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• summer fun • women in business • families with special needs

on our cover Cover contest winners from the Healthy Family Expo 2017, Judy & Jay enjoy a stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge with 10 month old Dax taking in the sights. photo by Jenn Di Spirito

Families With Special Needs Residential Support

Families With Special Needs Supporting Kids with Autism

Summer Fun Resources and Activities

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Summer Fun Eat and Play

Women in Business A Working Mom’s Business Trip

Women in Business Strength in Numbers

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The bikes are loaded, the campsites are booked, and the beaches are calling! It’s summer on the West Coast, and it doesn’t get much better. This issue we have plenty of ideas for how to have fun with the kids all season long, and some safety warnings too. Many families include children who have special needs, and we’re talking about just a few of the issues they face. This issue we work with Michele Kambolis on supporting children with autism, and with local organization PosAbilities on Shared Living for adults. We also have information on many of the local resources that help and support families too. Women in business can often face many unique challenges, so we’ve partnered with the Minerva Foundation to talk about how mentorship can help. Working with someone who can provide you with guidance and leadership can be an invaluable experience, personally and professionally. If you travel for work, we also have tips from Claire Newell of Travel Best Bets to help you save money and make the most of your time away. We are super excited to announce that we are welcoming Bianca Bujan to our team, joining as our new Assistant Editor, helping plan, coordinate and edit all the valuable content we put into WestCoast Families each issue. Bianca has a long history of experience in the Vancouver area, working in marketing, PR, writing, editing and special events, and we know she will be a valuable addition. We’ve got some great summer reading here for you. So tuck this issue away in your bag for those hours by the pool and at the park while the kids play. Enjoy every moment!

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Contributors Justine Chubb, Michele Kambolis, Bianca Bujan, Jodi Iverson, Shelley Tomlinson, Devon Wong, Claire Newell, Alyssa Schottland Bauman, Elizabeth Clark

Maple Ridge Port Moody Country Fest July 29 & 30 Wholesome family entertainment and good sportsmanship, for the promotion and education of agriculture. Albion Fairgrounds, Maple Ridge

Rockin in the Park Free entertainment and loads of family fun. Saturday July 8, 11am-2pm Coal Harbour Park, Vancouver

White Rock Princess Party July 29, 11am-2pm A White Rock Fire Fighters Charity Fundraiser Centennial Arena Hall, White Rock


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contests! Enjoy Summer Family Fun at the Britannia Mining Museum Take an underground train tour of authentic mining tunnels, pan for gold, and learn about the inner workings of what was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. This award-winning historic site is the perfect spot for an exciting and educational day of family fun. We’re giving away a Family Fun Package to the museum, which includes a Family Flex Pass (unlimited visits for any two adults and up to three youth for the entire year), a $50 gift certificate to the Britannia Museum Company Store where you can choose a special keepsake to take home with you, and a $25 gift certificate to Chatterbox Cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a bite to eat while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Howe Sound. Deadline to enter: August 15, 2017 Enter at

Visit us online for new contests every issue! Win 5 Passes to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Since 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge has topped the list as most-visited Vancouver attraction, and with updates and additions to the park in recent years, there’s even more to see and do than to teeter across the world-famous swinging bridge that dangles 230 feet (70m) above the Capilano River! Families can tiptoe across the tiny bridges of Treetops Adventures and explore a squirrel’s eye view of the forest floor from the tree-mounted platforms. Brave a breathtaking stroll along the Cliffwalk which juts out from the face of a granite cliff perched high above the Capilano canyon, or visit the Birds of Prey and learn about the Lanner Falcons, Red-Tailed Hawks and Grey Horned Owls that call the surrounding forest home. We’re giving away five day passes to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ($225 value) to one lucky winner. Deadline to enter: August 15, 2017 Enter at

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Opia Clothing Company Village Tanks This Vancouver-based clothing company combines compassion, collaboration, and community to create comfortable and stylish shirts that contribute to a cause. 5 designs are available, with proceeds going towards 10 charities. You choose a theme: Home, Learn, Equality, Nourish, or Village, decide if you want to donate locally or globally, and $5 of each purchase goes towards the charity of your choice. | $40

Mifold Booster Seat The MiFold grab-and-go booster seat is not only ten times smaller than your average booster seat, but it’s safe, portable, and compact - perfect for carpooling parents and kids on the go. Mifold’s innovative design holds the seat belt in place, as opposed to lifting the child up to the position of an adult. It fits easily into a backpack, and comes in a rainbow of colours, creating a fun and functional car seat for kids who need a bit of a boost! | $80


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Illumine Creative Limited Edition Ranger Bear Designed by Vancouver-based artist Carmen Ma, these “Limited Edition” Ranger Bear stuffies and prints have been created and released just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday - the perfect way to commemorate Canada Day! Purchase yours online, and check out the other stuffies and embroidered gifts created by this talented local designer. | $20 (stuffie), $10 print

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Residential Support Where John Found Home by Justine Chubb of PosAbilities


eet Maggie - a busy stay-at-home mom living with her husband and three young girls (ages 10, 8 and 5) living in New Westminster, BC. Their bustling household is like any other, but with a bit of a twist.  They’ve opened up their home to John, a 34-year-old man who lives with a developmental disability.   Ten years ago, Maggie had just given birth to her first daughter.  She made the decision to stay at home full time to raise her children and not return to work.  With family expenses and a mortgage to pay off, she looked for alternative ways to make additional income.  Maggie was aware of the different kinds of home living support for individuals with disabilities, and the opportunity seemed like a natural fit.   Maggie comes from a background of working with children and families. Her house had an independent suite available, and her family had been looking for a way to give back to their community.   John was first introduced to Maggie and her family through posAbilities, a non-profit community living organization that receives funding from the provincial government and offers a wide variety of services - including residential support.  One model is Shared Living, a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support.  


Maggie recalls the initial screening process like it was yesterday. She was visited by Louise (now the Manager of the Shared Living program) and they discussed the matching arrangement over pizza.  Maggie felt an immediate connection to Louise given her compassion, knowledge and perspective on people.  She appreciated the time Louise took to ensure that John’s wishes were met and that his personality, preferences and requirements for support were going to fit with her family.   John has now been living in the suite of the house for the past 10 years, and he leads a fairly independent life. He keeps himself busy during the day, and takes care of his suite and helps out the family if he’s around.  

While Maggie leads a very busy life herself, they have weekly check-ins where she’ll pop downstairs or he’ll come up for a visit and sit at the bar while she cooks dinner. If there’s ever a time when John needs more support, they book a time to sit down together over a cup of tea.   While John maintains a fairly independent lifestyle, he is always welcome to participate in family events and celebrations.   Maggie has fond memories of them opening their Christmas stockings or doing Easter egg hunts together.  She’s loved watching her daughters and John grow up together.  Maggie shares, “They see John as just another member of the family as it’s all they’ve ever known.  He’s very caring and respectful of my girls - a true gentleman.”   While the family has built and established these relationships over the years, there was a lot they had to learn about each other.  One of Maggie’s biggest challenges was overcoming that John doesn’t always fit her agenda. “He’s his own person and the choices he makes are his own.  We can guide and teach him, but just know that he might not automatically fall into your agenda.  I’ve had to relinquish control over the years.  I’ve learned to live with his choices and do my best to support and love him through his decisions, even if they haven’t always been the best.”   Maggie’s family has also struggled to support John through some unhealthy relationships, and when they found out he was going to be a father for the first

time. Their support had to evolve to John’s changing needs, and while there was a lot of unknown for everyone during this time, they got through it. The ongoing support from the Shared Living team has also helped, knowing they aren’t completely alone.  “They have always had a hand on my shoulder.  Not only do they care about John’s needs, they care for my family and always have our best interests at heart.”    Regardless of the challenges faced, they wouldn’t have it any other way.  “ This has never felt like a job or contract, it feels like we’re doing the right thing and helping somebody out.”  This experience in particular has been so unique for Maggie’s daughters, as they see firsthand how she supports John and they emulate that.  She adds, “There’s no better way to show my daughters kindness, inclusiveness and love.” What does she have to say to families who may be interested in life sharing?  “If anyone has space in their home and is looking at what to do with it, consider this opportunity - you really get to share your home and life.  There’s a sense of satisfaction of giving back to your community.  It feels like a blessing to have John in our lives.”   Are you interested in sharing your home and life with a person who has a developmental disability? We welcome people from all cultures, socio-economic groups and family structures.   Our person-centered residential model offers an opportunity for individuals to achieve an ideal balance of support and independence based on their unique goals and preferences.  Support is flexible and evolves according to the individual’s changing needs.

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Support and Celebrate 5 Ways to Support and Celebrate Children with Autism by Michele Kambolis


he fascinating developments and our understanding of children with autism in recent years can only be described as groundbreaking. We’ve confronted outdated and inaccurate beliefs that have held back not only those with autism but our society as a whole. Scientists have identified a multitude of factors linked to autism, including the role that genes, the immune system, and gut and neurological systems, all play in this complex condition. We’ve learned about a whole host of approaches that best support the development of the one in 68 kids with autism - such as speech and language, behavioural, social-emotional and regulatory therapies.  Most importantly, we’ve discovered the deep importance people with autism have within our families and communities.   As you and your child get to know the children with autism in your own communities, there’s much you can do to better support them.  Understanding is the first step, and with the following information you’ll be well on your way to bridging new friendships:  

Celebrate the whole child A child with autism is first and foremost a child, with all of the same desires and needs as every other child. To play, to laugh, to learn, to grow, and to be celebrated is their birthright and core need.  When we limit children by seeing them only through the lens of autism, we fail to provide that fundamental right and who wants to be seen as a label? So, keep in mind, autism can look very different from child to child – support your own child in accepting unconditionally and seeing beyond the stigma.  


Learn to decode When we see someone behave in unexpected ways, our brain system naturally focuses on the ‘difference’. It’s an adaptive and normal reaction.  However, getting caught up in surface behaviour interferes with a much richer understanding of what’s actually going on.  Keep in mind: the brains of people with autism are working extraordinarily hard to integrate what may feel like a bombardment of information from their environment. The behaviour you see may be a reaction to feeling overwhelmed, anxiety or confusion due to sensory overload.  Remind your child that it may help to use a quieter voice, fewer words, and give physical space if their friend with autism is upset.    

Enter their world Opening up a space for connecting with a child with autism means getting in sync and being willing to take their lead. Many children with autism are experts on a whole host of fascinating topics – build bridges by getting curious and letting them share their special interests.  Keep in mind, part of entering their world means speaking the same language.  Children with autism are often concrete thinkers, so avoid irony and abstract metaphors.  Comments like “It’s raining cats and dogs” may not make a whole lot of sense.

Be inclusive We all like to think we’re inclusive, but deeply joining our worlds takes something more expansive than spending time together in the classroom. When we take that extra step to truly invite a child into our own child’s life, entirely just as they are, we open up extraordinary growth potential for both children.

Get involved Autism Resources Canucks Autism Network Providing year-round sports and recreation programs for individuals and families living with autism, while increasing awareness and providing training in communities across British Columbia. Autism Junction Canada’s online autism service directory: a comprehensive resource centre for Canadians living with autism and for those who care for them. SOS children’s Village Parent driven autism services.

There are all kinds of extraordinary programs and events in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland that support and celebrate our autism community. You can help your child use their skills and interests to make a difference if you’re willing to lead the way. Organizations like the Canucks Autism Network, Autism BC, the Pacific Autism Family Network, and Autism Support Network all have programs and initiatives that you and your child can join. Just think – by taking that extra step, you may build lasting connections for friendship, wonder and beauty. Michele Kambolis is a clinical therapist, author, speaker and columnist for The Huffington Post. She is also the Clinical Director of Harbourside Family Counseling Centre (HFCC).  HFCC has provided services to individuals with Autism (ASD) for over 20 years, and offers a variety of group and individualized programs designed to honour the unique needs of people with ASD. Some of the evidence-based approaches used include behaviour consultation, behaviour intervention, cognitive behavioural therapy, social skills development and neurofeedback. To learn more, please visit

Autism BC Parent based and directed society providing information and support to individuals and families affected by autism. Autism Support Network Providing resources to families of those with ASD, including information, education and improved access to quality, scientificallyproven Autism treatment. Autism Community Training Training and information resources useful to the autism community nationally and internationally. Autism Speaks Promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Pacific Autism Family Network A centre of excellence and network of supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families across the province.

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Special Needs Resources Programs, Services, and Support by Bianca Bujan


hen raising a child with special needs, it’s important for families to find like-minded support groups, recreational programs, and care services that are designed to ensure that their child is getting all of the love and attention they need to thrive in their environment. It’s also important to ensure that the family is equipped with the right tools and resources to help guide their child towards a successful and happy life. To assist families with special needs, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the programs, services and support groups that are available across BC. Offering everything from full-time, live-in residential assistance, to learning development programs, to training and customized one-on-one therapy, these resources will help to create a more inclusive and enjoyable environment for families and their loved ones.

Canucks Autism Network

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) strives to connect families with children who are living with autism through sports and recreational programs, with the goal of increasing awareness and training in communities across BC. Their focus is to ensure that every child with autism feels understood, accepted and supported by the people around them. CAN’s programs are highly subsidized, and

siblings are welcome to participate, creating a friendly space to connect family members in a fun environment. CAN is also a great support system, connecting parents who are faced with the same challenges.

Communitas Supportive Care Society

The Communitas Supportive Care Society provides skills-based programs, services, and residential care for those in BC who are living with disabilities. The organization began as a series of group homes designed to care for adults living with developmental disabilities, and has evolved into a supportive society offering a diverse range of care options - from 24-hour residential care, to day programs, to respite care for families. The Communitas Supportive Care Society is located in the Fraser Valley, on Vancouver Island, and in the Okanagan, and has a team of over 400 skilled and caring staff members who care for over 500 individuals.

Developmental Disabilities Association

Recognized as the largest charitable service of its kind in Western Canada, the Developmental Disabilities Association provides over 50 communitybased programs and services for both children and adults who are living with developmental disabilities. For families, they offer a full life cycle of support programs, from infant development services, to children and youth services, to adult support programs, ensuring that all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of age or disability.

Millennium Learning Advantage Millennium Learning

Advantage was originally established in 1992 as a tutoring services for children who were struggling to learn. Over the years, they have evolved into a series of support programs that expand far beyond what is taught in the classroom. From programs designed to help children and adults with sensory sensitivities, to speech services designed to help improve speech intelligibility, their focus is on helping their students reach their full potential through brain-based learning and cognitive enhancement programs.

Play 2 Learn 4 Life Play 2 Learn 4 Life believes in the importance of play-based learning, and the value that family comes first. Through their private occupational therapy practice, they serve families and their children with disabilities, offering meaningful, functional, and fun services to help create a better quality of life for the individuals who are involved. With a combined focus on recreational interests, school readiness, self-care skills, and self-regulation, their therapists equip children with the life skills needed to thrive in everyday life, and help families to act as support systems along the path towards success. PosAbilities Through valuable community partnerships, posAbilities is able to offer career opportunities for adults who are living with developmental disabilities. Their core offerings include community inclusion day support programs, employment experience through social enterprises, home living support programs designed to help individuals to live independently, and behaviour consultation, training and support.  PosAbilities strives to help those living with disabilities to experience normal and healthy lives, opening the doors to a world of possibilities.  


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by Jodi Iverson

The final school bell of the year has sounded and families across the Lower Mainland are ready for some fun in the sun! We have you covered with a list of summer activities to keep your carefree days and warm nights exciting! Burnaby Village Museum Step back in time at Burnaby Village Museum, where “History Comes to Life”! Family favourites like the vintage carousel and oldfashioned ice cream parlour are always popular with all ages. Be sure not to miss Market Mondays this summer, where local vendors offer a unique and family-friendly shopping experience.

around town Bill Reid Gallery Named after the acclaimed Haida artist, The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is the only public gallery in Canada focused on contemporary Aboriginal Art of the Northwest Coast. This summer, enjoy Xi Xanya Dzam, celebrating a diverse collection of works by accomplished Aboriginal artists.

Capilano Salmon Hatchery The salmon hatchery in beautiful Capilano River Regional Park offers visitors access to an interpretive centre where they can learn about the life cycles and migration routes of the salmon that occupy the river. During mating season, visitors will be able to view the pools in which salmon are hatching and proceeding to swim upstream on what are called “salmon ladders”. Pack a lunch and enjoy a day in the forest, and admission is free!

Big Splash Waterpark Britannia Mine Museum Just a quick drive up the scenic Sea to Sky highway are our friends at Britannia Mine Museum. Hop on the mine train as it heads into the cool depths of this former working mine for a hands-on learning adventure! Try your hand at gold panning, and keep your finds! Don’t miss the family play area with a giant sand pit for smaller miners.


The demise of Splashdown Park left a waterslide shaped hole in the hearts of Lower Mainlanders. Fortunately, Big Splash stepped in to fill the void! Located in the same spot in Tsawwassen, Big Splash offers a thrilling aquatic adventure for the whole family. New additions include cabana rentals, an all-new kids pool, and an adults-only hot tub for when the kids are doing another lap on the lazy river.

Gulf of Georgia Cannery A summer day trip to historic Steveston village is always a delight, and a visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a must. Dive into the rich history of west coast fishing, with interactive exhibits and the Cannery Kids’ Corner. Don’t miss Music at the Cannery, with shows running throughout the summer!

Watermania Had enough sun? Home to 2 waterslides, a wave pool with an interactive seahorse play feature, diving boards, whirlpools and more, Watermania is your go to for indoor swimming fun this summer, and it’s conveniently located in the Riverport Sports and Entertainment Complex in Richmond.

Grouse Mountain The crown of Vancouver isn’t strictly a winter destination. The mountain offers hikes, wildlife education, ziplining, and more. Energetic families can even start their day off with the Grouse Grind before enjoying the activities on hand at the summit. One of the more recent additions to the mountain is the Eye of the Wind, a free-standing turbine that offers visitors a 360 degree view of the local scenery while they learn about the benefits of clean and renewable energy.

The Powerhouse at Stave Falls

in the valley Castle Fun Park Every Lower Mainland kid seems to squeal in delight as they pass the grand castle on highway 1 - drawn to the promise of endless fun that screams from the castle doors. Castle Fun Park is just that; a family playground boasting a plethora of classic and new school attractions. Go carts, bumper boats, and mini golf are just some of the castle’s offerings, with indoor and outdoor activities perfect for unpredictable weather days.

Othello Tunnels The Othello tunnels, located in Hope, are some of the original highways of the province, offering a unique opportunity to walk through BC history. Built in the early 1900s, the tunnels connect the lower BC coast to the Kootenay region. The tunnels also connect to the Hope-Nicola hiking trails, which offer some of the most beautiful vistas BC has to offer.

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The 100-year-old facility at Stave Falls is a real time warp of an attraction! The old powerhouse has been maintained and preserved to give a clear reflection of the machines and processes used to generate local power in the 1900s, and it is a true Canadian Heritage site. Archival photos and exhibits are on display for the public to enjoy. If it feels familiar when you walk in, it could be because the powerhouse has been used in dozens of film and television productions for set purposes.

The Water Park at Harrison Hot Springs Just 90 minutes from Vancouver, Harrison Hot Springs is a playground for family friendly summer fun! Adventurous families will love the inflatable, floating water park on Harrison Lake. The park is professionally supervised and great for all ages. If you’ve ever dreamed of being on the TV show Wipeout, this is your chance!

Twilight Drive-In Theatre There is just something magical about cuddling up in the car for a movie. This historic attraction in Aldergrove offers something for the young and something for the ones who remember going to the drive-in back in the day! Running a double bill every night, the theatre charges $12.50 for adults, and $7.50 for children aged 5-12. Don’t miss out on their Thursday Carload special, where 5 vehicle occupants are admitted for just $28.

Imagine Children’s Museum Just across the border in Everett Washington is the Imagine Children’s Museum, an amazing play and learning environment for kids ages 1-12, with interactive exhibits abound inside and out! Be sure to check their website before you visit as the museum has special workshops and events all summer long, and don’t miss their highly acclaimed Rooftop Adventure!

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Take a Hike Metro Vancouver’s Best Kid-Friendly Nature Walks by Shelley Tomlinson


y nephews are a big part of my life, and I enjoy taking them on adventures by exploring new parks and visiting familiar spots in and around our neighbourhood. The boys love being amongst the trees and checking out all the animals that can be found in our natural surroundings. While the Reifel Bird Sanctuary has become a most-frequented spot for us, we sometimes go further afield as well. Here are some of our favourite family-friendly spots to go for a nature walk in Metro Vancouver.

Reifel Bird Sanctuary The drive through farmland to get to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary makes it feel as though you’ve travelled far away from the Lower Mainland, even though the park is located in South Delta - less than an hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver. My nephews enjoy “talking” with the geese and other birds that populate the sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on Westham Island in Delta, about 15 minutes outside of Ladner Village. The drive takes you over a single-lane wooden bridge onto Westham Island, followed by a drive through farmland. Adding to that

farmland feel, there’s a herd of cows near the entrance of the sanctuary that my nephews like to sit and watch. The area consists of 850 acres of land that includes wetlands, natural marshes, and low dykes. About 5 kilometres worth of walking trails are accessible for families to enjoy, but pets are not allowed at the park. There is a picnic area located near the entrance of the park, and a favourite feature - especially if you visit in the Spring or Fall - is an on-site warming hut in case anyone gets cold. Location: 5191 Robertson Rd, Delta, BC Hours: 9am - 4pm Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $3, Children (2-14) $3

Campbell Valley Regional Park This multi-use park is located in Langley, and has nearly 30 kilometres of trails - including 14 kilometres shared with horseback riders, and 3.7 kilometres shared with cyclists. Since some of the trails are open to horseback riders, it is important to be aware of other types of users on the trail. As a popular spot for the equestrian community, this is a great spot for watching larger animals in motion. There is a slight change in elevation on some of the trails in this park, but the walks are definitely manageable for young children. Dogs must be leashed and under control at all times in order to protect wildlife, habitat, other animals, and visitors to the park. However, there are also two off-leash areas along 4th Avenue where your dogs can run free. One is seasonal, and the other is year round. With so many walking trails to explore, this spot is worth numerous visits. Note: The north entrance to the park is located along 16th Avenue between 200th Street and 208th Street. Location: 20290 16th Avenue, Langley, BC Hours: 7am - 10pm Admission: Free


Richmond Nature Park This bog forest nature park covers about 200 acres of land, with 100 acres on the west side and 100 acres on the east side. It offers 5 kilometres of walking trails on the west side, and another 1.5 kilometres of trails on the east side. The park is open from sunrise until sunset and entry is by donation. The Nature Park is a wildlife conservation area so pets are not welcome. The park’s proximity to Richmond Centre makes it easier to access than some of the other parks listed, especially for families who are travelling without a vehicle. One of the trails is an elevated boardwalk which is wheelchair accessible and perfect for strollers. The boys enjoyed discovering the “secret trails”, and got to see a garter snake near one of the wheelchair-accessible parts of the park. There is a small play structure to climb near the entrance of the park, which is also a favourite for little trekkers. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including summer camps for children (aged 4-10) that range in length from half-day to full-week camps. There is also an annual Wild Things event that happens every October, on the weekend before Halloween. Visitors can go on their own self-guided tours, or can visit an interpretive centre, known as the Richmond Nature House, which is located in the park and is open daily from 9am to 5pm (admission to the Nature House is by donation). Location: 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC Hours: 7am - Sunset Admission: Free

Surrey Bend Regional Park Another park worth exploring is Surrey Bend Regional Park. It features 5 kilometres of walking trails, and 3 kilometres of multi-use trails. There are floodplain forests, marshes, and thickets in the park. One of the things I like about the park is its proximity to the Fraser River. Dogs are welcome, but must remain leashed. Closing times for Surrey Bend vary throughout the year, ranging from 5pm between November and January, to 10pm during the summer months. Part of the appeal of this park is its proximity to Barnston Island, which also features a regional park. A free ferry is available to the island - a great spot to enjoy a quiet walk or a scenic bike ride. Kids enjoy the experience of travelling back and forth on the ferry, and the parks on either side make it a great place to spend the day. The ferry runs on an on-demand schedule, and operates Monday to Thursday from 6:15am to 11:55pm, and on Friday to Sunday from 6:15am to 12:55am. Location: 17775 104 Ave, Surrey, BC Hours: 7am - 8pm (May 30 - Sept 4) Admission: Free

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The Best Spots in Surrey, Delta and White Rock by Elizabeth Clark


iscover Surrey, Tourism Delta, and Explore White Rock knew they wanted to share more about the amazing, family friendly events, activities, restaurants, attractions and parks in their communities. They put their heads together and came up with Kid Approved BC, the ultimate online guide for families looking for fun. Anyone who has ever loaded the car up with kids to “try something new” knows the pitfalls of taking small humans into uncharted territory. What if there’s no parking? Does that restaurant have high chairs? Is it worth the drive? Is it really age appropriate for toddlers? Here are their best suggestions for summer fun in each of these communities, with a roundup of fun, budget-friendly experiences to connect families with each other and the great outdoors.

Surrey Exploding with green space, Surrey is the ideal place to discover a new park or nature walk. The charming Fairy Forest at Redwood Park is a favourite with all the tiny believers. Clamber up the steps to the treehouse in the centre of the park, run through the sloping meadow, and stroll under the diverse canopy. The Green Timbers Urban Forest is a great spot for exploring with trails that wind around a fully-stocked trout lake. Check out the interactive indoor space at the Surrey Nature Centre or borrow an activity backpack to selfguide a nature walk. Outside, the giant tree stump and pole forest inspire imaginative play. Discover meadows, forest and wetlands at Surrey Lake Park.  Kids will delight in the many animal-spotting opportunities, including frogs, salmon, ducks, eagles, and deer. Outdoor adventure calls for plenty of fuel for growing tummies. Stop by The Carvery Sandwich Shop for favourites from around the globe, like the panini, French dip, Reuben and Cubano, or hit the Healthy Monkey Café, with a cheap and cheerful menu full of clean eats.  

Delta From bog, to bay, to bird sanctuary, Delta offers a wide range of options for getting outside. Centennial Beach on Boundary Bay is an ideal family destination for those looking for accessibility with an inclusive Lions playground and beach mat walkway (May to September). Stop by Newmans Fine Foods or Ossie’s Deli for gourmet picnic sandwiches, or head to Mario’s Kitchen in Tsawwassen for a wide rage of healthy kids choices, and craft beer for the parents. Burns Bog in North Delta is the largest urban landmass in North America, and a tranquil oasis to escape city life. Don’t miss nearby Four Winds Brewing Company for a growler fill. Located on pastoral Westham Island, the George C Reifel Bird Sanctuary is full of birds to feed and spot, with many hard-packed gravel paths suitable for strollers. The cheerful ducks will delight, and the Sandhill cranes will awe kids of all ages. Wrap up with a family dinner at The Dancing Pig in Ladner - a popular BBQ joint with chalkboard tabletops.


White Rock White Rock is famous for its beaches, and deservedly so. The iconic White Rock Pier and Promenade is home to many Instagrammable ice cream moments. Stroll the pier and peek through the cracks for crabs. Enjoy a sunset from one of the many patios, like the family owned Uli’s Restaurant, or Charlie Don’t Surf with its casual beach vibe. Kid friendly East Beach is ideal for swimming as the tide rolls in over the warm sand, creating shallow pools to safely swim and splash. Hunt crabs under the rocks, search for treasures amongst the seagrass and beachcomb in the tidal pools. Looking to nosh? Fish & chips and ice cream of course! Try Moby Dick, crammed with trinkets, pictures and treasures from shores abroad, then hit Crazy Cows for a cone. Don’t forget to share your photos of family fun in Surrey, Delta and White Rock! Tag #KidApprovedBC on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win prizes all summer long. Visit  

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The Art of a Working Mom’s Business Trip How To Save Time and Money on Your Next Work Getaway by Claire Newell of Travel Best Bets


hen I first started traveling for business, I used to make two big mistakes: I would be away for longer than I needed to be, and I would pack everything and the kitchen sink. Over the years, practice has helped me to perfect the art of the business trip, and I have learned to pare down in two ways: I limit the amount of time that I am away, and I minimize what I pack for each trip. As a wife and working mom of two kids, I want to spend the bare minimum of my time away from my family, so I have learned to pack in as much as possible into the shortest amount of time. For example, if I am flying to Toronto for a national TV show, I will schedule another local TV appearance, a radio interview, and a dinner with a travel supplier while I am in town. Essentially, I cram the maximum amount of work in during my stay. I also catch up on emails and writing while I’m in transit so that when I am home with my kids and husband I can focus all of my time on them. As far as packing is concerned, I only travel for business with a carry-on bag and my personal item - a smaller tote bag. I wear the same travelling outfit on the flight to and from my destination. Usually it’s a comfortable pair of shoes that I can walk in, and loose-fitting or stretchy pants and a shirt. I also bring a cardigan or light coat depending on the time of year. In my bag, I pack a couple of outfits for my meetings plus one spare outfit. Most of the time I wear dresses or pants and a tunic, and I make sure that my coat or cardigan matches all of the outfits. I bring one more pair of shoes other than the ones I travel in - usually nude heels for spring/summer travel, or black boots in the fall/winter months. As far as toiletries and hair styling tools are concerned, I make sure to utilize the hotel amenities. I will use the hotel hair dryer and call ahead to see if they have a flat iron I can borrow, rather than bringing my own. Before I leave for my trip, I make sure to go through my makeup bag and take out anything that I know I won’t use while away to save space and weight. There is no point in packing that eye shadow that you never wear, or 10 different makeup brushes.

How To Save Money on Business Travel If you own your own business or have to pay for travel expenses yourself, here are some tips to help you save a few bucks on business travel: Fly out early. A 6am flight is often much less expensive than a mid-morning option. It might not be ideal to wake so early, but it will likely be cheaper and less busy. Book hotels in advance. If you know your work schedule ahead of time, many hotels offer lower rates for rooms booked and paid for in advance. You can save from 10-30% off the standard rate if you book your room well ahead of time.


Look for meal inclusions. Some hotels include free food like breakfast or happy hour. The money saved for one meal a day can really add up if you travel for business frequently. Book a room with a kitchenette. Another option if you are spending more than 2 nights on your business trip is to stay at a hotel that offers kitchenettes - or even just a mini fridge. Head to the local grocery store and buy some cheap do-it-yourself meals that you can prepare in your room. Take public transit. Some cities have excellent transit services - look into your transit route options before you go. Uber is also super handy for getting around, or if you have to rent a car, it’s always best to book the economy model.  You might not love the option, but really, why pay more? It’s just for a couple of days. Save on WiFi. If your hotel doesn’t have free Internet access, find a hot spot. Many restaurants and cafes offer complimentary WiFi, look for a popular chain such as Starbucks. This will save you on the $10 - $30 a night that many hotels charge for Internet fees. Meet over lunch, not dinner. When it comes to hosting business meetings over a meal, consider having lunch instead of dinner. Lunch prices are 20-30% less than dinner prices in most places. Claire Newell is a travel expert, author, travel consultant on Global BC and president of Travel Best Bets by Jubilee Tours and Travel.  

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Strength in Numbers A Beginner’s Guide to Mentorship by Devon Wong of The Minerva Foundation


or the uninitiated, the word “mentor” can stir up images of a wise Yoda guiding a young Luke Skywalker (or a Dumbledore and a Harry Potter, for the younger readers). The reality is, modern-day mentoring relationships are far from the silver-haired/youngster partnerships of fictional folklore, but they’re still an integral part of professional - and personal - development. When life throws you the inevitable curveball, new opportunity, or heavy decision, who do you have in your court?  We often turn to our friends and family first, but there will eventually be some areas of your life that haven’t been charted by anyone in your immediate network - that’s when a mentor steps in.

What’s a mentor? What exactly qualifies someone to be a mentor? Mentors are individuals who offer support, guidance, and insight. They are committed to your personal growth and success, and share a wealth of experience and skills. Contrary to traditional mentorships that correlate expertise with age, we’re also beginning to see an emergence of “reverse mentoring”, where younger generations have a lot to bring to the table when it comes to new areas of technology, such as digital marketing and social media.  Finding mentors outside of your own industry can bring a fresh perspective, and help generate new points of creativity, as well as new networks.  Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to choosing the right mentor.     Some mentors will weave in and out of you life, or will become close, lifelong friends. Others may enter for a brief period - distinct in their purpose.  Mentors are a vital part of having a healthy support system that will help lift you in times of struggle and uncertainty - or even stagnancy.  

Why it matters (for all of us) It’s going to take 170 years to close the gender gap, according to one of the most recent reports on gender parity released by the World Economic Forum late last year. Striking isn’t it?  It’d almost be easier to believe that this type of social justice didn’t happen in our own backyards/homes/workplaces.  But that’s exactly part of the problem: We can’t change what we’re not willing to see.  And the reality is  – in this day and age – Canadian women still earn $1 for every $1.52 earned by men. Women represent over 50 percent of Canada’s population, but there’s still overwhelming inequality for women in every facet of our society, particularly at the top.  Scan any group photo taken in a Canadian boardroom, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find more than 2 women in a group of ten.  From business, government, to the community, our leadership doesn’t reflect who we are as a nation, and young girls can’t aspire to be who they simply can’t see.   By creating a network of mentors and allies, you bring more visibility to yourself, and to all women pushing against the glass ceiling.  Mentorship is simply amplifying the power of connection, and finding strength in numbers by sharing expertise, resources, and contacts.  

Finding a mentor What’s the most common reason for a person to agree to be a mentor? It’s simple: they were asked. But before you click “Post” on a Facebook call-out, you’ve got to get specific. Mentorships are not one-size-fits-all, and it’s in your best interest to think strategically to come up with a list of individuals you’d like to approach.   Conduct a Google search to come up with names of industry leaders.  Look up the list of speakers from events you’re interested in attending, companies you’re following online, or those who have already won awards in their industry.   Social platforms like LinkedIn or Ten Thousand Coffees make professional networking a breeze.  The latter even offers a filter function to find those interested in “coffee chats”, or willing to share career advice.    If you prefer the offline approach, start attending meetups and events that interest you.  There are tons of weekly and monthly talks around the city, from Creative Mornings to TEDx events, which are brimming with like-minded individuals waiting to connect and collaborate.   Once you’ve narrowed down your list, be prepared to discuss specifics.  For example: What skills are you hoping to gain from this mentorship? What challenges are you looking to overcome?  How do you expect a mentor to help you? How often will you meet, and where? Having these details laid out in your initial conversation will help manage expectations for both parties, and allow your prospective mentor to get a feel for whether or not it’s the right fit. Even if they’re not able to provide you with the help you need, odds are, they’ll be so impressed by your initiative, they’ll want to guide you towards an alternative. People like to help.    

Sending the elevator back down Once you’ve begun your mentorship, be sure to share your gratitude. Mentors don’t typically expect anything for their time, but sending a simple note to express your appreciation while being specific about how the relationship has benefitted you goes a long way.  Mentors enjoy feeling like they’ve been able to make a tangible impact.  In addition, think of your mentor for relevant opportunities in the future that you might be able to pass along.  Is your company looking for speakers at an upcoming event? Could you nominate your mentor for some deserved industry recognition? There is strength in numbers and power in connecting with others. You might make decisions faster going alone, but you’ll go further with the support of others. And once you’ve reached the top, don’t forget to send the elevator back down. Minerva BC is a non-profit organization that elevates the visibility, influence and contribution of women leaders. They offer part-time leadership programs for established and emerging leaders, grounded in the principles of values-based leadership.  They believe that knowing who you are, and the values you embrace, are the first steps to becoming an authentic and successful leader.   Stay tuned for Minerva BC’s Fall luncheon on heart-centred leadership, where they’ll discuss how establishing emotional connections between managers and employees is the key to better performance and higher employee engagement.   To learn more, please visit


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wcf news >> Word Vancouver Flash Fiction Writing Contest

>> The Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam

Hosted by the Vancouver Book and Magazine Fair Society, Word Vancouver has become Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading, promoting books and authors through an annual event featuring free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for literary enthusiasts of all ages.

In honour of Holden, a 21-year-old artist whose life was taken far too soon, The Holden Courage Memorial Fund was created to raise funds in support of young artists. To raise awareness for the initiative, a special memorial event will be held as a part of the Vancouver Mural Festival on August 12, where world-class street artists will work on the walls in the alley at Main St. & 5th Ave. in Vancouver, using paints provided by the Holden Fund. In hopes of spreading his memory and legacy through colourful displays of art around the city, the fund organizers are working towards making this an annual event.

This year’s Word Vancouver Festival will take place from Wednesday, September 20th to Sunday, September 24th at various venues throughout Vancouver. Join a roster of Canadian literary talents and celebrate the world of writing and reading with the city’s literary community. To kick off the festival, writers of all ages are invited to submit a work of fiction, 350 words or less, to the Word Vancouver Flash Fiction Contest. There are three categories: Adult Category (19 and up), Youth Category (12-18 years old), and Kids Category (11 and under). All finalists will be invited to read their pieces at the Word Vancouver Festival on Sunday, September 24th. In addition, the two winners of the Youth and Kids categories will have their pieces published in WestCoast Families! The submission deadline is August 27, 2017. Please email your submissions to:, or mail them to the Word Vancouver office: #901 – 207 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7. Please clearly state your name, age, and your contact details with your submission.

The Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam will be held during the Mount Pleasant Street party, a free event held on an 8-block stretch of Main St. near Broadway from 12pm - 6pm, featuring live art, music, markets and community activities. Highlights of the event include Red Bull Tour Bus Stage with Yukon Blonde & Louise Burns, Alleyway Oasis feat. City Disco and Treasures and Travels Market, tattoo flash event by Black Medicine Tattoo, “Art of Brewing” craft beer garden by Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Holden Courage Memorial Graffiti Jam, 4-Elements parking lot party by Vancouver Street Dance Festival, and much much more! |

>> Under Armor and Sport Chek Search for Canadian Youth Ambassadors for 2018 The 2nd annual Team UA NEXT Canada Powered by Sport Chek launched to find the NEXT generation of Under Armour athletes. Young athletes aged 7 - 12 are eligible to compete for a chance to become the face of Under Armour in a brand campaign coming to Sport Chek stores across Canada. The winning boy and girl will join an elite roster of Under Armor athletes to serve as youth ambassadors for the popular brand, and will enjoy special perks such as a feature in the store’s brand campaign, and exclusive access to highly-coveted Under Armor gear. Parents, guardians, mentors and coaches, nominate your favourite young athlete by August 31, 2017 for consideration. Entrants must submit videos throughout the summer showing their passion and athleticism to make a compelling case for why they should be Under Armor’s next youth ambassador. Could you be their next young brand representative? Visit the site to learn more and submit your nomination.


>> The Museum of Anthropology Opens New Masterworks Gallery A new exhibition will be opening its doors at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) this Summer, combining cutting edge technology with the plurality of voices to share historical Indigenous tales and artifacts in new and innovative ways. Creating a groundbreaking experience, the display brings museum visitors into a cohesive and captivating environment, rather than prompting them to watch and observe from the sidelines. In a Different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art can be found in a 210-square-metre gallery located inside MOA, and integrates 5 film projections, 6 speakers, and 2 audio-transmitting chairs with 110 historical masterworks on display to create a truly unique gallery experience for guests. Contributors such as James Hart, Marianne Nicolson, Debra Sparrow and the late Beau Dick have lent their expertise to the creation of this exhibition, and curators Karen Duffek, Jordan Wilson, Bill McLennan have worked tirelessly to tie it all together. This gallery will be accessible from June 22, 2017 until Spring 2019 at the Museum of Anthropology, located on the campus of the University of BC.

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community Stanley Park Outdoor Movies Ceperly Meadows, Stanley Park (near Second Beach Pool) Every Tuesday night from July 4 - August 22 (weather permitting) at 8pm or 9pm (depending on sunset) Grab a blanket, bring some popcorn and join thousands of people as you enjoy the experience of watching a classic movie under the stars on a four-story high inflatable screen. Movies this year include Toy Story, Lego Batman, National Lampoon, and Harry Potter. Check the website for other movies and dates. I Heart Carbon Britannia Mine Museum, Squamish Ongoing until September Discover how much of your body is carbon with the Carbon Scale, and add your story to the message wall for future generations. Explore carbon-only materials, design your own robot and much more!   Sounds of Summer Music Series Various venues throughout Surrey Ongoing until August 30 From Canadiana, to sitar and tabla, celebrate different genres of music from around the world. Opening night as well as the grand finale will feature Canada 150 celebrations. Be sure to bring your folding chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to fully enjoy all the performances. There are scheduled performances every Wednesday throughout the summer, including three daytime performances!   Kitsilano Showboat Historic Stage (beside Kits Pool), Vancouver Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday until August 19 at 7pm Different performers every evening, but always the most beautiful view in the world, with nightly prize draws. Program subject to change, weather permitting. Check online for schedule.   Unbelievable Museum of Vancouver Ongoing until September 24 Diving deep into the vaults of MOV, this quirky exhibition assembles iconic artifacts, storied replicas, and contested objects for a mind-bending exploration of the role stories play in defining lives and communities – and what happens when we question the tales we’ve long relied upon.  


Canada Day at Canada Place Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza July 1- 2 Don’t miss the parade, pancake breakfast, and activities and entertainment! Check the website for other highlights happening on this 2-day celebration. Coquitlam Canada Day Town Centre Park, Coquitlam July 1, 12pm -10:30pm Coquitlam’s Canada Day celebration has grown to be the largest event in the Tri-Cities. It is known for its diverse range of live entertainment, delicious ethnic and regional food and multicultural activities. This is a free community festival with live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks.   Steveston Salmon Festival Steveston, Richmond July 1, 6:30am After the official opening, the stage bursts with entertainment all afternoon, and this year will extend into the evening. Highlights include the Japanese Cultural Show, Trade Show, Horticultural Show, an awesome Children’s Festival, Youth Festival, Martial Arts demonstrations, Food Fair, and an Artisan Gallery. This year, the festival will see the return of an inflatable carnival and midway, and a local favourite pie and ice cream parlour. A new addition this year will be a food truck festival, which will operate for 2 days - on July 1 & 2.   Celebrate Canada Day in Fort Langley Langley Centennial Museum July 1, 11am - 3pm Join in for a free, fun, family event that includes crafts, face painting, and old-fashioned games.  Enjoy a piece of Canada’s birthday cake, listen to live performances, and participate in different activities at the museum.  It’s sure to be a great time for the entire family!   City Centre’s Concerts in the Park Series Kozier Neighbourhood Park, Richmond July 5, 6:30pm - 8pm Enjoy a free night of fun activities and entertainment by local artists at Garden City Park. This event is perfect for visitors of all ages.   Dancing on the Edge Festival 2017 Various venues in Vancouver July 6 - 15 This Festival pushes frontiers of contemporary dance, featuring over twenty five innovative choreographers and involving over eighty dance artists.  

The 2017 Greek Summer Fest Boundary at East 29th Ave, Vancouver July 6 - 16, Monday - Wednesday, 4pm - 10pm & Thursday - Sunday, 12pm - 11pm Family friendly festival that features Greek food and great multicultural entertainment with free admission!   Canada 150 Summer Concert Series Willoughby Community Park, Langley July 6 - August 31 Join the Township in celebrating our nation’s important milestone at this free concert series! Local talent will be showcased all summer long at the newly-constructed Canada 150 Amphitheatre at Willoughby Community Park. Enjoy live entertainment in the great outdoors, every Thursday in July and August.   Tour de Delta 2017 Various locations in Delta July 7 - 9 This exciting weekend of racing begins Friday evening in North Delta, through to Ladner, and ending in Tsawwassen. Check the website for community festivals in North and South Delta that are full of family fun and entertainment, including children’s crafts, food vendors, face painting, mascots, and more - happening throughout the weekend.   Theatre under the Stars Stanley Park Malkin Bowl, Vancouver July 7 - August 19 (performances alternate evenings) Enjoy a delightful dose of magical entertainment this summer with two irresistible Broadway musicals: Mary Poppins & the Drowsy Chaperone.   A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, this season promises show-stopping song & dance in two sensational productions celebrating love and imagination. Regular tickets: $30-$49.   Whistler Children’s Festival Whistler Olympic Plaza, Whistler July 7- 9 This Festival fills one weekend every year with art workshops, music, acrobatics, theatre, dance and fun! The festival offers a range of workshops for kids, including pre-school activities for children aged 3-5, intermediate workshops for kids up to grade 8, and workshops for the whole family.   Taco Fest Swangard Stadium, Burnaby July 8, 12pm There will be door prizes and gifts for everyone who enters, plus live wrestling, a gigantic taco piñata, The Ring of Fire eating competition, and enough taco vendors to fill the stadium. This is an outdoor, all-ages fun family event (plus bar).  

calendar F.U.B.A.R. Roller Jam Robson Square, Vancouver July 8, 12pm - 6pm The rink will be magically transformed into a classic roller disco with roller skating for all ages (10 & up), old-school soul, funk, and R&B music, and a fun retro vibe. The event will also feature dance and musical performances, a bouncy castle, face painting, prize draws, and more fun activities over the course of the afternoon. Rockin’ in the Park Coal Harbour Park, Vancouver July 8, 11am - 2pm This free, all-ages, family-oriented event includes live entertainment, a bouncy castle, mini golf, face painting, balloon artists, caricature artists, arts and crafts, program demonstrations, community groups, a youth fundraising BBQ, and much more!   Ladner Village Market Ladner Village, Delta July 9 & 23, August 13 & 27, and September 10 As you stroll through the market, you will be entertained by live performances from the daily entertainers and talented buskers.   Local merchants and restaurants will be open to greet you and welcome you to Ladner Village.  This market is an experience for the whole family and will quickly become one of your favourite summer destinations.   Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix Gastown, Vancouver July 12, 5:30pm Canada’s greatest criterium bike race. Watch North America’s top cyclists race wheel-to-wheel on Gastown’s thrilling 1.2km course, featuring the infamous hairpin corner.   Butterfly Tea Party          Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley July 15, 1 - 4pm Celebrate Canada’s Parks Day as you release native butterflies into the sky. These winged jewels and their pollinating power inspire stories, fun activities and crafts. This is a free event by drop in.   MS Bike Fraser Valley Coast Langley Hotel & Cascades Casino, Langley July 15 - 16 A community-supported event that raises funds in support of the fight to end MS. Participants can choose from varying route lengths and fitness levels. Cyclists are able to make their way through the spectacular vistas of Fraser Valley and stop at some of the most acclaimed vineyards in the province for a taste of worldclass BC wine. Registration starts at $30.

Boundary Bay Airshow Boundary Bay Airport July 22 This air show has something for everyone - both in the air and on the ground! Featuring delicious food options, children’s activities, and non-stop action in the sky, this admission-free event is a great spot to spend the day with family.   2017 Health & Wellness Show Ladner Community Centre July 23, 10am - 4pm The Health & Wellness Show provides consumers with the opportunity to collect information, products and services that will enhance or improve their well-being. There will be swag bags for guests, as well as great prizes and samples. All proceeds from the raffle tickets will be donated to the BC Children’s Hospital.   Princess Party White Rock Centennial Arena Hall July 29, 11am - 2pm Join Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Cinderella & Prince Charming, Belle and the newest Princess - Moana, as they entertain you with a live performance. Tickets are only $20. Check the website for other exciting activities happening at this White Rock Firefighters Charity Fundraiser.   Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Country Fest Albion Fairgrounds, Maple Ridge July 29 - 30 The County Fest features main stage entertainment, kids activities, and live performers.  There is also a vintage market, a range of food options, games, farm exhibitions and so much more! Admission is free.   Honda Celebration of Light English Bay, Vancouver July 29, August 2 & 5 This year’s festival includes the Shorefest concert series, the Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge, and Vancouver’s largest Food Truck Festival, in addition to the world’s longest-running offshore fireworks competition featuring the works of Canada, Japan & the UK. Canadian Military History at Heritage Square Heritage House & Mackin House Parking Lot, Coquitlam July 30 Have you ever wanted to get up-close-and-personal with a military vehicle? This is your opportunity to meet the vehicle owners, share your passion for military history, and ask questions! This event puts you face-toface with experts in the field. Learn about battlefield medical care, collecting military history, and discover more about the military events that helped shape our nation over the past century. This is a free family event.  

Abbotsford Agrifair Abbotsford Exhibition Park August 4 - 6 Enjoy animal shows, rodeo, kids zone, trade show, main stage entertainment, demolition derby and midway rides at this year’s Agrifair! Fun for the whole family.

Tsawwassen Sun Festival    Winskill Park & South Delta Recreational Centre August 5 - 7 Enjoy a slow pitch tournament all weekend, and on Monday, check out the activities and entertainment at Winskill Park, as well as a parade down 56th Street. There will be rides for the kids and a beer garden for the adults!   Latin Summer Fest Swangard Stadium, Burnaby August 12 - 13 This festival is an annual family community event organized by Latinos in Action, promoting Latin culture in an outdoor event through its colourful spirit, arts, culture and cuisine. This year they are hosting Afro/ Latin and Reggae music as an expanded 3-day event.   Starry Night Deas Island Regional Park August 19, 7pm - 9:30pm Experience the mystery of the park as it transitions from day to night. There will be drummers, activities and a nature walk.   Etsy Vancouver Watch & Learn Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, Vancouver August 19 & 20, 11am - 7pm Visit this Vancouver maker festival presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres, where guests can enjoy weekend-long craft workshops, gaze at live mural paintings, shop the Etsy Vancouver marketplace, and enjoy live musical performances, food trucks, a curated art show, and a craft brewery beer garden. PDG Free Family Movie in the Park Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam, August 25 South Arm Park, Richmond, August 26 Georges Vanier Elementary, Surrey|Delta, August 30 Bring your favourite blanket and picnic basket and enjoy a kid-friendly movie with PDG Dental Group as we celebrate summer with families in our community. Entertainment, prizes, great kids movie.      

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How To Prevent Window Falls This Summer by Bianca Bujan


s the temperatures rise, so do the cautionary callouts reminding drivers to leave their windows rolled down for the safety of their children and pets, who could quickly overheat in cars on warm summer days. But when the temperatures rise, there are also huge risks associated with leaving windows open in the presence of young children - especially those who live in apartments or condos. Between 2009 and 2015, 146 children were treated at trauma centres around the province after falling from a window or balcony, and approximately 85 per cent of those hospitalizations involved children under the age of six.* Fortunately, the number of incidents could be greatly reduced if parents were to take more preventative measures to keep their children safe from window-related injuries.

To increase awareness for this safety hazard, BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and BC Children’s Hospital have partnered with the Condominium Home Owners Association of BC (CHOA) to share some safety tips with strata owners, strata councils, strata managers, as well as CHOA business members and other industry stakeholders across BC. We thought these tips would be important to share with our readers as well.

Preventing Falls From Windows and Balconies • Don’t underestimate a child’s mobility; children begin climbing before they can walk. • Move furniture and household items away from windows to discourage children from climbing to peer out. • Be particularly mindful of toddlers, who may climb on anything to get higher. • Remember that window screens will not prevent children from falling through. They keep bugs out – not children in. • Install window guards on windows above the ground level. These act as a gate in front of the window.


• Alternatively, fasten your windows so that they cannot open more than 10 centimetres (four inches). Children can fit through spaces as small as 12 centimetres (five inches) wide. • In either case, ensure there is a safe release option for your windows in case of a house fire. • Don’t leave children unattended on balconies or decks. Move furniture or planters away from the edges to keep kids from climbing up and over. • Talk to your children about the dangers of opening and playing near windows, particularly on upper floors of the home or in a high-rise dwelling. • Consider installing safety glass in large windows and French doors so they won’t shatter if a child runs or falls into them. For more information, please visit * Data provided by the BC Trauma Registry

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Getting Your Kids to Go Green

by Alyssa Schottland Bauman of Nourished Eating more greens is probably the single best thing that you can do to ease into a healthier household. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change, you can begin by making an effort to serve more greens - kale, spinach, collards, broccoli, any dark and leafy green - with every meal. That alone will make a difference. The easiest and most efficient way to get your kids to eat their greens is to drink them through healthy and delicious smoothies. Nutritionally, greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals that will fuel your child’s body and brain. These 5 tried-and-true strategies will have them gobbling up their greens in no time. Involve them every step of the way. Bring your children with you to the grocery store, farmer’s market, or fruit stand, and let them touch, hold, smell, and even taste the ingredients. Tell them that you’ll be using these to make some yummy drinks. Let them measure, cut, and get right in there in the kitchen. Older kids will enjoy helping you to pick out the recipes. When you make a juice or smoothie, they can help wash the ingredients and place the prepared veggies into a bowl or unplugged blender. Tell them how cool it is to drink a green juice. Share with your children the benefits of drinking their greens. Explain the energy-boosting pros, and liken these benefits to their favourite superhero, cartoon character or sports star. If you have a friend or relative that they look up to, ask them to also tell your child how cool drinking green juice is, because sometimes hearing it from someone they look up to is all a kid needs to try something new (this worked with my nephews!). Tell older kids about the benefits such as clearer skin, a natural glow, and longer nails, and every time you make a drink, ask your child to give it a funny name like “Green Man Super Juice” to keep it fun and exciting. For young kids, you can make a game out of it and after they drink their juice or smoothie, dress them up like a superhero to play around the house with their newfound “superpowers” from drinking superfoods! Let them pick out a fun cup and straw at the store. Tell them that this is their special cup or straw, that they’ll only use to drink green juices and smoothies. Stick to it, and only let them use this cup or straw when you make your green drinks. Pretty soon they might be begging you to make juice, just so they get to drink out of their favourite new accessory. Lead consistently by example and don’t sweat it.  Don’t make a big deal out of drinking it, and be sure to keep it a positive experience for your kids. Adding too much pressure might make some kids feel leery. If they refuse to drink it, just say “oh well!” and keep trying every day until they finally do. Remember that some kids need to be exposed to new foods 10 times before they will try it. Lead by example and drink the same green juice with them.  Show them how much you love drinking yours. Some kids will feel more comfortable just watching you drink it first, and will take a sip of yours before committing to drinking their own cup. Even after they’ve been drinking green juice for a while, there may be some days that they will refuse to drink it.  Don’t sweat it. Change up the recipes so that it’s not the same every time, and just keep offering it to them regularly.

Ease into it and sweeten it up. While I don’t normally recommend using too much fruit in a juice or smoothie, a sweeter drink can help to ease your child into it. At first, make the drinks with two or three servings of fruit or sweet veggies (carrot, beet). In smoothies, bananas and berries are great for hiding bitter flavours, and cucumbers and celery have mild flavours that blend well into any juice or smoothie. Blend it well and consider diluting it with a bit of filtered water so the flavour isn’t as strong and it’s easier to drink. Gradually change the ratio to more greens and less fruit, until you eventually get it down to no more than one or two pieces of fruit in the juice or smoothie. Of course, this also depends on your child. If they are especially young or haven’t been exposed to a lot of sugar, they may not have developed a taste for sugar, in which case I’d recommend going ahead and starting without fruit to see how that goes.

Green Watermelon Smoothie This refreshing smoothie is the perfect summer hydration for hot days. Loaded with electrolytes, magnesium, potassium, and a bit of calcium and protein, it doesn’t get any healthier - or tastier! This recipe makes the perfect alternative to my green go-go juice in the mornings or that much-needed 4pm pick-me-up for the kids. Try freezing it into popsicle moulds for the kids for an added element of fun! You can even add a bit of spirits to make a fabulous cocktail (but I didn’t say that!) Ingredients · 2-3 kale leaves (organic preferable) · 1 cup coconut water · 1 small organic cucumber · 1/2 a lime · 2 cups frozen watermelon · 5 leaves of fresh mint Make it! Blend all and serve. Add ice to chill.

Chocolate Superfood Milkshake This deceptively healthy smoothie is an after-school favourite, loaded with iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, omega 3s, fiber, calcium, and more. This recipe has become my go-to 3pm pick me up, but it would also make an amazing quick breakfast treat. Coconut oil keeps me satiated for hours, and it’s so delicious, it lasts no longer than 3 minutes in my glass - and the kids love it too! Ingredients · 1 frozen banana · 3 tbsp cacao powder · 3 dates, soaked · 1 tbsp hemp seeds · 1 tbsp chia seeds

· 1 1/2 cups organic, unsweetened almond milk · 1 tsp coconut oil · 1 dash of cinnamon · 1/3 cup kale (don’t worry, you won’t even taste it)

Certified Holistic nutritionist and health consultant, Alyssa Bauman, founded Nourished {A Health Consulting Firm} six years ago when she was constantly being asked for healthy living advice. It’s not as difficult as it seems, that’s where Alyssa comes in and guides you through whatever your nutritional needs may be. When she isn’t upgrading food choices, she will be playing in the park with with her most treasured muses—her three daughters.

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