Seaside Magazine December 2021 Issue

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Sip & Celebrate A Special Dessert


Local Gift






and Drink Pairing

Adding Drama to Your Décor

The True Elves of Christmas




Happy Holidays!

Dan Van der Vlugt

John Bruce

Tony Clemente

Stephanie Peat

2405 Bevan Avenue, Sidney BC

Anna Clemente

Frank Berke



We at Sidney SeniorCare wish great love, happiness and holiday cheer to all of our seniors, families, friends and amazing community. It’s a time to stand united, celebrate each other, and all the goodness that this joyous season brings. Let’s make sure this holiday season burns brighter than ever.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season to you and your loved ones from the staff and management of The SeniorCare Group.








THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Something for Everyone on Your List


2021 BOOK WRAP-UP Canadian-Authored Tales for Every Taste


SIP & CELEBRATE Dessert and Wine Pairings for Your Festive Table


CONNECTING THROUGH CRAFTS Making Memories Through Family Fun

THE HOLIDAY SEASON Strategies for When You're Feeling Not-So-Merry







THIS MONTH'S CONTRIBUTORS Jo Barnes, Landon Copplestone, Chloe Cross, Joe DuQuesnay, Doreen Marion Gee, Lara Gladych, Sherrin Griffin, Robert Harris, Heidi Hackman, Janice Henshaw, Jesse Holth, Glenn C. Jim, Dagmar Kaffanke-Nunn, Tina Kelly, Nia King, Paula Kully, Jacqueline LaPlante, Colleen McNamee, Sheila Molloy, Cassidy Nunn, Patricia Pearson, Deborah Rogers, Joan Saunders, Marita Schauch, Ashley Stelck, Tania Tomaszewska, Tom Watson

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photo by Landon Copplestone, courtesy Sidney BIA

SEASIDE HOMES 14 Homes, and They're Not Done Yet!

Contents DECEMBER 2021

EVERY MONTH 8 12 15 17 22 27 28 32

First Word The Golden Years From the Kitchen Off the Vine On Design Trade Student Spotlight Behind the Scenes In Fashion

39 42 45 46 51 52 57

The Natural Path New & Noteworthy Inside Out Peninsula Voices Out for a … Neighbourhood Walk Stable & Field Common Cents

67 Going Green 68 Arts Scene 72 Seaside Book Club 76 Living Off the Land 79 ÁLEṈENEȻ 81 Seaside Homes 88 Take Note 94 Last Word

ON THE COVER See Seaside Homes - page 81 Photo by Janis Jean Photography

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New ways of accessing health care services and primary care physicians are becoming available for Canadians, yet we still face challenges brought about by shortages and the COVID-19 pandemic. The answer for many of your needs already exists right in your neighbourhood. Where? At your community pharmacy of course!

Learning to understand one's relationship with the environment helps guide our interaction with it. The SENĆOŦEN language does that. While I was growing up, listening to my Elders, and them being fluent SENĆOŦEN speakers would say that to see the world in SENĆOŦEN is the most beautiful thing.

Reflect and reset. What is working and what isn't on the road to a greener lifestyle? We don't always need to do everything perfectly; the goal is to make progress. Having a supportive community with whom we can share both our successes and setbacks can help us get there.




I have always included Canadian authors in my book club lists … because they are great! Volunteering with Sidney LitFest and working part-time at Tanner's Books has furthered my appreciation of the wealth of talented authors in Canada – many of whom live right here on the Saanich Peninsula.

The holidays are all about creating opportunities for authentic connections with our environment, our community, our family and friends. What better way than by gathering together to make a fun holiday craft. Who doesn't love opening the box of crafts they made as kids and remembering those moments from long ago?

I told my wife I had received a call from Seaside Magazine's editor asking about being a part of this edition. Without missing a beat, she quipped: "Is that for the 'Where Are They Now?' section?" Sadly, she's probably right. I'm still here and love living in Sidney more than ever.


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Sue Hodgson

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Here we are with the final issue of 2021 and what a year it has been. I don't know about all of you, but this year seems to have gone even faster than our race to finish off Covid 2020. We welcome December in with a big old bang, and even though there will be no parade this year, there will be plenty of Peninsula holiday markets to visit and Victoria Carriage Tours will offer festive rides in downtown Sidney. You can sit and relax and see the town transform into a twinkling wonderland to celebrate the holiday season. In this issue we have a variety of features to sink your festive teeth into! There's Joan's step-by-step recipe for a decadent trifle (pg 15) accompanied by Tania's suggestions of what to drink with it, and Cassidy's family tradition of homemade German Stollen (pg 63). If food isn't your thing, Lara shares some of her favourite holiday gifts for everyone on your list (pg 10), plus we have holiday design ideas galore: from Hansell & Halkett's family craft (pg 40) to Seaberry's Christmas Wreath three ways (pg 22). If that's not enough inspiration, check out Seaside Homes where homeowner Liz Trudeau out did herself with mastering the art of simple holiday decorating (pg 81). It has been a long, and another difficult year for us all. As the New Year approaches we can all take a moment to stop and reflect on the year we have had and then look ahead to the next. It's only fitting as it's our last issue of 2021, that I pause to express our gratitude for your readership and support. The entire Seaside family works hard to publish our magazine, and all your positive feedback makes it worthwhile. On behalf of our whole team, thank you. We look forward to providing you with the very best magazine we can in 2022! Best of the season to everyone,

e d i s a Se Sue

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SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST "How wonderful to look forward to a Christmas season that will look a bit more like it ought to in terms of celebrating together! This year brings with it a different set of restrictions from the standpoint of shipping and stock availability of gift items. Shopping locally where possible is an attractive option, and I've featured several local artisan pieces in this year's guide to give you giftgiving ideas you can feel good about, at the same time knowing you're doing something special." LARA GLADYCH


Something SPIRITED Sheringham Distillery Rhubarb Gin 750ml $49.31; Elderberry/Flower Salt Spring Wild special blend cider 750ml $17.69. Dickens Liquor Shoppe, Sidney

Tom Ford fragrances in Eau de Vert Bohème 50ml $170, and Black Orchid 50ml $170. Shoppers Drug Mart, Sidney

Something BEAUTIFUL "Bird of Paradise" $145; Christmas wreath ornament $45. Fowler Glass Studio, Mattick's Farm 10 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | DECEMBER 2021

Something WARM Tempo Equestrian navy jacket $189.99; cognac wristlet $79.99. Greenhawk Equestrian Sport, Brentwood Bay

Something SENSORY Jody's Naturals candle in Cinnamon & Cedar $22.99; Saltspring Kitchen Company Savoury Collection Spreads $26.99; Wavertree & London Persimmon & Red Currant soap $12.95. Brentwood Bay Village Emporium

Something COOL Something FESTIVE "106 Frost Street" encaustic house by Brenda Walker $210. The Gallery, Mattick's Farm

Something SWEET

O'Neill fleece plaid shirt $80; tentree cap $42.99. Cottons & Blues, Sidney

Something DISTINCTIVE Shi Studio necklace $96; Lady Dragon Glassworks leather wrap bracelet $64 and jelly fish glass pendant necklace $40. Market Collective, Mattick's Farm

Vintage bee candle $26.95; honey stick $3.95; small batch honey $14.50; vintage bee dish $12.95; whiskey infused honey $18.50. Country Bee Honey Farm, Saanichton

photos by Janis Jean Photography

THE GOLDEN YEARS by Sherrin Griffin VP, Operations, Sidney SeniorCare

Seniors Bring Magic to the Holidays Well, here we are again at that jolly time of year when we all look forward to a little more beauty in the world; a little more joy, a little more kindness and a little more togetherness with family and friends. I don't think many of us anticipated yet another holiday season underscored with the spectre of Covid, but 'tis the season to pick ourselves up, brush off the negativity and immerse ourselves in the splendour of the holidays, whatever cultural celebration you observe. It is also a time of year when many seniors struggle with loneliness and depression, remembering happier days when they still had their spouse or other family members that have since passed, and when life seemed simpler, less frantic and more family oriented. And it doesn't help when those around them have so much more to do and seemingly less time to check in and visit with them. I know that for me the holidays seem to show up like a sudden storm, and I am left unprepared and run off my feet, trying to meet all the obligatory expectations the season demands of us. While frantically wrapping presents on Christmas Eve and soothing my nerves with a muchtoo-strong rum and eggnog, I vow to be better organized the next year. But, unlike decorating a magazine-worthy tree and wrapping presents with perfect corners, time with seniors cannot be "put off until next year." And, more importantly, why would anyone want to do that? Including seniors during the holidays brings an added level of richness and depth that simply cannot be found anywhere else. Seniors are an invaluable resource of holidays past, brimming over with decades-old traditions and memories that are a treasure trove for children and other family members and friends. Classic yuletide songs, goodies, cherished movies and special crafts live on

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in our seniors with the wonderful potential to be passed down through many generations, keeping our history alive and flourishing. I believe that a healthy change in perspective is in order so that seniors can be cherished and revered for the immense value they bring to the holiday season. All it takes on our part is a bit of holiday pre-planning which will go a long way towards ensuring the mental health and wellbeing of your favourite seniors, while ensuring that you don't dissolve into a messy puddle of exhaustion and nerves on the floor. Ask seniors for help! Don't forget: this is not their first holiday rodeo. Even seniors with compromised mobility can help out with seasonal tasks such as online shopping, writing greeting cards, making festive decorations, cooking or baking (as mobility allows). This engagement not only makes seniors feel useful and that they are adding value to the season; it also gives you some much-needed respite from feeling that you have to do everything on your own. Set up a plan with other family and friends to spend time with the seniors in your life, while you take care of some of the holiday tasks that only you can do. The senior benefits from engaging with different generations and different holiday activities, while the other family and friends benefit from the senior's experience and unique perspective. This past weekend, while I ruminated over Covid and the demands of Christmas, yet again, I made the time for a quick visit to see Mum and Dad. My mother greeted me at the door with a glass of spiced eggnog and a sparkle in her eye. Behind her lay the most beautiful oasis of fairy lights, festive décor and holiday cheer, reminding me that seniors have definitely not forgotten how to deliver the magic.

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Sip & Celebrate!

Special desserts definitely signal that it's a celebration. Add a lovely wine (or two) and you've got yourselves an event, no matter how many are seated at the table. And trifle is the ultimate make-ahead type of sweet, as it tastes even better the next day after the flavours have had time to come together in a splendid conglomeration of cake, cherries, custard and whipping cream. In years past, I have had dessert parties which included trifle and they've been a success; it's marvellous being indulgent while making every effort to impress. There's something so glorious about choice: cake or cookies, tarts or trifle? A bit of everything, I say.

What I love about this recipe is that it's not too rich, so it can be served after a meal and people can take as much or as little as they prefer. If you don't want any sherry, then definitely omit it. If you'd like to explore options with more decorative flair, bake a jelly roll and line the bowl with the spiraled cake. But you'll rest easy knowing that you've got a dessert tucked away that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Pull the trifle out of the fridge, whip the cream, then place it on the table to oohs and aahs; now pour yourself a glass of wine. It is a celebration, after all. DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 15

Sour Cherry Trifle This is a dessert you can make ahead of time, as it's best served the next day. 1 9-inch sponge cake (make own or purchase ready-made)

⅔ cup sugar (if using less cherries, halve this too)

¼ cup raspberry, strawberry or cherry jam

1¼ cups broken amaretti cookies

⅓ cup sweet sherry, madeira or kirsch 2 jars (48 oz/1,440 ml total) sour cherries in light syrup (can halve this if you prefer less) Custard 5 egg yolks ⅓ cup sugar 3 tbsp cornstarch

1½ cups (375 ml) whipping cream ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted

2 cups whole milk 3 tbsp butter ½ tsp vanilla

To make custard: Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch in bowl. In saucepan, heat milk over medium heat. It's ready when bubbles form around edge; now slowly mix ⅓ milk into egg mixture. Pour all back into pan; while whisking constantly bring to boil over medium heat. Continue to whisk and cook until bubbling and thickened, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk 16 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | DECEMBER 2021

in butter, vanilla. Place plastic wrap directly on surface to stop skin on top, let cool slightly. Cut cake in half horizontally. Spread cut side of bottom with jam; replace top half, pressing to stick it together. Cut into 1-inch cubes. With half of cake pieces, line 12-cup (3-litre) trifle bowl; brush pieces with half the sherry. Repeat with remaining cake and sherry. Spread warm custard over top, place plastic wrap directly on surface of custard. Refrigerate until chilled (2 hours). Put cherries with syrup and sugar in pot, bring to boil over medium high heat; boil until syrupy, reduce by half, about 25 minutes. Pour into heatproof bowl, let cool. Refrigerate one hour (until cold). Pour cherry mix into strainer set over bowl; let stand a few minutes to drain. Save syrup. Sprinkle amaretti over custard. Spoon cherries on top, sprinkle with about 2 tbsp syrup. Cover and refrigerate. Take out of fridge a bit before serving it so it's not too cold. When ready: in bowl, whip cream (I like to add a little bit of vanilla and a few tablespoons of sugar, but it's up to you); spread over trifle. Sprinkle with almonds. Recipe adapted from:

Off the Vine

Some Pairing Ideas for Your Trifle by Tania Tomaszewska Trifle can be tricky! First things first. Is your masterpiece going to be booze-infused or "straight?" Think about your guests' palates when pouring in terms of volume of alcohol and whether what's in their glass will dance with the cream, cake, custard and berries and not clash with what's spiking them.

Dessert & Fortified If you're including sipping sherry or madeira in your trifle recipe, then you could offer some of the same in small shot glasses when serving. For me, it's all about the sour cherry and sweet tones here, so cherry flavored liqueurs or brandy can be a way to go. Cream sherries (especially PX) and young ruby port will also work. Some Festive Picks: Alvear Pedro Ximenez Solera 1927 (Spain), Sandeman Fine Ruby Port or Taylor Fladgate First Estate Port (Portugal).

Sparkling Wine This trifle will love bubbles, especially pink ones, so I'm leaning to sparkling rosé here to play off all of the red fruit and to cut through the cream and custard. Sparkling rosé looks beautiful and just feels special. But your fave white fizz will work too, particularly if it's off dry. Whether they are "traditional" method bubbles (such as Champagne, crémant, cava or franciacorta), prosecco-style drops, moscato or brachetto, these are all fun and will look great with this beautiful dessert. Some Festive Picks: Unsworth Vineyards Charme de L'ile Rosé (Cowichan Valley), Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Rose Perle d'Aurore (France). For those who like sweet sippers: Acquesi Asti Moscato (Italy).

For Red Lovers: Pinot Noir If you like sticking with your dinner red heading into dessert as I do, then a fruity pinot noir can be a nice option here. But try to select one with a rich and round, deep red cherry profile, as opposed to a lighter expression having tart cranberry, mushroom or fennel tones. Some Festive Picks: Tantalus Vineyards Pinot Noir (Okanagan Valley), Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne (France), Meiomi Pinot Noir (California). DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 17


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Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea A proud supporter of Island artists, the aquarium’s Salish Sea Store features a wide selection of locally designed jewelry, clothing, prints, cards, pottery, fine art, artisanal foods and more. Purchases support independent artists, small businesses and the aquarium’s marine education and conservation initiatives.


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6 Hansell & Halkett Vintage Home Decor Stop by our little shop this holiday season! Along with one of a kind vintage finds, you will also find lots of locally made goods; Art, candles, bath and beauty, pottery and jewelry.

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Word on the Street:

Your Plans for the Holidays by Lara Gladych

In thinking about this piece I spent

some time contemplating what we are all looking forward to most this year as the holidays approach. I couldn't help but wonder in speaking with friends if we are all still a bit shellshocked and uncertain of what we should expect and hope for in terms of gathering and celebrating together. We are still digesting the multitude of emotions and consequences of Covid, but we have a glimmer of hope on the horizon as we reunite with loved ones, begin to travel, look forward to exchanging gifts in person and spending time together wherever and however we can this season. We are grieving the people, time and experiences we've lost in the last couple of years, but we have the brightness of the holiday season brimming ahead and shining some light on this unusual time. Being "normal" may never have had such appeal. I asked locals what they are most looking forward to as the season approaches. As you can imagine, the answers were almost unanimously "seeing family." "My husband and I are going to Vancouver to see our granddaughter – she's four – and our son and his wife, who we haven't seen for a while, so that will be lovely. It's just a bit worrying about the ferries right now. We did book a month ago, but they seem to be breaking down and it's a worry," said Jean. Gloria said: "The farthest I'm going is Abottsford. My family lives there, and it's been I think a year now since I've seen them." Amy stopped to speak with me. She's from Halifax and will be seeing her family next week, but she "will be with friends for Christmas; more friends than usual." I asked Haret if he's looking forward to Christmas this year relative to what we all endured last year. "Honestly, if I were to look at it that way I would say that this year should be a lot better than last. My grandparents are pretty old and were unable to come see us last year. They're up in Sooke. My grandma's got MS and my grandpa's got heart problems, so it's just too much of a drive for them to get out

here to Sidney. We're all going up there for Christmas – my one-yearold niece, my sister and my brother-in-law." "Looking forward to travelling, mainly. I might go see my family out east – it's been a few years since I've seen them," said Greg, who is also excited to spend time with his significant other, with who he was walking arm-in-arm. "I'm not going very far. I've got a couple of sisters who live in Arbutus Ridge, and I'm getting together with them and their families," responded Marnie. I asked her if Covid has hampered her ability to see her sisters, to which she replied that "Zoom and FaceTime have been fabulous. There's been a lot of that." I wondered if there's anything else she'll be looking forward to in general this holiday season now that we're somewhat less endangered? "I think the feeling of a little bit more safety in meeting in small groups to go for coffee and that sort of thing, which I didn't do even six months ago." "I still plan to travel. I'm travelling now – I'm from Ontario. I'm going to Halifax to spend Christmas with my daughter. It's been two Christmases since I've seen her." That was Lee, from Thunder Bay. Then I spoke with Fred, who is hoping to have a Christmas dinner of ham and scalloped potatoes. I asked if he had this special dinner last year, to which he replied: "No, last year I had Mr. Noodles and a hot dog." I probed a bit more and inquired who will make his ham and scalloped potato dinner this year? "Me, if I have a kitchen, because I'm homeless." Fred caught me by surprise here. What would your best Christmas look like, I then asked. "Being happier. And not to be alone. Last year I was alone," he shared. "For about seven years now I've spent Christmas alone. I'm wishing well to everyone on earth and I'll stick with my Mr. Noodles and hot dog if I can't get my ham and scalloped potatoes." Thank you, Fred, for the grounding nod to the wish for greater happiness and wellness in the season to come.


One Wreath, Three Ways by Robert Harris Seaberry Garden & Flower photos by Janis Jean Photography

WREATH STYLING ESSENTIALS Flowers, leaves, fruit, twigs and various greenery … the possibilities are almost endless when it comes to decorating with a wreath during the holiday season or at any time of year. Whether adorning your front door or as the eye-catching centrepiece of your holiday table, wreaths are sure to add a special something to your décor!

DRY FLOWER WREATH: We love the earthy tones in this wreath so very much! There’s something about the muted colours from the dried flowers alongside the autumn and winter foliage available at this time of year; they marry beautifully with ferns, grasses and seed pods that complete the look of this timeless adornment, making it easy to leave in place all year round.

EUCALYPTUS AND FIR WREATH: This traditional looking Christmas wreath is made of eucalyptus, silver fir, Carolina sapphire cypress and silver bell seedpod. All of the materials share a bluish silver colour, making it a perfect wreath for any style door and home. The most amazing scent will welcome you and your visitors without fail.

FLORAL TABLE WREATH: White and red with evergreens, the traditional colour combination for Christmas. A versatile wreath easily fits into your interior festive décor as a complement to your dining decorative needs. This table wreath is loaded with ranunculus, roses, ilex berries and Queen Anne lace.

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Michael Kaeshammer The Spirit of Christmas Saturday, December 4

Swing into Christmas with Michael Kaeshammer’s “The Spirit of Christmas”. A performance featuring all your Christmas favourites turned up a notch with a toe-tapping, boogie-woogie, spin on the classics. Sing along as Michael delights fans taking them on a musical journey that will be sure to put anyone in The Spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Movie Night Christmas

Movie Night

Friday, December 17

FREE Community Christmas Movie Night in the Mary Winspear Centre's Bodine Hall. Come dressed in your holiday PJ's and bring cozy pillows and blankets to enjoy The Grinch with friends and family. There will be a concession available for purchase by cash. Doors open a 6pm, reserve your ticket at, space is limited.

Blues Songs of Christmas Friday, December 17

This refreshing take on holiday concerts finds Big Hank and the King Pins rolling through music that includes tunes going back a century to Christmas blues tunes that have been favourites of the boomer generation that grew up listening to B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Blues Songs of Christmas is a show where every song puts a different spin on the season and everything that goes with “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Puss In Boots Christmas Pantomime December 24 & 26-30

Prospects look grim for the Miller family when their husband/father dies unexpectedly. There’s not much of value in his will but Sidney is pleased to be given their cat to look after. However his dreams of buying a house and making a good marriage seem destined to fail, at least according to his mother. Meanwhile the whole village lives in fear of the ogre who lives in a nearby castle and sends his guards to bully the villagers and steal from them. Perhaps a visit from the king and queen will help sort out their problems. Or perhaps help will come from elsewhere. The only way to find out is to come and see us at the Charlie White Theatre in Sidney this Christmas and enjoy the singing and dancing and maybe even laugh (or groan) at the jokes.

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From Everyone at Pemberton Holmes Sidney … We Wish You The Merriest of Times During The Holiday Season!

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T R A D E S T U D E N T S P OT L I G H T by Heidi Hackman & Colleen McNamee, District Career Coordinators, SD 63 photo by Janis Jean Photography

New Programs for

Saanich School District This month rather than highlighting one of our amazing trades students, we are excited to let readers know about two new programs that the Saanich School District is launching in February. The first program, Take a Hike, is one that is new to Vancouver Island but has been operational in the Lower Mainland for 20 years. Take a Hike Foundation partners with school districts to engage vulnerable youth in a full time alternative program. The program provides self-paced education plans, fun and challenging outdoor adventures, service-learning projects and continuous, intensive clinical counselling. More than just adventure-based learning, Take a Hike is one of the few outdoor programs in B.C. that has dedicated mental health services woven into the program. The Saanich School District is very excited to launch this new program with the goal of empowering youth with the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school, build healthy relationships, and achieve success – however they define it. The program will run out of the Saanichton Learning Centre, and will have a maximum of 20 students who are referred to the program through Saanich School District advocates, counsellors and administration teams. Tristan Tjosvold (at right) is the mental health clinician who will be working with the team and is excited for this program to start as he has been a part of the Take a Hike program in the Lower Mainland. He is driven by the hope and potential that human connection can facilitate. A Saanich School District teacher will also be involved in the program full time to teach the core curriculum. For more information on this program visit The second program is the Educational Assistant and Community Support (EACS) program. This is a partnership program between the Saanich School District and Vancouver Island University. Hosted at the Saanichton Learning Centre and running from February 1 until the end of August, the EACS program is available as a dual credit program for Grade 12 students, so they can earn credit towards high school and postsecondary. It is also available to qualified members of the community looking for new career pathways. All the students in the program will complete a practicum within the school district and the community. The schools in Saanich are looking forward to supporting the students with hands-on training opportunities. Successful completion of the program may lead to employment in the Saanich School District and/or in a community setting such as a residential program for people with disabilities. Educational Assistants play a vital role in our schools by

supporting children and youth with diverse abilities. One of the many benefits of this program is that it ladders into the second year of a Social Services & Child & Youth Care Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care Degree, Bachelor of Education or a Bachelor of Social Work. With the shortage of educational assistants in the district we are excited to get this program up and running. If you are interested in applying please contact Colleen McNamee at or Heidi Hackman at


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The Elves of CFAX Santas Anonymous Who could argue with the idea that everyone deserves a happy Christmas? Some children, through no fault of their own, live precarious lives where they go without many of the things that the rest of the population takes for granted.


Warmth, food, comfort; we'd hope that no one had to live without them in our community, and yet we know it's not the case. The number of families living on, or below, the poverty line is not decreasing, and there will be many children who are not anticipating the holiday season with joy and excitement this year. CFAX Santas Anonymous has made it their mission – for over 40 years – to make sure that no child in the Greater Victoria region goes without a gift at Christmas. It is an enormous undertaking, currently being spearheaded from some unassuming offices on Keating Cross Road. I met with Christine Hewitt, Executive Director, to learn all about the work the organization does, and just how they manage to achieve it year after year. One of the key takeaways from my visit is that CFAX Santas Anonymous is a Children's Charity with a Christmas name. Yes, they focus their fundraising around the holidays, and much of their resources are directed towards ensuring that no family goes without at Christmas, but they support Greater Victoria children and families throughout the year too. Their granting program has distributed $2.4 million since 2002; that's to literacy programs and breakfast clubs; dental or optometry support; as well as many sports, camps and activities.

But to Christmas, and what the organization means to kids. When a family registers with CFAX Santas Anonymous, which can happen through a variety of partner agencies, they will be contacted directly by a volunteer to learn from the parent/ caregiver the gifts their child would like to receive. This year there are 2,750 kids registered! Despite the mammoth task ahead of them, Christine tells me that a volunteer will be personally connecting with each of the families and making sure that each one of those 2,750 kids receives a gift that is just right for them. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization and many have been with them for years. Making those phone calls can be a pleasure, but it can also be heartbreaking. Christine ensures support and opportunities for the volunteers to share the difficult experiences and talk together. Each child will receive three gifts, two valued at $40 each, and a third gift that Santa's Elves choose highlighting a child's interests. They also provide a grocery hamper for the family. This consists of three bags of food designed to support children at home for the Christmas break including healthy breakfast and lunch options. Included in the grocery hamper is a $75 grocery gift card for parents to purchase perishables. Providing these fundamentals of a happy holiday might be a challenging task, yet everyone involved understands that asking for help is extremely difficult for many of the families too. The reason that they're anonymous is to remove the barrier that shame can put up. All the gifts and hampers are delivered by Victoria-area firefighters – keeping a discrete distance between the organization and the recipients. At the Santas workshop on Keating, toys, gift cards and clothes are just starting to build up. Christine tells me that they no longer wrap the gifts, allowing families to have that input themselves. By mid-December an enormous warehouse downtown will be full with gifts of all shapes and sizes as well as the thousands of bags of groceries, ready to ease some worries and bring smiles to faces over the holidays. I imagine most people will have seen a Tree of Wishes at a mall in the run up to Christmas. Decorated with paper ornaments that share a child's biggest wish for Christmas, anyone can select one and purchase the gift themselves for delivery by CFAX Santas Anonymous. Buying a gift for an unknown child is a great feeling, and a teachable moment for many, as kids learn that not everyone is as fortunate as themselves. You might not know that cash donations are also gratefully accepted. With partnerships from retailers, Christine explains that they have a lot of buying power, stretching each of those cash donations. The biggest fundraiser though is Miracle on Broad Street, an annual 12-hour radio marathon. This year's event takes place on Friday, December 10 – make sure you tune in to CFAX radio to hear heart-warming stories of people whose own childhoods were impacted by a Santas Anonymous gift, and local celebrities and entertainers ready to get you into the spirit of giving. Find out more and donate:



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Sidney will be a twinkling wonderland as it welcomes the community to celebrate the holiday season with an assortment of family-friendly activities between November 14 and December 31. Enjoy enchanting decorative lights throughout the Town, festive displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, a live brass band on weekends and much more! Community Christmas Tree Help us decorate the tree by picking up locally made Christmas ornaments from participating locations and then by adding them to the Community Christmas Tree located between Sabhai Thai and Barbara’s Boutique (2493 Beacon Ave). Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt Explore downtown and find where these little scout elves have landed for a fun-filled, holiday scavenger hunt! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Enjoy a festive ride through downtown Sidney on Saturdays and Sundays, November 28 to December 19, 12 PM – 4 PM. Tours are $50.00 per carriage and seat up to 6-people. Book at Live Entertainment The Festive Brass ensemble will serenade shoppers every Saturday, from Nov 27 to Dec 18, 11 am – 1 pm at 2493 Beacon Avenue. Festive Displays Discover a small-town Christmas in Sidney with Sidney's annual light-up featuring festive displays throughout Downtown. Find out more about Christmas in Sidney at © Sidney Business Improvement Area Society

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Tis the Season to Sparkle Are you really fully dressed without jewelry? Absolutely not, and our prehistoric ancestors with their shell and fishbone necklaces would agree. Jewelry is the staple of your ensemble, the icing on the cake, the way to transform a basic outfit to special. With shine and sparkle at the top of the December agenda, we need feel-good pieces at the ready and boy do we deserve it! You may already be racing out donned head to toe with unworn-for-ages treasures, skipping and cartwheeling to the nearest party, dinner, neighbour's, mask in tow, forgetting to put on clothes! The past few years have certainly seen a shift in our jewelry wearing, focusing on the style of face masks and choice of hand sanitizer instead. Some may have stopped wearing jewelry altogether, but now that's changing, bringing us joy. Big, small, real or fake – how lucky are we to have it all gloriously available in many shapes and styles to take your look from simple to simply fabulous. If you're investing in precious gems or affordable quality costume pieces, today's designers have us covered with stunning crystals, glass, resins, metals and manmade stones. The key is to wear what feels great to you! Layering pieces is a favourite. Different lengths and shapes of chains worn together; a mix of bangles and bracelets; stacked rings and multiple ear piercings are all on trend. Whether your style is a diamond stud like Megan, Adele-style hoops, Audrey's pearls, rockchic Kate Moss or full-on Beyonce glam, make it work for you and the look you're aiming for. Consider earrings carefully and choose them to flatter your features

and make your eyes sparkle; they are the most visible piece to the person opposite you. If your outfit is busy, add a beautiful statement ring to catch the light, especially if you talk with your hands! Another wonderful trend is ring stacking. There are no rules – across the hands or upwards; mixing metals; adding coloured crystals and different shapes as you go. Bare arms need bracelets, exotic or simple, layered or solo. We love stacking bangles with a mix of pearls or crystals … gorgeous! If you are a chilly type, a wide cuff looks stunning worn over the sleeve of your knit. Add a statement ring, groomed nails and classic hoops for a polished, classy look. What about the forgotten brooch? No longer are they fuddyduddy. Pin it onto a masculine blazer lapel; add to the side hip of a dress; pin to your evening clutch or use to fasten the button of a cardigan. They can really liven things up in the most unique way. Lastly, with a little more skin showing after some serious hibernation, consider metals and stones that complement your skin tone, not just your outfit. Silver, gold, brushed gold, rose gold, cool or warm tone crystals, different shades of pearls … focus on which colours bring out your best. Gone are the days of wearing one kind of metal. There were no rules for shells and fishbones, after all. So for those nights out with colleagues and friends, family dinners, date nights, neighbourhood gatherings or special nights at home – whatever your dress-up style, be confident and make it special. Let your beautiful, unique self shine through, feel fabulous and leave your sparkle wherever you go.

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In home décor? Leather. On your bedside table? Back issues of Seaside Magazine. In haircare? Bumble and bumble shampoo. In your shaving kit? Gilette Quattro, Oral B electric toothbrush, Colgate, floss. My hand is my comb! On your feet? Hoka. On your skin? Just soap.

In your closet? 34 Heritage Pants, 7 Downie Street Shirts. When you want to smell irresistible? Laundry dried outside (when possible). When you don't care how much it costs? d.g.bremner & co. When you want to throw fashion out the window and be all about comfort? Flannel.

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as simple or predictable as the Hallmark cards. The holiday season can be joyful and exciting, but, for some people, it is also a time of sadness, loss and grief. It is essential to take care of the person in the mirror at this time of year, including giving ourselves permission to feel not-so-merry and to create our own unique holiday experience. A local professional has some wise advice on how to achieve this kind of balance in a time of frenzied merriment. The Christmas season is heavy with emotion, tradition and sentiment. The huge mental investment people make during this time of year can evoke a wide range of feelings, some not so positive. Sadness and grief around past trauma and losses tend to surface during the holidays. Unrealistic expectations can put people under unnecessary stress. We are supposed to act happy and cheerful, even when we are not. How can people help themselves to cope with these challenges? Anne Brodbeck, long-time Sidney resident and founder of Streams Counselling in Central Saanich offers many valuable insights into dealing with the stresses of the holiday season. Anne is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor who takes a humanistic client-centred approach to counselling: "The goal of therapy is to guide people, not to figure out the whole puzzle, and to bring in new perspectives. Each person has existing strengths, and by recognizing them and building on them we can construct a solid structure to develop strategies upon for successful living." She brings these principles of self-empowerment into her advice for people struggling with the emotional impact of the holidays. "First of all, this holiday is not just one day, but a whole month. It seems to drag on and linger, so the triggers are multiplied," says Anne. Therefore, there will be many more cues that could spark painful feelings, such as holiday music bringing up past memories of happier times. The barrage of emotions and uncertainties for people who are suffering losses during the holidays can be overwhelming: "It is very messy!"

"It is normal to lament and be upset about losses at this time of year, but there comes a point when you need to make a shift from 'why' to 'now what?'" advises Anne. "We can't change the past, but we can ask ourselves: 'What is one thing that I can do differently to make my Christmas a little bit better, this year, right now?'" She suggests scaling it down – instead of a full dinner with family, perhaps just stay for dessert and coffee. A change in attitude often follows: "You can look for something that had a positive impact this time, then maybe you can build on that." To Anne, this empowering and proactive process instills hope. "Taking a risk is a step towards possibility." Anne suggests that people ask themselves: "What is a little bit of a risk that I am willing to take today, this holiday season?" Maybe

that daunting phone call will end up being the brightest part of Christmas. Another strategy is setting a goal, such as a "best case scenario" for a solo Christmas, and then deciding on what small risks you are willing to take to get there. In conclusion, Anne stresses how important it is to allow ourselves to feel sad, upset, or hurt and not to judge ourselves for it. It is okay to not feel happy during the holidays. "We have to be gentle and understanding with ourselves" and make sure that self-care is a priority. I asked Anne if there was another very important point to leave readers with at the end of my article. "To know that feelings of loss and grief are often unexpected and to be gentle with ourselves when they come," she answered. "We need to handle ourselves with care."

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"Indian" in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power Jody Wilson-Raybould (Harper Collins)

Wilson-Raybould's memoir highlights her experiences in federal politics including her appointment as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Raised with a family respect for fair principles of government, Wilson-Raybould understood the need for Canada to make substantive changes. Her principled stance led to her eventual resignation. Wilson-Raybould tells her story in a warm, clear style that illuminates her personal drive and determination.

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Carol Windley (Harper Collins)

It is 1927 and Berliner Natalia Faber is rocked by a secret revealed. Natalia marries Miklos, Count Andorjan, and moves to his Hungarian landholdings. When the war begins, Miklos leaves on a secret mission. Natalia goes to Prague to find him, posing as a fortune-teller. A chance connection made during a psychic reading reunites her with someone from her past. Despite hardships suffered during the war, Natalia finds strength through forgiveness and friendship. This Vancouver Island author's first novel continues the quiet wisdom of her previous short story collections.

Forest Magic: A Guidebook for Little Woodland Explorers Sarah Grindler (Sandhill)

Children four to eight years old will love the interactive writing and fieldguide-style illustrations that fill this guide. Sarah Grindler was raised on Salt Spring Island and uses words like "lichen" and "tendrils" with an easy familiarity that will have children wanting to add them to their own vocabularies. This book will promote an appreciation of local flora and fauna, and a desire to investigate outdoors.

The Whisper on the Night Wind Adam Shoalts (Penguin Random House)

Traverspine, Labrador, is a ghost town now, but in 1900 it was haunted by mysterious creatures. Historian and explorer Adam Shoalts combines documented eyewitness accounts with historical evidence of Viking presence, his own knowledge of folklore and his love of adventure to create a captivating and compelling account.

The Madness of Crowds Louise Penny (St. Martin's)

A Town Called Solace Mary Lawson (Penguin Random House)

Seven-year-old Clara is sad and confused by the disappearance of her teenage sister. Brushed off by the worried adults in her life, she befriends the neighbour's cat while the neighbour, Mrs. Orchard, is dying in hospital. When outsider Liam Kane moves into the Orchard house, Mrs. Orchard reveals a long-kept secret that surprises Liam and shakes the townspeople of Solace. Lawson's skilfully detailed slice of Ontario small town life is intense yet comforting in its familiarity.

Whitewater Cooks: Together Again

The ever-popular Armand Gamache is back, and his cozy winter in Three Pines is interrupted when the Chief Inspector is asked to provide security for a visiting professor whose agenda turns out to be hate-filled and dangerous. When the university refuses to cancel the lectures, discussions become heated, an intellectual madness takes hold and a murder is committed. Gamache is in his element as he sets out to explore why the professor's theory has caused such a fracture and, of course, to solve the crime.

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Finding Balance Over the Holidays Let's face it: it can be really hard to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle over the holidays. Temptation is aplenty; coziness abounds. It can be easy to get swept up with all of the festivities and suddenly realize you're well established on the sugar rollercoaster, and it's been weeks since you moved your body. There is a flip side to this as well, where those who are so strict in maintaining their usual healthy routine that they end up coming out of the holidays feeling like they missed out on all of the joy. It really is about finding balance. You can have both: indulgence, relaxation and joy are absolutely a part of a healthy lifestyle. I've pulled together some of my favourite tips to enjoy this season, without getting totally thrown off track. Keep at Least One Meal a Day in Your Usual Routine. Breakfast is a great one to keep along with your usual routine. If you typically start off your day with a smoothie, keep that up over the season. This allows there to be some structure to balance out all of the holiday flow. Make Your Treats Healthy. I am a big believer in DIY treats because you get to choose what goes into them. There are some little changes you can make to classic holiday recipes, as well as totally new droolworthy ideas that have less refined sugar and carbohydrates and are made with good quality ingredients. Go for a Walk. Seriously though, go for a walk. It's OK if you miss out on some of your usual fitness routines, but walking is always accessible, and you will thank me after you get some fresh air and blood flowing through your body. Walking is also a fantastic form of movement that supports your heart. Invite the whole Christmas Crew.

Create Time to Centre. Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, carve out time to just be with yourself. This could be yoga, meditation, journaling, or even hot cocoa in the corner. Taking even a few minutes of space to ground yourself and come back to your centre goes a long way in keeping you connected to the signals your body is giving you. Listen to Your Body. Be honest: you always know deep down when you're overdoing it. Listen to the messages your body is giving you. Are you feeling full? Are you really craving another truffle,

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MAKING MEMORIES THROUGH FAMILY FUN by Patricia Pearson & Ashley Stelck, Hansell & Halkett vintage home decor

More than ever, we are all craving good authentic connections. What better time than the holidays to slow down, gather around, and create lasting memories (along with some cute crafts that you can bring out each year to remember them by)! This year we decided to start the season by making some fun pinecone characters with our kids. As the owners of Hansell & Halkett vintage home décor, we love reusing objects that we have around the house and incorporating nature. Gathering items is also part of the fun!

Step 1 Gather supplies. Head outside to gather some pinecones along with any other materials you can find (twigs, berries, moss). Then check your craft drawer for things like pom poms, felt, bells and pipe cleaners. Don't have any? Thrift stores are a great place to find some!

Step 2 Set the mood. Gather your friends and family, make some hot chocolate or cookies and turn on the holiday tunes.


Step 3 Get crafting! Decide on your character and paint your pinecone.

Step 4 Accessorize your character. Use your craft supplies to dress it up! Maybe a felt hat for your snowperson, or a scarf for your reindeer. Use your imagination!

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Step 5 Find a home for your new friends. There are lots of ways to incorporate the characters into your décor. You can create a holiday scene on a mantel or table, glue string on them and hang them from the tree or hide them nestled in a bowl or vase that you have already displayed. Or, you can give them to your friends!

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Awards & Accolades Century Farm Family Congratulation to Bryce and Jill Rashleigh of Saanichton Farm, who recently received a Century Farm and Ranch Award for their family's contribution to farming. The B.C. government presents the award to farms, ranches and agricultural organizations that have been working in B.C. for 100 years. The Rashleigh family has been actively farming on Vancouver Island since 1912 and in Saanichton since 1936.

Above the Bar Everson Law is proud to announce that a member of their team, Wendy Anne Claxton, Real Estate Paralegal, was recently presented the 2021 Linda Barnes Award by the Victoria Bar Association. The award recognizes proven excellence, professional courtesy and longstanding devotion in the service of the recipient's employers. Congratulation Wendy!

Now That's an Order! On October 23, two members of Sidney's St. Andrew's Anglican Church were presented with the Order of British Columbia by the

Anglican Diocese of B.C. at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria. Len Howland and Tim Cribdon were among the 33 people who were recognized for their outstanding service to the church and community over a significant period of time. Congratulations and thanks to both for their service to the church and the community!

For the Kids A Little Less Sparkle For the third year in a row, the Peninsula Celebrations Society has decided not to hold the annual Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade due to Covid pandemic numbers and concerns for citizens' safety. But don't despair, there are many other great events and activities happening on the Peninsula to celebrate the holiday season as well as local businesses going the extra mile to make everything "Merry and Bright."

It's Play Time The District of Central Saanich has a new treehouse-inspired playground at Tanner Park located on 6245 Rodolph Road. The playground has an accessible pathway and is designed for kids ages


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Taking Off Now on Tap The much-anticipated Beacon Brewing has opened in the Oceana building on Third Street in Sidney. The small-batch brewery and tasting room offer pints and flights, local cider and soda, and locally produced snacks. And, here's a new twist on collaboration: they welcome patrons to bring in takeout from any Sidney restaurants!

Keeping it Agile Andrew and Vanessa Johnson, owners of Bicycle Pizza, have some exciting news to share. As of January 1, they will be the new owners of Beauregard Café and the new hosts of the shared kitchen. Their vision is to bring new life to the Saanich Peninsula, continue to grow the Bicycle Pizza brand, and be the new collaborative hub for local start-ups while supporting other retail businesses in our neighbourhood.

Going Global After 21 months, Victoria Airport regains its "international" status. Transport Canada has given the go-ahead for international flights to resume beginning on November 30. Travellers will require proof-ofdouble-vaccination credentials and anyone flying must have been double-vaccinated at least two weeks before they travel.

Fond Farewell to Friends Goodbye to the Farm After 11 years, Laura Waters, owner of Snowdon House, has sold the farm at 1890 Mills Road in North Saanich. The lovely little store on-site closed on November 14, but there is good news! Laura will continue to sell her amazing products through her online store and will be attending select retail shows and markets. We wish Laura all the best!

Taking His Last Shot The Peninsula Panthers are mourning the death of the team's longtime photographer Gordon Lee, who sadly passed away on October 14, 2021. Gordon was a professional sports photographer who was also a fixture around local playing fields and rinks.

In the Spirit of Christmas Secret Santa Talk about community spirit! A long-time Saanich Peninsula resident and their family have initiated a Donor Match Challenge for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital & Healthcare Foundation's "Picture Perfect" campaign to raise the necessary funds for a new X-ray machine. This devoted donor and family have committed to matching donations, dollar for dollar, up to $700,000! This will certainly make fundraising for this much-needed equipment easier. Who they are is a mystery.


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INSIDE OUT by Joe DuQuesnay, R.Ph. Pharmasave Brentwood Bay

Meet Your Pharmacist! We've all been there. "The baby just got stung by a wasp!" Or, "Darn it! I must have left my pills in the hotel!" Or, "What's this weird rash on half of my face?" Or … . Hopefully you know exactly who to call, and if you don't, the answer is: Your Community Pharmacist. Wherever you live, wherever you travel, there is probably a community pharmacy right there, ready and willing to help you with your health and wellness needs. Around the world, and right here at home, pharmacists are uniquely positioned to serve you. As the world entered a time of fear and uncertainty from the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, pharmacies geared up to meet the challenge of being on the "front line." Communities everywhere were losing access to all manner of wellness products and services, from hand sanitizer, to hairstylists, to family physicians. In response, we implemented trendsetting hygiene protocols, procured supplies from unique sources and utilized our skills as your most accessible and trusted health care providers. And we continue to do so. Community pharmacists are major contributors to health care systems around the world. The role of the pharmacist in the community has evolved throughout the years, expanding from the dispensing of medicines towards a more patient-centred approach with increased provision of clinical pharmacy services. As health care systems face financial and staffing challenges that continue to escalate, pharmacists are responding by using our

skills to offer expanded services to our patients. Pharmacists are particularly trained and qualified to provide advice and counseling about the right choice and usage of medications, to monitor treatment outcomes, to reduce the risk for unintentional adverse effects, and to prevent drug interactions. We have established a widespread network of services that provide direct outpatient care. If you are one of the fortunate ones to have a regular doctor, we are there to help you and your doctor to manage and maintain your medication treatments. And if you are without a regular doctor, but still requiring ongoing treatment, we can assess your needs and fill the gap until you can get access to that treatment. Pharmacists continue to be Canada's most trusted health care providers and are seen by Canadians five to seven times more often than than by a family doctor. Our community relationships mean that we know your community better than anyone. This makes your community pharmacy a virtually limitless resource for supporting public and community health initiatives and opportunities to partner with other healthcare providers like nurses, dentists, physicians and naturopaths to improve your health outcomes and to build stronger, healthier communities. Could that rash be shingles? I'm there for you to provide routine immunizations. I can help you or a loved one to quit smoking. I can help the baby get over that wasp sting, and I'll help you replace that lost medication. I'm your community pharmacist. Let's get to know each other.

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P E N I N S U L A VO I C E S by Deborah Rogers | photo by Janis Jean Photography

Talking with Eric Partridge The Reverend Canon Dr. Eric Partridge is the Rector at St Andrew's Anglican Church where he serves a growing congregation and our wider Peninsula community. It's a church that practices the tolerance and inclusivity they preach. I met with Dr. Partridge for a discussion that was both reflective and inspirational at the church in Sidney. You made the decision to join the church later in your life, having already had a career that included being a lawyer. How did you know it was the right time for you to join the church? Do you see benefits that come from having lived in different roles prior to becoming a priest? When I was a teen I thought I would become a priest, but life intervened. I changed careers four times, and each time I changed directions I heard a small voice asking me if it was time to seriously consider the priesthood. I always seemed to find a reason not to do so, but when I finally retired I ran out of excuses. As we say in the church, it can be a long and difficult road to Nineveh but now I'm home. Many priests come from other walks of life. I think that's a good thing; we each bring with us a wealth of life experience and disparate skills learned in the crucible of life. That 46 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | DECEMBER 2021

enriches the church and makes our communities more willing to see the world from a broader perspective – something that I believe is desperately important as the church meets the needs of the 21st century. We live in a wonderful community but there are people who, for whatever reason, have fallen through the gaps and find themselves struggling. Is it the role of the church to support those people, and how does St Andrew's provide outreach in our community? For the most part, I think Sidney is a very rich community; we have so much to be thankful for. But there are some in our community who struggle economically and others who simply feel isolated. Most churches want to support those people but that's been more challenging during Covid. We've found some ways to manage that: parishioners go out twice a week to offer a meal and to simply connect on a personal level; we provide food cards to allow people to buy what they choose. And we've used the telephone, mail, email and Zoom to connect with people who are feeling isolated. Recently we've begun to allow in-person gatherings of small groups and worship by pre-registered, vaccinated, masked people. It isn't perfect, but then, life is messy and that's OK. We do what we can.

You studied for your doctorate at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon and the research you undertook has provoked interest across North America. Can you tell us about the way you selected your topic of loneliness, and the discoveries you made? My doctoral studies were sparked by a conversation with a parishioner. She was involved in three ministries in the church, drove others to appointments, attended church events and had a group of dear friends she saw regularly. But she told me: "I love my life during the day, but when I go home at night, I'm achingly lonely." In that one conversation, everything I thought I knew about loneliness was challenged. Here was a woman who was doing all the things I thought a lonely person needed to do to reduce loneliness and it wasn't enough. Chronic loneliness has a greater impact than smoking 15 cigarettes a day and surprisingly, it affects as much as 30% of the population, increases the risk of heart disease, and can lead to depression and suicide. My research focused on how daily practices of gratitude might (and it turns out, does) help reduce that impact. Whether someone thinks of themselves as religious or not, the commandment to "Love your neighbour as yourself" is a message that should be easy to understand. Why do you think people find it hard to accept the differences in others, and how is your church and congregation demonstrating the value to be found in diversity, and tolerance? I think loving your neighbour, whoever that person might be, is the most important rule of life. As Rabbi Hillel famously said: "All the rest is just commentary." And yet we humans are tribal – feeling safest with those closest to us, those most like us. It's challenging to truly love someone whose life, beliefs and choices are different than ours. But difficult or not, it's what we're called to do. St. Andrew's has a long history of welcoming everyone, loving our neighbour whoever they are. That's true in small ways, like different preferences in music or liturgy, and in more significant ways, like offering same sex marriages, (or as we call them: marriages). The church has a wonderful kaleidoscope of folk and we delight in that. Questions are encouraged and people are reminded that if someone tells you that they have all the answers, you should run away fast. We're all learning as we go. During the pandemic we lost our traditional ways to gather and celebrate or to mourn together. What are we losing as individuals when we can't hold a funeral or celebration of life? Are there ways that you've been able to support our community during these crucial transitions? We need to be able to mark life passages – funerals, weddings, birth of children – and for too many this has been missing since Covid. This past November 1 we read the names of the 36 folk in our community who have passed during the pandemic. For Christmas, we'll be offering a "memorial tree" outside our church for anyone in Sidney to hang an ornament in memory of someone. And recently, as things begin to open up, we've begun to be able to offer actual memorial services. It's been far too long, but it's coming.

Seasons Greetings from all of us at Alford Walden Law During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made and continue to make our business possible. In this spirit and these trying times we sincerely thank you and wish you a healthy, happy and safe Holiday Season.

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Connecting Communities The District of North Saanich is home to 29 local parks and 34 km of trails that weave through and around the entire community. The commitment to connecting green spaces is special to the entire Peninsula and North Saanich especially is spoiled for choices: from trails through small woods, hilltop views, quiet beaches and peaceful residential neighbourhoods. Route Details Starting from West Saanich Road and Readings Road. Follow Readings until Sycamore Drive and go right. Follow that to Hickory Drive. Go right. Park on the street close to the entrance of Sycamore Park. Sycamore Park starts as a throughway past residential backyards to a staircase which can be slippery after a rain, so use some caution. There is a bench at a junction where you will follow the path to the right and over a gentle forest slope to Sycamore Drive. Go left on Sycamore (downhill), cross Reading Drive down Sycamore Place to Sumac Park.

Sumac Park is four hectares of beautiful parkland full of cedar, large leaf maple trees and Douglas fir. There are several trails to follow but we headed left (north) toward Sumac Drive. Other options are to connect toward the Eugene Bailin Memorial Trail (east) or to Reading Drive Park to the south. Back into the peaceful residential community on Sumac Drive, go past Oceanspray Drive and all the way to Bluebell Place. Turn right and follow the road to the end, where you will find a path connector that brings you onto the trail into Bluebell Park. Bluebell Park is an easy path through a forest with cedar, Douglas fir and arbutus trees. Past giant ferns, salal, ivy, and moss-covered treefall. As you come to the turn out of the park (south) you will begin your trek back up. Look back for glimpses of Salt Spring Island from Readings Drive and as you head up another path connector toward Brickley Close. Straight across Brickley to the path connector to Nitinat Road, which you will follow downhill to Hillgrove Road. Go left to walk up the picturesque lane to another connector that is your final forest path before coming out at Acorn Place and the other side of Hillgrove Road. The final part of this two-hour walk is up Hickory Drive (left off Hillgrove Road past interesting architecture and acreages with a few peek-a-boo views of the ocean and valley). Things to Note Explore and create your own park-to-park path using ArcGIS Online: 62fcc4ae9aa0a236f3b79321b There are no public toilets in this vicinity but the public washroom at Horth Hill is likely the closest. DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 51

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Liberty & Connection Watching Brooklyn Rae Greig work two horses at liberty – loose in a large sand arena, with no halters or tack on – it's clear to see the connection she has with horses. They flicker their ears back and forth, watching her every movement and checking in with her and each other, constantly. She allows them the time and freedom to roll and buck and play, and then puts them to work when needed, showing the direction she's asking them to travel in by stretching her one arm out wide and with her other, guiding them with a long whip/training stick, which is used as an extension of the arm and not to punish or hit the horse, as this would damage the trust between horse and human. This type of horse training, often called liberty work, allows for what Brooklyn calls an "honest conversation" with horses and it's the foundation of her training program for horses. There's something very special about seeing a horse totally loose

and free to do whatever it pleases, and instead choosing to interact in a positive way with a person, often playing and communicating through body language. Brooklyn has been involved with horses most of her life and she operates her business, BRG Horsemanship, out of Derrinberg Farm, the Saanichton property her parents have owned since she was 10 years old. The farm is home to six horses at the moment, some that are in for training and rehabilitation and others that are part of the family herd. Brooklyn has split the horses into two small "mini" herds, each consisting of one gelding (male) and two mares (female) horses in order to mimic how horses would be in the wild as much as possible. Nowadays, horses are often kept separated from each other and as much as possible she feels it's best to let the horses be as natural as possible within our domesticated confines.

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In winter, when Brooklyn often takes a break from hosting monthly horsemanship clinics, she strives to add in more liberty work with the horses as much as she can. It gives them a break from under saddle riding work, but can continue and improve their training in other areas. She loves to work with two horses at a time so she can observe their herd dynamics and how the two horses interact with each other. By giving the horses the freedom to express themselves, it allows her to spot the horse who is tense, or lashing out and becoming aggressive, or those dealing with anxiety. She aims to "plug in as a member of the herd," and guide the horse's energy, emotion and physical body. It also gives her the time to listen to the horse, to really tune into what he/she is telling her through body language and interactions. This type of training can build a strong relationship between horse and human, which can then go on to benefit to work done under saddle. "Many would see this place as a ton of work, and it is!" Brooklyn says with a laugh, but it's also her sanctuary and creative outlet. A busy mom of three kids aged five to 10 years old, she was diagnosed with postpartum depression after the birth of one of her children and it was that period of her life that she says "challenged all of my life's perspectives. I learned how to ask for help and support, and how to receive it," Brooklyn says. During this time, she turned to horses to help with her own healing. It led her to offering healing through horsemanship sessions on top of her workload of rehabilitating and training horses, and teaching horsemanship clinics. Brooklyn's plate is very full but she manages it all with an amazing team. She credits her husband and children, who are all involved with the horses and clinics, her barn staff who help with chores and feeding, a nanny for childcare, and support from grandparents. For Brooklyn, horses have allowed her to find a sense of alignment and in turn, she helps horses and people find their own way of feeling secure, confident and safe in the world. "Horses give me courage," she says, "and I see how they give other people courage." For more information on BRG Horsemanship and Brooklyn's upcoming clinics, visit

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Seaside Cabinetry & Design Seaside Cabinetry & Design is a family-run business owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Tony Rechsteiner and Jessica Kwasnica. Since they opened in 2015, they've expanded to their beautiful new showroom in downtown Sidney at 9715 First Street. Before opening Seaside Cabinetry, Jessica was a kitchen designer for 10 years and Tony a home builder and renovator – the perfect team to work together on transforming their clients' spaces! They do cabinetry for all rooms: Kitchens, Butler's Pantries, Dining Rooms, Libraries, Living Rooms, Bathrooms, Mud Rooms and Laundry rooms. Their showroom has hundreds of cabinetry and countertop samples to work with at-hand. Jessica loves taking a space and designing the unexpected, while Tony gets creative with grand spaces. They are both extremely passionate about design and love working with the Sidney locals as well as people from and all over Vancouver Island. Getting to know their clients is a key aspect to their success. Seaside Cabinetry & Design prides themselves on quality cabinetry, professional design services, installations and personalised services. Come and meet them at their showroom by appointment and get going on your new space; maybe a new kitchen is in your future!

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COMMON CENTS by Chloe Cross, BA, PFP Financial Planner, BMO Financial Group, Sidney

PLANNING AHEAD: EDUCATIONAL GRANTS FOR YOUR CHILD Beginning a dedicated education savings plan while your children are still young helps ensure you have the funds necessary when they begin their post-secondary studies. While your RESP contributions are not tax deductible, the funds grow tax-deferred inside the plan and are eligible for additional contributions from the federal and provincial programs. These additional educational grants are: The Canada Education Savings Grant (CESG). Under the program, the Government of Canada pays a grant of 20% of annual contributions to a maximum of $500 per beneficiary ($1,000 in CESGs if there is unused grant room from a previous year) into the RESP. Over the life of the RESP, parents can contribute up to $50,000 per child, and each child qualifies for up to $7,200 in CESGs. The Canada Learning Bond (CLB) is an additional grant that is paid into an RESP. A child is eligible for the CLB if they are from a low-income family which is based on the number of qualified children in the family; and adjusted income of the primary caregiver, including the income of a cohabiting spouse or common-law partner. It consists of an initial sum of $500 and for subsequent years, annual payments of $100 for up to 15 years for each year that the family is entitled to receive it. Enhanced CESG. The 20% CESG may be increased to 30% on the first $500 contribution for families with less than approximately $97,069 of annual income and to 40% for families with less than approximately $48,535 of annual income (the annual income amounts are adjusted yearly based on the rate of inflation). The BC Training & Education Savings Program (BCTESP) provides a $1,200 one-time grant to children born on or after January 1, 2007. This amount is paid into an RESP upon application between the child's sixth and ninth birthday. At the time of the application, the beneficiary must be a resident of B.C. When RESP funds are used to pay for education expenses, the accumulated income (including CESGs) is taxed in your child's hands, resulting in little or no tax if withdrawn over a few years because of the basic personal exemption and the tuition tax credit. Your RESP contributions can be returned to you (or your child) taxfree at any time. However, a withdrawal of the RESP contributions will require repayment of the CESG if your child is not attending a qualifying post-secondary educational program. Education planning should be an important component of your overall family wealth management plan. For more information please speak with a financial professional. For more information, contact Chloe Cross at 250.655.2122 or email

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Festive Family Tradition

by Dagmar Kaffanke-Nunn and Cassidy Nunn

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Dagmar: as an immigrant child growing up in a German family, Christmas was the most exciting time of the year. Our mother would send us to the post office with the sled to fetch enormous parcels from our rich aunt in Hamburg. They were filled with beautiful clothing, toys, chocolate pralines, Nivea cream and other wondrous things! But watching Mama making her Christmas stollen in our tiny kitchen was just as thrilling. The intoxicating aroma of almonds, raisins, rum, candied citrus peel, marzipan and butter wafted through our home as the sweet bread baked. Afterwards, Mama dusted the loaf liberally with powdered sugar, signifying snow or the baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. Traditionally, stollen is made with yeast, but my mother found an excellent variation, using baking powder and quark, or cottage cheese. It's quicker to make, has a wonderful flavour, and remains moist for weeks. And the best part is the roll of marzipan down the middle (can be omitted, but for me it's a must!). Since leaving home, I've made huge fleets of stollen every December. I quadruple the recipe which yields fourteen 500g loaves and give them to family, friends and colleagues at Christmas. After I retired, I thought I'd stop but friends would tell me how much they were looking forward to having my stollen for Christmas breakfast and so I carry on the tradition. Now I've shown my daughter how it's done and perhaps she'll be making stollen next Christmas! Cassidy: This is the first time since I was a child that I've helped with my mum's yearly batch of stollen baking. Stollen is a traditional German holiday cake that dates back to the 15th century in origin.

It's always a huge endeavour; I remember her blocking off a full weekend day, taking the week before to shop for all the specific ingredients and then spending most of the day in the kitchen, apron on, hands covered in flour, measuring, preparing, weighing, baking, cooling, icing and lastly wrapping each of the holiday loaves. It took us a full afternoon to prepare this year's quadrupled recipe. We had to make our own almond paste (marzipan) from scratch since we couldn't find it this early in the season anywhere in stores, but the good news is, we searched online and found a recipe that's incredibly easy to do in a blender at home. Mum always uses the cottage cheesebased recipe that my Oma passed down to her, but a quick internet search yielded many variations of stollen recipes so there are plenty of options to try! We poured all the ingredients together in a large pile that resembled a volcano, with mum cracking eggs into the crater and sprinkling baking powder over the mixture before diving in with her hands, kneading the massive pile until it finally resembled an enormous ball. She then broke the dough into smaller loaves and weighed each one on her kitchen scale so that each loaf would weigh the same and bake through consistently. She pressed each lump of dough into an oval shape and made a trench down the middle where the strip of almond paste was added, before folding it over the marzipan and pinching the ends closed. At the end of the day, the house smelled like the holidays, the counters were covered in a light dusting of icing sugar, and we had 14 stollen loaves to wrap up and tuck away until the holidays. All but one made it into the freezer … it's important to sample the goods before gifting, no?! DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 63

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Dr. Mitra Hashemi is the owner of Coast Dental Care in Sidney. She is also one of the co-founders of the non-profit organization, ORCCA (Oral Care for Children and Adolescents) that provides free dental service to children of low-income families. Dr. Hashemi wants to profile some of the dentists who work with her at ORCCA. Please tell us a bit about yourself. Negaar Nadji (NN): I grew up in Yellowknife, NT where there is a very diverse population base. I completed my BSc at UVic, followed by a Master's in Public Health at Memorial University in Newfoundland and finally, dentistry at McGill in 2016. Following dental school, I moved back to Yellowknife to work for my childhood dentist, Dr. Hassan Adam. Dr. Steven Cload (SC): I grew up in Torquay, a small seaside town in England. I graduated from the dental program at the University of Manchester in 1989. In 1991 my Canadian wife, Juliet, and I immigrated to Canada to provide dental care to the wonderful Inuit people of the Kitikmeot Region of the N.W.T. In 1996 we moved to Calgary where I opened my own practice. After 22 years we decided to move to the Saanich Peninsula. I've almost gone full circle living at the seaside again and dodging seagulls. Anna Wang (AW): Aside from working in my own dental practice in Duncan, I have worked overseas for various charities including Poco and Kindness in Action on a volunteer basis. When did you get involved with ORCCA? NN: I recently moved to Victoria in August 2021 and immediately contacted Dr. Hashemi. I love the days that I go to ORCCA; they are my highlight! SC: I started at ORCCA just under two years ago. AW: I have been volunteering with ORCCA since it first began, in 2015. What inspired you to get involved with ORCCA? NN: My childhood dentist, Dr. Hassan Adam. He has helped so many people and is an example of the type of dentist I strive to be. My main goal has always been to serve humanity and to provide service through my skill set. SC: Dr. Hashemi asked if I would help at ORRCA. After my


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Please share an interesting or inspiring experience with ORCCA. NN: On my first day at ORCCA, I met a young family that were recent refugees. I provided the children with check-ups and treatment plans for future care. The children were incredibly grateful. When I met with their parents, they told me how much ORCCA has been a source of help and hope in their life. As a result, one of their children wants to be a dentist so they too can serve others. It would be amazing to see that little girl come back as a dentist and work for ORCCA one day! SC: Many of the young children do not speak English as their first language and often bring an older sibling to their appointment. One older brother told me he was planning to become a heart surgeon. It was inspiring to hear a young man who had come here as a refugee, have such a sky-reaching goal. I truly believe he will attain his goal. AW: I saw a brave five-year-old girl, who had just arrived in Canada after staying in refugee camps in Turkey for a couple of years. She hadn't been eating because of her sore teeth, and they had no access to a dentist at the camp. She was clearly petrified but, when I told her in my very poor Arabic that we were going to help her, she stopped crying and climbed onto our chair. Afterwards, still frozen, she said one of the first words of English she knew: "tank you." We are richly rewarded for what we do at ORCCA.




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Housing Supply Conundrum Peter Dolezal is a semi-retired Sidney resident. He offers INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL CONSULTING SERVICES to individuals, couples and companies. To date, he has assisted more than 275 clients across Canada, principally in Greater Victoria and the Lower Mainland. No Financial Products to Sell Leads to Truly Independent Advice.

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In almost every region of Canada, residents are desperate to find solutions to skyrocketing housing costs which threaten the dream of home ownership for many – particularly for younger generations. Politicians at all levels continue to tinker with solutions, such as first-time buyer incentives; increasing loans from RRSP accounts; minimal down payment requirements; and many other policy changes which are at best, marginal in improving affordability, and in some cases, actually add fuel to price increases. Often too, parents gift funds to their offspring to assist with down payments, helping a fortunate minority enter the housing market. By raising interest rates, the Bank of Canada holds the ultimate solution to a quick moderation, and perhaps dramatic reduction, in housing costs. However, even this action would not solve the affordability issue. The resulting mortgage rate increases would not only make housing just as unaffordable for most, but also slow economic activity and increase unemployment – hardly conditions conducive to making housing more affordable. Past efforts at moderating price increases and improving affordability have had marginal impact – for one simple reason. All efforts have ignored solutions which increase housing supply. Our population will continue to grow, ensuring that the demand for housing will always keep pace. In major cities in particular, there is a severely limited supply of housing of all types. Mountains of zoning and density restrictions, red tape and increasing fees all combine as a disincentive. They slow down

new construction, and substantially increase the cost of newly-built units. The solution? At its most drastic, look at New Zealand. Faced with a housing affordability problem very similar to that in Canada, its federal government recently banned municipalities in five major cities from imposing single-family zoning. Owners of city lots are now permitted to build up to three units on a lot, to a height of three storeys, and covering 50% of what previously had been a single-family lot – all without requiring zoning changes. A less drastic, but still meaningful step closer to home, is the B.C Government’s pending legislation which would eliminate the need for public hearings on zoning changes which conform to the local Community Plan. Changes would also empower staff to approve minor variances, without having to go to Council for approval. On the surface, useful and welcome baby steps. However, if we are serious in increasing housing supply, we must move toward much greater residential densification in our cities. Also needed are common-sense solutions to making more land available for housing construction. For example, does it really make sense that multiple, idled golf-courses in Victoria’s Capital District lie fallow for years, with little chance of ever becoming productive farms, when the acreages involved could accommodate hundreds of residential properties? Most of us support the broad objectives of The Agricultural Land Reserve, but its administration should be more logical and focused on decisions which take into account the greater needs of each community, and its residents.

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Progress Not Perfection Travelling down Green Street isn't always a smooth trip: the route can bend and curve, and can at times feel like you're going in reverse. What can help you successfully navigate the way? Having passengers along for the ride and books, maps and other resources at your disposal. Somewhere in my first eight Going Green columns I hope you were inspired to take on a new action or habit. I hope there has been some story or nugget of information that has contributed to your green journey. I'm not the expert of all experts; I am continuously adapting and improving based on new knowledge. I have also had to learn not to get too frazzled over setbacks. Because there will be setbacks. Sometimes they're our own stumble and sometimes we're tripped up due to external factors. The pandemic impacted many sustainable habits, including cafés suspending the use of reusable cups. One mantra to help the mindset is one you have likely heard before. Improving your fitness? Progress not perfection. Learning a new language? Progress not perfection. Saving for retirement? Progress not perfection. Living a life with a reduced impact on the environment? Progress not perfection. An important part of that progress can be having a supportive network – a network with whom you feel comfortable talking about the ups and downs, and that will listen, advise, support and even join in. Share wins. Success feels good and can motivate those around you; when you try a new product or implement a new habit with positive results, share the good news. As coffee shops begin to reinstate use of personal mugs, I'm keen to share that knowledge with my network. Share struggles; it's OK to have setbacks

and try again. It can be reassuring to know that others have bumps along the way. Admitting and communicating how you overcame a challenge can help eliminate those same roadblocks for others. When my building ceased glass recycling, a coworker offered to add my recyclables to her curbside bin. Share research and resources. Any books, websites, or social media pages you've found helpful are appreciated. Facebook groups or other online communities can be a quick way to ask for advice, seek feedback or

survey a network. Share items or products. Have you discovered a great product? Share a sample with friends. When I received a large amount of a particular washing soda (a brand recommended to me by a friend), I portioned out jarfuls for interested friends to trial. The road to lowering our environmental impact shouldn't be travelled alone. Celebrate success and talk through setbacks. It's all about progress and getting a bit farther along in the journey. DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 67

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Robert Pederson:

The Wonders of Wood Walking along the oceanfront, we often observe the carefree grace of the arbutus tree. But who knew that within these languid limbs was a severe case of tree tension? Bob Pederson, North Saanich woodturner, who is busy creating wooden Christmas ornaments and gifts, knows well the properties of different types of wood including the unique arbutus. Wood from this tree requires special attention before transforming it into art. "Every wood is different to deal with," shares Bob. "With arbutus you must work quickly or it cracks. We boil it first to remove the tension in the wood before working with it." It's this kind of knowledge and often discovery about wood that makes woodturning both fascinating and rewarding. "When you start with a block of wood, you don't know the grain of the wood until you start turning," says Bob, adding: "It's that element of surprise." An activity and profession that dates back to Egyptian times, woodturning involves the use of a wood lathe and handheld tools. The wood piece is turned about a horizontal axis. Various tools are used to pare down the outside of the wood to remove bark and also shape it or hollow it out to make an object. It's akin to clay being shaped on a potter's wheel, but at much higher speeds with much harder material. In our West Coast location, wood is a readily plentiful source for art creations. Bob repurposes wood he obtains. 68 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | DECEMBER 2021

"We have an abundance of wood products here," comments Bob. "Everything I make is done with reclaimed wood." He crafts bowls, vases, platters, lidded boxes and ornaments. Each item is unique. His Christmas tree ornaments vary in shape, size and detailing and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over three hours to complete. Some are natural wood, others colourful through dyeing. Most include top and bottom finials for decoration and attachment purposes. With Christmas around the corner, Bob continues to add to his ornaments inventory as he knows there will be customers contacting him. "Some people buy one each year to add to their collection or buy as gifts for children," he comments. "They are durable when made from wood rather than glass." In his 15-year woodturning journey, Bob has learned a lot and grown in his skills. "I am trying to improve with each project I take on. I never stop learning," he shares. "It's all about improving with every object you do." He is a member of both the American Association of Woodturners and the local Woodturners Guild, both of which offer invaluable education and opportunities to connect with like-minded artists. "There are workshops and guest speakers from all over the world," says Bob. "I like the companionship of other turners. We help each other." Very early on in life, Bob developed dexterity. "My mom taught me how to knit when I was very young," comments Bob. "I was always interested in using my hands."

He developed an interest in working with wood during school. "My interest goes back to early high school days," says Bob. "I had a table saw at home and would make children's toys like little vehicles." In addition, wood holds special appeal for him on a number of levels. "I like the feel of wood. I like the different aromas; some are very pungent." For many years Bob operated a garden and floral business in Saanich before pursuing his current woodturning hobby. Like any artistic endeavour, repetition and practice are so important. It takes patience and knowledge. Bob's natural dexterity is a valuable asset because woodturning demands skill and precision using specialized tools and techniques. "It's a dangerous hobby as you're working with high speeds and sharp tools!" he says. Dealing with physical hazards means of course adhering to daily safety protocols. Whether it's shaving, paring or chiseling wood, it all creates a lot of dust in the woodshed. "You have to be cautious of all aspects of dust," shares Bob. "I wear a facial mask with a dust shield to eliminate breathing in the dust and also use dust extractors in my work area." Perhaps you're looking for a unique Christmas tree ornament or a handcrafted gift for someone. Bob has a large inventory of creations and can be contacted at: They might be featured on a festive tree or charm a little child. They might store a very special souvenir or decorate the dining table. Bob Pederson's wooden works of art are turned out with talent. DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 69

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2021 Saanichton Community Christmas "Food for Families" The Saanichton Community Christmas event is on! With so many local events being cancelled over the past year, the SVA, with the continued support of the local businesses of the Saanichton Village, is pleased to announce this year's Christmas event is "a go" with some modifications to ensure a COVID-19 compliant event. We will make the event safe for families and groups of up to six to participate in and our focus this year is to ensure we raise as much money as possible for the Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank. We strongly believe this Christmas will be even tougher for many local families and we are stepping up to do our part and we hope you will join us in this fun, local event that has run for 17 consecutive years. Last year's event raised $7,500 for the local Food Bank. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The SVA's Saanichton Community Christmas event will include the following events: Photos with Santa, Carriage Rides with Tally-Ho; and The Christmas Tree Trail is still on with the "find the horse stuffy" theme. Families can walk the village (socially distanced) and collect the names of at least five of the horses hidden inside the Christmas trees, or windows of local businesses. Children will have the chance to win one of the many stuffies at the end of the event in our regular contest draw. The Cookie Decorating will not be held at the Pioneer Museum as in past years; however, free cookie kits will be provided to each child to take home. We plan to have a Covidfriendly station set up within the village and will hand them out as

families pass by on the Christmas Tree Trail. The cost of this year's event will be $25 for a group up to three and $50 per group of four to six, which covers all the activities. Every dollar raised will go directly to the food bank, and a tax receipt will be issued. We will have the check-in/registration station set up at St. Mary's Church where the photos with Santa will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Payment for the event can be made by way of: cash, cheque, debit or credit card at the registration table. For more information on the event please visit the Saanichton Village website at: We'll be updating the details as the event gets closer to include links to the participating businesses and their internal Covid practices for their specific locations.

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December Meeting AND End of the Year! In a wonderful act of

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time really walking those streets and noticing the surroundings. She spent many hours in archives in Minnesota and at St Olaf 's College, reading newspaper articles and reference books. It was important to her that she captured a real feeling of some of the key events such as the civil rights marches that Lin attended. It's a book that's threaded through with feminist ideas, and I think that really appealed to our readers. Watching Lin become a wife, then a mother; and then seeing her start to push against the roles she's been assigned feels quite powerful. We were interested in the character of Ron – Lin's husband – and the way that he is portrayed as both protector and saviour, but also the way he tries to support Lin's need for independence and a sense of equality. The novel comes to us in moments of time. We flip back and forth between the past and present which means the reader is not allowed to get too comfortable with one version of Lin as we're witnessing her in her many stages of development. Dower explained how one of her aims in the book was to play a little with the concept of time. Despite moving back and forth on the timeline, it wasn't a book that was narratively confusing, rather it presented little vignettes, each of which added to the learning from the ones before. By the end of the book we were left with an impression of a woman on the cusp of becoming the person she wanted to be. She didn't have it all figured out, but was on the path to finding herself. Learning about the book from its author only added to our enjoyment of it. We do not have a meeting in December so that brings us to the end of another interesting Book Club year. Here are a few statistics about our reading: during 11 meetings we had three author Q&As; 10 books were read and discussed; there were seven female authors and six Canadian; we read two non-fiction books; we had one meeting not about books (we talked about podcasts!). To find out what we'll be reading in January sign up to our email list:

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Moden Boutique: The Gift That Gives Twice This is part of a rotating series of articles about some of the Saanich Peninsula's unique shops and services. This holiday season, it's important to focus on gifting locally – not only to avoid disappointment from issues with global supply chains, the stress of possible delays, and wondering if that special package will arrive on time, but also to support our small businesses here at home. Devon Bird, owner of Sidney's Moden Boutique and Moden Essentials, has everything you need to find the ideal gift for your loved ones. "The holidays are all about connection, and it's a great way to support your micro-community – most of the small business owners live here in Sidney," Devon explains. At Moden, it's not about buying for the sake of buying: it's about gifting something thoughtful and considered, a way to keep people connected. "We like to focus on cyclical giving," says Devon, "and we love to give back to the community." In fact, Moden offers gift wrapping in-store, so you can have your item beautifully wrapped and your donation will go to a local charity. This year, the proceeds will go to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, as a way to give back to our local healthcare workers. Beyond being more convenient to shop locally this year, it's also nice to be able to go into a store in person and get to know the owner; you don't have to worry about online returns or exchanges, and you'll have that personal touch. Devon says the staff at Moden will probably even know the loved one you're shopping for. "We'll often either know what that special someone would like, or in some cases, the wife or sister or mother has already told us what they want!" With PJs and essentials like slippers, socks, and stocking stuffers, Moden makes gifting as easy as possible. "The whole idea for Moden Essentials came from around the holidays, whether you're looking for lingerie or cozy PJs – we've got lots of great gifting options," says Devon. "It's nice to have your purchase support the community you live in." By choosing to focus on a smaller scale this year, you can support a family business, the community and local economy, and donate to a worthy charity – you might even say it's the gift that gives thrice! Moden is located at 2418 Beacon Ave in Sidney, with Moden Essentials next door at 2416 Beacon Avenue. You can visit them online at or call 250-655-0774.

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SAANICHTON CHRISTMAS TREE FARM For 25 years she helped people get their best smile. Now it's her business that puts a smile on the faces of the people she meets! As a former certified dental assistant, Joan Fleming, of Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm, worked hard toward client health and happiness, and now she provides joy by offering beautifully grown trees and an old-fashioned family experience. "Often when people arrive at the farm, they will say, 'it is magical'," shares Joan. "I love to see the excitement and joy from people when they come to the farm each year." For 40 years now, the thriving five-acre farm situated off East Saanich Road has been growing premium B.C. Christmas Trees. Customers have the option of purchasing a pre-cut tree or cutting down a tree of their choice. Often customers are families who arrive with the goal of getting a tree, but leave with fresh memories of a unique festive experience that last a lifetime. "It's a family outing and experience," comments Joan. "Many have a family photo taken too." The farm operation, which also grows stunning dahlias and greenhouse crops, has definitely been a family affair over the years. Along with her brother Mike, Joan purchased the farm property in 1981. Mike at that time had been running a highly successful Christmas tree farm himself. "My brother had 50 acres at Shawnigan Lake and grew beautiful Christmas trees," says Joan. "He started it all when he was 16 years old." Joan and Mike worked together to tend the farmland and plant 5,000 seedlings. With the birth of her daughter in 1992, Joan decided to leave dentistry work and work the farm full time. "It takes a lot of work," says Joan. "It takes four to five years to get trees that are marketable." Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to tree varieties. Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm offers 15 species including Douglas fir, noble fir, Nordmann fir, Norway spruce, Fraser fir, concolor fir, western white pine, natural Douglas fir, grand fir, Jack pine and blue spruce. Methods and practises at the farm are based on a commitment to future sustainability.

"We do stump culture here. A customer comes out and cuts a tree, but leaves two branches on the stump," shares Joan. "It will grow a new shoot that will become the next Christmas tree. It's a practise done at many other Christmas tree farms. Less money is spent on seedlings, and the time between tree harvests is decreased. Trees have significant value in the ecosystem. As they grow, they clean the air and provide watersheds and homes for wildlife. "Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen," comments Joan. "One hectare of Christmas trees represents the daily oxygen requirement of 43 people." Joan takes pride in educating customers about the care of trees, including the importance of tree chipping. "We encourage people not to burn the tree after Christmas, but to bring it here or take it to another outlet so it can be chipped. The chips can be made into hiking paths, used as cover for gardens, and to rebuild topsoil," says Joan. "Chipped trees can make one inch of topsoil in two years." The arrival of the pandemic brought challenge for many businesses, but for this farm, it brought a surprising rise in customer numbers. "People were forced to stay home at Christmas due to Covid," shares Joan, adding with a smile: "There was an increased demand for natural trees and natural home décor!" Christmas 2021 is fast approaching, and Joan has noticed customers are arriving earlier this year. "People came for their trees by mid-November rather than the usual late November or early December," notes Joan. Once again masks and social distancing are in place and hot apple cider is being served. For those wanting to cut down a tree, sanitized saws and measuring sticks will be provided. The farm is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. For those who wish to cut down their own trees, the fields are closed after 4 p.m. For details, visit www. As well as Christmas trees, customers can also purchase a variety of seasonal decorative greenery for the home including door swags, centrepieces, and wreaths. "I like being creative and took a wreath-making design course," says Joan. "We offer a variety of wreaths with different shapes, star, circle, mantel wreaths, and heart shaped." Making magical memories and supporting sustainability: Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm offers a wonderful way to celebrate the season with a renewable, recyclable resource.

17th Saanichton community chriStmaS & Food Bank FundraiSer A Peninsula Family Tradition Saturday, December 4th • 9 - 1 Tally-Ho Carriage Rides

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ÁLEṈENEȻ by Glenn C. Jim

SÁNEĆ Seasons In my last column I mentioned the understanding of the land when it "tells" us to do something and to follow the traditional teachings of respecting our lands and taking care of our TETÁĆES (relatives of the deep). Today, I would like to share our understanding of the W̱SÁNEĆ seasons. As I look out my window while writing this column, I see the seasons change in front of me. The leaves have transformed to their beautiful colours and the strong southeasterly winds and accompanying heavy rains bring them to the ground. This is W̱JEL, ȻÁ SEN, – the moon of putting your paddle away for the bad weather (November). W̱JEL, ȻÁ SEN, tells us it is time to put our paddles away and give thanks for the travelling, the hunting, fishing and visiting done in the past year. There would be time now for stories and traditional teachings to be shared around the longhouses. This was also the time to prepare for the upcoming harsh winter months. There are 13 moons in the W̱SÁNEĆ calendar; their names describe what takes place in the seasonal cycle of our environment. The 13moon calendar tells which activities are or should take place, which salmon are migrating and where they are moving and so much more. If one were to study the calendar, subtle changes are taking place now that don't align anymore with the traditional calendar as the seasons are affected by global climate anomalies. This type of cultural knowledge and drastic change is probably even more evident in northern B.C. and in the lands of the Inuit. HÍ,SW̱ḴE (thank you) for the positive feedback from my inaugural ÁLEṈENEC column. There were a few requests for phonetic spelling for easier pronunciation. I found it difficult to combine multiple consonants together to express a non-English sound without losing the integrity of the word. It's challenging to express SENCOŦEN without it becoming anglicized; unfortunately there are no shortcuts. Visit to hear audio of the SENĆOŦEN letters, words and phrases.

HÍ,ÁȻA is the SENCOŦEN phrase for "goodbye", "go if you must"; implying we

will see each other again. HÍ,ÁȻA.

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Twelve Days Of Christmas Day 1 - Cereal Day 2 - Canned Tomatoes Day 3 - Toothbrushes Day 4 - School Snacks Day 5 - Juice Day 6 - Canned Fruit Day 7 - Pasta Sauce Day 8 - Cake / Muffin Mixes Day 9 - Shampoo / Body Wash Day 10 - Helpers (instant potatoes, hamburger helper) Day 11 - Canned Meat Day 12 - Pancake mix

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It’s Our 14th Home, and No, We’re Not Done Yet! "This is the 14th house we have built, and we have lived in it for over five years, the longest we have ever stayed in one house since we were married," says Liz. She and her husband Bill have one more house to build – their retirement home! Liz is retired from her position as an administrative supervisor for the Central Saanich Police Service. She is well known in the equestrian dressage field as a competitor, teacher and horse trainer. Bill also worked for the Police Service, first in Edmonton and then for the Victoria Police Department. He received an Award of Valour for his dedication to duty while under fire, and as well, an Exemplary Service Medal. Their current home sits on a secluded 0.75-acre lot in North Saanich. At the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, the 4,350-squarefoot house surrounded by trees and forest is an imposing sight. A spacious lawn and manicured gardens create a park-like setting. The house exterior is sided in Nantucket Gray Hardie Board, with stained cedar shakes on the peaks and white trim.

Inside there are four bedrooms plus an office and four bathrooms on two levels. A super cute 700-square-foot suite tops the three-bay, 960-square-foot garage. After 40 years of designing and building their own homes, Bill and Liz know exactly what works well and what doesn't. Bill learned how to be a builder and contractor onsite in his "spare" time. Currently, he is acting as a contractor on three more houses he is building, so it's a bit of a stretch to call either Bill or Liz retired! Bill says building a new home is a challenge now because it's so difficult to find a decent building lot. Then there is the cost! He says the availability and price of materials are "absolutely nuts." Liz is the creative designer in their partnership and looks after all the finishing details. She, like Bill, learned through firsthand experience and has tremendous knowledge about interior design. The ceilings in their gorgeous home are lofty, 10 feet high on the main and nine feet high on the upper level. Door heights on the first floor add to the airy feeling – they are eight feet tall. The open concept living-dining area has a vaulted ceiling that soars gracefully to the second level. White one- by six-inch tongue-andgroove pine boards add interest to the ceiling and are kept bright by a custom, oversized skylight. The walls and trim are all painted in Cloud White (Benjamin Moore), a warm white that provides an ideal neutral background. "I never paint in crazy colours," says Liz. "Everything stays neutral. You can always dress up your paint with accessories."

The kitchen island and countertops are a quiet, soft white quartz with grey veins. Beams and posts add to the sleek look of the kitchen, as do the shaker cabinets, some that are glass-faced, and stylish hardware that includes chrome half-moon pulls and shiny knobs. All appliances are stainless steel from KitchenAid. A six-burner gas stove, built-in wall oven, warming oven and microwave oven handle all the cooking duties. Shiny white subway tiles form the backsplash. The unfinished pine dining room table from Restoration Hardware extends to seat 12, and there are bar stools pulled up to the island for cozy chats. Access to a butler's kitchen is off to one side. An attractive rain-shower glass door opens to the roomy pantry that invites the light in from a circular window. Pendant lights, black with copper, add a medieval punch.



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In the living area, there is a grand two-level, stacked rock gas fireplace. It has built-ins on both sides and TV above. The furniture is an inviting mix of leather and soft, "sink-in-place" white armchairs adorned with soft pillows. The expansive wall of windows brings nature in so close that you almost feel as though you are outside. Throughout the house, the windows are an interesting mix of rectangular and circular shapes. An outside door's storage and entry area includes a built-in seating bench with cabinet doors. Hats hang on posts above an impressive collection of dressage medals won by Liz and her horses. On the wall is a verse that says: "Horses make life better … Here's to all the girls who would rather have ribbons on the walls than in their hair." Sophie, a beautiful German shepherd, follows us around, padding quietly on the Beachwood-stained, oak plank floor. "Alexa" assists on our tour, turning the lights and TV on. A sound system is wired throughout the house. The main bathroom is spa-like, with white-trimmed windows, a white stand-alone soaker tub, a walk-in glass shower and two sinks on separate counters. An excellent design feature in the bathrooms


is that the loo is partially walled off and has a side window for light. There is a large closet for linens – so much terrific storage space in this house. Two guest bedrooms share an ensuite bathroom accessible from both sides – a "Jack and Jill" bathroom.

Three bedrooms have walk-in closets, and the fourth bedroom functions as an office, also with generous storage. The rooms are all a nice size, full of light, and that feeling of soft, cozy comfort that makes you want to toss all those lovely pillows aside and try out the bed! Only one bedroom has different paint; it's a light warm gray from Benjamin Moore called Gray Owl. In the principal bedroom, nature again comes close with huge windows that stretch to the high sloped ceiling. It has a gas fireplace, classic white surround and TV mounted above. The walkin closet is impressive – it's big enough to make most of us jealous! "I am lucky," says Liz. "I enjoy always living in a new home and being able to update our furniture, appliances, design and paint. Styles are always changing." But it also includes a ton of work, decision making, moving, garage sales, packing, setting up, not to mention building it all too – 40 years of it! Bill and Liz are most definitely long-term industrious workers. And lovely down-to-earth people too. On a personal note, I hope you have enjoyed another year of

exploring what's behind "front doors" with Seaside Magazine and me, and I look forward to unveiling more interesting abodes in the new year. May 2022 be a wonderful year for you – full of kindness, hope, and good deeds!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours


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After taking a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic, Panorama Recreation is excited to announce the return of Winter Wonderland this holiday season. For several years, Panorama has transformed the arena into a beautiful winter holiday scene, complete with festive lights, trees, penguins, polar bears, reindeer and more! This year, Winter Wonderland is back with many new decorations including Slider's Tiny Town and his penguin helpers who will be hopping onto the ice and joining the festivities! Get together with your friends and family and immerse yourselves in a Winter Wonderland on ice from December 18 to 30! Drop in for one of the daily festive public skates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturday, December 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., everyone is invited to join the special Winter Wonderland Carnival complete with holiday tunes, candy cane treats, children's games and activities, and a special visit from Santa and Slider! Interested in a private event for a family, friends or corporate function? Winter Wonderland ice times can be booked just for you. Email Martine, Arena Coordinator, at for more details and booking times. A must-do this holiday season, don't miss the opportunity to skate through this stunning and ever-so-popular Winter Wonderland. Happy Holidays! To ensure everyone's safety, Panorama Recreation follows COVID-19 health and safety guidelines set by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), the BCCDC and WorkSafeBC. Following the PHO order, All Winter Wonderland participants (12yrs+) must be fully vaccinated to participate. Additionally, all patrons born 2016 and earlier (5+) must wear a mask in common and public areas (including lobbies, washrooms and hallways). Live Well, Have Fun!; 250-656-7271.

Thanks to October’s Community Partners: Woodshed Pizza • Cordova Candle Co. Stonehouse Pub • RockCoast Confections Snowdon House Gourmet & Gifts Author Valerie Green *one entry per person, per issue. Each entrant is eligible to win the Seaside box giveaway no more than once per calendar year.


TA K E N O T E by Jo Barnes

Connected Heritage Exhibition


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


Weekly Art Shows


Until Dec 2: Artisans by the Sea Dec 3-9: Flo-Elle Watson Dec 10-23: Christmas Show

ArtSea Gallery Tulista Park, 9565 Fifth Street, Sidney Featured art includes multimedia, painting, sculpture, collage, pottery, textiles and much more!

Winspear Festival of Trees


Virtual Event A dynamic, live-stream show featuring outstanding international performers commemorating Human Solidarity Day and the International Day of Persons With Disabilities. For more information or to register for FREE on Eventbrite visit https://we-are-one-2021. You will then receive the link needed for the event.

Introduction to Photography

DEC 1 – JAN 2

2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Come enjoy the display of festive trees decorated by local businesses and community groups! Visit the Centre to cast a vote for your favourite tree. calendar-node-field-event-date/month/2021-12

iPhone & iPad – All About the Apps (Age 16+)

DEC 1-8


Greenglade Community Centre, Room 1 2151 Lannon Way, Sidney This course is an opportunity to explore all the applications that come with each device. You'll learn about the app library, apps you can download from the Apple store, family sharing, how to update apps, and the home screen widget.



Central Saanich Lawnbowling Clubhouse Centennial Park, 1800 Hovey Rd A fundraising event for the lawnbowling club, the festive event will feature baked items, preserves, knitting and other related Christmas items. No entry fee. Masks are required. 88 SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA | DECEMBER 2021

DEC 5 & 12 9AM-1PM

McTavish Academy of Arts 1720 McTavish Road, North Saanich This course allows you to familiarize yourself with the DSLR or equivalent mirrorless camera. You'll learn about camera settings, the exposure triangle, the properties of light, and composition. Prior to class, review method of changing your ISO, shutter speed and aperture on your camera. Bring camera and also user manual to class.

Light The Way

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Christmas Craft and Baking Sale


DEC 5-31


Mount Newton Centre 2158 Mount Newton X Road The annual festive drive through light display is not only a wonderful fundraising campaign but is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the season! Follow the trail down Candy Cane Lane and enjoy the stunning light displays around the grounds of the Centre. Proceeds go to hands-on care and services for more than 5,000 seniors in need. Dec 11 & 18 @ 5 – 7pm - There will also be festive music, hot cocoa and delicious holiday treats – and a visit from Santa! For more information, or to donate, please call 250-652-3432 or go to

Local Folk Fair Holiday Market



Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse 2487 Mt. St. Michael Road, Saanichton Come enjoy a European style holiday market set amidst an orchard and forest setting at Sea Cider! This unique event features 25 local artisan vendors, hot food from Indecent Risotto, Vagabond Pies, and Bird and Basket, hot mulled cider, live festive music and lights and decorations, carollers, gift wrapping and bough-making. $5 admission (includes raffle ticket), Children under 12 free. Vaccination Passports required for entrance. Guarantee entrance by purchasing advance tickets here: Email:

Blood Donor Clinic


Mary Winspear Centre, Bodine Hall 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney Book your appointment to save a life! Book through: or GiveBlood app or by calling 1-888-2DONATE (1-888-236-6283)

Christmas Holiday Luncheon



Edie Daponte & Friends present: "What the World Needs Now" - A New Year's Eve Concert

DEC 31 7:30-9PM

St. Paul's United Church 2410 Malaview Avenue, Sidney Tickets $25 available at and Galleon Books & Antiques, Sidney

Peninsula Newcomers Club Boondocks Bar and Grill, Fifth Street, Sidney Since 1987, this local club has been welcoming women to the Peninsula. Pre-booking required. For further details please visit:

Peninsula Country Market – "Winter Market"


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

DEC 11


RCMP Barn, Saanich Fairgrounds 1528 Stelly's Cross Road Come enjoy the final market of the year showcasing a variety of items from local artisans, food producers and bakers.

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

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

Cookeilidh – "We Need A Little Christmas"

DEC 18 7PM

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney The popular four member Celtic band performs with a variety of instruments: 12 string guitar, fiddle, electric bass, bodhran, Irish flute and vocals. They will perform both Celtic and holiday festive favourites. An enjoyable evening for all ages!

Peninsula Players Presents: Puss in Boots, a Christmas Pantomime

DEC 24, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30

Mary Winspear Centre 2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney When a poor miller dies there is not much to leave to his family – so little; that when it comes to the turn of the youngest son, Sidney, all he gets is the cat. This cat, however, is no ordinary cat, so maybe there is hope after all. Fun for the family during the festive season! Proof of second vaccine required for anyone over the age of 12, along with government issued ID for those 19+. Check out dates, times and tickets: puss-boots-pantomime-4

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

Sidney Sister Cities Association Virtual Meeting 3rd Thursday

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

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

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

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Rest Haven Lodge:

A Fresh Face, Thanks to You! This winter, the people who live and work at Rest Haven Lodge on Mills Road in Sidney will be able to spend time in their largest gathering space in much greater comfort than they did last year. During the summer, Rest Haven Lodge underwent an exciting renovation as old sunrooms were demolished to make way for new ones. Jochem, who lives at the Lodge, said: "It wasn't too noisy, and it was nice to see the transformation. I enjoy the new sunrooms!" Broadmead Care decided to replace aging sunrooms on the first and third floors of Rest Haven Lodge this year instead of continuing to repair the 40-year-old structures. The old sunrooms had curved windows that were clouded with age and hard to see through. The spaces underneath those windows were too warm in summer, and chilly and unwelcoming in the winter. This meant people were not able to comfortably spend time in the Home's largest gathering space on the first floor, or in the calm quiet space on the third floor. Resident Verne said he didn't use the rooms much last year. "I moved in to Rest Haven Lodge in January of this year. I didn't really use the space, because I found it too cold to stay in there."

Now he'll be able to comfortably enjoy activities with his friends and family in the main floor sunroom. The new sunrooms have thermal windows, new rooflines and new siding. On the first floor, the renovations included a new overhang at the back entrance, which means people can now sit outside even when it's raining. Skylights in the overhang bring light to enter the interior, creating a warm, inviting space for activities and socializing. Rest Haven Lodge also received a "fresh face" to its exterior, newly painted in updated colours that complement the beautiful gardens that surround it. There's still time to donate to the Fresh Face campaign, and we still need your help. Sidney businessman Craig Mearns has generously offered a $40,000 matching gift, which means each dollar donated will be doubled – and every donation helps! The next time you drive along Mills Road, we invite you to pause and take a look at the Fresh Face of Rest Haven Lodge. Visit to make a donation, or call Shannon at 250-658-3274 to donate over the phone. You can also mail a cheque payable to Broadmead Care to "Fresh Face Campaign," 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria B.C., V8X 4Y7.

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Panthers Trio Running Roughshod over VIJHL The Peninsula Panthers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League seem to have come into their own over the past number of weeks and are being led by a couple of savvy five-year veterans in Captain Riley Braun and Alternate Captain Logan Speirs. Both joined the Club as wide-eyed 16-year-old rookies but now being in their 5th and final campaign, the pair are the guiding light for other veterans and rookies on the squad. Joining right winger Braun and Centre Speirs is 19-year-old rookie Payton Braun who patrols the left side on the most dynamic line in the entire league. The three have unique individual stories and yet the narrative surrounding the three as a powerful trio is also extremely compelling. In Junior Hockey the players tend to hail from various parts of Canada and the United States but in the case of these three snipers, they all hail from right here on the Saanich Peninsula. Riley Braun, Tanner Wort and Josh Lingard formed the famous “8, 9, 10 line” two seasons ago. Last time around the Regular Season saw the Peninsula Panthers play only 12 games due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. But this season, hockey fans on the Saanich Peninsula might be in for an even bigger treat. The line currently sit 1,2,3 in VIJHL scoring and there is no sign of the barrage slowing down.

Riley Braun (below & right) 22 goals, 37 assists, 59 total points

Riley walked in the door at a Panthers Spring Camp six years ago as a young 15-year-old hard-working hockey player and he made an impression from the time he took his first stride on the ice with the Club. The following year he made the team as one of two 16-year-old players allowed on the Club by BC Hockey and has been the hardest working skater in the VIJHL ever since. There were a number of lean years but in his third season with the Panthers, Riley started to click in a significant way with then centreman Josh Lingard and left winger Tanner Wort. The three put up an unprecedented point total for a line in the league and set a mark that many hockey pundits agreed would

“We’ve built a really great culture here over the five years I’ve been with the Team.”

#10 Riley Braun “C” not be equaled. Although this season appears to be more disruptive, the Captain is more concerned about the Club than individual numbers he might be able to put up on the board. “We’ve built a really great culture here over the five years I’ve been with the Team and this year is the best ever in my mind. Everyone on the team pulls the same way and wants the same thing - a championship. In the early going we struggled coming out of the gate but we’re starting to hit our stride as a line - brothers Riley & Payton, and Logan - and as a team.” As key as his scoring is to the Club, his competitiveness and work ethic are what are equally as noticeable. He is the first on the forecheck and turns pucks over in all three zones to put his side on the attack from being in a defensive posture. He has a championship in mind and that too has impact!

Logan Speirs (top right) 18 goals, 31 assists, 49 total points

While Riley leads the VIJHL in scoring, Logan is right behind him in 2nd place. He is the only VIJHL player who has tallied at least a single point in all 25 games played at the time of this publication. Logan, like Riley, arrived on the scene at exactly the same time five years ago and has simply improved every year. His biggest jump might have occurred last season through Covid when the team practiced three and four times per week. His skills and scoring touch improved drastically and he has parlayed the work he put in with a full year of only practice to make him clearly the most dangerous forward at the centre-ice position. Logan’s biggest game this season at George Pearkes Arena came at the expense of the Saanich Predators on a rainy Wednesday evening in early November at


Jr. Hockey Club the George Pearkes Arena. Logan popped three goals and two helpers in a 6-3 shellacking of their closest foe geographically speaking. The 2nd goal of the night was a cute little move from in tight while on the power play; a move that was creative and showed what a top-end skill level the 20-year-old possesses. He brings to the rink an unmitigated and unusual selflessness and this benefits him wearing a letter for the Panthers and does not go unnoticed by every single person within the ‘Cats’ Organization. Speirs shared his thoughts. “I’ve played with Riley my entire hockey career since we were both 5 or 6 and he’s always been one of, or the top guy on the team. I knew before this season that he could score and put up big points. This year is my first year on the same line with Payton. And the two things #21 Logan that stand out to me most are his ability to seamlessly put the puck in the net and vision of the ice. It sank in around early August that this will be my last season and I want to make the most of it. We are coming together as a collective to get two points each night. We are a close knit group like past years and the new guys have settled in. We all have the same goal.”

“... this will be my last season and I want to make the most of it.”

#11 Payton Braun “... I think we have developed extremely good chemistry this season.”


Photos by Christian Stewart Photography

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Payton Braun (bottom left) 18 goals, 27 assists, 45 total points, 25 games The younger and bigger brother who is somewhat of an enigma, crashed through the door running this season and as of yet has not stopped. Payton is a 19-year-old rookie on the Club and at this point in the season is the odds on favourite for the VIJHL Rookie of the Year. Payton patrols the left side on the line and his arrival seems to have lifted the trio to a much higher level. He has never played a season at the Rep level in the game. It was not because of a lack of skill but rather his interests were in a number of areas and he did not want to commit to just one activity. But this season the younger Braun decided he wanted to play with his brother in what will be Riley’s final season in junior hockey, albeit, everyone in the Panthers’ organization is hoping that it will be the big left-winger’s penultimate year. Payton currently sits in 3rd place in VIJHL scoring and is pulling away from all other rookie scorers in the League. “I really enjoy playing with Riley and Logan. They are both very smart players and I think we have developed extremely good chemistry this season. We always seem to know where each other is on the ice. I think that the team is heading in the right direction so far this season, with everyone stepping up and improving with every game.” DECEMBER 2021 | SEASIDEMAGAZINE.CA 93

Last Word

from the

Editorial Director

Deborah Rogers At what point do you start to get your jingle on? I have friends who set up their tree in mid-November every year; but I also have friends who don't decorate theirs until December 24th. It's typical to hear: "it starts earlier every year," but for the Seaside team, the festive season does start early! We were thinking about decorations and celebrations several months ago. Our December issue is always a special one to put together, with the whole team involved finding the stories and photographs that will put you in the holiday mood and help you brighten up your home. As a balance to the glitter and excess we always try to find some stories that connect with the more fundamental message of Christmas and the holidays. Getting the opportunity to go "Behind the Scenes" at children's charity CFAX Santas Anonymous (pg 28) made an impact on me. I hadn't understood the extent of the need that exists in our community before I spoke with their Executive Director. Christine explained how in 2020 they provided gifts to 2,267 children; when I interviewed her at the end of October this year, they had reached their capacity (something that has never happened before) with 2,750 children on the list. With their phenomenal team of volunteers in place, and the support of greater Victoria's generous community, those children will each get three personalized gifts come December 25, and their families will have food to cover the school break too. Reverend Partridge, who I interviewed for this month's "Peninsula Voices," (pg 46) mentioned that there are 14 different days in December where various religions mark a special celebration. Adding light to the dark days of winter is a tradition that can be traced back to pagan times. It seems to me that it doesn't matter how you choose to do that. If you want to decorate from top to bottom weeks before Christmas – go for it! If you prefer to choose moderate gifts, or no gifts, but to use the holiday for quiet reflection or reaching out to others – that's wonderful too. All the best this holiday season, from all of us to all of you. Our apologies - the phone number given for Bill Morgan was incorrect in our October issue West Coast Gardener column. The correct # is 250-652-7720.


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