WestCoast Families - July|August 2019 issue

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families FROM THE EDITOR 6 8 26 28 30

KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 10 Grassroots Fundraising 12 Support Programs

From our Family to Yours WestCoast Finds WCF News Community Calendar Last Look: Family Nutrition

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SUMMER FUN 14 Festival Guide 16 Summer Bucket List

WOMEN IN BUSINESS 18 Women in Wine 20 Parenting While Introverted 22 Dress for Success


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This is the time of year we all start talking about the “Great Summer Reads”. The books and stories you bring to the cabin, the lake, or the backyard, and enjoy while the kids play in the warm sunshine. In keeping with the theme, we decided to bring you some great local reads, with lots of personal stories and local flavour. Check out the triumph of Geraldine with the help of Dress For Success Vancouver, which is celebrating 20 years in our city. We also feature some local families and individuals who have created some fantastic fundraising efforts and support organizations for kids living with special needs and their families.

To round it out, we’ve also found some of the best family-friendly festivals going on around the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for some spectacular staycation ideas. Whatever you do this summer, grab a copy of WestCoast Families and tuck it in your bag. You never know when you might find 15 minutes of quiet that you can enjoy some great summer reading! Happy Summer... And we’ll see you again in the Fall.

Are the kids already bugging you for entertainment? No problem! We’ve got you covered with our Summer Bucket List... A whole two pages of great local activities and attractions for your family.

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On Our Cover: Winners of our cover contest at the Healthy Family Expo, sponsored by WestCoast Families and Cultus Park, Kourosh & Leila and children Malie, Naima, and Olinga, enjoyed a day at the Cultus Adventure Park. Photo by Anita Chapman of Perfect Moments Photography. www.cultus.com www.healthyfamilyexpo.com www.perfectmoments.com

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WESTCOASTFINDS 1) Wildwood Eyewear Sunglasses Wood you wear these? Handcrafted from solid, sustainably-sourced wood (such as maple, walnut, and bamboo), featuring high quality TAC polarized lenses, and giving back with 1% of all gross sales going to environmental non profits, this Vancouver-based brand offers sleek, stylish, and sturdy sunnies that you’ll feel good about wearing all summer long. Plus, they float!


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2) Yellofruit Frozen Desserts Ditch the dye-coloured, sugar-stuffed summer treats, and opt instead for a healthier option that your kids will love! Yellofruit is a local, family run business that creates non-dairy frozen banana desserts that are creamy (without the cream), and scoop like ice cream. Launched in April 2019, Yellofruit will be available in over 600 stores by the end of the summer. www.yellofruit.com | $6+ (per pint)


3) Fourteen Athletics Sportswear In honour of their son Kyle who passed away at the young age of fourteen, the Losse family launched Fourteen Athletics - a BC-based baseball accessories shop, with partial proceeds of each purchase going towards young aspiring baseball players in Delta, BC. Through providing funds for new equipment, uniforms, and programs, the family hopes to inspire players of all ages to chase their dreams - just like Kyle. www.fourteenathletics.ca | $25+


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4) Donia Farms Grass-Fed Dairy Products A third-generation dairy farm founded in 1955, Donia Farms and the family behind it believe in the principles of hard work, integrity, and respect for the animals they care for and the land they farm. Donia produces fresh local grass-fed milk and butter for families in BC, available at many Save-On Foods, IGA, Choices and other independent grocers under the Donia Farms label. www.doniafarms.ca | Various Prices

5) Hydralyte Hydralyte treats all cases of mild to moderate dehydration, whether caused by sweating from sports, breathing in dry plane air, having stomach troubles, or simply enjoying a summer day spent in the sun. With 75% less sugar and four times more electrolytes than leading sports drinks, these portable packets are perfect for packing on picnics or flights. www.hydralyte.ca | Varous Prices



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GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING For kids with special needs, every effort counts by Andrea Vance To shed light on the local fundraising efforts happening in and around our city, we sent a callout to our readers and followers asking them to let us know about local people who have started grassroots fundraising efforts in support of kids and families with special needs. These are just a few of the stories we heard.

Cookies for DSRF Mary Cardle is a local single mom by choice, and has a 6-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome. In 2015, she started fundraising for the Run Up For Down Syndrome that is put on by the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation. Arranging a free table at a local market, Mary set to work, baking many cookies to sell to raise funds for the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation. A huge rainout on market day meant her work almost went to waste until one lady saw what she was doing, bought some cookies, and donated $100. Raising $500 that day, Mary took the funds to the DSRF and was met by the Executive Director who told her that the kind lady from the market was inspired by Mary’s story, and subsequently made a donation of $5,000 to her fundraising team. That fateful market day caused that lady to make another $5000 donation the following year in support of Mary’s efforts, and Mary has now gone on to raise more than $17,000 for the DSRF since 2015. You can hear more about Mary’s story on her podcast at www.T21Mom.com.

Baskets of Love Courtesy of Katie Cross

Baskets of Love Down Syndrome Support Society Danielle is the founder of Baskets of Love Down Syndrome Support Society, and mom to a 6-year-old son, Conor, who was born with Down Syndrome. In July 2014, Danielle started Baskets of Love as a way to welcome and support families who have just welcomed a new baby with Down Syndrome into their lives. “The very first mom of a child with Down Syndrome that I spoke with after Conor’s diagnosis listened to me, and let me cry my eyes out. She reassured me that everything I was feeling was completely normal, and that everything was going to be okay. As I thanked her, she told me that eight years ago someone did the same thing for her, and that one day I will do the same thing for someone else.” Danielle is trying to be that person for someone else, by providing welcoming baskets and support for new parents of babies with Down Syndrome. Their goal is to provide support and a congratulations during what can be a very difficult, lonely and stressful time. This July, Baskets of Love celebrates five years, and over 85 baskets delivered and babies welcomed to the world. Visit www.basketsofloveds.com to learn more.

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Blind Beginnings Shawn Marsolais was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a rare eye condition that caused her vision to deteriorate throughout her childhood. Since the age of 18, she has had less than two percent of her vision and has fully adjusted to life as a blind person. Through both her personal and professional experience, Shawn identified a significant gap in services for blind and partially sighted children in BC. In 2008, she founded Blind Beginnings with the vision of helping blind and partially sighted children reach their full potential. Providing educational programs, camps, support, events, fundraising and local resources, Blind Beginnings has a ‘no limits’ philosophy, focusing on services and support for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families. Shawn’s dream is that BC’s 750+ children who are blind or partially sighted will gain the necessary skills and support to reach their full potential. Visit www.blindbeginnings.ca to learn more.

Lawn Summer Nights Lawn Summer Nights is a unique lawn bowling fundraiser that is held in cities across the country, benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Founded in Vancouver in 2009, the event has helped raise over $2.7 million, and generated awareness about CF, while introducing thousands of young Canadians to community engagement, all while playing one of summertime’s classic leisure sports: lawn bowling. For the first time in 2018, Kristen Thomas and her family brought this fun event to Tsawwassen! “It was a tremendous sold out success and we can’t wait for it to be even better in 2019.” Nearly 25 teams will be raising money and awareness for CF hosted by the Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling Club. “Our son Mason is 4 and was diagnosed through newborn screening with CF,” says organizer Kristen Thomas. We wanted to bring this fun event to Tsawwassen to bring awareness of the disease and help raise funds for expensive drugs that those suffering with CF desperately need. This event is nearly sold out again! So grab three friends and sign up your team today. Social tickets ($35 include White Spot dinner and drink) are also available online and at the door. Must be 19+. We hope to see you at the event of the summer! July 12, 5:30pm Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling Club 1050 54A St, Tsawwassen, BC www.lawnsummernights.com/tsawwassen/

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SPECIAL NEEDS Support Programs For Families The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia The Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia was started in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted to assist their children living with cerebral palsy to reach their maximum potential within society. Today they are an independent charitable organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. They provide support, education, and information throughout BC, with a mission to raise awareness of cerebral palsy in the community, to assist those living with cerebral palsy to reach their maximum potential, and to work to see them realize their place as equals in a diverse society. This is carried out through advocacy, encouraging networking, educating members of the public about cerebral palsy, governing relations activities, and implementing programs for individuals with cerebral palsy. The association offers free programs and services to individuals of all ages with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Programs offered include dance without limits, adapted yoga, art without limits, legal workshops, education bursaries, equipment funding, camperships, youth support groups, senior support groups, and a navigator program. The vision of the CPABC is to create a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities, working towards becoming the recognized leader in providing information, support and guidance to children, families and adults living with CP in our province. Adults with CP, other family members, care providers, educators and medical professionals also turn to the CPABC for information on topics ranging from treatment, funding and housing options to human rights, advocacy and special needs education. www.bccerebralpalsy.com

Millennium Learning This Port Moody tutoring and learning center was established in 1992 for struggling students, and soon refocused their efforts to work with families to address and correct learning and education challenges. Millennium Learning knows that all children have the potential to succeed in school and life, no matter what their learning challenges, and our brains are capable of change, regeneration, and growth. Using effective and affordable brain-based learning and cognitive enhancement programs, Millennium works with kids to fine-tune the brain’s ability to comprehend and manage information. The centre offers programs for children who experience the following: Autism Spectrum, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, reading and comprehension difficulties, Apraxia, Down’s Syndrome, developmental delays, learning disabilities, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, memory and information processing, focusing, and more.

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More recently, Millennium has been working with NeurOptimal, a neurofeedback device to help train the brain to improve function. Approved by Health Canada as a class 2 medical device, they have seen really great results particularly to lower anxiety, and increase focus and attention. www.millenniumlearningadvantage.com

Communitas Supportive Care Society Communitas is a non-profit faith-based organization, providing care across BC to those living with disabilities. Services include residential care, community support, employment programs, and respite options, and are provided to individuals and families regardless of their faith, social standing, race, or ethnicity. The organization services three main geographic areas in BC: Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan. Mental illness support is also a large part of Communitas’ work in the community. Matthew’s House is a beautiful home-like environment that provides independence and support to youth aged 16-24 who live with complex care needs, and require additional assistance as they transition into adulthood. Drop-in centres are offered for social opportunities, and community and recreation for individuals who have an acquired brain injury. Communitas envisions communities where all citizens are interconnected and interdependent. www.communitascare.com

Local Resources for Families with Special Needs

Inclusion BC

These local organizations provide their own services, as well as directories or access to other special needs resources in BC.

A non-profit federation working with partners to build community and to enhance the lives of children and youth with special needs, adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.

Options Community Services


Providing services for children with special needs. www.options.bc.ca

Our Kids Directory of local special needs schools.

Autism Community Training


Enabling parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.

BC Centre for Ability


BCCFA provides community-based services that enhance the quality of life for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families. www.bc-cfa.org

Government of British Columbia – Child and Family Services Offices Supporting children and youth with special needs. www2.gov.bc.ca

Reach Child & Youth Development Society Reach is a non-profit organization serving Delta, Surrey and Langley since 1959, helping children with special needs reach their full potential. www.reachdevelopment.org

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice A place of comfort and compassion where children can receive expert clinical care while experiencing the simple joys of being a child with their families at their side. Also providing access to local resources and support. www.canuckplace.org

The Disability Resource Network of BC for Post Secondary Education This provincial organization represents individuals who provide programs and services for individuals who have disabilities, in the BC Post Secondary Education system. www.drnbc.org

Sirota’s Alchemy A ‘Family Oriented’ centre focusing on fostering positive life skills and character development within our students, welcoming all individuals regardless of age, fitness levels and abilities. www.martialarts4all.com

Children’s Heart Network Events, camps, educational programs, resources and more to support and enhance the lives of children, youth and families living with congenital heart disease. www.childrensheartnetwork.org

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FESTIVAL GUIDE Your Guide To The Best Family-Friendly Summer Festivals School’s almost out and it’s time to start planning activities to fill your summer months, but what is there to do in Vancouver that will please both parents and kids? Festivals are a great way to enjoy family fun, and we’ve got a list of the best in the city to help you start planning. From the city’s most celebrated wall mural displays, to Shakespeare’s classics performed on an outdoor stage, these festivals found in and around the city are definitely worth adding to your family’s bucket list this summer.

Richmond Maritime Festival Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, Richmond Discover local lore, visit beautiful wooden boats, create works of art, bring your picnic blanket, and enjoy the tasty treats. Take in music, painters, potters, stilt performers, puppets, storytellers, and much more! The event runs from July 27 - 28, and admission is free. www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca

Bard on the Beach Festival Bard Village, Vanier Park Celebrating 30 years with four productions on two stages, the Bard on the Beach Festival is a can’t-miss event for lovers of the performing arts. See The Taming of the Shrew, running now until September 21, Shakespeare in Love, running from June 12 - September 18, All’s Well That Ends Well, running from June 26 - August 11, and Coriolanus, hitting the stage from August 21 - September 15. www.bardonthebeach.org

Wind Festival for the Arts Downtown Squamish Paddle, play, and soar at this free three-day art and music festival celebrating all things wind and water. From amazing workshops, to works by local artists, to live performances, to the biggest artisan market in town, this is the largest free festival happening in Squamish. Check out this free event from July 18 - 20. www.squamishwindfestival.com

107th Annual Aldergrove Fair Days Aldergrove Athletic Park Head to Aldergrove for one of BC’s best small-town fairs, featuring worldclass fun for the whole family. Musical performances include headliners Loverboy, a Show ‘n’ Shine Car Show, a chili cook-off, and much more. Admission is by donation, and the event runs from July 19 - 21. www.aldergrovefair.ca

Surrey Fusion Festival

Holland Park, Surrey This two-day festival showcases and celebrates the cultural diversity of Surrey. The event brings together cultural and community groups from around the world, along with 150+ artists and performers. Live entertainment, food pavilions, and interactive cultural activities will keep you busy throughout the weekend. The event runs from July 20 - 21, and admission is free. www.surreyfusionfestival.ca

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Chilliwack Sunflower Festival Chilliwack The Sunflower Festival features more than three acres of the planted giant Mammoth sunflower, that can reach heights of 12 feet and taller, plus 1.5 acres planted in a cut flower orange variety which will reach heights between five and six feet. The fields are completed with an acre of show garden, featuring 15 different varieties of different heights, colours and bloom sizes for guests to enjoy. www.chilliwacksunflowerfest.com

Vancouver Mural Festival Various Locations, Vancouver The city’s largest annual free public art celebration brings artists and murals to the Mount Pleasant and Strathcona neighbourhoods, as well as a week of events including the Strathcona Street Party. This free event runs from August 1 - 10. www.vanmuralfest.ca

Whistler Children’s Festival

Whistler Fuelled by imagination, creativity, and giggles, the 36th annual Whistler Children’s Festival is the resort’s longest-running event, perfect for families with kids of all ages. Check it out from July 5 - 7. www.whistlerchildrensfestival.com

Richmond World Festival

Abbotsford Agrifair

Abbotsford Exhibition Park, Abbotsford The 109th annual Abbotsford Agrifair includes the popular midway rides, the Demolition Derby, the Laughing Logger Show, 4-H shows, the Country Horse Classic, the Global FMX Motorcross Show, Cannon Top Gun Logger Competition, the pig and duck races, nightly concerts and roving entertainers. New events include a Pirate Ship Show, a Tank car-crush event, a Tractor/Truck Pull Show, Yule Kids and so much more! Check it out from August 2 - 4. www.agrifair.ca

Minoru Park, Richmond This festival features more than 90 artists on nine stages including headliners K-pop star Verbal Jint, Tokyo Police Club and Dragonette. Other highlights include Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, more than 50 food trucks in the FEASTival of Flavour, a culinary stage and Global Village, an artisan marketplace, the Bamboo Theatre, and much more. Running from August 30 - 31, this event is free to attend. www.richmondworldfestival.com

Harrison Festival of the Arts Harrison Hot Springs From the world stage, to local artists, there’s something for everyone at this annual 10-day festival. Find a market featuring goods from local artisans, workshops, and a must-see art exhibit, running from July 12 - 21. www.harrisonfestival.com

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Slide, ride, and swim at Cultus Lake Head to Cultus Lake where you can park once, and enjoy a day full of outdoor fun with the kids from sun up to sun down. Cultus Waterpark includes 25 different slides and attractions, and the Adventure Park is right across the street, offering amusements rides, mini golf, and more. Redeem the coupon on the back of your Waterpark ticket and pay only $15 for an Unlimited Ride Wristband (Mon-Fri). www.cultus.com

Have fun with the fish at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Escape the heat and experience the history of West Coast fishing at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Fishing is a huge part of BC’s history, and learning about it at the Cannery is fun and hands-on experience. The Cannery Experience, on until Labour Day, includes guided tours, salmon tasting, interpreters and demonstrations. From July 12- August 30, enjoy live music at the Cannery, too. www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.org

Time travel to the past at Burnaby Village Museum Visit Burnaby Village Museum, where history comes to life! Whether it’s sunny or rainy, this is a super fun stop with the kids. Gate admission is absolutely free, and it’s only $2.65 to ride the historical (and fabulous) carousel. Stroll the heritage village, watch demonstrations, enjoy a picnic lunch and ice cream. Kids love the freedom to run around and explore, and parents appreciate the entertainment and history. www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Learn about Maya at the Royal BC Museum Visit MAYA – the Great Jaguar Rises, at the Royal BC Museum all summer long, until December 31. This is an extraordinary exhibition highlighting Maya civilization past and present. See some of the world’s largest and most impressive display of Maya objects from Guatemala, with more than 300 precious jade, ceramic, gold, stone and textile artifacts. Impressive! Combine this visit with a day trip or overnighter to Victoria for a great mini vacation. www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

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Go for a tumble in Tumbletown Head to Harrison for lakeside adventures Go hiking, biking, paddling, and then relax in the hot springs pools! That’s what Harrison Hot Springs Village is all about. No matter what you’re looking for, or what age group, there is something to entertain your whole family. Check out the amazing pools at the Hot Springs Hotel, or the Floating Waterpark on the lake. Jump in the car or on the bike and try a nearby Circle Farm Tour, or hike through the forest with the kids. If you prefer to relax, just sit on the beach and take in the beauty.

Is it a too hot outside for the little ones? Take a break from the heat here with family drop-ins, available on most days of the week. This is a time for both kids and parents to play together, with unstructured time for exploring the gym. Forty-five minutes of play is only $18. No signup required, so you can just stop by. Check schedule for drop-in times. www.tumbletown.ca


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WOMEN IN WINE Balancing Motherhood With A Career In Wine by Nicole MacKay Being a mom is arduous, obviously. Being a mom who works outside of the home is difficult, this we know. And being a mom who works in the wine industry, well that’s an unexpected level of tough. The majority of women I encounter while working in my day-to-day are not mothers. Certain aspects of the industry simply don’t flex to family. Wine is a business, and one that is rarely a 9-to-5 gig. The most common comment I get about being a wine writer is ‘wow, that’s so cool!’ And yes, my job is cool. I get to learn about wine and talk to fascinating people from all corners of the globe. And then I get to share my knowledge with people who share my passion. But as a writer, there’s a lot of research, analysis, and spitting – lots and lots of spitting. I’m fortunate to be able to attend tastings and events - but to work in wine does not mean that I am constantly consuming it.

Lindsay Kelm, photo courtesy of Melody Davis

DJ Kearney, photo courtesy of David Strongman

That’s where my philosophy on responsible consumption comes in. Because it’s my job and I take it seriously, I don’t joke about counting down until happy hour, even if it’s been a rough day. And I don’t quote memes off the Internet such as ‘caffeine until cocktail hour’. My children are young, so a casual attitude towards alcohol could have a great impact on their perception of my job as they grow older. One day in school, they’ll likely get asked, “What does your mommy do for a living?” I cross my fingers and hope they don’t just say, “Mommy drinks wine.” Since becoming a mom nearly 4 years ago, I’ve strived to absorb the insights from other moms in the industry. Marketing Manager at Tantalus Vineyards, Stephanie Mosley, is married to the winery’s winemaker, David Patterson. Together they have a preschoolaged daughter. “There are times when we both need to travel to various out-of-town wine festivals and that can be tricky,” she shares with me. Yet, Stephanie shares the silver lining in raising a child while living on

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Nicole MacKay, photo courtesy of Amazing Day Photography

Stephanie Mosley, photo courtesy of Jennifer Hodder

the Tantalus property. “When she is older, I hope her exposure to winemaking and seeing the process from the vineyard to the bottle, helps her to gain an appreciation for wine. Also, that we can convey to her that enjoying alcohol comes with responsibility.”

Lindsay Kelm, former Marketing & Communications Manager at Quail’s Gate, shares a similar testament. She hopes that being open with her two sons (aged 5 and 7) will benefit them down the road. “The conversation about drinking responsibly

already happens in our household. Perhaps it’s because of our industry, but we make a point of noting the importance of having a responsible driver and not indulging too much,” she explains.

Wineries in the Lower Mainland

After grappling with a demanding schedule at the winery, Kelm recently launched her own communications company to help take control of her calendar. “There were many days when I would be rushing out of meetings to get to daycare on time. There were also events that I couldn’t attend as they were at the kids’ bedtime. Or if I did attend, and we’d need to find a babysitter, or have my husband change his schedule so I could make it work.”

Langley Producing award-winning varietals, blended, and bubbly wines since 2009, from 100% BC grapes grown on-site in their own vineyard, and complemented with fruit selected from the Fraser Valley and South Okanagan. Also enjoy wine tours, tastings, on-site store, and snack plates you can enjoy indoors, or outside on the picnic tables in the vineyard. www.backyardvineyards.ca

The most sage advice I’ve received comes from DJ Kearny, this year’s Spirited Industry Professional Award recipient. DJ is a highly respected Wine Educator and Consultant in Vancouver. Her twin boys are now grown, but she clearly remembers the difficulties of working while mom-ing. “My job involves travel, evening work, and constantly trying to find the time to research and read to keep my own knowledge fresh and current. Arranging childcare, missing school and sporting events, and the guilt of being away from home were all things I juggled frequently.” There’s that word. Guilt. We all feel it in some form or another as mothers. DJ’s words eased me slightly, having faced the ‘guiltmonster’ with her children years later. “I expressed my guilty feelings about being away from home so much to my twins, and they were quite astonished. They told me that they were proud of me and highly aware that I was working so hard to support them. It was the exact opposite of what I had been feeling!” The balance (or lack thereof) we face as mothers is universal, whether we work outside the home or choose to be the primary caregiver of our children. My struggles are neither unique nor special. But, it’s the added aspect of alcohol that makes my path slightly muddier, at least to me. I worry about my children’s perception of my work, and I worry about their narrative when explaining it to others. I’ve learned that whether I work in the industry or not, open conversations with my children about alcohol will be a priority as they grow up. Aside from that, I think I just have to worry less and focus on being a good role model. Wine or not, shouldn’t that always be the goal?

Backyard Vineyards

Chaberton Estate Winery Langley One of the largest estate wineries in BC, and the oldest in the Fraser Valley, winning numerous awards in wine competitions throughout North America and Europe. Includes wine shop, tasting, tours, and Bacchus Bistro. www.chabertonwinery.com

Lulu Island Winery Richmond The newest and largest winery in Richmond, Lulu Island produces many quality wines on site including red and white table wines, fruit wines, and Canada’s very own ice wines using grapes from the Okanagan and the Fraser Valley. Enjoy their tasting room and retail shop in Richmond. www.luluislandwinery.com

Vista D’oro Farms & Winery South Langley An ultimate agritourism experience, Vista D’oro Farms & Winery grows heritage orchard fruits and vinifera grapes for its fortified wine, and fresh grown fruit. Offers an on-site farmgate shop and tasting room. www.vistadoro.com

Township 7 Langley This Fraser Valley winery is set in a lush agricultural landscape, surrounded by green vistas and the occasional trot by of an equine explorer. Started in Langley in 2001, you’ll find wine, art, culture and culinary experiences brought together by the thoughtful knowledgeable staff who welcome fresh and returning visitors. Tasting room, wine shop, and an amazing setting. www.township7.com

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PARENTING WHILE INTROVERTED Tips & Tricks To Find The Quiet You Crave by Taslim Jaffer I scanned the dining area of the dimly lit restaurant, but didn’t see anyone that I recognized. This wasn’t surprising; I was one of dozens of people on the guest list at my friend’s 40th birthday party, but I only knew a handful. As an introvert, I was fine making my way to a table at the back, smiling politely at those who made eye contact, and enjoying the company of my own thoughts until someone I knew showed up. The birthday girl and her sisters arrived shortly after me. After introductions were made, I struck up a conversation with one of her sisters, who I learned was an avid traveller. I was preparing for my first big overseas trip, and was happy to get some tips from someone more experienced. Quickly, I dove deep into the reasons why I was journeying back to my birthplace and eventually found myself in that awkward space of being at a large, loud party and monopolizing one person’s time in a deep conversation. I recognized that I had skipped the small talk (which introverts find exhausting) and was baring my soul to a perfect stranger. My thoughts ping-ponged between, “Stop it, Taslim, you’re being weird” and “But this could be a great conversation.” In the end, I let the poor woman mingle with her family and friends and then breathed a grateful sigh when my friend’s husband – a fellow introvert – approached and asked if I was reading anything good. I mean, who doesn’t love a twenty-minute discussion about the merits and deficits of a current read while at a party? My life as an introvert has always included being on the lookout for the perfect kind of company. This might sound counter-intuitive – aren’t introverts supposed to shun people? That is a common misconception. It’s not people, necessarily, we avoid. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking defines introversion as, “people who prefer quieter, more minimally stimulating environments.” I’ve never been drawn to big groups of loud people; instead, my radar alerts me to the quiet, thoughtful ones. That’s not to say we

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aren’t a fun bunch. I love being with people who make me laugh. Being introverted does not equal being somber and boring. It simply means I crave authentic connections – and keeping up with anything beyond that is tiring and unfulfilling. In this digital age, when texting is the norm, and communication largely happens via social media, real connections are lost. For an introvert who prefers an intimate gathering space as well as peace and quiet to recharge, social feeds can be an assault. Christina Crook, co-founder of JOMO Digital Mindfulness Retreats and author of The Joy of Missing Out, explains why the information highway is lacking. “It turns out we need more than information to make meaning. Human connection in real time - the eye contact, the social cues, though sometimes intimidating for the introvert - is what our hearts long for most. ‘Going there’ - going deep fast, as introverts tend to do, is a survival mechanism.” So, how do we honour our need for quiet and minimally stimulating environments in a digital world? And how do we make meaningful connections when we have become accustomed to keeping our heads bent over our phones? Here are 5 tips on how to make social connections as an introvert in the digital age: 1) Know What You Love Make a list of activities that are important to you. I am willing to bet that the activities that add meaning to your life, and help you recharge and alleviate your stress are not linked to the internet. Remembering the activities that truly fulfill you may inspire you to find time for them. Start with one and schedule it in! 2) Connect Regularly with Close Friends Studies have shown that those of us who enjoy close relationships with other people have better quality of life and even live longer than those who don’t. Therapist Dr. Saira Sabzaali explains, “For female brains, reaching out to other women is an adaptive response to stress, it can lower our stress. These are people who are close to you, who are meaningful to you.”

I look forward to my Friday morning drive to work that allows me a 30-minute call with my good friend. I feel more connected to her because of this tradition than I would if I were gleaning information about her life from her social feeds. I prefer the stories that my close friends share with me on the phone or over tea rather than the ‘stories’ I might catch on Instagram. 3) Find a Group Outside of Facebook Another great way to connect with people offline is to join an interest-based group. Do you enjoy reading? Join or start a book club! Are you learning a language? Search for a local group on meetup.com and get to know people in your area with similar goals and interests. This is a double win because you are pairing a joyful activity with meeting like-minded people. 4) Combine Self-Care with Social Contact It’s true, introverts recharge in quiet and, often, alone. But a heart-to-heart with a friend on a walk around the neighbourhood can have multiple benefits. It can be easy to lose ourselves in the digital world even outside on a walk as we plug in to podcasts and audiobooks, but those don’t give us the same nourishment as contact with real people. In Susan Pinker’s TED Talk, The Secret to Living Longer May Be Your Social Life, she talks about what happens when we make even brief and casual human contact: “Faceto-face contact releases a whole cascade of neurotransmitters, and like a vaccine, they protect you now in the present and well into the future. So simply making eye contact with somebody, shaking hands, giving somebody a high-five is enough to release oxytocin, which increases your level of trust and it lowers your cortisol levels. So it lowers your stress. And dopamine is generated, which gives us a little high and it kills pain. It’s like a naturally produced morphine.” So, my fellow introverts, don’t stop seeking those face-to-face, intimate moments with people you are drawn to! It’s good for our health, especially in this digital world.

How You Can Regain Control Of Your Wi-Fi With more connected devices coming into our homes every day, monitoring and managing screen time can be challenging — especially for those parents who want to keep an eye on their child’s screen time across multiple devices. With these needs in mind, Shaw Communications recently launched BlueCurve, a new Wi-Fi experience that gives families a way to monitor and control their in-home connectivity. With the Shaw BlueCurve Home app families get what they’re looking for — a way to organize their connected devices in the home and a healthy balance between screen time and quality time. With the BlueCurve Home app, you can see which devices are connected to Wi-Fi, set parental controls, and even pause access to Wi-Fi with one tap. To get a better sense of how well the new BlueCurve Home app controls Wi-Fi in the home, we sat down with Jill Amery, a mother of two boys (aged 11 and 13), and CEO and Publisher of UrbanMommies Media. Jill has tried many screen time control options over the years to manage Internet usage in her home, and she shared with us why Shaw’s BlueCurve checks all the boxes for her family. “Managing screen time in the past has been time consuming and frustrating for me and my family. It began with setting up parental controls on individual devices and unplugging the modem at certain times, which affects the smart home devices and meant that my own cell bills just got larger,” said Jill, sharing some of her frustrations with the other options that she had tried. When asked about BlueCurve, Jill gives a very different answer.

“I use BlueCurve to manage everything and I am hopelessly in love with it,” said Jill. “The app on my phone is clean and incredibly easy to set up. There are different ways to organize profiles, but I have done it based on the person. I also have a profile for ‘Home’ and don’t put any restrictions on my smart devices, so their connectivity is never interrupted.” When asked what her favourite feature is of the app, Jill explained that there are many, but that “being able to pause Wi-Fi on individual devices is high on the list.” Another huge benefit is that the family can clearly see usage based on personal profiles, device and time of day. The discussions about screen usage have been so valuable for Jill and her family, and they are all — parents included — trying to go on a screen “diet” as a result. In Jill’s home, screen time rules are used as a positive tool to encourage responsible Internet use. Speaking as a trusted source for parenting tips, Jill acknowledges there’s no one-size-fits approach when it comes to managing connectivity. “The key with having all of the information that the app provides is that it facilitates conversations based on actual data,” she shares. When asked how the boys have responded to the new network management experience in their home, Jill explains, “With all the other systems we have tried, they could outsmart them! Similar to every aspect of parenting, though, kids seem to thrive with clear limits and follow through. They are honest about how much time they need for schoolwork, and I can add extra ‘fun’ time easily.” One bonus for Jill, whose West Vancouver home was built around rock which created Wi-Fi instability, was another product in the BlueCurve technology suite, the Shaw BlueCurve Pods. Once installed through the app, the elegant, hexagon-shaped Shaw BlueCurve Pods help create a mesh Wi-Fi network that blanketed the home to eliminate dead spots and extend coverage to places like her patio. “It’s like throwing a warm blanket of Wi-Fi over everywhere in your house you want to be,” Jill shares. For more information on the technology suite, including the Shaw BlueCurve Gateway modem, visit shaw.ca/bluecurve.

The Need for Wi-Fi Connectivity Control - In Numbers • 89% of adults agreed that it is important to put away their connected devices and disconnect at a certain point every day, though Canadians clearly enjoy the benefits of connectivity • 96% of those polled said it is important for parents and caregivers to be able to manage the amount of time children are connected, what type of content kids can access and when they can access it • Only 49% of Canadians say they currently have an easy way to manage connected devices in their homes *According to an Abacus Data Poll (commissioned by Shaw Communications, February 2019)


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DRESS FOR SUCCESS Hear one woman’s story By Bianca Bujan, and Dress For Success There are so many talented women in our city who live in poverty due to unforeseen circumstances, and who want to make a change and find a career to earn a living and often raise their children. They are often stuck, without the proper resources, attire, and help needed to apply for jobs. Thanks to Dress For Success, these women have a chance at the change they crave. To support and empower women, Dress For Success provides women in need with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs, offering longlasting solutions to help break the cycle of poverty. This year, Dress For Success is celebrating 20 years, with over 32,000 women served in and around Vancouver through this important cause. To recognize the importance of their efforts, we’re sharing the story of one woman who has greatly benefited from the efforts of Dress For Success.

Geraldine’s Story HOPE. This four-letter word is so meaningful to me and has become the guiding principle in my life. All of the sad and painful circumstances that I experienced have not stopped me from dreaming and hoping for a better life—for myself and for my son. I am originally from the Philippines and at one time, my life seemed to be perfect. I was the only daughter of five children in my family. And so, I grew up like a princess! I was loved, sheltered and pampered by my parents. I married my high school sweetheart; I had a good and stable career. What could possibly go wrong? I did have one challenge – I could not conceive a child. I tried for nearly a decade and continued to hope that I would become a mother too someday. I was 33 years old when I got pregnant with twins and I was so happy! Unfortunately, I had a very difficult

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pregnancy. I had to go on medical leave for the entire duration of my pregnancy and beyond. I then lost one of my babies part way through my pregnancy. When my son was born in 2000, I celebrated with great pride and joy. I considered my son a miracle and a huge blessing to our family. I was so grateful then and my life felt complete. But, when my son was barely five months old, I discovered that my husband – the person I loved — was being unfaithful. It was indeed a serious and grave betrayal. He abandoned us – leaving us nothing but misery and shame. I was devastated and became totally depressed, as I could not bear the enormous pain and public humiliation encountered. Truly, I was then even ready to die. Through these dark times, it was my son who gave me HOPE and strength to move on in life. He was my inspiration, helping me keep my sanity intact—to stand up and be strong as well as to fight for our rights. My son deserves the best life possible, and so with much turmoil I decided to pursue a much better career in Dubai, UAE. I left my son under the care of my family when he was only about two-years-old, having the sole intent to work hard and save money for our best future. I did get a good job and I had a very successful career until I decided to quit my job and immigrate to Canada last 2011. I had big hopes then! The world sees Canada as one of the best places to live with the most opportunities around. Thus, I wanted to be with my son and to live a happy and productive life here. But, it was not that easy. I could not get a job then. I was unemployed for almost a year even though I knew I was qualified enough and had the skills, knowledge and work experience for the jobs that I applied for. I even then questioned myself: Did I make the right decision of coming here? But, I continued to HOPE. Through a Settlement Officer at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. – Surrey

Branch Office, I booked an appointment at Dress For Success Vancouver for suiting purposes. I also received coaching through career center appointments as well as trainings through career center workshops. I joined Dress for Success Vancouver’s Professional Women’s Group (PWG) meetings where I met a lot of women with diverse cultures, nationalities and professions. Through all these experiences, I gained more knowledge and confidence, not to mention the good friendship and camaraderie established among fellow clients. I am and will forever be grateful to Dress For Success Vancouver because they kept my hopes high, alive and intact. I finally got a job as an Administrative Assistant. Then after six months, I was promoted to the position as an Office Manager. I was so happy because I was back in a fulfilling and satisfying career. From then on, I managed to establish the professional and personal life that I wished for. My son and I are now happy together and living comfortably as Canadian citizens. And quite frankly, we are enjoying every moment of our lives here. But we are not stopping at that. No! My son is graduating from high school, and we both still share a common goal: to further reach for our dreams and for him to become successful too, in his chosen career. Surely, we will continue to lead a happy and peaceful life here in Canada—together.

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FIND FAMILY FUN IN BERMUDA 10 unforgettable experiences to enjoy with kids by Bianca Bujan When it comes to choosing a warm-weather getaway for your family, there are many important factors to consider: Is the destination safe for kids? Are there dining options available for picky eaters? What are the beaches like, and are there activities to enjoy beyond the beach? Affordability and accessibility also top the list of family travel must-haves. For family fun, Bermuda - the British island found in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean - checks all the boxes. The pastel-coloured homes and picture-perfect pink sand beaches may seem reason enough to add Bermuda to your family travel bucket list, but there is so much more to see and do on this beautiful island. From cycling, to caving, to touring the island by catamaran - there are endless adventures to be enjoyed in Bermuda with kids.

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1) Bike the Railway Trail Rent a pedal bike, and explore the island from end-to-end, cycling along the 18-mile-long Railway Trail, which winds along an old abandoned railbed that was once in operation in the 30s and 40s. Discover hidden beaches, panoramic ocean views, and an old drawbridge, as you traverse through the parishes of Bermuda by bike.

2) Creep through Crystal Caves The inspiration behind the hit children’s show The Fraggle Rock, and an underground paradise frequented by famous figures such as Mark Twain, Crystal Cave is one of the island’s most dramatic cave systems. Stroll along a floating pathway that stretches beneath dripping white stalactites, and gaze in awe at the see-through, cyan blue underground lake.

Lionfish at the Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo

3) Watch for whales Book a boat tour and spot humpback whales in their natural habitat. In March and April, the annual migration of over 10,000 humpback whales can be seen offshore as they make their way through Bermuda waters - a must-see sight during the spring months. Head to the open sees for a view from the boat deck, or opt for a boat with a glass-bottom hull.

4) Unlock the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle at the Ocean Discovery Centre Housed in the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI), the Ocean Discovery Centre offers an exciting way to explore the wonders of the surrounding waters of Bermuda. Unlock the mysteries behind the Bermuda Triangle, learn all about the island’s diving history, and see with your own eyes why Bermuda is known as the shipwreck capital of the world - with over 300 identified wrecks discovered off its coast.

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Crystal Cave

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St. George’s Horseshoe Bay beach

8) Stroll through old St. George’s Railway Trail

5) Shop like a local in Hamilton This seaside city is the best place to shop for Bermuda-designed handmade gifts. Must-shop spots include Alexandra Mosher Studio Jewellery, a pastel pink space featuring one-of-a-kind jewellery designs made using grains of the pink sand found on the island’s beaches. Shop the fashions of up-and-coming local designers at Urban Cottage, a boutique loved by local fashionistas, where you’ll find everything from stunning beach dresses to prints by local photographers, to oil diffusers and soy candles.

6) Immerse yourself in the local art scene at Masterworks Art Gallery Known as the “smallest biggest secret on the island”, the Masterworks Art Gallery is filled with artwork either inspired by, or produced in Bermuda. There, you’ll find a statue at the entrance that was put in place to honour John Lennon, who spent many months on the island before his passing. You’ll also find a statue of Mark Twain, as well as works of art by esteemed artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Malcolm Morley.

7) Sample a local Bermudian fish sandwich at Art Mel’s A visit to Bermuda would not be complete without a sample of the island’s local favourite dish: the fish sandwich. Head to Art Mel’s - a hidden take-out spot found in the outskirts of Hamilton, for a five-layer fish sandwich, made with soft, homemade raisin bread, coleslaw, hot sauce, and fried fish—usually snapper), and wash it down with a cold can of Ginger Beer.

Dating back to the 1600s, and deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of St. George’s is the perfect place to enjoy a stroll through town, taking in views of the pastel-coloured buildings, and stopping in at quaint cafes and local shops. Be sure to stop in at Lili Bermuda Perfumery where you can sniff and shop handcrafted scents inspired by the island surroundings.

9) Get up-close with the island’s wildlife at the Aquarium The Bermuda Aquarium & Zoo is a great starting point for your family visit to Bermuda. Explore the new immersive exhibits, where you can wander among the animals as they roam freely around the grounds. Discover the sea life found near the barrier reef that surrounds the island, and then head out to find them out in the wild as you explore the island.

10) Take a dip at a pink sand beach Noted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Horseshoe Bay is home to a large, curved stretch of pink sand beach and calm, turquoise water - perfect for swimming, sunbathing and snorkelling. When visiting with kids, check out the neighbouring Port Royal Cove (known by locals as “Baby Beach”) where the surrounding rock formations create a calm and shallow pool, perfect for water play.

Where to Stay For budget-friendly accommodations, Airbnb offers a surprising number of affordable family homes on the island. For a more luxurious, laid-back resort stay, the Rosewood Bermuda offers large, spacious suites, plus plunge pools, a spa, award-winning restaurants, and access to a private pink sand beach, available only to hotel guests.

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WCFNEWS Cultus Lake Park ROCKS Contest Launched in May, and running until August 29, 2019, a new contest will be held at Cultus Lake Park on Mondays to Thursdays, with the goal of encouraging people from the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, and surrounding areas to visit during weekdays, when parking is cheaper, and the crowds are smaller. For the Cultus Lake Park ROCKS contest, 10 green rocks will be hidden around the park on Monday mornings. Visitors who find one of the prize rocks can return it to the Park Administration Office in exchange for a small prize. Each winner will also be entered for a chance to win a grand prize, which includes a variety of high-value gift certificates for businesses, services and activities in the area. www.cultuslake.bc.ca

Save-On-Foods presents $2.1 million to BC Children’s Hospital at Miracle Weekend telethon FAt the end of May, Bc Children’s Hospital hosted its 32nd annual Miracle Weekend - a twoday celebration that shares the best of BC Children’s Hospital through inspiring stories from patients, their families, and health caregivers from around the province. Funds raised for Miracle Weekend include support from a weekend broadcast on Global BC, and annual signature events such as Jeans Day and RBC Race for the Kids. This year’s Miracle Weekend raised a record total of $21.6 million to support BC’s kids. Save-On-Foods worked hard to contribute to the grand total, presenting $2.1 million to BC’s Children’s Hospital. Through store-led initiatives, such as barbecues, hot dog sales, and pie throwing; and corporate initiatives, including the Round Up for Kids campaign, where customers rounded up their bill to the nearest dollar and donated the difference to BC Children’s Hospital, and the Save-On-Foods Charity Golf Tournament (which raised $613,831 in one day), Save-On-Foods was committed to “Going The Extra Mile” in support of an important cause. To date, SaveOn-Foods has raised over $30 million to the hospital. www.bcchf.ca/miracle-weekend

Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon Celebrates Second Year of “Home for Dinner” Initiative Now in its second year, an initiative launched by Ronald McDonald House called “Home For Dinner”, encourages locals to embrace the tradition of connecting with family around the dinner table by hosting a dinner event in their home, or at their favourite restaurant. Instead of bringing a host gift, or paying for their meal at the hosted dinner, guests are encouraged to provide a donation as a thank you for the dining event. All funds raised through these donations, go towards families staying at Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver, ensuring they benefit from a supportive and healing environment while their child undergoes life-saving medical treatments. Through hosting a “Home For Dinner” event, participants can take time to enjoy the company of loved ones, while giving back to an important cause. Participation is easy, simply visit the website, sign up as a host, collect donations, and share the funds raised with the families of Ronald McDonald House. www.rmhbc.ca/home-for-dinner

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THERE’S EVEN MORE BC Women’s Health Foundation Releases A Bold New Vision A new name and direction has been set for what was formerly known as BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. The rebranded website features strong, powerful, and stunning visuals of women from all walks of life, with the words “from invisible to invincible” splashed across the screen - reflecting the new, bolder vision created for this important brand. The vision of what is now called BC Women’s Health Foundation, is supported by four pillars; Research and Innovation: a commitment to closing the gap and removing gender bias through funding of the only dedicated provincial women’s research centre in Canada, the Women’s Health Research Institute.


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Education and Awareness: sourcing and disseminating relevant information related to the unique health needs of women, shifting the discourse and encouraging women to take control of their own health. Advocacy: working with elected officials and government policy makers for increased investment in their partners, reflective policies and practice, and an enhanced commitment to improving the health of women Capital and Equipment: a continued effort to have the facilities and equipment at BC Women’s Hospital match their world-class model of care. Championing change for all women, the powerful, passion-fueled efforts of this rebranded organization will only further enhance their efforts to ensure women have equitable access to the highest quality healthcare when, where, and how they need it. www.bcwomensfoundation.org


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COMMUNITYCALENDAR COMMU The Lemonade Stand Challenge Various locations Various dates in July and August This summer camp introduces the basics of entrepreneurship to kids ages 7-12. In two teams, they will take on the mission to start their own custom Lemonade Stand to see which teams product, marketing, customer service and overall business strategy stands triumphant. $249 www.buildabizkids.com Theatre Under the Stars presents Mamma Mia and Newsies Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver Nightly until August 17 TUTS is a non profit society that delivers professional productions with more than 200 volunteers drawn from the community. A Vancouver tradition! www.tuts.ca Kitsilano Showboat Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver Various dates in July and August A c ommunity stage for amateur entertainment over the summer months with entertainers of all ages and all backgrounds from across the lower mainland. www.kitsilanoshowboat.com Sunday Afternoon Salsa 2019 UBC Robson Square, Vancouver Sundays An annual series of FREE outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver (since 2006) during the summer months of July and August. www.sundayafternoonsalsa.com Toy Drive North Burnaby Neighbourhood House Throughout July Donate new or gently used items like Lego, building blocks, robotic or coding kits, K’Nex, Meccano, or Science sets. All items go to a Toy Library at Burnaby Neighbourhood House for those who can’t afford toys and those who want to try something new. www.burnabynh.ca

Summer Drop-In Crafts River District Neighbourhood Centre, Vancouver Mondays & Thursdays, starting July 8, 1-4pm Make a new craft each day along with other fun things like melty bead art, origami, and bracelet making. All you need to bring is your creative mind and artistic hands. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied with a parent or guardian. www.riverdistrict.ca Dancing on the Edge Festival Various venues in Vancouver July 4-13 Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary. This year’s DOTE presents extraordinary dance productions from Canada, Brazil and Korea.$22 and up. www.dancingontheedge.org Sustainable Workshop: Love Food, Hate Waste Harris Barn, Ladner July 9, 7-8:30pm Make your food go further and waste less with this Love Food Hate Waste workshop. Learn how to make and can delicious side dishes using seasonal fruits and vegetables. Free. www.delta.ca Steveston Summer Fun Community BBQ Steveston Community Centre, Richmond July 11, 5-7pm This annual free, family-friendly event includes a BBQ, entertainment, activities and more. Free. www.richmond.ca Lawn Summer Nights TsawwassenJuly 12, 5:30pm Tsawwassen Lawn Bowling Club July 12, 5:30-9:30 pm Enjoy an evening of White Spot food fare, beverages, and lawn bowling while your team raises money for Cystic Fibrosis. www.lawnsummernights.com/ tsawwassen/

Legal Workshops-Mental Health in the Workplace Surrey City Hall, Surrey, BC. July 26, 2-4pm The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is proud to host a workshop series titled Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities This workshop series will address the issues of mental health in the workplace for youth with disabilities. Free. www.bccerebralpalsy.com Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta Harrison Hot Springs July 27 One of the major races of the season with up to 70 boats competing. It is an amazing visual spectacle. www.harrisondragonboat.com Abbotsford Agrifair Agrifair Exhibition Park, Abbotsford August 2-4 The biggest little country fair since 1911. An annual event with summertime fun, family friendly programming and entertainment, including a Pirate Ship show, a Tank car-crush event, and a Tractor/Truck Pull show. www.agrifair.ca Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival Maple Ridge Fairgrounds August 3-4 Reggae, Ska, Soca and Cuban Salsa performances, events, and authentic caribbean food. Fun for the whole family. www.caribbeanfest.ca Brigade Days Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada August 3-5 Explore the encampment of re-enactors showcasing the Hudson’s Bay Company era as they swap stories, play music, and show off traditional skills. $7.80/adult, Free for youth 17 and under. www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/

Annual Powell Street Festival Oppenheimer Park and surrounding area, Vancouver August 4-5 Celebrating the history of Japanese Canadians in the area, with fun cultural activities, food, Children’s tent and more. www.powellstreetfestival.com

Kits Fest Kitsalano, Vancouver August 9-11 Vancouver’s hottest sports & healthy living beach festival. Programming includes beach volleyball, bath tub races, yoga, basketball, family & art zone, and more. www.kitsfest.com

Fort Langley Feasts’ & Makers Market Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Langley August 5, 10am-3:30pm Eight food trucks serving up food from across the globe, plus shop 40 amazing vendors who will be featuring some of the best work in BC. Free. www.tourism-langley.ca

JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreat Werklab, Vancouver August 10 When was the last time you were quiet enough to hear your own voice? This workshop includes education, meditation, self-discovery, and empowerment with a goal of helping you find peace in a wired world. $249 www.digitalmindfulnessretreats.com/ retreats-and-workshops

BC Day at Burnaby Village Museum Burnaby August 5 Spend the day with us! Enjoy demonstrations, exhibits entertainment and a logging show. Free admission. www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Kids One-Day Camp: Maya Royal BC Museum, Victoria August 24, 9am-4pm This one-day wild ride of inquiry about Maya culture will be for all kids that want to get their hands dirty. Experiential archaeology will allow kids to explore learning about cultures through belongings that were important to them. Designed for kids ages 7-11. $60 www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Summerfest 2019: Kids Extravaganza Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver August 24, 11am-4pm Fun filled family day, including petting zoo, interactive musical shows, and a puppet show. www.lonsdalequay.com Family Open Farms Day Central Park Farms, Langley August 25 Enjoy a casual picnic style meal by chef Adrain Beaty, with hourly farm and greehouse tours by farmers Kendall and Ashlee. Fun & educational kids activities, live music, and more. Free www.centralparkfarms.com Teacher Appreciation Night Vancouver Aquarium August 29 Teachers, principles, educators and teacher candidates fill the immersive galleries of the Ocean Wise initiative at the Vancouver Aquarium. www.vanaqua.org

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FAMILY NUTRITION Keep Your Cool This Summer by Alyssa Bauman, Nourished.ca Summer, it’s synonymous with ice cream cones, milkshakes, gelato, slushes, and shaved ice. It’s the season of sugar! Unfortunately, the bulk of these summer treats are high in sugar, dairy, artificial flavours and sweeteners which actually cause dehydration and are hard on digestion. While the family outing to the corner gelato shop is one of summer’s biggest pleasures and innocent treasures, it’s best to only enjoy these treats on occasion. On every other day when the temperatures are rising and you need a cool treat to keep your kid, well, cool, offer up a healthier version of these ‘Nourished Up’ summer classics. The key is to get these smoothies and treats really, really cold. Use frozen fruits, ice-cold liquids, and make sure to keep the ice flowing! Tip: If your kids like it sweeter, double up on the fruit. Here are four easy-to-make iced up recipes to help keep your kids cool this summer:

Green Watermelon Cooler This refreshing smoothie is the perfect pick for summer hydration on hot days (and I even get to sneak in some leafy greens). Loaded with electrolytes, magnesium, potassium, and even calcium and protein, I don’t think this drink could get any healthier - or tastier. This is awesome as a fast breakfast (throw in those hemp seeds), or that 4pm pre-hike pick-me-up or for the adults, just add a splash of spirits to make a fabulously healthy cocktail (sans hangover). 1 cup coconut water 1 small organic cucumber 1 cup frozen watermelon 2-3 kale leaves, organic please 1/2 a lime 5 leaves of fresh mint Blend all and serve. Add ice to boost coldness factor.

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Nourished Pina Colada Pineapple’s star enzyme bromelain aids in digestion and lowers inflammation, turmeric is the go-to anti-inflammatory root which also adds a bit of bite, while ginger’s zing and circulation boosting elements make this summertime sipper perfect for your hot weather obsession. Kids love the citrus factor of this one. 1 cup frozen pineapple 1 tsp organic coconut oil 1 cup coconut water 1 inch fresh ginger 1 inch fresh turmeric 1/2 lime, peeled Blend and enjoy.
 Top with a squeeze of lime.

Chocolate Superfood Smoothie This is essentially called a chocolate milkshake in my house. Make sure this one is ice cold to have the same effects in your house. This deceptively healthy smoothie is loaded with iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, omega 3’s, fiber, and calcium - need I say more?

1 frozen banana 3 tbs cacao powder 3-4 dates, pitted (more if you want it sweeter) 1 tbs hemp seeds 1 tbs chia seeds 1 1/2 cup almond milk or non dairy beverage of choice 1 tsp coconut oil dash of cinnamon 1/3 cup kale (you won’t even taste it, trust me) Pinch of salt Blend and watch it be devoured!

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. www.nourished.ca

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