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THE No. 20

BEACON Shedding light on the communities from Lions Bay to West Bay

January 2017

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Hollyburn Mountain and Cypress Bowl with Bowen Island, Howe Sound, Gambier Island and the coastal mountain range in the distance.

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Here’s to the arrival of 2017 Opinion

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Lindy Pfeil


t’s hard to believe that yet another year has come and gone. Truth be told, 2016 was a messy one. On many different levels. And not just for me, but for a lot of people it seems: a simmering stew of weirdly incongruous ingredients thrown together, hovering always just around boiling point. Maybe the stewy metaphor is due to my hunger. I’m at the tail-end of a 14-hour layover at Frankfurt International. All I’ve consumed in 30 hours is a farewell caramel frappuccino at YVR, two packets of mentos given to me by my daughter, and water from the airport ‘wasserfontäne’. This time last year my sister and her family were visiting us in Eagle Harbour - their first ever trip to Canada. Now it’s my turn to go back to South Africa. I have ‘holiday issues’. OK, I’ll be the first to admit, I have a lot more than just Christmas and New Year issues. But that’s been another realisation this year – we all have issues. Some of us just manage to conceal them more cleverly than others. For some reason, the lights and decorations in the transit area remind me of Mary and Joseph and their over-burdened donkey. I wonder if the happy couple’s trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem felt this long. I’m busy contemplating their Christmas Eve dilemma - a baby coming and no room at any inn - when I’m suddenly transported back to Grade 9, and a poem I had to recite about the three wise men: A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.

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It’s rather disconcerting really, how I can’t remember where I just left my glasses, yet I can recite this verse memorised nearly forty years ago in Catholic school. How is that possible? Written in 1927 by T.S. Eliot, “Journey of the Magi” tells the story of the three wise men bearing gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh for a newborn king they can’t find. Fortuitously, the Star of Bethlehem (the Bible’s version of Siri) saves the day, leading them to baby Jesus. Mr. Eliot is also credited for coining the phrase “The journey, Not the arrival matters.” I confess: it’s a phrase that always irks me a little. I struggle with the whole journey thing. I know I should be Zen-like and present and all that jazz, but all I want is to get there. As fast as possible. I am neither wise nor holy, and a plane is hardly the same as a camel or a donkey, but the thought of navigating 13 flights this holiday is making me feel a tad martyr-like. Stretched out on

Photo: L. Pfeil

the very hard chairs at Gate 59, my stomach growls threateningly. I’m about to google “Lufthansa meals” when boarding is announced. I line up. The next leg of the journey begins. A new hemisphere. A new destination. A new year. I am thankful. Truly. How lucky am I to visit family and friends in South Africa…my son in Europe. The sheer privilege of being able to do this should be cause for great gratitude. But as I tighten my seat belt, squished between two much-larger-than-me strangers, all I hear in my head is “Are we there yet?” May 2017 be a spectacular year filled with magical journeys, safe arrivals, and the patience to enjoy the scenery along the way. xoxo Lindy

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Kate McLeod, who lives near Eagle Harbour, is a very active member of her community. She enjoys Sunday school and Messy Church, and loves to swim at the beach during summer with her brother and sister. Kate also has many other hobbies, such as reading, writing her own stories, and baking. Kate’s resolution for 2017 is to join an organized sport, like track and field. Kate wishes all of the Beacon readers a Happy New Year!

Born and raised in West Vancouver, Will Markwick recently placed 10th in the provincial high school gymnastics competition. This accomplishment is made even more remarkable due to a car accident five years ago that left both of Will’s legs broken. Will’s ambitious nature is shown through his impressive resolutions for 2017: “to take courses in communications and self-awareness, re-build his motorcycle, and visit Iceland”. Need help with a seafood selection for dinner this evening? Check in on Will at the Fishermen’s Market in Caulfeild Village.

Safeway cashier Sandy Anthony began her working career with Kelly Records and A&B Sound before joining with BC Liquor Stores for the following 25 years. In 1989, she was part of the team that opened the Caulfeild Liquor Store. Sandy intends to maintain a good attitude in 2017 and will try to have a meaningful conversation every day without the distraction of electronic devices. January 6th, the Beacon’s publication day, is also Sandy’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Sandy!


When Mitchell Davis is not keeping up with his family of three children, he works as the physiotherapist at Gleneagles Community Centre gym. His family enjoys spending ‘West Coast’ time together hiking, playing soccer, boating, skiing, and camping. Mitchell’s resolution for 2017 is to live and appreciate each day for the gift that it is and not allow the distractions of a busy life hide the finer moments.... and to go bed before midnight.

Rev. Janice Lowell from St Francis-in-the-Wood has a different approach to making promises for the New Year; revealing, “I’ve never been big on New Year’s resolutions, probably because I have never been able to keep one! Why does it have to be January 1st? I’m wondering if it wouldn’t be a great idea to see every day as an opportunity to try something different, react to a situation in a new way, commit to some healthy behaviour, or eliminate unhealthy ones. But I will make a resolution for 2017. It is that I will look for every chance to show kindness and will stay true to myself and the God who loves me.”

Dr. Bob Clarke has been retired from his dentistry practice in West Vancouver for several years, and now spends his time travelling or being active with his family. He feels that successful resolution making begins with having a realistic goal. Achieving this goal requires a few subsequent steps: writing it down, taking small steps to accomplish it, keeping oneself motivated through rewards, and sticking to the behaviour until it becomes a habit. This year, Bob is aiming to bring about change in a few areas of his life. He wishes, first and foremost, “to be more attentive to [his] wife, sons, and grandkids”. Also on Bob’s list of resolutions is being helpful to people whom he has the ability to assist, becoming more physically active, and increasing his knowledge about other cultures. Bob emphasizes the importance of being tolerant and understanding with ourselves and with each other as Canada continues to evolve as a diversified nation.



January 2017

Wishing Sparkle was my middle name by

Kim Clarke


t is a few weeks into the New Year and my messenger account receives photos of teal blue, fuchsia and chrome Christmas trees. I am planning my next color scape for the 2017 Christmas season. My most recent tree is back in its box in the garage, folded away, hugging itself in all its purple glory. The pictures of the new trees are beautiful and unexpected. They are, in the photos, undecorated and perfect. What sets them apart from each other is their hue. They all exist for the same purpose, to incite imagination and expectation, to be a reminder, and to make us wonder about what makes something seem beautiful to each of us. Beauty is a curious thing. It is inner. It is outer. It is in the eye of the beholder. And in the case of these Christmas trees, it is not always predictable. And, strangely and

obscurely, that brings me to sparkle. The photos of these trees in all their colourful glory are beautiful, but to my mind, they are not beautiful enough, yet. There is no glitter, no rhinestones, and no tinsel adorning the awaiting arms of these treasures. Some would ask why bother to make them sparkle if you think they are exquisite enough as they are. And to that I would answer: more is more beautiful! I like excess twinkle. It is magical and other worldly. It is the stuff of childhood memory when everything is infused with wonder and fairy dust. Fortunately I am not alone in this. Nature likes sparkle too! It likes raindrops on a lapel that sparkle like diamonds; it anoints us with more brilliance than we need, an adornment to make us even more vibrant. It dusts the mountains with snow powder glitter to enhance the grandeur that they already are. It likes to make the oceans glow in the dark so we don’t forget its power and majesty. And dew. Summer mornings twinkle with water

droplet rhinestones. More is more beautiful. We need diverse beauty in our world, natural or otherwise, so today I will sport

a tiara and sparkle even more than yesterday’s rain.

Photo: Kim Clarke

Springing into the festive season.

Second admissions opportunity at West Vancouver Schools by

Beverly Pausche


hinking about a new experience for school next fall? West Vancouver Schools offers quality academic programs and innovative programs of choice, and student performance is among the highest in the province. Students wishing to transfer schools or attend a school from out-of-catchment next fall may apply to do so beginning January 16 at 8 am. Families choose to attend a school outside their catchment for a number of reasons, one of which includes access to a particular program. Though many pro-

grams are accessible regardless of where students attend, some choice programs are available only at particular locations, including Advanced Placement, Art West 45, French Immersion, International Baccalaureate and some academy offerings. Information sessions on choice programming are being planned from January through April, where families can learn about programs and any specific requirements from teachers, students and program leaders. For a list of information session dates, please check the district’s website at: Those families who have made the decision to apply begin the process online at: This admissions opportunity is open to residents of West Vancouver as well as students outside the community. Admissions decisions are made at the school level, according to a policy outlined on the district website. The placement of a student in a school will be dependent upon the availability of space, programs and resources. Priority is given for student placement in a program or school in the following order: • I n-catchment students with siblings in the same school • In-catchment students •O  ut-of-catchment, in-district students with siblings in the same school • Out-of-catchment, in-district students

• Out-of-district students with siblings in the same school • Out-of-district students For more information on choice programming and school-specific specializations, please download the viewbook, available at: Viewbook/. West Vancouver Schools has created a richly woven learning experience designed to educate the ‘whole child’ through academics, athletics, citizenship and the arts. We look forward to welcoming your family to one of our 17 schools this fall.


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West Vancouver School District wins innovation award by

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nstead of innovating in isolation, a group of motivated administrators, teacherlibrarians and teachers from four West Vancouver schools have joined together to build do-it-yourself spaces where students can collaborate to produce anything from robotics to igloos to videos. Located in each school’s library learning commons, the makerspaces have become creative playgrounds for students K-12. Through idea sharing and the pooling of resources—3D printers, software, electronics, craft supplies and hardware tools—educators have set up a program that expands students’ skills and builds their confidence. Students are exposed to entrepreneurial thinking and learning through collaborative experimentation and carry those skills beyond the schools’ walls. “This program provides a blueprint for how to break the ‘innovation silos’ that tend to exist in classrooms and schools,” says CEA President and CEO Ron Canuel. “This small group of educators has displayed

great courage and perseverance in rethinking traditional learning spaces—and their own roles within them—so students can gain real-world skills and practical knowhow.” Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016, CEA is a not-for-profit research and action centre. With members representing the entire spectrum of stakeholder groupings in education, CEA’s endurance reflects a sophisticated understanding of critical and timely educational issues. Its strength lies in the strategic roles it plays in the Canadian education scene: as a thought and action leader, a connector, and a knowledge mobilizer.

Photo provided Congratulations to Michelle Davis, teacher-librarian at Gleneagles Ch’axáý, for earning third prize and $5000 for her work titled Maker Educators’ Collaborative: Innovation in the Learning Commons. The Collaborative comprises teachers from Gleneagles, Caulfeild, Eagle Harbour and Rockridge. Here, Grade 6 Gleneagles Ch’axáý Elementary student, Jack Edwards, assembles some robotics components.

Seeking student reporters The Beacon is now accepting applications for volunteer reporters! We are asking for driven and enthusiastic young prospects to send their letter of enquiry and one or more writing samples to the Beacon’s editor. All applications should be sent via e-mail to by no later than January 20, 2017. For their work, student reporters will receive service hours, mentoring, and invaluable experience for future resumes and university applications. We look forward to hearing from the newest members of our team!



January 2017

Carbon monoxide exposure can mimic the flu by

Laura McLeod


eeling tired, nauseous and listless? It could be the flu. But it could also be symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, cautions BC Safety Authority (BCSA). “Chronic exposure to low levels of carbon monoxide can cause persistent headaches, light-headedness, confusion, and nausea,” notes Brad Wyatt, Gas Safety Officer. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon fuels such as propane, wood, charcoal, or gasoline. Exposure to carbon monoxide interferes with the body’s ability to absorb oxygen, which can result in serious illness or death. BCSA warns that carbon monoxide incidents increase during winter months. Ineffective venting and non-maintenance of residential furnaces and water heaters are the most frequent sources of CO. Last year, BCSA revealed the cause of a fatal CO incident in West Vancouver to be an exterior combustion air supply grill

becoming blocked with dryer lint. In Chilliwack, several residents fell ill because a boiler was spilling combustion products. In both cases, no carbon monoxide detectors were installed. “Annual gas appliance services and having CO detectors are the best prevention mechanisms,” Wyatt advises. Ways to stay safe this winter: • If the symptoms of CO poisoning appear (headaches, nausea, fatigue, confusion, dizziness), immediately get outside and call 911. • Have gas-fired appliances serviced annually by a licensed BCSA gas contractor (list of licensed contractors at • Ensure appliance air intakes and combustion air supply grills into the home remain unobstructed. • Ensure CO detectors meeting Canadian Standards Association (CSA) requirements are installed on each floor of your home. • Watch for warning signs of CO buildup: discoloured fuel burning appliances, heating system supply vents, and gas fireplaces; window condensation; sick or dying plants; and soot build up.

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est Vancouver resident, Susan Aitchison, has two children with learning disabilities. Her older child was not identified as LD until high school, missing out on much-needed early

intervention. With a better understanding of learning disabilities, she was able to provide her second child with the support he needed, and he subsequently graduated at the top of his master’s program. The remedial instruction he was given is similar to what is offered at the Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver (LDAV), where Susan Aitchison is now a volunteer and board chair. Norlan Cabot, LDAV’s education consultant, has over 30 years’ experience as


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A community effort to lend a hand Elspeth Bradbury


n November 2014, the Beacon published an article about the work undertaken by the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society in The Dale, a small park adjoining Lighthouse Park itself. At that time, Ann Crosby, one of the Society’s volunteers, described how an onslaught of invasive plants had almost choked out the native plants there. Two years later, it is time for an update. The Society began to remove invasive plants from The Dale in 2012, working in the portion of the park that lies to the south of Water Lane. The following year, 66 students from Mulgrave School began to tackle the north side, removing quantities of garbage as well as English ivy. This was not the school’s first involvement with the Society. As early as 2009, students and parents had helped the Society to fight other invaders such as ivy and lamium in Lighthouse Park, and the connection has continued. Work on The Dale accelerated when the Society received $4,000 from the Helpalittle Foundation in 2013. Alexandra Mancini, the Society’s president, applied for and received five subsequent grants that, along with private donations, brought the sum to over $25,000. The money was needed not only to buy plants, tools, soil and other materials needed for restoration, but also to employ a contractor to work on areas too treacherous for volunteers. First Richard Beard, and then Wade McLeod of Green Admiral Nature Restoration took on the task. A community get-together in

Caulfeild Cove Hall celebrated the work of the volunteers to date and laid out future plans. Since then, 29 work parties and an impressive 1,700 hours of hands-on labour by both adults and students have transformed the park. A year ago, when Alexandra and Wade were checking out invasive plants on the steep bank above the intersection of Caulfeild Creek and Water Lane, they almost fell into a sinkhole hidden by overhanging blackberries. The original main culvert had become blocked over the decades, and the creek was threatening to erode the roadway itself. The District undertook the massive job of clearing the main culvert, replacing part of the overflow culvert, and

stabilizing the slopes. The total blockage of the original culvert had prevented the passage of salmon from Caulfeild Cove, but now - an unexpected bonus - there is a possibility that fish can continue upstream. The construction work left wide strips of rock and gravel on each side of Water Lane, and the Society saw an opportunity to add more native plants to the park. Once again, students from Mulgrave School lent a hand. They planted over 300 ferns and shrubs and then spread bark mulch to help retain moisture and keep down weeds while the plants establish.

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Planting by students completed and mulch partially spread.

Photos: courtesy of Alexandra Mancini

Construction work to replace the blocked culvert at the foot of Water Lane.

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What do voter reform and rating music have in common? by

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n their own, these two points don’t correlate much; however, both topics will be featured in Mulgrave’s recently announced Lunchtime Lecture Series. Focused on diverse subjects, such as the impact of elephant endangerment on

Canadians, the history of Drone warfare, and cultural erasure, the purpose of each 20-30 minute presentation is to provoke engagement with challenging ideas. Craig Davis, Senior School Principal at Mulgrave, is the organizer of the Series. He explained that the school’s goal with Lunchtime Lectures is to bring learning outside the classroom by augmenting the questions and

responses that come about when globally contentious topics are discussed. Open to the community at large, the talks will feature a wide range of speakers, including academics from UBC, SFU and Quest, as well as MLAs, Mulgrave teachers, and students. The next lecture, by Prof. Renisa Mawani from the University of British Columbia, is titled ‘Colonial Proximities’ - an exploration

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Sponsored Syrian refugees are progressing well by

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ack in May, two Syrian families arrived in Vancouver: sisters Ranim and Nisreen Fahham, who each have two children, were privately sponsored by the Anglican churches in West Vancouver. Six months later, they are becoming more and more settled, thanks to their own efforts, as well as the support from all three churches. This is the halfway period of the financial support that the churches have offered, and it is time to begin looking at ways to help them become self-supporting. The Refugee Committee will be working with Mosaic in this regard. The sisters are comfortably housed in separate two-bedroom apartments on the North Shore. Both have written and passed their driver’s tests. Ranim, a civil engineer, has a temporary job in her own field and Nisreen, a qualified English teacher, volunteers one

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Fowlie and Friends foil foul weather with comfort and joy! act of the evening – each was unique and delightful. That being said, the performance of David Steele and his 16 year old daughhile the weather ter Olivia Steeleoutside this SatFalconer managed urday evening to strike an espewas cold and gloomy, incially memorable side Caulfeild Cove Hall, chord with the Karen Fowlie and Friends audience. The were warming up, prefather-daughter paring to put on a show duet took to the sure to welcome the holistage with a verday season in style! sion of “So This is The two hour show was Christmas” in which packed with a wonderfully both voices blended diverse mix of entertainment. There were songs (some favoubeautifully. Better watch out for Olivia, she is one very rites and some I hadn’t heard before); Karen Fowlie talented young woman who creative commercials put together by Clive Scarff; and skits performed by a is bound to be seen again in the not-toovariety of actors, including some talented distant future! Other highlights included the multiyoung children who made the event even more well-rounded. Naturally, the holiday talented Mark Coghlan, temporarily stepspecial featured an appearance by Santa ping away from his sound engineer role to and Mrs. Claus – this time, as contestants display formidable talent as a singer-songin a home grown version of The Newlywed writer; Mark Sainsbury in the triple threat of Tall Elf, Minister and duet partner with Game. It is impossible to choose a favourite Karen Fowlie; a version of The Twelve Days by

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of Christmas that had every member of the audience actively playing a part; and a nontraditional holiday story that managed to weave in several mentions of “the Donald”. Last, but certainly not least, was the show’s skilled host Karen Fowlie, who delivered an inspiring rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ backed up by singers Sainsbury, Christie

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McPhee, and Jon Borrill. With the ongoing support of sponsors such as the Beacon, Karen Fowlie and coproducer Clive Scarff pulled together talented friends (and family members) to once again provide a rich community experience for all to enjoy this holiday season!

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Caulfeild Cove Hall

Hallowed Hall howled on Hallowe’en by

James Slaney


rom the first note of Ernie’s guitar to the bewitching closing hour, the dance floor remained filled with revellers returning for their favourite dance band, Wednesday@ Ernie’s. This time they were in full costume to celebrate the inaugural Hallowe’en Howler. The costumes ranged from Sonny & Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Cruella de Vil, a six-foot high milk carton and its Jersey cow, to Gunsmoke’s Marshall Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty. Ten finalists lined up for the judge’s final decision: Nikki and Mark Bassendale took the honours for their

extraordinary recreation of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, complete with ravens clawing at their bloody victims. Congratulations, once again, to the hosts at Caulfeild Cove Hall and to the 12-piece Wednesday@Ernie’s, who have as much fun as we do playing their timeless dance favourites and adding new Hallowe’en material such as “the zombies were having fun as the party just begun with the Monster Mash, the graveyard smash”.

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Nikki and Mark Bassendale recreated Alfred HitchPhoto provided cock’s The Birds.

Don’t miss David Sinclair and Keith Bennett at the hall by

Paula Lemke


lending their raw vocal tunes with rocking instrumentals, Sinclair and Bennett will treat you to an evening of sheer pleasure on March 11 at Caulfeild Cove. After their first sold-out event in Deep Cove in 2010, a result of mutual fans urging them to perform together, David and Keith have gone on to play across North America and Europe. Combining a rootsy style of blues, jazz and folk, their intricate arrangements of U2, Hendrix, the Beatles and Beethoven, Brahms and Benny Goodman originals amaze. Their Everly Brothers standard morphed from Pachelbel’s Canon brings tears to one’s eyes. Keith Bennett has played extensively on CDs, film and TV scores, performed with

Supertramp and placed in the top ten in both chromatic and blues harmonica events at the 2013 World Championships in Germany. He has been a feature performer with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and for eight years was the infamous “Harmonica Man” at Canucks games. David Sinclair toured with Sarah McLachlan and k.d.Lang across North America, Europe and Japan. His studio performances have included working with Michael Buble, Rita MacNeil, Valdy, BTO and Amy Sky. Appearances on the Tonight Show and David Letterman are part of his resume. And his Acoustic Christmas CD was among the top five all time Christmas recordings on the Vancouver Province 2008 list. The date: March 11. The time: 8pm. Mark it on your 2017 calendar! Check


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West Vancouver Community Foundation The Giving Answer – Ask Us How Q. WHAT IS A COMMUNITY FOUNDATION? A. A community foundation taps philanthropic financial support from individuals, families, organizations, and corporations to create a collection of funds from which the income generated is used to enhance the quality and vitality of life in the local community. By doing so, the funds often memorialize a donor – or honour their loved one – who wants to give back to the community. The West Vancouver Community Foundation (WVCF) is an independent, charitable organization that was established in 1979. Since that time the foundation has created a charitable endowment of over 10 million dollars. Income from donors is invested in endowment and flow-through funds, which support non-profit organizations, community projects, and help provide individuals with grants and scholarships.

Q. HOW DOES THE WEST VANCOUVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WORK? A. The WVCF is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who work with a paid executive director and staff to manage the foundation. The Board of Directors are community individuals with professional backgrounds and broad experience in various business and civic activities. Funds to cover operating costs come from several sources: administration funds, direct donations, administration fundraising, and administration fees payable on some of the funds managed by the foundation. Q. WHAT TYPES OF GIFTS CAN BE GIVEN TO THE WEST VANCOUVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION? A. Gifts come in many forms including: cash, securities, life insurance, and real estate. The foundation accepts donations of any amount. Donors may request

that donations be added to a specifically named fund within the foundation or be included in the General Endowment Fund where it is used to address West Vancouver’s changing priority of needs. Gifts over $10,000 may be used to create permanently named endowments. For more information about the WVCF, philanthropy in West Vancouver, and how to help build a smart and caring community by partnering with the foundation, contact our Executive Director, Elaine Baxter, at: West Vancouver Community Foundation, 775 15th Street, West Vancouver, BC, V7T 2S9. Email: Office: 604-925-8153: Website:

Photo provided The West Vancouver Foundation’s Mayor’s Annual Lawn Bowling Tournament 2016 Champions, Lawn & Order/ Brett Thorburn, Mitch Foster, Mark Sager and Owen DeVries.

Remember when and what and how? by

Ann Frost


es, I know it is the New Year, but I thought this year we might enjoy a look back before we embark on resolutions for 2017. Does anyone remember the Sun Free Fishing Derbies? Up before dawn, and out in a little rowboat rocking on the waves in Horseshoe Bay. And, hours later, coming into the old restaurant there, often wet and certainly weary, sitting down with the other fisher folk and talking proudly about the number of bites you got? As someone remarked long ago, that’s why it’s called fishing!

Children had the time of their lives at the outdoor, unheated pool at Ambleside, jumping from the high board, down to the lower board and into the water. And going to the beach as the tide was coming in and riding the logs into the shore? Or catching crabs at Whytecliff, bringing them home, cooking them and having a backyard feast? Some of us might still do that, but we have to go farther afield to get our crabs. What about TV – black and white, of course! Remember Gunsmoke’s 20 year run with Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty? And Bonanza, with Canada’s own Lorne Greene as the patriarch of the Cartwright clan? Family shows like Father Knows Best. And then of course there was Ed Sullivan and his “re-

ally big shew!” Which brings us to music: the Everly Brothers’ “All I have to do is Dream”, Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and The Drifters’ “Save the Last Dance for Me” which was later reincarnated by Michael Buble! Do you remember the card catalogues at the library, flipping through the new albums at the record store, gummed reinforcements for paper, dial phones and party lines, bank books written in pen and

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A glimpse into the creative life of Tam Irving by

Linda Leier


erbert Read, in The Meaning of Art, says, “Pottery is at once the simplest and most difficult of all arts. It is the simplest because it is the most elemental; it is the most difficult because it is the most abstract.” When I was asked to write this article about celebrated local potter, Tam Irving, I hesitated, but then was given Carol E. Mayer’s book Transitions of a Still Life: Ceramic Work by Tam Irving. I opened the pages at random and was deeply struck by the images, and so began my journey into the world of pottery and ceramics, and my encounter with this remarkable artist. It is impossible to capture even a fraction of the work of a lifetime in one article, but perhaps I can relate something of the essence of this man who has lived and practiced his art in British Columbia for over forty years. Tam graciously invited me to the West Vancouver home he shares with his wife, Rosalind, a practicing psycho therapist. Tam’s creations grace all parts of his home, which is itself a work of art: kitchen cupboards teem with cups, mugs, plates and bowls, gleaming with the beauty of cela-

“Earth Still” by Tam Irving.

don glaze; still life arrangements are shelved on various walls; finished works adorn his display studio, and unfinished pieces fill his working studio. In this panoply of sculpture, pots, vessels, containers of all shapes and sizes, in the lushness and sensuality of many of the - Herbert Read forms, there is something very Zen, very uncluttered. And there is much of this in the man himself: a simplicity and quietness that belies the complexity that informs his spirit and is translated through his work. He began as a studio potter, producing functional pieces with practical uses, but at the same time he was experiment-

ing with sculpture and expression that transcended the world of crafts. He was to experience, throughout his life, the lines and boundaries that separated the craftsman from the artist, the nomenclature that resisted his world of pottery and ceramics. He has said that his work has been about moving from the functional to the more abstract. Though I have no pedigree in the art world I believe that art is meant to stir the soul, to awaken those dormant places within. His early work touches those sensibilities, as does his current work, which has incorporated more colour and more architectural lines.

“Pottery is at once the simplest and most difficult of all arts.”

Tam spent years teaching at The Vancouver School of Art and the Emily Carr Institute of Design and Art where his ideas of what constituted a productive learning environment were challenged by the ‘heady’ intellectual education that seemed to ignore the importance of practical knowledge and the work process itself. He emphasized the importance of developing these skills by practicing the skill of throwing the perfect pot. While this process might never produce the ‘perfect’ pot, it would imprint the shape in the potter’s mind so that he would no longer need to concentrate on the technique. He also argued that imitation is a learning process and should not prevent the artist from developing an individual style. He took his students on field trips, encouraging them to experience nature and the environment to inform their work. He introduced them to other artists. They dug and scavenged for local materials to use in their clay and glazes. He reminded them that failure was part of the learning curve. His interest in painters, potters, sculptors, philosophers and writers added another dimension that married easily with his insistence on the practical aspect to learning skills. The following quotation by Lao Tzu, from Tam’s book Transitions of a Still Life, touches on the essence I experience of him and his work:

Photo: Glenn Owen

January 2017


Are you guilty of “phubbing” your friends and family?

community personality

Psyched Out Ian Macpherson


Tam Irving.

Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub it’s the central hole that makes it useful shape clay into a vessel. it’s the shape within that makes it useful cut doors and windows for a room. it’s the holes that make them useful therefore profit comes from what is there usefulness from what is not there Constantin Brancusi, a French Romanian sculptor who has influenced Tam’s work, described his own work as aiming at, “above all, realism. I pursue the inner, hidden reality, the very essence of objects in their own intrinsic, fundamental nature; this is my only deep preoccupation.” Tam’s art is evocative of these hidden realities. His potter’s hands and wheel, his

Photo: Glenn Owen

reflective mind and his relationship with nature and humanity awaken deep feeling and emotion. He does indeed capture the ‘intrinsic fundamental nature’ of objects, and honours them in their essence. Tam says he has come full circle, back to his roots and his beginnings, in a controlled sort of way. He has a favouvrite quote from T.S. Eliot: And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. As Tam begins from this place with fresh eyes, renewed vision, and the wisdom of his journey we can anticipate new and exciting work.



t a table in a family restaurant, a father and his tween-aged son could be spending quality time together, but not a word passes between them the entire meal. Eating one-handed in silence, dad texts on his cell phone while son is transfixed by the video game on his tablet. The two are “phubbing”. The term refers to phone snubbing, the common practice of letting our digital devices take priority over the real life connection possible right in front of us. Psychologist Sherry Turkle of Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been documenting the rise of social and psychological problems associated with this kind of preoccupation. She sees phubbing as more than just temporarily being distracted. The key findings are about loneliness. For instance, the more phubbing within a couple, the greater the degree of loneliness and relationship dissatisfaction. Paradoxically, the more we hunger for connection and turn to our phones, the more lonely we are likely to become. With any “hook” our brains change and - especially as children - we become unable to tolerate being alone under any conditions. Online we are in danger of developing a relationship in an alternative world! The rate of people reporting chronic loneliness and related depression has doubled in the last 20 years and is correlated with the increase in the use of cell phones and social media. Turkle points out that there is no possibility of such robotic connection becoming tuned into or empathizing with another. But the illusion is there, for

example when people “tweet” what they are having for lunch or forward random opinions into the electronic ether, that they belong to something greater than themselves, where others are truly listening to them. Yet just in case you think that this is a blanket condemnation of your smartphone friend, there is another side to the story. While the statistics do indeed show a significant and persistent set of problems, there is also a large body of research showing that integrating these incredibly helpful, entertaining and, yes, connecting digital tools into our lives does us more good than harm. So I do not mean to say that global phubbing is to the digital revolution what climate change has been to the industrial revolution, but it does look like a problem that needs a good measure of mindfulness. Evidently, about 20% of us are quite vulnerable to the more troublesome aspects of these “infernal machines”, but the rest of us also are probably guilty of misuse at least some of the time. Perhaps this is another case for heeding Grandma’s rule of moderation in everything! Ian Macpherson is a psychologist who lives and practises in Caulfeild. More at www.


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Not remembering is sometimes the best option jig was up! But my father was made of sterner stuff and obviously wasn’t a shrinking violet when he was 17. He took the sleeping bag and gently laid it on the dock and wished us well. Fred and I negotiated the long dirt road and when we saw Mike’s smiling face

Rafe Reminiscing Rafe Mair


hen I look across Howe Sound at Hood Point on Bowen Island from my home in Lions Bay I think of the night my friend Fred and I visited Mike Shields, who still lives at Hood with his lovely wife, Mary. This was 1949. We were four years under the then-age of maturity. My dad took Fred and I in his power boat, the Gleniffer, to Snug Cove from which we were to walk to Hood Point and stay with Mike for a day or two. It was my job to finagle the beer - a whole case of 12 for the three of us. I packed it carefully, bottle by bottle, in my sleeping bag. When we docked, my father offered to get the sleeping bag but I protested that I’d rather do it myself. Then I saw my dad down below, groping around in my sleeping bag, and I knew we were done for. The

at Hood Point – his mom and dad were out – we were into the sleeping bag and the beer. We drank it as if it was the nectar of the gods, and slept the sleep of the blessed. Many years later I saw off my own son Ken, aged about 17, as he and his pal Wade, fishing rods in hand, took off for a weekend

The Gleniffer.

at Roche Lake. They had very uncomfortable looks about them as they loaded their sleeping bags on the pick-up. I said not a word. As my dad had taught me, sometimes it’s best not to remember everything.

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Have dinner with your kids! by


Dr. Rodney Glynn-Morris

llicit drug overdose deaths have increased by 56.7% since 2015. In B.C., 622 deaths have occurred this year, 63 of which occurred in October alone. Why do young people become involved in drugs? A few reasons for youth drug involvement are a natural curiosity for experimentation, lack of self-confidence, desire

to be accepted, and social, sport, or academic failings. In addition, experts commonly cite that a wish to escape from bullying and physical, sexual, or mental abuse could lead to drug use. Peer pressure from friends, along with the confidence in the expertise and honesty of their friendly dealer, may facilitate the transition into drug use. Feelings of invulnerability and convictions that the victim could never become addicted or die allow young users to ignore the fatal consequences of drug abuse.

No teenager’s ambition is to be a ”junkie” and die from overdose, HIV, Hepatitis or violently from crime or an accident. How can parents help their child from becoming a statistic? Being vigilant to your child’s behaviour, moods, and attitudes will allow for more prompt recognition of potential drug abuse. Be aware that changes in personality or interests and reduced commitments to academics or sports are common signs of use. Keep prescription medicines safely

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January 2017

Home & Living

Baby, it’s cold outside A Culinary View Maureen Goulet


hristmas is over, our spirits are low, and Baby, it’s cold outside! The days are short, the nights are long, the temperature has dropped, and all we want to do is stay home and hibernate. To get through the rest of winter’s dark days, we all need one big hug and one bigger bowl of soup. I’m sure that you already a favourite recipe of your own to warm up with, but give this silky-smooth Potato Leek soup a try. It’s simple to make and can be a meal in itself if served with a slice of quiche or a hearty bread.

Enjoy getting toasty with a spoonful of this delicious soup… after all, spring is just around the corner! Courtesy Alex Chen, Executive Chef of Boulevard Restaurant. Alex will be back teaching at Ambrosia this spring! For other great soup recipes check out my column in the November 2014 issue of the Beacon at: Maureen Goulet is the owner of Ambrosia Cooking School, where great Chefs come to share their culinary secrets. Visit

Photo: Courtesy of M. Goulet Potato and leek soup.

Leek and potato soup with chive oil Makes 6

2000g Yukon gold pot atoes, peeled and diced 1000g white leeks, cut and washed 300g white onion, thi nly sliced 30g sliced garlic 20g butter Chive oil: 50 g chives


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ames Presnail, Gleneagles Golf Course head professional since August 2011, is moving his family to Kelowna where he will not only run the pro shop operations at Shadow Ridge golf course, but will also manage the food and beverage and turf maintenance. James was Gleneagles’ first PGA Canada qualified professional. In addition to Gleneagles he was responsible for the Bowen Island golf course and the Ambleside Par 3, where he and his team introduced golf to over 2000 junior golfers over five years. Last year 500 kids were registered for classes. “The game of golf has so much more than golf to offer kids, life skills being one of the biggest,” says James, who would like to express his appreciation to Alex


 achet with 3 bay leaves S , thyme and parsley 4 L chicken stock 1 L whipping cream 30g unsalted butter salt and pepper to tas te 1 lemon

, 150 g oil SOUP: Peel and dice the potatoes. Thinly slic e the onion. Heat a hea pot over medium heat. vy bottom Add in leeks, onions, and garlic. Add in 20g of but Sweat vegetables on a ter. low heat and do not col our for 2 minutes. Add and potato to pot. Add sachet in chicken stock. Cook until the potatoes start to become tender. Add in cream and reduce for 10 more minutes. Remove sachet before blending. Blend until ver y smooth. Finish with but ter, adjust seasoning wit h salt and pepper. Add lem on juice at the last min ute. CHIVES: Blanch chives in boiling water. Shock in ice water right away. Pa t dry to remove moistu re. Blend in Vitamix or ble nder until fully blende d. Strain through a coffee filter. Drizzle on top of soup before serving.

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Jardine and Perry Finnbogason for helping with this highly successful program. “I would also like to thank the many West Vancouver members and public golfers as well as my outstanding staff who are responsible for the success of the courses.” We thank you, James, for your contribution to enriching the golfing experience for not only the junior golfers in the community but also for many of us seniors who have benefitted from your calm demeanour and professional golf skills. We’ll be looking for some favourable tee times James Presnail in Kelowna next summer!  Photo provided Cheers and good luck.


Arleta Beckett


versight of the Gleneagles Clubhouse has recently changed and as of October 2016, this 10,500 square foot facility is being managed by the District of West Vancouver. The District held an open house on October 22, and many people came by to view the various spaces, like the Great Hall, former restaurant area, patios and the kitchen. Staff and community will be looking to imple-

ment the suggestions made by the public about future services, programs and events. The changes at the Clubhouse do not affect the operations of the Golf Course. The Clubhouse is ideal for event rentals, such as weddings, anniversaries, and graduations, and has sweeping views through the sixth fairway to the ocean at Larson Bay. For information about rental opportunities, contact or Gleneagles Community Centre at 604-921-2100. 101-1305 Welch Street, North VaNcouVer MOBILE: 604.790.0472 OFFICE: 778.340.1355

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Pliot house, Caulfeild store & Captain Kettle Francis Mansbridge


t the turn of the century, all ships entering and leaving a harbour needed a pilot to guide them through tricky local currents. Caulfeild became a pickup point for these pilots, and a house was built on a prominent rocky peak to be used by the pilot during their tenure. From 1909 to 1920, the resident pilot of this home was Captain Frank Kettle. Kettle, a short man with ‘piercing blue eyes’ who was described as quite the character, left his mark on the history of the lower Caulfeild community. Kettle was a legendary sailor who had been second mate on the famed Cutty Sark, that held world time records in the late 1800’s for transporting tea cargo from

China to Britain; and, later, for travelling from Australia with wool cargo. Kettle also operated his own ships carrying coal between Wales and the Mediterranean. During his career at sea, Kettle was shipwrecked six times. His wife, Mary, sailed the seas alongside him, often in stormy weather, lashed to the wheel! At home, the pair led a quieter life running the little Caulfeild store that acted as a hospitality centre for the community. Here, you could wait for the steamship Britannia, en route to Howe Sound communities or the City of Vancouver. Everybody loved to go to the Kettle’s to savour Mary’s superb baking and listen to Frank’s spellbinding stories. Captain Kettle built model squarerigged ships fitted with exquisite sails and riggings. He carved an 8-foot-tall wooden panel of a mariner on his storm-tossed ship, which can still be seen at the back of St Francis-in-the-Wood Church today.

Pilot House & Station circa 1989.  Photo: courtesy of West Vancouver Archives. Rupert Harrison collection. 0316.WVA.RAH.

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Caulfeild Store circa 1920.  Photo: courtesy of West Vancouver Archives. Rupert Harrison collection. 1886.1.WVA.RAH.

Captain Kettle with one of his models.  Photo: courtesy of West Vancouver Archives. Rupert Harrison collection. 1781.WVA.RAH.

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