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Special Issue

Saanich Peninsula Women in Business

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fraNN macleaN & heather warreN I Arista Equestrian Heather Warren, Office Administrator for Arista Equestrian, is happy to welcome you to their Saanichton location! After developing the Horse ManUwear brand of casual equestrian clothing with a friend, Frann MacLean joined forces with two local women in 2009 to purchase Arista Equestrian, relocating it from Vancouver. Arista is a well-known brand in the equestrian industry and is sold wholesale to several hundred stores. Frann manages the design process and manufacturing of the clothing – all made in Canada. Although Arista has historically been sold to equestrians, the company also offers many styles which are suitable for any active female wanting a stylish, technical, well-fitting garment. In 2011, an Arista Retail Outlet store was opened in Saanichton. It carries a great selection of current Arista styles and customers enjoy shopping the store, finding great prices on seconds, samples and seasonal inventory. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



On Heather (left): Arista Clinic vest, Sunblocker shirt, Softshell pants. On Frann: Limited edition Arista plaid jacket with bit detail in back.

Arista Equestrian 6680 Mirah Road, Saanichton 250.544.0016


Carol a. Cooper & gaYle l. CulleY I Cooper Financial Services Group Inc. Celebrating 30 Years in Business

At Cooper Financial Services Group Inc. our mission is to help both individuals and organizations achieve improved financial security through the creation, sale and administration of insurance and investments which meet their changing needs. We will start with an analysis of your financial needs to help clarify your financial goals and priorities. As independent financial advisors, we are not tied to the products of any single provider. We are a group of dedicated professionals who put our clients’ interests first. Our energy is aimed towards individuals, small business owners and corporations.

Cooper Financial Services Group Inc. #401 - 3960 Quadra Street, Victoria 250.475.0557

Since 1986



Integrated Benefit Solutions Inc. is a division of Cooper Financial that focuses on solutions for businesses (from 1-100 lives). We specialize in benefit plans (health and dental and group retirement plans) that improve the quality of life of business owners, their families and their employees. Our team includes three fully licensed agents and two administrators. With over 30 years of experience we are able to deliver expertise and individual attention to ensure your specific financial needs are addressed.

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Women: At the Heart of the Matter by Elizabeth May I am very pleased to have been asked to contribute a few words to the Seaside Times Women in Business issue. Women are entrepreneurial, creative and contribute to the vibrant business climate in our region. The pages of this special supplement are testimony to that fact. From Melinda’s Biscotti to Star Cinema to Muffet & Louisa, we know our favourite local treats, entertainment and high quality products are brought to us by women. From real estate to law to accounting to retail, women on the Saanich Peninsula and on the southern Gulf Islands are providing local jobs, excellent services and innovative products. I feel guilty mentioning some woman-run businesses and not every single one. Whenever I am strolling down Beacon Avenue, I see friends and businesswomen operating my favourite stores. When I go to meetings of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, especially to the Crystal Ball, I see more businesswomen who are creating value in our community. Pioneers in local food like the women gardeners of Saanich Organics and the wonderful organic champagne-like ciders of Sea Cider are changing our menus.

It is not easy. Running your own business, as I know from my youth working in my parents’ restaurant, is desperately challenging. You have the world’s worst boss, and you have the best employee. In both cases – you! Thanks to all the women in business in our community. As a woman trailblazer myself, I know how much we owe you all. Enjoy this special issue!

If we go back to one of the most iconic success stories of our local heritage, a woman is at the heart of it. Jennie Butchart’s story is in some ways the story of an accidental entrepreneur. She was inspired, as we all know, to restore the quarried landscape from her husband’s mining operation into a series of gardens. First, the sunken garden emerged from a hole in the ground, then the Japanese garden and so on. By 1920, 50,000 people a year were coming to see the remarkable blooms and aesthetic triumph of her landscapes.

Canadian Women in Business in Summary:

Now Butchart Gardens is an internationally known tourism destination, adding immeasurably to the visitor experience in our region. Nearly one million people a year visit Butchart Gardens. Chances are that had Jennie Butchart suggested such a thing was possible in the early 1900s, her fanciful notion would have been dismissed out of hand. After all, when she started her gardening project, women did not even have the vote. How seriously would anyone have taken her as a potential business dynamo?

• Women entrepreneurs are much more likely to choose to start and run small businesses in the retail and service sectors.

In the 21st Century, things are different. Nevertheless, for all the progress we have made, women still face barriers. That is why this annual publication is important. We need to network, mentor younger women, reach out and support each other.

• The numbers of Canadian women entrepreneurs are still growing, but not as strongly as they were 10 or even five years ago. • On average, women business owners are younger and have fewer years of management or ownership experience compared with male business owners.

• Women entrepreneurs do not make as much money as male entrepreneurs, although the gap appears to be closing. • Canadian women business owners are on average less likely to engage in international trade compared to Canadian male business owners. • Women in business perceive more barriers to doing business than their male counterparts. * Source:

We need to celebrate and encourage women in business.

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sp e c ial iss ue Mara Moon-obendorfer I Hemp & Company Sidney Being co-owner of Hemp & Company in Sidney is aligned with my passions of building community, educating, empowering, caring and inspiring people to a greater awareness of wellbeing and health. Balancing my professional and family life and raising my four children has been my primary focus and through them I’m inspired every day. Having an education in the Arts, Counseling and Holistic Healing allows me to help customers discover flattering clothing and renew their confidence. I am proud to provide beautiful, stylish, natural, healthy and pesticide-free clothing. Natural materials not only provide more absorbency and insulation than man-made fibres but are also ethically-made and feel super-soft to the touch. From babies to seniors and everybody in between, natural fibres are a wise investment in any wardrobe.

joanna vander vlugt I Champs Personal Training Joanna Vander Vlugt is a BCRPA-certified personal trainer who makes house calls.

Joanna is proud of her clients, and whether it’s training you for a cycling event or getting you bathing suit ready, she will make sure you keep your fitness commitment to yourself. Joanna has recently produced an Amazing Abs DVD and a Legs & Butt DVD, both downloadable from her website and available on disk. Champs Personal Training 250.893.5055



Toya Charboneau and Donna Phillips have been friends and working partners for over 30 years. Since opening Beacon Landing eight years ago, they are a fixture. Toya works seven days a week; “What else would I do?” she asks with a smile. Donna did the property’s interior design and can be found working there most evenings. Who says you can’t have two “Queen Bees” in the same hive? You’ll always find one of them buzzing about the place. Voted in Top 10 Victoria Restaurants 2011 by Pam Grant Voted in Top 10 Most Romantic Places in Victoria 2012 ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ½ (Times Colonist) Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge 2537 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.6690

Hemp & Company Sidney 2348 Beacon Avenue 778.426.3088

She designs fun and challenging personal training programs using your equipment, as well as her own.

Toya Charboneau & Donna Phillips Beacon Landing Restaurant & Lounge

The Rose GiRls I Cameron Rose Gifts Suzanne Rose and daughters Kristin and Lisa would like to thank their customers for making every day at Cameron Rose Gifts so much fun. Their goal is to provide people on the Peninsula with a selection of completely unique gifts and friendly customer service. Whether you’re looking for a hilarious card, a beautiful handbag, jewelry or a cheeky novelty item, they have something for you. Come by and say hi; their wonderful employee Lisa Sedgwick and the Rose girls would love to help you find that perfect gift! Cameron Rose Gifts 2447 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.8782

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tracey jones & stacey kaminski ◊ Live BeautifuL Your Peninsula Interior Stylists – Tracey Jones and Stacey Kaminski are a fresh set of eyes that know how to transform any room with touches of glamour and polish. Tracey and Stacey have their own individual businesses, but they work together as “Your Peninsula Interior Stylists.” Respecting and listening to the client is their MO, and the secret to their success is having the professional confidence to put their clients in the driver’s seat. The “one-day makeover” is their specialty: these ladies will come into your home and beautify your surroundings using items you already own! If extra furnishings are desired or required, they will purchase them at a reasonable cost – the dynamic duo is determined to keep their services affordable.

ReMarkable ReDesign & Home Staging Inc. 250.812.1625

Styles By Stacey Interior Styling & Staging 250.208.5025

“Our lives are so busy and cluttered. We carve out a space that is calm, works for you and has a purpose and place,” say the Peninsula Interior Stylists. These styling fairies are eager to use their skilled wands to add that final embellishment that turns your space into a palace and uncovers your hidden dream home! text contributed by Doreen Marion Gee

lynne parker I The Old Attic With a photography background and an eye for detail, Lynne Parker found herself in a growing business, placing online ads for clients. Just over a year ago that business took an exciting turn and Lynne, along with her partner Vic Clive, opened The Old Attic, carrying a selection of unique quality items from past to present. Lynne grew up in Central Saanich and brings her extensive background in retail buying and merchandising back to the Peninsula at The Old Attic. Expanding after just a few months in business, the shop has quickly become known as a weekend destination on the Saanich Peninsula for folks on the hunt for interesting collectible pieces: everything from vintage, modern and retro to antiques. Auctions and estate sales give Lynne the opportunity to hear the stories behind her purchases, which she happily shares with customers. The Old Attic customers are diverse and knowledgeable, making each day a delight for Lynne. Much of The Old Attic’s constantly changing inventory can be found on their website. The Old Attic #26 - 6782 Veyaness Rd, Victoria 778.426.1660

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kristine flater I Knickerbocker’s

glenda bruce I Footcare By Glenda

In 2007, Kristine Flater and her daughter Shannon opened the first Knickerbocker’s, in Brentwood Bay. The second location opened at The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa in July 2010 and the third location opened at Victoria’s Broadmead Village in December 2011.

Footcare By Glenda is a quality mobile nursing foot care service using sterile instruments and providing safe care of your feet.

Knickerbocker’s is the largest PANDORA jewelry dealer on Vancouver Island. In addition, they carry a wide selection of home accents and many products you’ve come to know and love: Thymes Bath, Body and Home Fragrance; Lampe Berger from France; and Brighton Collectibles, a beautiful Californian line of affordable jewelry which Knickerbocker’s is proud to represent exclusively on the Island.

Victoria: Broadmead Village #320 - 777 Royal Oak Dr 250.658.5578

Sidney: The Pier Hotel & Spa 2536 Beacon Ave 250.656.5506

Brentwood Bay: Trafalgar Square #12 - 7103 W Saanich Rd 250.544.8211

mikiala cHristie I Health Within TCM & Acupuncture Mikiala Christie BA, R.TCM.P, R.Ac is a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) as well as a Registered Chinese herbalist (R.TCM.P). She has been practising acupuncture and Chinese medicine with her husband Dr. Jeffrey Jones TCM at their clinic, Health Within TCM & Acupuncture, since 2005 in Sidney. Mikiala’s main passion and clinical focus is on women’s health. Hormone balancing is a huge part of her practice and she has helped many women transition through perimenopause and menopause. Another part of hormone balancing is helping women through their reproductive years by treating conditions such as irregular menstrual cycles, cramps or endometriosis and PCOS or amenorrhea (no period). Mikiala is very dedicated to helping women achieve optimal health and well-being. Health Within TCM & Acupuncture 250.656.2067 Visit for free health information 6


Services include: ° Assessment of general health status ° Foot bath and inspection of feet ° Clean, cut and filing of toenails ° Non-invasive care of corns and calluses ° Non-invasive care of dry, cracked heels ° Moisturize and massage feet ° Client teaching and client referral, as required

Cost per session is $50; cash or cheque accepted.


Footcare By Glenda By Glenda Bruce, RN., BScN 250.812.4009


The Team at ExpediaCruiseShipCenters Sidney 15 years of service excellence to our community of the Saanich Peninsula and beyond! Working closely with clients, our dynamic team of well-travelled professionals enthusiastically shares expertise and insights to help plan the ultimate vacation experience: cruises, all-inclusive, travel insurance, eco-tourism, adventure travel, coach tours – we do it all. Our exclusive Aeroplan loyalty program offers value through rewards and redeemable points and a partnership with BCAA offers benefits to members. ExpediaCruiseShipCenters Sidney – Where Your Journey Begins!

ExpediaCruiseShipCenters 2353 Bevan Avenue, Sidney 250.656.5441

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karen halkett I Fandango Home & Garden Karen Halkett (seated, at left) grew up on the Saanich Peninsula: “I’m so glad my parents settled in this beautiful seaside town, giving me the opportunity to raise my daughters Ashley and Marina here.” Having spent many years in Interior Design, Karen saw the need for a high-end consignment store. In 2001, she opened Fandango Home & Garden to allow her clients to resell their quality furniture, antiques, art, garden pots, rugs and unique home décor. Karen and her knowledgeable staff offer complete estate and downsize evaluations in your home and handle all arrangements, from pickup and pricing to display, sales and delivery. The company is a green alternative: reusing and repurposing quality items and offering handmade products by local artisans. Fandango provides its more than 1,500 consignors current status on their inventory, and there is a wish list available for designers and clients searching for the perfect piece. Doors open daily with new and exciting treasures to entice even the most discriminating buyer. Come by and meet our canine greeter, bring your sense of humour and enjoy a good laugh with our staff. Fandango Home & Garden #101-2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.6556

SUSAN DAFOE I National Bank Financial Susan Dafoe is an Investment Advisor with National Bank Financial and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial industry. Susan’s philosophy is to work one-on-one with her clients to customize a portfolio that works for them and their needs. Her primary focus is to maximize income potential through the use of blue chip stocks and fixed income investments that are meant to be held for the long term. Susan is proud to be a part of an organization that has received accolades on a global scale in terms of financial stability and quality of holdings. National Bank was ranked the Third Strongest Bank in the World and Number One in North America according to a Bloomberg Markets Report last May. She is very happy and proud to serve the Saanich Peninsula out of the Sidney Branch of National Bank Financial. National Bank Financial is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada which is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NA: TSX).

National Bank Financial #205-2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.657.2224 • 1.866.678.2200

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ca n we talk? . ........ Publisher Sue Hodgson talks with Sylvie Rochette, After a start that saw you selling your first spice blends out of the back of your station wagon at fairs and markets, demand quickly grew. Your initial goal was simply to earn a living while staying home with your children – was it scary for you to make the leap into the business world? No, it was not scary. On the contrary, it was elating. The positive feedback and reinforcement I received was immediate. The leap that was difficult was the first step on the first day. You have to remember that, 20 years ago when I started, people were craving flavour. This was perfect timing for my products as, at the time, there were very few players in my “sandbox” or niche. People tasted, loved, and bought the products. Things happened so quickly and really took off. We will never diverge from our founding axiom of only bringing to market products that are: delicious (of course), affordable, fast and easy to prepare, with easyto-find ingredients that are healthful.

You work very closely with your daughter, Amelia Warren (CEO of Epicure Selections®). What are some of the benefits you’ve found in working with family? What makes one successful is not necessarily passed through genetics but, when it is, it’s a gift, as it is in this case. It is a gift personally and also a gift for the company as it provides continuity for the business and has a lot of appeal with our consultants across Canada. Amelia has many qualities that are and will be essential to move the business forward and that gives me the opportunity to travel and explore new ingredients and products without a shadow of worry. What is especially wonderful is that, just like me, Amelia sees that Epicure as a business is a tool for social change. Our bottom line is not only measured in revenue, but by the impact of the healthy products that we provide and the entrepreneurial career opportunity we create for tens of thousands of women across Canada. You’ve just returned from the Canadian Food Summit in Toronto, which discussed some of the latest research, including food security, food safety and sustainability. What did you take away from this conference? Groups of stakeholders from business, government, academia and communities came together to create a framework for a coordinated, long-term food

Founder & President, Epicure Selections ® strategy. It’s a huge task that has social, environmental, climatic, economic, technological, commercial, political, world (in)stability and humanitarian ramifications – and the challenges are many. We are seeing the end of cheap food. Food is about to get a whole lot more expensive. The world population is expected to reach nine billion before 2050. How are we going to feed all these people? Food costs will make a bigger dent in household income in the Western world. Recent global unrest, such as the Arab Spring, was spurned by food prices getting higher. I volunteer as a cook for medical NGOs working in Africa – Madagascar, Senegal, and the Burkina Faso – where, if the price of rice goes up even by few cents, it creates hardship and can make the difference between eating or going without. You have always provided products that are low in sodium and contain no additives or preservatives. With growing importance being placed on non-toxic, unprocessed food, what direction do you see future products taking? More of the same. I do not sell anything that I would not feed my family. We have had the opportunity to sell products that would do well on the market and make a profit for the company, but their ingredients did not meet our criteria for healthfulness and we would not offer them. I consider it part of our social responsibility philosophy to ensure that we keep our ingredients healthful. What foods make up your perfect meal? The perfect meal is one I would make myself to share with family and friends. It is made with

Sylvie Rochette Founder & President Epicure Selections®

Sylvie was a busy B.C. civil servant wanting more time with her children and quick, nourishing meals when she started Victorian Epicure. Dissatisfied with unhealthy store options, Sylvie created her own spice blends which were an instant hit with timecrunched Canadians at local markets and trade shows. In 1991, Sylvie launched Epicure Selections®, offering fellow entrepreneurs – mostly women – the opportunity to replicate her "recipe for success" with a home-based business sharing Epicure products. Sylvie is passionate about sharing her success. Epicure now supports over 10,000 Independent Epicure Consultants, employs over 125 staff locally, and regularly partners with aboriginal, women’s, and food security groups. “Businesses of the future will be built on love.” Sylvie and her daughter, CEO Amelia Warren, are proud to helm one of them.

fresh seasonal ingredients, with complexity in the layers of well-balanced (Epicure) flavours! March 8th is marked as International Women’s Day around the world, and Seaside Times is taking part in this celebration with this special issue. In your experience, locally and internationally, how can you relate to the changes that have happened over the years with the status of women worldwide? Unfortunately, and especially in Canada, women continue to be grossly under-represented in government and business leadership. While some gains have been made, men continue to out-earn women in almost every job category. At Epicure, we continue to be passionate about igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in women and providing careers with no glass ceilings. You are a true entrepreneur and live among a community filled with other successful women. What advice would you give to women who want to bring their businesses to the level that you have achieved? My favourite quote is: “it takes more courage than talent to succeed” by Jacques Brel and it about sums up what it takes. Hard work, long lonely hours, fail forward (make the most of your mistakes), good enough never is, and overnight success takes years … . Your business sits on 80 acres of designated Agricultural Land Reserve in North Saanich. What are you doing on site that’s helping make a commitment to local agriculture? When I bought the farm eight years ago, the property had not been operated as a farm for years. To meet minimum requirements for ALR/farm status, we simply had to grow hay on the south field. However, meeting only the minimum requirement is not Epicure’s or my style. My family and I love this piece of land and we are going to great lengths to restore it. Over the past eight years, we have completed work on environmentally sensitive drainage systems to make the soil more productive, planted 1,200 walnut trees, thousands of lavender plants and a half-acre organic vegetable garden for our Home Team Members. We’ve implemented a restoration project to protect and rehabilitate our Garry Oak meadow and established one of, if not the largest, vineyard on the Peninsula, which covers a little more than seven acres. In addition to the six varietals of grapes and wine we produce, we are experimenting with growing new, disease-resistant varietals to reduce environmental impact and ripen more reliably in our climate. We have also participated in the creation of an environmental farm plan to promote sustainable farming practices and we are reviewing all aspects of the farm to see if there can be more productive uses of the land over the short and long term. For more information, visit

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The Team at Marlin Travel The main focus of the team at Marlin Travel is to provide their customers with as many travel options as possible. They can help you with every aspect of your travel plans.

A Yorkshire lass with flaming “marmalade” hair, Geraldene Coates started Marmalade Tart Boutique in 2009.

Marlin Travel offers a wide range of services: • Spa Resorts • All-Inclusive Packages • Cruises • Adventure Travel • Destination Weddings • Travel & Extra Medical Insurance • Foreign Currency Exchange • Honeymoon Gift Registry • Golf Packages … and more!

Because of her lifelong love of fashion and a devotion to customer service instilled by her previous career, Marmalade Tart has grown rapidly despite the economic climate. The key to Marmalade Tart’s success is a fun, fabulous shopping experience, great clothes, good prices, kind, honest advice and a friendly atmosphere, all served with lots of laughs.

Wherever Your Dream Vacation Takes You …

We’ll Get You There!

Marlin Travel 2468 Beacon Avenue, Sidney 250.656.5561

Marmalade Tart Boutique #102 - 2506 Beacon Ave, Sidney 778.426.3356

Julie Banister I Pebbles at Mineral World Hi! My name is Julie Banister and I’m the General Manager of Pebbles, the New Jewellery Store at Mineral World. We have the most unique selection of quality gemstone, sterling silver jewellery and gifts on the Island. While you’re shopping, the kids will enjoy the fun “Rock Star Crafts” in the Scratch Patch. I believe that we shouldn’t wait for someone else to buy us something that makes us happy! “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass … it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” ~ Vivian Greene Mineral World 9808 Seaport Place, Sidney 250.655.4367



geraldene coates I Marmalade Tart Boutique


Yvonne bulk I Patio Gardens We contain your garden for you! At Patio Gardens, we make gardening easy, specializing in hanging baskets, moss baskets, bedding plants, perennials and container gardens. We also have a large selection of ceramic pots in various sizes and colours, and at great prices! New this year, we now sell fresh cut flower bouquets. Patio Gardens is a local, family run garden centre. Take a drive on beautiful West Saanich Road and come visit us. We open April 1st and the garden gate will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Patio Gardens 6536 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.896.8338

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britta frombach, rmt I Phi Massage & Well-Being Center A Registered Massage Therapist since 1998, Britta Frombach owns Phi Massage & Well-being Center in Sidney. Passionate about facilitating the balance of well-being in all aspects of who we are, Britta, inspired by five years’ involvement with the Sidney Health Fair, recently expanded her services to include personal growth and discovery workshops. These workshops support her goal of guiding others to find balance from within, and feature a wide range of speakers such as internationally-renowned developmental psychologist Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Britta strives to create this balance in all areas of what she does both personally and professionally. She is committed to “be the change we wish to see in the world” (Ghandi) and, in so doing, make available paradigmshifting personal growth and discovery opportunities. For more information on her workshops or to book a private session, contact Britta by calling 250-744-6809 or email For massage therapy, Jennifer MacVicar, RMT at Phi, is accepting new clients.

Phi massage & well-being center

Phi Massage & Well-Being Center 9756B Third Street, Sidney 250.655.0515

Carla hedman & terri heal I Pacific Paint Centres Finding the right colour for the spaces in your home can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of a renovation. You want the perfect paint colour, but you also want quality that will last. Pacific Paint Centres – with locations in Victoria, Saanichton and Langford – offers a vast line of Benjamin Moore paints, popular among home designers because of its sterling reputation for quality. Manager Terri Heal (pictured, right with decorator Carla Hedman, left) says Benjamin Moore paints have a higher quantity of solids, which results in more lustrous pigments and better coverage.

Pacific Paint Centres

2065 Keating X Saanichton 250.652.4274

1031 Hillside Victoria 250.381.5254

109-2455 Millstream Langford 250.391.4770

Pacific Paint delivers the Benjamin Moore line of products with a level of personalized service that meets the highest standards in the home renovation market. All 12 employees can advise clients based on years of experience – some have been with the company for more than a decade. They are knowledgeable professionals with backgrounds in design, art, interior decorating and professional painting. Terri sums up the Pacific Paints philosophy: “We want to get you the right product, in the least amount of time, with the best satisfaction, so you’ll come back.”

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Sandy baynton I Waterlily Shoes Sandy Baynton and Waterlily Shoes … a vision to provide an exciting shopping experience for the residents of the Saanich Peninsula. Sandy began her journey with Main Street Gallery and saw there was a clientele on the Peninsula that wanted to support the area. She went on to operate Mineral World, and again experienced the wonderful commitment of local residents to local businesses. Now Waterlily is a destination for residents and repeat out-oftowners … a boutique-style shop with amazing, “of the minute” must-haves, laid-back comfort and casual footwear – brands like Pikolinos, Fly London, El Naturalista, Naot and Nine West. Drop by and see what Sandy has chosen for the upcoming season. Waterlily Shoes #103 - 2537 Beacon Ave, Sidney 250.656.5606

judy costanzo & becky brigham I Sidney Pharmacy Sidney Pharmacy has been a family business for over 50 years. Originally opened in 1959 by Jim Brigham, the pharmacy is still operated by his wife Frances and their two daughters, Judy and Becky. Also part of the pharmacy family is David Randall, who has been with them for over 30 years. The staff at Sidney Pharmacy offers free prescription delivery and will supply compliance packaging at no extra charge. Also for sale or rent are walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and canes. Sidney Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sidney Pharmacy LTD. 2425B Beavan Ave, Sidney 250.656.0744

Jenifer Porter & Carley Panzer I Sassy’s Family Restaurant For the past 30 years the Porter family has been serving up food to hungry customers on the corner of Keating Cross and West Saanich roads. Cory Porter is now passing on the family tradition to two of his daughters, Jenifer Porter and Carley Panzer. Together the sisters manage the front end and day-to-day operations, and they also had a huge part in the transformation of Sassy’s Family Restaurant. From the walls adorned with Jenifer’s mosaic mirrors and artistic flair and Carley’s amazing cupcakes to exceptional attention to detail and service, this duo strives for a unique dining experience at breakfast, lunch or dinner! The foundation of Sassy’s is food, family and fun! The sisters want everyone to feel like family here, and believe that fresh ingredients from local suppliers prepared in-house and cooked to order and friendly long time staff add to the restaurant’s fast,friendly and sometimes sassy atmosphere. This is what sets Sassy’s apart! Jenifer and Carley pride themselves on listening to their customers and community and serving quality food at affordable prices. Sassy’s Family Restaurant 6719 West Saanich Rd, Saanichton 250.652.1764 12


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RBC Dominion Securities Inc. Deborah Reid, FMA, FCSI | Investment Advisor 250-655-2884 | |

KnowleDge AnD ADvICe FoR All youR RetIReMent goAlS A successful retirement doesn’t just happen overnight. Investment Advisor Deborah Reid specializes in helping pre-retirees and retirees make smart investment and financial planning decisions during their working and retirement years to ensure they can enjoy their preferred lifestyle. Deborah has over 15 years of experience advising clients. She has built a reputation as a trustworthy and sincere advisor who is passionate about helping people build and preserve their hard-earned wealth. In addition to her extensive practical knowledge, Deborah has achieved the Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) designation, which has given her a better understanding of the challenges and issues affecting many seniors and our aging population as a whole. Using a personalized approach, Deborah does her best to understand your individual needs before she tailors the appropriate investment, financial planning, estate planning, tax planning or risk minimizing strategies required to help you achieve your goals. As an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s largest wealth management provider and a member of RBC – voted North America’s #1 Safest Bank by Global Finance magazine – Deborah is able to offer financial stability and the peace of mind needed to achieve your personal goals in life.

If you value an advisor who you can trust to protect what’s important to you and invest with your best interests in mind, contact Deborah today at 250-655-2884 or

Professional Wealth Management Since 1901

RBC Dominion Securities Inc.* and Royal Bank of Canada are separate corporate entities which are affiliated. *Member-Canadian Investor Protection Fund. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. is a member company of RBC Wealth Management, a business segment of Royal Bank of Canada. ®Registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. ©2012 Royal Bank of Canada. All rights reserved.

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Our Team | Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation We all cared for Betty… Sometimes one person has a profound impact on an organization. That was Betty Spence: Auxiliary member, volunteer, donor and lovely gentle woman. Inspired by her are the women of the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, including Executive Director Karen Morgan and Administrative Assistant, Lesley Webb. Karen and Lesley have been a team for twelve happy and fulfilling years, watching the hospital and its many gardens grow. They love the hospital and the work they do in support of it. “We are so fortunate to have caring staff and doctors, as well as a beautiful, healing location.” says Lesley. Karen adds: “This work is the most fun you can have and still get paid!” Fun it may be, but it’s impossible for two people (even if they do work more than full-time) to manage the demands of raising over $3 million, as the Foundation did in 2011. So they turn to three contractors (also women), who assist on a part-time basis. Linda Doctoroff has a real talent for sales and has made Foundation events wildly successful by securing sponsorships from local businesses. Donna Randall’s skills in writing and relationship building are brought to the task of obtaining grants from corporations and foundations, as well as implementing a legacy giving program (mostly bequests). And near the end of the month you will find the multi-talented Angela Aarts in the office, doing the accounting. Having worked for the provincial Auditor General, you just know she’s great with figures! These five women bring a formidable range and depth of experience to the Foundation. Their pride in, and passion for, the work they do is contagious, but they all acknowledge that they wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the people of the Saanich Peninsula, who tell them regularly, “It’s our hospital”, where staff care for friends and neighbours like Betty. From left to right: Linda Doctoroff, Angela Aarts, Karen Morgan, Lesley Webb & Donna Randall

turn this issue upside down to read some fantastic features in the March issue!

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march 2012

Seaside Times March 2012 Women in Business Issue  

The inaugural Seaside Times Women in Business issue, shining a spotlight on the many businesses on the Saanich Peninsula run by women.

Seaside Times March 2012 Women in Business Issue  

The inaugural Seaside Times Women in Business issue, shining a spotlight on the many businesses on the Saanich Peninsula run by women.