. With a great selection of used, affordable, plug-in electric vehicles in stock, south Island residents have more options than ever to own a zero-emission vehicle.

FOOD & DRINK Feed the Fire Alyssa Madill, Registered Massage Therapist at Reach Health, has changed directions to focus on her own Holistic Nutrition business. Alyssa guides clients from feeling burnt out to blissed out, with bio-individual nutrition and body-mind-spirit support. She's now offering mobile visits on the Saanich Peninsula! Visit www. for details.

Cheers at the Checkout Would you like some wine with that cheese in your shopping cart? Well, now it's possible to buy both in the same place. Sidney Save on Foods has introduced B.C. wines from over 100 vineyards to their aisles, and the selection is great! There are also daily wine tastings.

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Flying High The Victoria Airport Authority recently opened the first phase of a $19.4-million project, which includes a 19,000 sq. ft. expansion to the downstairs passenger departure lounge to accommodate 500 passengers, new dedicated aircraft gates, a Fresh Cup Roastery Café and Bistro and accessibility and seating considerations. Phase 2 will begin immediately and phase 3 will follow.

GROWING UP Closing up Shop After 15 years in Sidney, Victoria Lavender will be closing its store on Beacon Avenue this November as owner Alan Mayfield settles into retirement with all his lovely creatures. The Lavender Farm is already closed to the public but you might still find Alan at the Sidney Market on Thursdays.

The Power of the Flower October 23 saw the planting of 1,500 Liberation Tulips in the Mary Winspear gardens in honour of the 75th Anniversary of VE day in 2020. The planting is a partnership between the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch 37 and the Mary Winspear Centre with Kenny Podmore coordinating the event. The red liberation tulips were developed to honour the 1.1 million Canadians who served in WWII and will bloom next spring in time for events being planned for May 8 and 9, 2020 to honour our Veterans.


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New Departure Lounge Complete With a continued focus on local business and a bright new design, the Victoria International Airport has just completed Phase 1 of a $19.4 million project to expand and renovate the Departures area. Operational as of September 19, the Lower Passenger Departure Lounge took about 18 months to build: construction began in March 2018, with preliminary work starting in January 2018. The 1,765-square-metre addition means passenger capacity has more than doubled, from 200 to 500, and the open-concept design features tons of natural light. "It's created a very light and airy and contemporary space," says Rod Hunchak, Director of Business Development and Community Relations. He notes that the colour palette is neutral, but also very "Vancouver Island" – skylights, lots of wood accents, and a variety of seating options. "We're really proud that pretty much all of the seats have power running to them, so you're never going to be looking for a power outlet to charge your iPad or your phone – we recognized early on that it was important to today's travellers." They also opened a new concession, Fresh Cup Café at YYJ, offering coffee, espresso and specialty drinks, as well as a wide selection of snacks and pastries (including gluten-free items) and an array of B.C. wine, beer, cider and spirits. Fresh Cup, started by local Jim Townley, has expanded to a number of locations on the Island and the Lower Mainland – as independent craft coffee roasters, they use farmer-direct, single-origin, organic beans. There are now seven dedicated aircraft gates instead of one common departure area, with distinct markers. Designating clear by Jesse Holth

waiting areas was a major consideration, and each gate is now identified by a large wooden "monolith" – a primary design feature, with much-needed storage inside the columns for operational system equipment and items like wheelchairs. Rod says they've already received lots of positive feedback. "A passenger just today said it's very open and calming – travelling can be a stressful situation. That's one of the intentions: to lessen the stress, and make things clear and accessible. You can be sitting pretty much anywhere and [still] see your gate, and whether people are boarding – it just provides a level of comfort that you're not going to miss your flight." In the spring, there will be a new public art piece installed in the space – a work called "Time Catcher," by artist Charles Campbell, will be suspended from the ceiling. Covered walkways have also been constructed along both sides of the building, which will protect passengers from the elements: a must, in rainy Victoria. Rod says they've already commenced work on Phase 2 of the project, with half of the old waiting area blocked off. They'll be creating new washroom facilities, including male, female, and gender-neutral options, as well as accessibility amenities and a pet-relief area. "As part of Phase 2, we'll also be introducing a new retail concession," Rod notes. He says mum's the word for now, but hints that it will build on the local flavour that they've already started with Fresh Cup and Spinnakers. "We're looking at late spring to have the work complete, and then the final piece will be the Spinnakers restaurant expansion." Rod says they're very proud of the space that's been created, and how much thought and planning went into the design. The project should be finished by the end of summer 2020. NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 39

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Hello, Goodbye, Hello: Salmon Display & Release

"How many jellybeans in the jar?" is a classic game. But it's a significantly more difficult by Tina Kelly challenge when instead of beans, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea what you're trying to count is fish and they're swimming. Standing in front of the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea's salmon exhibit, you'd be brave to try to guess the number of fish and lucky to get it correct. In July, the Centre received 187 salmon smolts from the Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association. This large school of young fish took up residence in the Pacific salmon exhibit after the adult salmon were released into the Salish Sea. Seventy-two adult salmon – displayed at the centre for two years – were released just a hop, skip and a jump away at Glass Beach on the Sidney waterfront. These were the last of the 200 smolts acquired in 2017; as these fish grew, small quantities were released to the sea, allowing more space for the remaining fish. This cycle of display and release has been the Centre's salmon policy since opening in 2009. Of the five species of Pacific salmon – pink, sockeye, coho, chum and chinook – chinook is the species on display. Although all salmon are integral to the coastal food web, chinook salmon are critical to the survival of the endangered southern resident killer whales (SKRW). An estimated 80% of their diet consists of Chinook salmon and studies consistently show there simply isn't enough salmon to feed the SRKW population. Each SKRW needs up to 25 salmon day, equating to more than half a million fish per year. The salmon at the Centre are ambassadors for their species; providing visitors with an up close and personal look provides an opportunity to engage in conversations

and educate on both salmon and their critical importance to killer whale conservation. Releasing salmon is a complex process, requiring paperwork, policies and additional experts. A veterinarian assessment first verifies the fish are free of disease and ensures there are no issues that could affect their success in the ocean. A formal document confirming a clean bill of health is included in an application for release sent to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). Upon agreement of release conditions – between DFO and the Centre's Chief Aquarist – the process can continue. Among the items ticked off the prerelease day checklist are tide checks, scheduling additional staff and volunteers, and preparing the proper equipment for safe transport. The fish are carefully collected from the exhibit and heavy loads of seawater and salmon are wheeled out to the Sidney shoreline and released. Release is not the end of the process: a final batch of required paperwork must be submitted to DFO within 30 days. In the temporary absence of fish, the exhibit receives a deep clean, making it ready to welcome the new smolts. Smolt is just one of the many phases in a salmon's lifecycle. When a salmon hatches in a river, it becomes an alevin followed by a fry. Smolts represent the intermediary stage where the fish transition from their natal freshwater stream to the salty sea. When the smolts arrive at the Centre, transitioning them to the salt water life is an important step; over several days, the salinity of their water is increased until they are acclimatized to the salinity of the Salish Sea and their new home. You can watch these new young silvery Chinook grow over the next two years. In 2021, it will be their turn for release. Until then, the challenge is … try to count them! The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is open at 10 a.m. daily. NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 43


Scotty Manufacturing

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The Scotty name, which is well known in the fishing world, made


famous by their downriggers and rod holders, is also recognizable out here on the Peninsula with the company's roots going deep within the local community. If you're not a fishing aficionado, perhaps you've only driven by the massive Scotty Manufacturing building in the industrial park area by the airport and wondered at what might go on inside the 90,000-square-foot building. I recently had the chance to take a company tour with Chris Root, a Project Manager with Scotty Manufacturing, and go behind the scenes to see how a rod holder, one among many of their hundreds of products, is produced. Scotty Manufacturing began back in 1952 when founders Blayney and Almeda Scott, a husband-and-wife team, saw a need within the fishing industry and decided to try their hand at manufacturing the parts out of plastic. The original location was a 2,000-square-foot building in James Bay but after many additions at that location, they relocated to Sidney in 2000. The current location was expanded two years ago and just about every job is done in house, from assembly, packaging, shipping and sales to marketing, engineering and production. "We do as much as possible in house and locally sourced," says Chris. "We build our own injection molds in house and

engineers who draw it and print 3D models so they can then be tested and any modifications to the design can be completed. Next is the making of the injection mold in the onsite machine shop, which then goes to the molding floor and is inserted into one of the 17 injection molding machines that manufacture all the plastic components. "Raw plastic comes in the front door, finished product goes out the back door," says Chris after showing me what a bin of raw plastic looks like, some a solid colour, others plain white. The molding floor runs 24 hours a day, six days a week; it takes approximately three hours to get the machines from dead cold up to running temperature. Once the rod holder has been made, it's assembled and packaged in house, and then prepared for shipping. There is no retail store at the facility, so all orders are done through dealers and sold through various retail locations around the world. They do, however, have an on-site repair shop which services their products as many have long warranties. At the end of my tour, Chris takes me up to the top floor to look down onto the widespread operation. It's impressive to see the scale of the company, all the huge machines and various departments all under one roof. I'm the Scotty line will continue to be one known for innovation. Photo by Nunn Other Photography.

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try to minimize outsourcing components from abroad whenever possible." Scotty doesn't manufacture single-use disposable products, and recycles and re-uses materials as much as possible. The Scotty name is now known for three lines of products: Marine Fishing, Paddle Sport and Fire, of which there are many different products within each line. The fishing line is the oldest and contains the most variety of products, from downriggers to line pullers to fishing rod holders. The paddle sport line came about after seeing a rise in kayak fishing and so the need for the fishing accessories to be able to fit on a kayak or smaller vessel. The Scotty Fire line produces products for the firefighting industry such as nozzles, couplers for hoses and various valves and connectors. The company is still family run and employs approximately 100 people internally, with many long-term employees. Chris is one such employee, having worked for the company in a wide variety of roles over the past 19 years; he walked me through the process of creating a fishing rod holder, from the design concept to the finished product. Once the initial concept and design of the product has been made, it then is handed off to the

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Remembrance Day Reminds Us of the Stories Left to Tell As a kid, I remember seeing worn, old photographs of my great grandfather and thinking how handsome and smart he looked in by Sherrin Griffin his military uniform. At that age I VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare didn't understand the significance of the uniform or why men like my great grandfather went to war. Thankfully, we have a special day set aside to pay respect to and teach our children about these heroes. The November 11 date was originally observed after the end of the first World War; this date now also encompasses "remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve, our country during times of war, conflict and peace," according to the federal department of Veterans Affairs Canada. Of course, the veterans who fought bravely in WWI, a century ago, have since passed away, and of the over one million Canadians who participated in WW2, just over 60,000 were still alive as of November 2016, one of whom I met a few months ago. Listening to accounts of his own war-time experience, during a time so very different from our own, awakened a yearning inside me to hear more. My time spent with this centenarian reminded me how very precious these memories are from our seniors. The elderly are literally well-preserved time capsules from another era. Their stories and accounts of the "old days" give us a colourful glimpse into history, which is not only educational and incredibly fascinating, but helps us to better understand our place in the world today. When seniors reminisce about the past and share their life experiences with us, the benefits are powerful in so many ways: • Helps to preserve family history and bonds families closer together.

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Support the people who raised us, taught us and took care of our safety Comfort, connection, engagement and activity are extremely important for all of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s Long-term Care residents. Innovative tools and therapies can help residents live their best lives. We know the staff at the Long-term Care work tirelessly to give the best possible care

and experiences – you can help too by providing resources that will support residents during their time with us. These are the people who raised us, taught us and took care of our safety. Now it is time to take care of them.

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Donate at Melita - Still Storytelling If you took the time to sit and chat, Melita would be happy to tell you the story behind her unusual name. She remembers her grandfather recounting the tale: how when travelling with the navy he read a story from the King James Bible, of Paul shipwrecked on an island called Melita. She’s looked it up, and in fact the sandbanks are still there outside the island, now known as Malta. Her grandfather loved the name so much he kept it in his mind, and when he had a daughter named her Ida Melita. She sadly only lived to 21, and then the name was handed on to his granddaughter. At 105 Melita has a wonderful variety of stories to share, and no trouble remembering the details. She smiles when talking about the happy years she spent living on Pender Island with her son. Recently a change in circumstances at home meant Melita needed to move into hospital. She chose Saan Pen as it’s close to Pender, and she loves how “it’s so open – you don’t have to go far to see a field, some trees, the open sky.”

There have been other big changes in her life of course: witnessing the way Vancouver grew after she and her husband bought their first house there in the 1940s, adjusting to life on quiet Pender Island, and to life without her husband. Now there are new routines for Melita to learn, something she acknowledges is not easy: “I’m still learning how the system works! You have to learn all over again how to live, with people who you didn’t even know yesterday. You’re not the same person you were – you’re not the boss, but in time it happens that you find your place and level yourself out.” One of the pleasures that Melita has experienced at the hospital is the company of the other residents she shares a room with. “I love sharing my room. Day by day I’m finding different things to appreciate in the ladies I share with. They have stories just like mine - I haven’t heard them all, but for sure they’re probably exciting.”

Long-term Care resident Melita, 105

People entering the Long-term Care unit of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital are older than they used to be and more frail. But what staff and families know is that they still want to be engaged, to be active, and to live the best life they can. To help ensure this continues to happen we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise $2 million for needed upgrades and therapy tools for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Long-term Care.

With your gift we will get better at getting older What we need: •

100 beds at $5,000 each

100 bedside tables at $600 each

100 over-bed tables at $300 each

Therapy Programs that enhance our lives like horticulture/music/art therapy $700/month

Equipment to keep our brains active like the BikeAround with Google Street View, $20,000 and Tovertafel, $10,000

Updates and creation of more intimate spaces in the dining room, $200,000

Enhancements to the Memory Garden: •

A greenhouse for year-round therapy, $38,000

A water fountain, a craft table and garden chairs, $20,000.

Together we can provide the surroundings & activities our residents deserve


Vintage Car for the Memory Garden A purpose-built Memory Garden for residents of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital’s Long-Term Care Unit is close to completion. The garden has been designed to meet the specific physical needs of residents, incorporating wide, flat pathways for easy navigation, raised garden beds and many shaded spots with garden furniture. The garden has also been designed as a tool to assist and support dementia sufferers (estimated to be over 65% of the SPH residents). Within the secure fencing there will be areas that encourage engagement such as front porches with vintage displays. There will be signposts and an old telephone box. There will also be a vintage car. Living in an institution means that most residents lose the connection that they used to have with simple dayto-day activities like driving. The idea of the vintage car is for residents to be able to take a trip down memory lane, even if they can’t actually drive anywhere. The physical act of opening a car door, climbing into the seat and putting hands on a steering wheel can be extremely soothing; provoking memories of past journeys, and reminiscence about life before the hospital. Local car club The Torque Masters have been assisting us with our vintage car project. A 1947 Chrysler 2-door Coupe in original condition came out of a barn up-island. It will need a full restoration of the interior, though the exterior is in surprisingly good condition. The Torque Masters will be restoring and /or repainting the exterior and replacing any broken glass. It will also need full interior reupholstery of the headliner and the carpet replaced. Once the restoration is complete the car will be permanently placed in a parking spot in the Memory Garden. Residents will be able to sit in the car, opening and closing the doors, and we’ll be investigating a working radio (or some sort of audio). The priority is making the car safe, to allow memory and reminiscence.

Jean - Still Learning You have to listen closely as Jean is softly spoken since her stroke, but she has plenty to say. You could start by chatting about books. She’s been a reader all her life, and continues as an active member of a book club even though home is now the Long-term Care unit of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Jean lived most of her life on her beloved Pender Island. Her father was a schoolteacher and ensured that Jean grew up very “hot on grammar”. She followed in his footsteps becoming a teacher in the two-room Pender schoolhouse. The pair of them had a lasting impact on

Long-term Care resident John, 77

John - Still Zestful

Long-term Care resident Jean, 84 the Pender Island community. Seeing a need for reliable news about the Island, Jean and her father started the Pender Post in 1971. Jean wrote for, and edited the publication over the years, and is proud to know it’s still going strong nearly 50 years later. Today Jean has a paper delivered to her room every day by a volunteer. She’s grateful for the chance to chat, and to be able to keep up with what’s going on in the outside world. She’s settled in well to the hospital’s routines but misses being able to join in the exercise classes and physical activities that were once possible for her. Coming from a small community Jean understands the importance of good neighbours, and the role community plays in everyone’s lives.

Do you ever go to the Canada Day parade in Sidney? Every year you’ll see members of the Sidney and North Saanich Fire Departments on their trucks, and walking the route, showing pride in their community and reminding us of the amazing service they provide. For many years John was part of that crew. He was a volunteer firefighter in both Sidney and North Saanich, a vital part of our community. Having suffered a stroke John now calls the Saanich Peninsula Hospital home, but he’s still a part of the same community he grew up in, lived, and worked in. John’s kids and grandnephews are nearby and his wife Wendy visits every day. Sitting with John it’s impossible not to find yourself smiling, his zest for life is infectious. Ask about some of the adventures he got up to when he worked for Russell Kerr Fuels and a huge smile comes over his face. John drove trucks up and down the Island, and recalls the small communities of the Cowichan Valley, and one eventful crossing of a suspension bridge at Shawnigan Lake. John took those driving skills and put them to good use not just at the fire department, but also as a volunteer bus driver for Resthaven Lodge. He truly believed in giving back to his community. The stroke has limited John physically, but he is still as keen as ever to participate in life. At SPH John is able to practice Qigong and attend the weekly hymn sing in the Chapel. John stays informed of what’s happening in his community and has strong opinions and a desire to remain engaged.

PARO – Not just a cuddly toy Therapy tools that nursing staff at the Long-term Care have requested for residents include PARO the robotic seal. Programmed with artificial intelligence, PARO will interact with its user, making noises, opening and closing its eyes and moving its head and tail. For residents who struggle to interact with their surroundings – for instance dementia sufferers or those with significantly reduced mobility, sight or hearing – the soft, strokable robotic seal can be extremely comforting. Designed in Japan the robotic therapy tools are modelled on a harbour seal. A seal was chosen as it’s a non-threatening creature that residents are unlikely to have negative associations with. As well as the tactile fur, the creature also has a nice weight to him. Residents know if they have a seal on their lap or on the bed, just as we would if our pet at home was keeping us company. The two PAROs currently in use at the hospital are in high demand. Staff notice the calming affect this therapy program has had, as well as the pleasure that the seals can bring – to staff as well as residents sometimes! PARO is an expensive piece of equipment though, your donation will help us bring more to the Long-term Care so that more residents have a chance to interact with them.

What is a Tovertafel? The Tovertafel, or Magic Table, is a tool to improve physical activity, social interaction and quality of life. It’s a projector, mounted to the ceiling (at SPH it would be in the dining room) that displays patterns and images onto a tabletop. These projections are interactive, allowing users to, for instance, sweep leaves off the table, or bounce a ball to one another. The Tovertafel will especially benefit those residents who are not very engaged with the world around them due to dementia, sight or hearing limitations. It would allow residents to play a game or otherwise interact with one another, rewarding engagement and mobility.

All About the BikeAround There’s a new tool that combines exercise with the opportunity to visit places from the past, or places that you’ve always wanted to visit. BikeAround consists of handlebars, a pedaling unit and software, making it possible to experience the real world through images captured by Google street view. The handlebars and pedaling unit capture the feeling of bicycling in real life as the user has the opportunity to experience the images in a 360 degree view and can decide for themselves when it is time to stop or to continue cycling. Using the BikeAround is simple. A staff member or other helper gets the resident seated comfortably on the bike and types the desired address into the computer. When a familiar location is displayed on the screen, the staff member encourages the resident to engage with the images and talk about what he or she sees. The Dome

Donor Support Successfully Brings More Doctors to the Peninsula When the 2018-19 fundraising campaign launched, we weren’t sure how donors would respond. For the first time we were taking our fundraising goal outside the hospital, to support the recruitment and retention of family doctors. Now, at the end of the campaign, we are incredibly proud to see the results. ACH IE VEMENTS •

Physician coverage of Acute and Long-Term Care at SPH has improved;

Shoreline Medical Brentwood - new clinic space renovated and opened (February 2019);

Shoreline Medical Sidney - renovations almost complete, greatly expanding the clinic space to accommodate new physicians and walk-in clinic (the only one in Sidney);

New doctors - three coming to Sidney over the next four months;

Pre-retirement - two doctors, planning to retire in the next three years, have joined Shoreline Sidney. Their patients will be cared for, after the doctors retire and replacements are recruited;

Third clinic site, near the hospital in Saanichton – the search continues.

SPHHF Board Revisits Strategic Plan screen, which was originally invented for gamers, was incorporated to make the biking experience feel more lifelike. The rider sits very close to the dome, filling their field of vision with the images, and the view changes as they navigate through the scenery.

With the assistance of a former summer student, Charlie White, the Board revisited important elements of its strategic plan. The Foundation ensured its continued focus on community needs and accountability to donors, while also supporting a talented young woman from the peninsula in pursuit of a graduate degree.

Pedaling can be as easy or hard as each resident needs. People with more severe physical limitations can simply sit in the seat or even on a chair and look at the screen. How amazing for residents who can no longer get out into the world to have a chance to explore it again through this simple tool.

To provide up-to-date facilities, innovative programs and proactive solutions to support the health, wellness and sustainability of the Saanich Peninsula and Southern Gulf Island communities.


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Introducing: this year’s Honorary Campaign Chair PLUS the new Foundation Board Chair

This year, it’s a family affair. Long-time Board Member Shelley Mann was elected the Chair of the Board of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation in September. Her commitment to our community is truly inspiring. Not only has she been an active board member since 2015, she is also one of the founding members of the 100 Women Who Care on the Saanich Peninsula. Shelley has seen first-hand the difference our Foundation has made to healthcare on the Saanich Peninsula. She has enthusiastically supported many projects at the hospital, including the purchase of a new CT Scanner, renovations to the Day Surgery area and innovative therapies in Long-term Care. She was also an early supporter of the

Foundation’s move to support teambased medical care (at Shoreline Medical) on the Saanich Peninsula. When we needed a community leader to act as the Honorary Chair of our campaign, and Ron Tidman was suggested, she immediately saw the synergy of having her father as this year’s choice. The Tidman family roots run deep on the Saanich Peninsula. Tidman Construction has been known for its fine custom building since 1948, and has a third generation family member, Andrew Tidman, at the helm. The family has long demonstrated generous community leadership. Both Ron, and his brother John, served as Honorary Chairs of Foundation campaigns in the 1990s. When presented with the

opportunity to participate again this year, Ron could not resist. He knows that, through the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation, the people of the Saanich Peninsula have become critically important partners in the work of our hospital. He says, “My family and I have supported the work of the Foundation in many different ways. We’ve encouraged friends, family and colleagues to lend it their support as well. I hope that, this year, you will join my family and me in ensuring that the residents in Long-Term Care have the comforts and activities that will continue to make their lives rich.”

A Message from Shelley Mann, Board Chair This year’s fundraising goal is $2 million in support of care of the most vulnerable members of our community. I encourage you to help us provide both the equipment, and those therapies, that allow residents in our Long-term Care Unit to lead full, rich lives, regardless of their health conditions. Complete a tear-off slip in this insert to send a contribution, or simply visit us online at and click the ‘Donate Now’ button. We have seen the difference it makes when residents have programs like art therapy at MAOA, or gardening therapy in our Graham Garden. It’s exciting to see them get out into the community or have visitors


from a local daycare (the “Little Sprouts” gardening programme), but we also know that more can be done. The Foundation’s staff works hard to make the best use of your contributions, because they are gifts (in the truest sense of the word) in support of the best healthcare for us all. It’s up to us – you and me – to ensure that our community receives the world-class healthcare that it deserves.

With best wishes for your good health, SHELLEY MANN, BOARD CHAIR Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation

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Events........................................................................ $66,849 Investment, rental income and other..............$635,534 Total Revenue.................................................... $5,449,857 E X PE NS E S

Card No.: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expiry Date: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Signature: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Total Grants to SPH.......................................... $2,283,379 Total Grants to Shoreline Medical Society..... $981,696

o I would like to make a monthly donation of $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Expenses as a % of revenue........................................ 14%

by: o credit card o void cheque enclosed

Total Expenses......................................................$786,076

Name: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Total Funds invested at year-end*..........$13,998,879 *approximately $7.5 million of this amount is awaiting project completion and should be expended during the next two fiscal years This summary is not meant to replace our audited financial statements, which are available on our website,

During the 2018-19 fiscal year, funds were spent on: Garden Fund $208,180

Education $28,757 Doctor of the Day $92,239

Music Therapy $28,685 Palliative Care $11,691 Acute Care $19,326

Shoreline Medical Society Renovations and equipment $981,696

City: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Postal Code: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Email: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phone: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


I would like to receive occasional email updates and information from the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation. PLEASE DIRECT MY GIFT TO:

o Purchase of equipment or renovations

.......................... Tell us what equipment or reno

o Finishing the Memory Garden

Capital Equipment Total $1,823,286

o Supporting therapy Other Total $71,215

Acute Care. . . . . . . . . . . $14,784 Diagnostic Lab . . . . . . . $9,690 ECU renovation . . . . . $354,664 Emergency Room . . . $1,412,571 Operating Room . . . . . $29,837 Physiotherapy. . . . . . . . . $1,740

Address: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,295 Chaplain Support . . . . . . . $17,557 Community healthcare . . $15,000 Equipment (small) . . . . . . . $12,470 Nursing ECU . . . . . . . . . . . . . $109 Misc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $565 Palliative Care. . . . . . . . . . . . $249 Sterilization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $299 Totem pole restoration . . $14,500 Volunteer resources . . . . . $2,420

TOTAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,265,075


o Wherever the need is the greatest

o I have remembered

the SPHHF in my will

o I would like info on how to make a gift to the SPHHF in my will

A receipt will be issued to acknowledge your generosity. BN 11913 0540 RR0001

Hospital Office: 2166 Mt Newton X Rd. Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2 Ph: 250-652-7531

Sidney Office: 9710 Third St. Sidney, BC V8L 3A2 Ph: 250 656-2948

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The Peninsula Singers continue to use the proceeds from their wildly popular spring and Christmas concerts to support music therapy in both Long-term Care and Palliative Care. Who would have thought that singing could result in donations of $50,000! Everyone at the hospital is so grateful to this hardworking group, who employ their talents to support such an uplifting program.

One of the cherished programs offered to residents at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital is the Art Therapy Program. Recently, the Foundation received a third grant of $24,000 from a family foundation. This gift will provide continued art therapy to Longterm Care residents at the McTavish Academy of the Arts (MAOA). Every week, for six-week sessions, residents take the hospital bus over to MAOA for workshops with a local artist.

Last year, a Chickering and Sons piano arrived in the Chapel. The donation of this beautiful baby grand piano was made in memory of Florence Yong. It was made by a venerable manufacturer in Boston which stopped production in 1983. Here’s an anecdote which speaks to the quality of this instrument: “P.T. Barnum persuaded Jenny Lind – the Swedish Nightingale – to undertake a concert tour of the United States. Barnum then commissioned the Chickering company to manufacture a custom grand piano for her nationwide tour. Coincidentally,

as the tour began, Henry E. Steinway and his family arrived in New York as immigrants from Germany. Henry attended the opening night in New York, but showed little interest in the diva. His profound interest was in the Chickering piano, to which he dashed for such careful examination that he nearly had to be hauled away so the concert could begin.” (from Wikipedia) This generous gift has been very well received by the volunteers who play piano for the Thursday Hymn Sing for Long-term Care residents.

Are you looking for another way to support local healthcare? •

Did you know you can donate AIR MILES to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation? If you call (250) 652-7531 or email (chryseis. to request one of our AIR MILES cards, you can use it at any of the retailers who give AIR MILES, when you make purchases. All points earned support our fundraising efforts.

Island Return-It has provided us with a charitable account, so when you drop off returnables, you can just say you want the refund to go to SPHHF.

AND new this year we now have a Peninsula Co-op account. When filling up at a Co-op Gas Station or buying groceries at a Co-op store you can use our account number: 130700 and we’ll benefit from an annual rebate payment.















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From Glasgow, Cathie McGinnity was just nine when the war ended, but she remembers waiting in bomb shelters while the warplanes flew over. Once, the planes targeted the shipyard, but missed and bombed a tenement building, killing many people. The sight of that stays with her to this day. Cathie devotes her life to volunteering and was recently awarded the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers by the Lt. Governeror. She was the first female President of ANAV Unit 302 (Army, Navy, Airforce Veterans of Canada) in Sidney and currently serves as the Vice President of ANAV. John White, from the U.K., served with the National Service from 1951-1953 and was with the Royal Signals. He was posted in Germany for close to two years with the British Army of the Rhine. Both Cathie and John came to Canada in the late 1950s and have lived in Sidney for many years. They are active members of the Army & Navy Unit 302. NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 51


When Arizona Isn't an Option: Peninsula Physiotherapy & Massage by Paula Kully It's that time of year again. November brings shorter days, less sunlight, cold, windy weather and a damp rainy environment that sometimes seems to set into your bones. During the fall and winter months, Linda Walker of Peninsula Physiotherapy and Massage has some great advice and wonderful options to cope with the change in climate until the warm summer sun returns to the Island. Now that winter is nearly upon us, what

are the main reasons people are coming to see you? The most common issues we see are associated with joint pain or arthritis. This is due to the colder weather which causes joint pain and people's changes in their physical activity. Even though they may already be active on a daily basis, they are moving indoors which means they are taking on new activities that use different muscles. For example, today, I already saw four clients with stiff neck issues. They haven't

done anything new during the last three weeks but they are experiencing more pain. This is simply due to the change in weather and once their body adjusts to winter, the pain will go away. What are some things you do at the clinic to counteract this? This time of year our treatments change. I am doing continuous ultrasound which brings warmth to the joints. Our acupuncturist uses points that increase both physical and emotional energy as many

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people suffer from depression due to the lack of sunlight and gloomy days. What are your top five tips for people to avoid the aches and pains that often come with the winter weather? Well, to begin with, you could go to Arizona. But seriously, not everyone is able to do that so here is what I would suggest: Switch your diet to warming foods. In the summer, you are eating a lot of raw, fresh vegetables. Now is the time to take all of those same veggies and put them into a soup along with something like lentils. Using warming spices is also a benefit. Things like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cyan – anything with some heat. Change the way you dress. It's important to keep the body warm. This means it's time to put away the shorts and sandals. Our acupuncturist, who is knowledgeable in Chinese medicine, recommends wearing a scarf around your neck to keep the wind out. Wind

is not a friendly element this time of a year. Do things to warm your body. For instance, use a heating pad and blankets when you are sitting and relaxing. Take hot baths and if you have access to a hot tub,

"Our acupuncturist uses points that increase both physical and emotional energy as many people suffer from depression due to the lack of sunlight." now is the time to put it to use. Do physical activity that is warming. I teach Iyengar yoga, which is style of yoga that links poses together in quicker succession. This helps bring warmth to the start of a yoga practice and to the body. Change your physical activity slowly.

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With the increased rainy weather, it isn't always practical to exercise outdoors. But be sure to transition slowly as the body needs time to adjust to using new muscles. For instance, people who run outdoors are now moving inside and running on a treadmill. You may think that there wouldn't be any cause for concern when in actuality running on a treadmill uses almost the exact opposite muscles to running outdoors. Your heart and lungs get the same benefits and don't know the difference, but your muscles do. As health care practitioners, what is your main focus with your clients? We are always focused on prevention before treatment. If you are planning a change in your exercise routine, we can do an assessment as we also provide sport treatment. We will work with you to determine where your strength level is and if you are ready for a particular type of activity.


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Access to Activity: Panorama Recreation Centre by Jo Barnes


can be a door to fun and fitness, and one local provider strives to open that door to everyone. Operating from the core principle that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy and take part in recreational activities, Panorama Recreation provides services, physical accessibility and financial support to community members. Accessibility for community participants begins with physical access. Panorama strives to find recreational programming and make the necessary adaptations to satisfy the needs and abilities of community members and ensure their experience is positive. For details about inclusion and accessibility, visit or contact Ryan Smith, Assistant Community Recreation Coordinator: rjsmith@ The main Panorama Recreation Centre provides power-operated door entrances, universal washrooms, accessible parking, and hearing loops at main reception and the fitness studio. The fully accessible aquatic facility provides lifts for the leisure pool, main pool, hot tub and waterslide as well as a gradual ramp entry with railings. In addition, the Panorama and Greenglade Weight Rooms have functional training cable machines, NuStep and recumbent stationary bikes, a variety of free weight and resistance equipment, and Active Hands gripping aids. Accessibility and inclusion also means offering recreational activity without financial barriers. Since 1998 Panorama has been actively engaged in a regional initiative called Leisure Involvement for Everyone (LIFE). This program, supported by Greater Victoria Active Communities, provides no and low-cost recreation opportunities for families and individuals whose gross household income falls at or below the low income threshold. Residents of Sidney, Central Saanich, North Saanich, or one

of the W̱SÁNEĆ communities such as Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum or Pauquachin may apply, and if approved, have the option of free visits and discounted program registrations or discounted pass purchase rates for Panorama Recreation or regional use. For more information, visit or contact Kim Say, Adult Community Recreation Coordinator, at Community members with disabilities often need the assistance of a support person. Panorama offers the Leisure Assistant Pass so that the person with a disability does not have to pay double for admission. The pass has an additional benefit. Not only does it provide free or reduced admission for the support person, but it is also accepted at more than 30

venues throughout Greater Victoria. Panorama offers other avenues to minimize barriers and encourage participation such as regular $2 swim and skating sessions, various free workshops, and drop-in programs such as Kindergym and Song Circle. The Slider Savings program, named for Panorama's fun loving penguin mascot Slider, offers participants low cost or free activities. As well, Panorama assists families in completion of subsidy applications for organizations like the Supported Child Development Program, KidSport and Jumpstart. Regardless of one's financial or physical limitations, Panorama strives every day to open its doors to embrace the entire community.


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Siem Reap & Exploring Angkor "Hot" Travelling to Siem Reap, Cambodia was one of the most spectacular – and sweaty! – experiences of my life. We wanted to see the Temples of Angkor, regardless of the blistering heat and strict dress code. Spanning over 400 square kilometres, these architectural by Lindsay Neal masterpieces were built in the early 12th century by King Khmer Suryavarman II. Beyond the ancient and sacred temples, we uncovered the city's downtown nightlife. Eli and I met our cab at 7 a.m. I had to buy long pants and a T-shirt to abide by the temples' dress code. This was painful, considering Eli wore shorts. Anything that provided ventilation would have been too revealing, or disrespectful. Begrudgingly, I spent five dollars on "elephant pants" and a tacky T-shirt. The first tomb greeted us with a grin, or 216 of them. Inside Angkor Thom, the peacefully smiling stone faces of Bayon remain. Bayon was debatably dedicated to either Buddah or King Jayavarman. The sun beat down on us as we climbed up three flights of stairs in



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CFUW Celebrates 100 Years and Two Notable Local Women As part of celebrating its 100 years, Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) National has identified 100 women across Canada to be named as Notable Women. At its August AGM held in Winnipeg, Donna Miller, president 2011 to 2013 from CFUW Saanich Peninsula; and Myrtle Siebert, dual member with Victoria and inaugural president 1994 to 1996 of Saanich Peninsula, were bestowed this honour. CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with 97 clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW Clubs have provided life-long learning opportunities and fellowship to its members. This year, CFUW and its Clubs awarded over $1.2 million to students to help them pursue post-secondary studies.

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CFUW Saanich Peninsula Club has been involved in community outreach on such initiatives as the recent health forum "Health Care in our Community" held in May 2019, with the four Peninsula municipalities and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation. Donna Miller has been a member of CFUW Saanich Peninsula for 15 years. Before joining she had a very distinguished career in education as a teacher, District Principal, School Trustee and a University of Victoria Faculty Associate. She was responsible for creating a ground-breaking Adult and Community Education program in Sooke School District that has become a model for excellent practise today. Donna is equally an asset to her community, serving on numerous boards, most recently the Boards of the Visual Process Society and Family Services of Greater Victoria. Donna has made significant contributions to cultural and literacy initiatives through her 20-year involvement in local Rotary Clubs. The culmination of her efforts resulted in the production of the film Teachings from the Half Boy: A Cultural Homecoming which has been used in various Indigenous organizations and community groups to better understand issues related to the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations. In 1962 Myrtle Siebert met a challenge from the CFUW Regional Director of British Columbia and Alberta and organized the CFUW Club in Haney & has served CFUW ever since in Clubs in Nanaimo, Victoria & the Saanich Peninsula. She served as Vice President for British Columbia for two years overseeing 26 clubs and chairing BC Council, the provincial organization of CFUW. Aside from her CFUW commitments, Myrtle helped develop and present "Life Between the Tides," a volunteer extension of Grade 3 science, which has continued ever since. Myrtle is an active community volunteer. She helped develop Action Nanaimo, a quality daily physical education component of all district elementary schools. She is a member of the Commission on Resources and Environment for Vancouver Island, the Canadian Home Economics Association, served on the Nanaimo Swim Club Board and continues to be a member of Canadian Women in Timber. The Saanich Peninsula CFUW Club is very proud of the work we do; Donna Miller and Myrtle Siebert exemplify CFUW goals and values. We congratulate them and know that it is women like them that make a difference in our community. For more information contact: email cfuwmembership@gmail. com or visit




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

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

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Chef on the Run Chef on the Run Sidney, a family business owned and operated by Alan and Julia Ripley, was started in Sidney in 1997.

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Ready-to-heat meals are cooked fresh daily in Chef on the Run's commercial kitchen. Each week, they offer seven different entrees, five starch and 10 vegetable dishes to choose from. For these cooler nights to come, having a nice warm meal on hand is a great option for everyone. Along with the ready-to-eat meals are a takeout (eat-in) deli with made-to-order sandwiches and homemade soups or a daily local delivery offered Monday to Friday and weekly service to Brentwood Bay, Cordova Bay, Salt Spring and up-island as far as Qualicum Beach. And for those craving something with a European flair, Chef on the Run boasts an imported English grocery! There is a special order of Christmas goodies coming soon, so watch for that! Everyone can benefit from so many meal options, from seniors and singles to busy families, RV and boating folk and even local businesspeople stopping by for lunch or dinner. Chef on the Run offers a combination that's hard to beat: delicious ready-made cuisine and service with a smile from one family to yours. For more information, visit

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

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Hook & Hook Designs has been serving the Saanich Peninsula and the Greater Victoria area for 5+ years – designing and crafting custom elements for every room in your home. Our designers are experienced with a wide variety of design concepts, and we truly believe in collaborating directly with our clients. We go above and beyond simply designing and building your space … we'll actually manage your entire project from start to finish, making the transition from design to reality as comfortable as possible. From initial concept through final installation and finishes, we coordinate with suppliers and contractors to make sure that everything comes together seamlessly. With our team overseeing your project, you'll have peace of mind in knowing that everyone is working toward a single goal: creating a unique space for you and your family that you'll love for years to come. Our services are, but are not limited to: ¤ Architectural Designs ¤ 3D Renderings ¤ Furniture ¤ Window Coverings ¤ Rugs ¤ Project Management ¤ Custom Cabinetry & Millworks Visit our new 2,000sf showroom and consult with our professionally trained designers on all your custom projects. Call 778.351.4665 or email to get started on your project today.




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We at Rancho Vignola are delighted to host our 6th Vancouver Island Harvest Sale at Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre. As in previous years, this will be a fun-filled tasting and buying event with live cooking demos by Chef Heidi Fink, prize draws, and samples for each of the delicious new crop nuts and dried fruit brought in from the latest harvest of farms from far and wide.

Spotlight on Rancho’s own organic mixes: Which mix is your fix? “Each of our mixes have been created with careful intention” says Richard Vignola, co-founder of Rancho. All ingredients are of prime quality and freshness, and each combination, on top of being delicious, also serves a particular purpose. Our Super Antioxidant mix with its blueberries, goji berries, cranberries, baby native pecans and Austrian pumpkin seeds was created to be beneficial to our health as much as pleasing to our tastebuds. You can eat a small amount every day on its own or add it to your salads as well as your baking. Our Breakfast mix is especially formulated as the perfect addition to your favourite hot or cold cereal. Similar to the Antioxidant mix, with the addition of protein packed hemp seeds, will carry you right through the morning and keep you sustainably energized.

Our Trail Energy mix is our latest creation. With it’s dark chocolate chips and dry roasted nuts, this mix will give you the boost you need to put the spring back in your step while out hiking. This mix is also the perfect easy-to-transport snack for your everyday life, by eating a handful you will feel your energy return.

Our Tropical mix, is inspired by our very first mix created for our customers back when founders, Richard and Sue owned their health food store in Vernon more than 40 years ago. Made up of all raw ingredients with no added sugar, cashews, almonds, baby native pecans, mangos, cranberries, raisins, banana, ribbon coconut. This is the absolute best on-the-go snack.

While discovering the large choice of quality products that Rancho Vignola offers at the Annual Harvest Sale, you might be inspired to create your own mix. The possibilities are truly endless and we encourage you to come and chat with us about your favourite combinations. We would be delighted to hear which mix is your fix!

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A Book Lover’s Field Trip by Deborah Rogers

I like the way a small community

works. You meet someone through one activity; they know someone else who has similar interests; the next thing you know you're on a ferry to America to attend a Gala! Via a Sister Cities Association member, I scored an invitation to the 10th annual Anacortes Book Club Gala. Combining travel, books and some sort of party? Yes, I was in! As it was held at the fabulous Anacortes Public Library, I took the opportunity to have a good nose around their two-storey building, and extensive reading selection. I heard a few whispers that there had been some scandal recently – a new carpet installation that wasn't to everyone's liking – but you could tell that the library functions as a big part of the community and is well used and well supported. At the Gala were 45 people from groups across Anacortes and Skagit County. In total 22 book clubs had submitted their 2018/19 reading lists and one of the treats was that we all got to take away a compendium of those lists. People mixed and mingled and enjoyed some tea and snacks. I was introduced as "the Canadian," sparking lots of interesting conversations about how I came to be there, asking me to justify the popularity of Louise Penny, and posing hard-toanswer questions about the availability of Canadian books in the U.S. Jackie, organizer of the event and my host for the weekend, had invited a speaker: Seattle author Rachel Linden. She gave a really interesting talk about her writing process and experiences of the publishing industry. Anacortes' indie bookstore, Watermark, was

there selling Linden's books. In fact they were serving double-duty as they were also representing their own Watermark Book Club. After a Q&A period with the writer we were on to the next stage of the event. All of the book clubs represented were invited to speak briefly about their club: how and when they started, how they are run, how they chose their books. For an avid reader this was the gold! Why was there a Brown Bag Book Club? (they meet at lunchtimes in their workplace of course!) How on earth does a Silent Book Club work? (well, they literally get together to read their own books, in silence!) Why is a menu included in one book list? (The Food for Thought Gals share a meal together, tying their menu to the book read!) All around me people were marking up those reading lists and whispering to their neighbours about choices they agreed with, or not. When it was my time to speak I shared my honour at being invited, and the way our club had started as a joint venture with the Sidney/ North Saanich branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. I explained about our Book Club sets of books, something that is not currently available in Anacortes, and I talked about the way that we only select one title at a time, never knowing what's going to be coming next. I left the Gala, and Anacortes, with a warm feeling. It's easy to despair about the state of the world and to feel disconnected from other countries (especially the U.S. for me currently). Attending this little event reminded me that the world is full of passionate, curious people, willing to hear stories about every aspect of the world, in all its complexity. And books, the world is full of so many books telling those stories. NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67


A Quality Build With Power to Spare

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After living in 14 homes since they were married, Ian, a retired air force helicopter pilot, and his wife Linda, who works in Sidney, know what they like in a home. When they first decided to move to Sidney, they looked for a home that was walkable to downtown and included a ground-level in-law suite. Because of Ian's post-retirement work with Emergency Management BC, they were also keen to create a home that would be independently powered in the event of an emergency. Unable to find the "right" house, they purchased a lot with a tear-down house and worked with design consultant Randall Recinos. They wanted a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home with a connected suite for Ian's mother and an elevator so that, when needed, she can easily access the main second floor for meals and visiting. They engaged project manager Dave Fallows of Horizon Pacific Contracting and were clear that their focus was on a quality build. In fact, they wanted Horizon to certify it as a "Mike Holmes" approved home – a home that goes beyond residential standards from construction to final inspection. The home contains numerous features that both save energy and help increase preparedness for emergencies. As part of the quality build, the crawlspace stays warm due to its insulated concrete forms (ICF) that remain in place and add insulation to both the inner and outer sides of the foundation. Dave says that the spray foam in the majority of the exterior walls also helps to prevent heat loss. "Ian and Linda wanted everything done to make the home as efficient as possible. I know this is their 'forever' home, so going the extra mile on the small details was never questioned, it was just done and marked off the 'to do' list." In the event of a power outage, they have a wired-in generator that will automatically start

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Ian bike to work, so another cool feature is a drive-up bike storage area at the side of the house with a curb-free floor. A rack allows the bikes to be easily lifted up into a vertical space-saving position. Golden Appeal Landscaping created an easy-care backyard with raised beds and an automatic watering system for vegetables and herbs, and lots of gravelled space for the family's dogs. Zeus, a German shepherd, and his tiny companion Darla, a long-haired dachshund, have their own built-in house door for easy access to the fenced yard. A separate shed contains the family's earthquake/emergency kit. Taking care of family is very important to Ian and Linda. When it was time to move into their new home, Ian's brother invited their mother over for a visit (she has memory concerns). While she was away, Ian and Linda, with the help of friends, moved all of her belongings into her suite. They made the transition as stressfree as possible by taking photos beforehand and replicating the placement of dishes, furniture and pictures as they had been in her previous home. Clothes were hung in the closet and put on shelves that were built exactly the same. The meticulous planning resulted in a successful move. In fact, their mother was so comfortable she wondered why Ian and Linda hadn't unpacked their boxes yet! Linda and Ian are the "one in a million" kind of clients, says Randall. "They were so clear with what they wanted from their house and we were able to design their spaces from the inside out which is ideal. As Linda told me: "We are happy in our house," the magic word being "in." Which reminds me of what the renowned Spanish architect Antonio Bonet said: "People need a space to live in, not a decoration."


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yourself, "Why am I renovating?" Is it to gain additional income by adding a rental suite? To prepare the home for sale? Or perhaps to expand on your existing living space? Whatever it is, have a plan in mind before you start. Compare quotes from multiple trades, then begin writing a realistic budget. You should shop around to educate yourself on the pricing of the items you plan to upgrade. And give yourself a healthy cushion for each item, in case you rip down drywall and find the dreaded black mold or dry rot. There are always going to be unforeseen expenses when renovating used homes. Write down an ideal timeline for completion, and don't wait to book trades. Most tradesmen are busy in our market; try to account for that by adding some leeway into your timeline. The resources online these days are vast (YouTube, Pinterest, etc.) – even if you're not so handy with the tools, take time to watch online tutorials. Set aside a night to watch some HGTV, and take note of the colours, décor and staging used. You can save some major dough by putting in sweat equity, but for jobs beyond your scope you need to weigh up if laying pesky tiles or drywall mudding is worth your time. Kitchens and bathrooms are high on the priority list for most buyers, but remember that everyone has different tastes. A kitchen that you've just spent a fortune on might not be what the new owners want. When a buyer does their building inspection, the roof and perimeter drains are big ticket items. If you don't want to negotiate

dollars off your sale price, tend to problems that the roof or drains have before listing. Take care of deferred maintenance outside that is quick and easy to fix. If you're looking for the best return on your money, flooring is relatively inexpensive. If you're already ripping up bathroom floors, get a quote on in-floor heating: it's less expensive and more efficient than you'd think. If your home is looking a bit tired and could use some paint to freshen it up, choose natural tones that please the majority of buyers. Keep in mind that darker colours are harder to paint over and more imposing. Painting cupboards and doors and changing up handles is a cost effective way of modernizing an older home. Updating faucets, window coverings, lights and switches goes a long way in the eyes of someone viewing your home for the first time. At the very least, replace broken switches, bulbs and outlets. If it's in your budget, replace single pane and failing windows. Also think about upgrading to gas: there are many energy efficient rebates available on windows and gas heating systems. When it's time to list your fixed-up home, think about first impressions – you only get one chance to make them. Make sure everything is spotless, uncluttered, and that personal items are packed away. Remove items obstructing buyers from walking up to the windows to observe the view. Maybe you don't have a great eye for design and need help staging? Not to worry: there are many companies to choose from. Whatever advice you can take from this, the most important thing is don't procrastinate! NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 77

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Thinking Outside the BOX Those familiar with the minimalist movement will know Joshua Becker, his website, Becoming Minimalist, and his best-selling books devoted to a lifestyle of modern simplicity. And while many celebrate the Marie Kondo art of tidying, still more support a growing multi-million-dollar storage industry. Part of living simple for me is living smaller. Living smaller includes living with intention and asking myself what I actually need rather than simply what I want. And while some might believe that more is more, I would argue that having more includes more work, stress, worry, maintenance, cost and less peace of mind. These stats from Becker's U.S.-based website are staggering to me: 1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (Canadian homes won't be much different) 2. The fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry is offsite storage 3. 25% of people with two-car garages don't have room to park cars inside them and 32% have room for only one vehicle 4. The average U.K. 10-year-old owns 238 toys and plays with just 12 I agree with futurist James Wallman: "we are all suffocating from too much stuff." And, this is never more evident than when we attempt to move house. For many, moving means boxes, and lots of them. It's about finding the right size of box, being organized, packing and labelling so that once moved, you can spend time unpacking those same many boxes and storing everything you packed. As we walk around our current home making decisions about what we want to see in Shirley, we are asking ourselves why we want to take it with us, what its purpose will be, and how much joy it is going to bring versus how much joy it has already brought. Moving forward means leaving behind; those things that no longer serve us and that won't enhance life's next chapter. So far, and with plenty of time left, we have determined that along with the necessary household items, there are about 11 things that hold special meaning and will be of real use. Our new home, a 960-square-foot box, has no built-in closets or bookcases, few cupboards and has been designed more for people than things, with views of the woods and outdoor

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spaces that beckon. It will be a container for what lives, rather than what lands. What we most want in our new house is not what it will hold but what it will host: meals and shared celebrations, milestones and memories, reading, resting and revelry, ageing in place and if we are lucky enough, a home-based death. A house is a place to lay our heads, but a home is about finding our sense of place in the world, and for me, mine will always be filled with more than what I have, it will be filled with what I hold dear: love and life. Join Linda quarterly, as her family designs a plan to share a life which includes listening to the land and to each other, introducing themselves to the place and to the people, and living a communal future in Shirley, BC.


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With the rainy season approaching, it's a good time to consider what damp conditions can do to cushions and furniture. Nancy McMillan, owner of Nancy's Sew Creative, has seen it all. "I've been working on a sofa that was covered in mud," says Nancy, noting that the owner has two big dogs. "I'm making a slipcover and an extra cover for the cushions, and putting in pads to absorb water and smell." She says it's an easy solution for pet owners – a second slipcover is a cinch to remove. "When she has guests, she can remove the elasticized covers and the slipcover underneath is fresh and new." When Nancy first started her business, she was shocked that some slipcovers couldn't be washed. "Why make them if you can't wash them?" She says most of her winter work typically consists of recovering sofas, including beautiful old pieces that just need a facelift. "What I do stops things from going into the landfill," she says. "It makes me happy – I feel I'm doing good for Mother Earth." Winter is a great time to refurbish outdoor cushions, so they're ready for spring. Nancy uses high-quality Sunbrella fabric, and one of

her upcoming projects will see some cushions redone in a gorgeous stripe. "The insides are generally perfect," she says, when it comes to outdoor furniture. "No matter how bad they look, I can refurbish them and they'll last a lifetime." Boats are something to think about at this time of year, too – Nancy offers a discount on boat projects from January to March. She says it gets so busy with boats during the summer, she likes to offer a deal to those who get their projects in early. Another tip for the season? Roman shades. "They're a good insulator for windows," says Nancy. "Sometimes I even line them with bump – it's like a fuzzy liner, to keep the cold out." You can have different colours, fabrics and patterns to match your décor. Nancy says they're very pretty, and give a warm, inviting look to any room. "I have them in all my windows; they're really good." Whether you have an old piece that needs an update, outdoor cushions that have seen better days, or simply need a custom design solution – Nancy can help. "It's the little things that really make a difference when you're doing a custom job," she says. "I absolutely love my work."

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ArtSea's New Plans for Sidney's Sculpture Walk Two locals and their visitors stop along the Sidney waterfront walk to consider a figure-like sculpture called The Muse. "What do you think it is?" asks one. Another surveys it from a different angle and says: "I'm wondering what the artist is saying to us?" Nearby, a visiting couple stop to take photos of Mount Baker through the frame of The Eye of the Ocean (above) which won the People's Choice award in 2014. They are surprised to learn the "Eye" is not a real whale bone but created from steel and fibreglass. The photography and comments are exactly the types of responses the Sidney Sculpture Walk was designed to elicit. Free-standing sculptures integrated with the natural backdrop of the Salish Sea and Mount Baker can lift the spirit and open the mind. Other B.C. locales, such as Castlegar and Oak Bay, have revitalized their downtown cores through public art. Sidney, too, has Nathan by Gillian Crowley


Scott's bronze-like figures dotted along Beacon Avenue, and the added advantage of a beautiful sea walkway enhanced with unique sculptures. Many people don't realize that seven of the sea walk sculptures are for sale by the artists. An additional one, Ollie the Board Dog, was purchased through community donations and placed at the skateboarding park in Tulista Park where it attracts smiles and chuckles. In 2011-12 the self-guided Sculpture Walk had a strong start when 12 pieces by North American sculptors were selected by a volunteer committee and installed along the waterfront. Each artist was responsible for transporting their work to their designated location – a costly challenge for heavier projects such as The Keeper, a four-ton sandstone block positioned like a lighthouse to welcome those arriving on the Anacortes Ferry. Under the agreements at the time, the artists expected

their works to be on display for two years, sold, and eventually replaced by others. Wayne McNiven, ArtSea Board director, says: "Although attempts were made to attract more sculptors over the years, it became clear that the Town of Sidney didn't have the resources to carry out the initial concept." This past April the Town and ArtSea Community Arts Council signed an agreement that ArtSea would take over administration of the Sculpture Walk for a five-year term. Wayne says: "I'm excited about the potential to promote this open air gallery that's a perfect showcase for sculptors." As head of the Sculpture Walk committee, he has already contacted most of the sculptors of the existing pieces to let them know about the new initiatives. He has also forwarded a proposal to the Town for consideration as they start their five-year municipal planning process. ArtSea's first step is to produce promotional material that identifies each sculpture, provides background on the sculptor and includes the work's sale price. The next step is to seek financial means to continue and expand the Sculpture Walk. Wayne says: "I'm hoping Make the most out of every moment spent with some residents may want to donate a sculpture in a loved one's friends and family. name, or a business might donate one as a show of appreciation to Whether you just need a baseline hearing test, or you know it’s time to talk about hearing aids, give us a call. the community." We can help you hear. Donna Stewart He feels public engagement and contributions are key. Audiologist/Owner "Without this financial assistance, we could end up with a Sculpture Walk without any sculptures to capture the public's 7159A W Saanich Rd imagination," Wayne says. He notes that after Michael Robb, Call: 778-426-4876 the sculptor of Ponticus, passed away last year, despite efforts to secure the piece, Robb's family decided to remove it and place it 2018 10 Seaside .indd 1 2018-10-03 7:36:31 PM in their gallery. David Hunwick, sculptor of the much photographed Eye of the Ocean, says: "Sidney has one of the most beautiful backgrounds for a sculpture walk but it's missing out on many beautiful pieces of sculpture that could further enhance the walk." David is currently a member of ArtSea's Sculpture Walk committee and president of the Vancouver Island Sculptor Guild. Over the next year, ArtSea will be looking for sponsors to purchase and donate sculptures to the Town of Sidney. Those interested in supporting Sidney's Sculpture Walk can contact Wayne McNiven at More on the Sculpture Walk sculptors at Things_To_Do/Arts___Culture.htm. Photo by Wayne McNiven.

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The Transformative Power of Dreams The Superheroes of Victoria have been at it again, transforming specially selected children into Junior Superheroes. It's the third year that the volunteer organization has chosen 11 special youngsters – each of them suffering from a chronic illness or health condition – and turned them into a power-wielding hero. The magic happens at a photoshoot where each child is presented with a custommade costume and has pictures taken against a green screen. Special effects are added in the editing studio, creating 11 unique images that are used for the annual Junior Superheroes Calendar. The project is undertaken in conjunction with Help Fill A Dream Foundation. Many of the featured kids are in fact children who have been supported by the charity with equipment, resources or through having a Dream fulfilled. In a lovely circle of support, all proceeds made from selling the calendar go to Help Fill A Dream, to support even more kids. Why would you want a Junior Superheroes calendar? As well as supporting an organization that helps hundreds of Vancouver Island children every year, you will get to meet some truly inspirational characters. Details of the 2020 calendar are under embargo until the VIP launch party on November 9, where the featured kids will finally get to see their pictures for the first time, but here's an example from the 2019 calendar:

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Introducing Jonathan aka Wolverine. Marfans syndrome has caused many physical problems for 14-year-old Jonathan, including yearly surgery to install and elongate rods through his hips and spine. He's undergone 26 surgeries on his back, demonstrating heroic endurance and perseverance throughout. Jonathan shares Wolverine's no-nonsense attitude. Nothing is going to stop him from participating in his favourite outdoors activities like kayaking and biking. His positivity means every interaction with Jonathan leaves you feeling better. The X-men would be lucky to have his strength and endurance on their side. Jennifer Fury, Help Fill A Dream Board President, says: "We are thrilled to be launching our third Junior Superheroes Calendar. Seeing themselves represented in such a strong and confident way has an immeasurable positive impact on the children and their families." You can pre-order and purchase 2020 calendars online through the Help Fill A Dream website ( for $15 each. Get one for your home and office; we also think it would make a wonderful teacher gift!

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DEC. 28

Toys and Teddy Bears Exhibit

Sidney Museum L3 - 2423 Beacon Avenue, Sidney

With dreamy eyes, arms that long to hold you and a wonderful disposition He’s really quite charming. Even though he’s short … 15 centimetres to be exact! The classic adorable Teddy Bear is one of the highlights of the upcoming Sidney Museum’s “Toys & Teddy Bears” Exhibit. Since 1971, the non-profit Sidney Museum and Archives has been collecting, preserving and showcasing historical artifacts and archival materials from the area. The museum has a permanent collection of over 8,000 pieces and hosts regular monthly rotating displays. This month’s “Toys and Teddy Bears” highlights popular toys from the last century. There will be teddy bears displayed in holiday scenes as well as a fun scavenger hunt for visitors to enjoy and colouring sheets in the schoolroom. Admission by donation. 250-655-6355.

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NOV. 1 / 2

6798 Central Saanich Road A great opportunity to do some Christmas shopping! There will be all kinds of locally crafted gifts, goods and seasonal décor from vendors such as Young & Barrel Designs, Dragonfly Soapworks, BigBunz Scrunchies and Left Shore Creative. November 1 from 5 to 9 p.m; November 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child

NOV. 1-24

Shoal Centre 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Make a difference this holiday season! Drop in to pick up an empty shoebox and pack it with school supplies, hygiene items and small toys for a child between the ages of two to 14. Then return your gift-filled shoebox to the Shoal Centre before November 24. Operation Christmas Child will see that every gift is delivered to a child living in poverty around the world. 778-426-8771.


10AM - 4PM

NOV. 2 to DEC. 14

ArtSea Gallery 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney Contemporary and traditional works by island artisans will be on display and for sale at this annual art show. The creative line-up includes fibre art, glass, pottery, jewelry, wearables, photography and holiday décor.

Barry Luft and Tim Rogers


NOV. 8

St. John’s United Church 10090 West Saanich Road, North Saanich Old Canadian Folk music at its very best performed by two talented artists. Music is drawn from the rich history of Canada including events like building the railway, naval stories, and other historical events. Tickets at the door.

Hoo Hoo’s Hooting

10 - 11AM

NOV. 9

Elk/ Beaver Lake Regional Park

foremost New Contemporary painters, you’ll learn the steps and techniques that the great masters used. Whether you’re brand new or have painted before, you’ll enjoy this instructor’s patient, relaxed teaching style. $140/6 classes

Sidney Concert Band: Salute To Our Veterans


NOV. 10

Mary Winspear Centre

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney This musical salute to our veterans features a variety of band music, marches and vocals along with a solo bagpiper. Members of the local Kittyhawk Air Cadet Squadron will join in the laying of the wreath. The band’s own Wayne Speller, will perform The Last Post and Reveille. Tickets are $20 (250-656-0275) or online at

Via “ Choralis: In Remembrance” Concert


NOV. 11

St. Elizabeth’s Church 10030 Third Street, Sidney The annual Remembrance Day program features Scottish bagpipes as well as choral music about peace, reconciliation, and honouring those who have served in the armed forces.

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NOV. 11

Panorama Recreation

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Speaker Series


NOV. 22

The Centre for Active Living 50+ 1229 Clarke Rd. (next to the library) Brentwood Bay Guest speaker is Dr. Cazes, UVic department of French, President of the Canadian Society for Renaissance. Topic: “Paris: A Walk through the Ages: The Inspiration of Paris in Songs” Admission by donation. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome. 250-652-4611 or and

(Guided Walk 5 yrs & under). Bring your little ones on a delightful owl outing. Learn from a CRD Regional Parks naturalist all about these marvelous night hunters and enjoy the natural beauty of the forest around. No fee.

Fall Reading Series

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10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Come enjoy another delightful literary evening featuring two award winning writers, internationally published writer Pauline Holdstock and North Saanich’s own M.A.C. Farrant who has been called “one of the best humourists in the land.” Tickets: Tanner’s Bookstore and online at https://

5:30 - 8PM

NOV. 6 to DEC. 11

McTavish Academy of Arts 720 McTavish Road, North Saanich (Ages 16+). Led by Steve Chmilar, one of Canada’s


NOV. 22

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Christmas in the Manger Craft Fair Saanich Fairgrounds

10AM - 4PM NOV.



1528 Stelly's Cross Road, Saanichton Saanich Fair’s annual juried craft fair draws more than 100 vendors and offers visitors a wide variety of handmade artisan wares. Also featured will be a farm animal display, gingerbread house as well as hot comfort foods and refreshments. $2 admission (children under 12 free). or call 250-652-3314

Sidney Better Breathers Club Shoal Centre

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

Canadian Federation of University NOV. Caregivers of Family and Friends Groups Women (CFUW) General Meeting 26 Support Saanichton Bible Fellowship Church: 7PM

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Mary Winspear Centre

Second Wednesday of each month.

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Guest speakers will be Wendy Everson (Everson Law) speaking about “Wills and Estate Planning” and Sara Neely (Victoria Community Foundation) speaking about “Legacy Gifts and How the Foundation Manages Them.” Members Free, Non-members $10.

Shoal Centre: 7 to 9 p.m. Second Thursday of each month.

Christmas Bake, Basket and Craft Sale Sidney Lawn Bowling Club

9AM - 1PM NOV.


9580 Fifth Street, Sidney This annual club fundraiser features Christmas goodies and handmade items as well as a coffee and cupcake cafe. Free admission; for more info: Corina at 250 661 8381.

Ballet “ Etoile presents The Storybook Nutcracker”

Sidney Sister Cities Association General Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library 10091 Resthaven Drive, Sidney Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Peninsula Newcomers Club Luncheon North Saanich Yacht Club,

NOV. 30 & DEC. 1

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The classic Nutcracker story is brought to life by the talented artists of Ballet Etoile. The show is just over 60 minutes in length so is ideal for younger audience members and firsttime ballet attendees.

The “ Peninsula Singers Present Christmas Magic”

DEC. 6, 7, 8

Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney December 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m; December 8 at 2 p.m. Under the direction of Lena Palermo, this annual seasonal celebration for families and friends of all ages features contemporary, gospel, classical and jazz music with numbers like Be Boppin’ Santa Claus, The Nutcracker March and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Tickets: 250-656-0275

1949 Marina Way, North Saanich Welcoming women to the Peninsula since 1987. Second Thursday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregistration required.

Yoga with Ensemble Wellness Sidney Studio

2425A Bevan Avenue, Sidney Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Yoga for different skill levels. Call 250.898.6772 for details.

Yes We Can! Cope With Depression Powell Hall, St. John's United Church

10990 West Saanich Road, North Saanich First Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. For anyone dealing with depression. Strategies and education offered towards the healing process. 250-208-1446 or

Saanich Peninsula Toastmasters Meeting Vancouver Island Regional Library, Sidney Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Pre-booking required.



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There's great satisfaction to be had from doing something yourself instead of having it done for you. Every toddler learns the experience. "I want to do it!" and whilst adults wait impatiently for boots to go on the wrong feet or Cheerios to be painstakingly transferred from dish to mouth one-at-a-time, the child gets a taste of the thrill of self-sufficiency and independence. Sometimes in adulthood the prize seems to be to earn enough money to get someone else to do the work, or at least the work we don't want to do. We hand off to a landscaper or housecleaner (or both) because the hours we work don't allow us time to do it ourselves. We pay someone to hem our pants, change the oil in our cars, lay our flooring, paint our walls. These are all tasks that previous generations probably would have done themselves. I can't tell you which is the better approach, and there are certainly tasks that I'd be happy to pay almost any amount of money not to have to do myself, but I do think that when we use our hands to do a practical task we benefit in many ways. I've recently brought my sewing machine out of the cupboard, brushed off the dust, and turned my hand to some clothes making. It's been a while. Having grown up with a mother who sewed I'd picked up some basics, and then took some classes when I first had a baby (there was free childcare), but for the last eight years or so my machine has only handled Halloween costumes and things with straight edges like curtains and cushions. In the meantime, there's been an explosion of sewing inspiration. Instagram is full of people (yes mainly, but not solely, women) creating wonderful, innovative, inspiring fashion. Search #imakemyownclothes or #memade and find endless examples. For me it's not always the end result of my projects that gives me pleasure – there are still too many mistakes at the moment – but it's the way you can get lost in the work. Connecting your brain to your hands, there's no room for fretting about other things. It's a deep, simple satisfaction: I hope everyone can find the thing that makes them feel that way too.

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Editorial Director NOVEMBER 2019 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 95

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