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THE No. 17

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

July 2016

Gleneagles clubhouse

Share your memories



Mountains to Sea

Walking for Water



Our History



Thunderbird Marina



Community Personality


In This Issue 4

Photo: Courtesy of West Vancouver archives

Gleneagles Clubhouse circa 1928.


he Gleneagles clubhouse was built in 1917 for golfers to arrange tee times and wait out passing showers before returning to play. It was replaced with the present pan-abode style building, with the addition of a banquet hall in 1952, and ever since then Vancouverites have cherished memories of office Christmas parties, weddings, bar-mitzvahs, graduation dances and community get-togethers. Beautifully restored in 2010, this historic community landmark is ready to create further memories with its updated facilities in the original setting of one of Canada’s most idyllic golf courses. Hall general manager for the past year, Rachael Des Lauriers, has been touched by the stories from community patrons who have shared their memories of 60 years of revelries in the Hall with her. She is inviting you to dig into your photo albums for old photographs of functions at the Hall that you attended and call her at 604-671-4861 or email: Copies of these photographs will be displayed in the Hall vestibule for the community to enjoy.

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I’m going to spend the summer wonder-ing Opinion

Chris Stringer Publisher


Lindy Pfeil Editor


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Melissa Baker Creative Director

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July 2016

Lindy Pfeil


adore Kindergarteners. They live, to quote Einstein, “as if everything is a miracle”. They travel through their days in a state of perpetual wonder. I know this, because over the past thirty years I have spent thousands of hours with four and five-year-olds. They are fascinated with clouds and plants, with rocks and bugs, with the dirt that hides beneath fingernails. They notice the tiniest things: a bruised knee, a new bracelet, the dark rings under your eyes after a sleepless night. A fouryear-old once tried to ‘fix’ the wrinkles on my forehead with a princess band aid. And such questions they ask! Do falling leaves get hurt? Does God go into the bathroom with you? Are there more flowers or birds in the world? How do you become a mermaid? Socrates once said, “Wisdom begins in wonder”. Imagine if five-year-olds ruled the world. How wise we all would be. I was thrilled to stumble across Project Awe recently. A University of California, Berkeley research project, it’s designed to explore the psychology of awe. There is an online survey, and of course I had to do my bit for science, so I clicked on the link. The first task is to describe, in five to seven sentences, a time when you felt awe. I can safely say that I feel awe regularly: every time I look up at the sky; when I see dandelions growing on rock faces, or sea glass on the beach; when I find a parking spot right in front of Starbucks. Those are all daily miracles in my life. But when I started answering the question, what flew onto the screen was a recent trip to Providence for my son’s commencement. I was sitting on a wonky little wroughtiron table, feet naked in the heat, watching the people around me. While we waited for

the new grads to walk past us, I flashed back to four years earlier. Same Green. Same 300-year-old buildings. Same enormous trees – are they oaks? Same Canadian flag ahead, South African flag to the left. And suddenly I felt the weight of all the miracles, big and small, that had conspired to bring us to this day, more or less in one piece. It’s bigger than bliss. More than gratitude. It’s a kind of disbelief and wonderment that life could possibly have turned out like this. According to the University of California researchers, what awe does, amongst other things, is stimulate curiosity. Parents of young children know this. Question… after question…after curious question. But the really fascinating discovery, one that makes me excited to the tips of my toes, is that awe has been shown to reduce narcissism, resulting in greater kindness towards

others. Studies have found that experiencing awe makes people more likely to help someone in need. When we feel awe, we redefine our ‘selves’ in terms of the collective. We act for the greater good of others. Could it be this simple? Could we change the world simply by feeling wonder? One of my favourite poets, W.B. Yeats, writes, “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” He’s right, of course. Ask any five-year-old. But now it seems there’s an extra urgency to find the magic, taste the wonder, smell the awe, breathe the magic deep into our lungs. Who knows, if we all spend just this one summer wonder-ing, maybe, just maybe, there would be one less argument in the world, one fewer war, an extra act of kindness, one more peace treaty. How awe-some would that be.

“Imagine if five-year-olds ruled the world. How wise we all would be.”

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“Summer Thaime” A Culinary View Maureen Goulet


ummertime is upon us, when we can kick back and enjoy some casual entertaining. BBQs will be firing up and gin and tonics will be poured. I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful thai chef, Pailin Chongchitnant, who shared with me a great summertime thai appetizer. Most of us think of seafood when we hear ceviche but this dish is a beef ceviche served in butter lettuce cups. Ceviche is meat or seafood cured in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime. It’s refreshing and bursts with flavour. This dish can be made ahead and placed into the lettuce cups just before serving, making this a perfect bite-size appetizer for summertime entertaining. If you love Thai cooking, Pailin will be teaching at Ambrosia in the fall. Enjoy!

Photo: Courtesy of Maureen Goulet Hot Thai Kitchen recipe book. Maureen Goulet is the owner of Ambrosia Cooking School. To share great Chefs’ culinary secrets, visit Recipe used with permission from Pailin Chongchitnant’s Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook.

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Politician, Hall of Fame broadcaster, best-selling author Community Personality Chris Stringer


nown to most as a polarizing figure in Canadian and British Columbian politics, and an outspoken voice in print and radio, Rafe Mair admits, “I’ve been a contrarian all my life. From childhood on, I never liked being told what to do and challenged authority at every turn. I was born that way, I guess.” On New Year’s Eve, 1931, Kenneth Rafe Mair was born in Grace Hospital, Vancouver. Raised in Kerrisdale, he

The cover of Rafe’s book, Hard Talk

attended St. George’s school, and his fondest memories are of his days learning to fish in Howe Sound, swimming with friends in the clear waters of Indian Arm, and boating with his father, eventually owning his own sail boat at age 16. He also became a proficient golfer. It was during Rafe’s happy, privileged childhood that he developed a love of, and respect for, British Columbia’s natural assets, the waters, the forests and the wildlife. “I am proud of my involvement in several major environmental causes, probably the most important helping to stop the Kemano Completion Project, and working for the past 15 years with Alexandra Morton fighting to save the ‘symbol of our province’, our salmon, from destruction by fish farms,” says Rafe.

Photo: Courtesy of Rafe Mair

On graduating from UBC law school sponsible for Constitutional Affairs, Rafe in 1956, to support his young family Rafe served as Premier Bill Bennet’s advisor at took jobs in the oil industry, a lumber all the Canadian First Ministers’ meetings company and an insurance company as at the time of the repatriation of the cona claims adjuster for three and a stitution. half years before beginning Former Deputy Prehis articles with a local mier, Grace McCarthy, law firm. He subsiworked in cabinet dized his income with Rafe and she by playing golf recalls his hard professionally work and combefore being mitment to his called to the various portbar in 1961, folios: “It has subsequently been an honforming a our for me to Va n c o u v e r have worked law firm with, and with partknown, Rafe ners. and his famF a m ily over the ily vacapast forty tions took years.” the Mairs to Rafe’s inthe interior terest turned where Rafe fell to broadcasting in love with the in 1981. After reOkanagan and sursigning from govrounding areas. So ernment office, he in 1969 they moved to began his career as an Kamloops where Rafe open line talk show host started a new law pracon CJOR, subsequently Wendy and Rafe Mair, May 2016. tice that still exists unmoving to CKNW in Photo: Glenn Owen der the name of Mair, 1984. His highest-rated Jensen, Blair. The affairs radio program in Westof the people and government became a ern Canada heard Rafe give his opinion powerful attraction, so he entered poli- on the news of the day and, with his backtics as a Kamloops alderman in 1973 and ground in politics, his primary targets two years later was elected to the BC Leg- were the politicians who soon realized that islature where he served immediately as the Rafe Mair Show was required listenMinister of Consumer Services, followed ing. Again, to quote Grace, “Rafe was no by Consumer & Corporate Affairs and stranger to controversy. His listeners had Environment. After re-election in 1979 strong views as well. Rafe’s life and Rafe’s he became Minister of Health. Also re- voice have made a difference in our world.”

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And here is the voice: “I fought Meech Lake/Charlottetown with my mic from the outset. I predicted to the Central Canadian media that BC would vote 2/3 NO, was laughed at, derided then ignored. I was wrong - it was 67.9%. Tory minister John Crosby called me Canada’s most dangerous man and Mulroney called me a traitor. They were exciting times!” Ten years ago, at the age of 75, Rafe’s daily broadcasting career ended, but he was far from ready to retire. A bestselling author of eleven books, Rafe has written regular columns in the Vancouver Province and the Financial Post for several years. He has been a frequent guest commentator on CBC TV and radio and has done regular editorials on City TV in

addition to serving on political panels on CTV. He contributed to the Globe & Mail and National Post regularly. In 2013 he co-founded the Common Sense Canadian, and for ten years he has been a weekly columnist for the Tyee on-line publication. Among his awards are the 125th Anniversary Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, Broadcast Performer of the Year. In Rafe’s words: “I was BC Broadcaster of the Year, was twice short-listed for the Michener Award. I, in fact, won the Michener, the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, am in The Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame – during which time I was fired three times!”


It is hard to believe that over the years Rafe has had the time to fulfil his passion for travel. With his wife, Wendy, who is the love of his life, Rafe has traveled extensively internationally. Unfortunately, since a fall last year that has limited his mobility, Rafe is unable to travel anymore; however, he continues his rants from his computer, overlooking beautiful Howe Sound, where he learned to fish as a boy, from his home perch in Lions Bay. We at the Beacon are honoured that Rafe agreed to join our team to reminisce in each edition on his extraordinary life.  Photo: Tregollis Honourable K. Rafe Mair, BC Minister of Health 1979.

An update from West Vancouver - Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy


he spring sitting of the Legislature in Victoria began in February with the Throne Speech and the introduction of the Budget, in our case the only balanced budget in Canada. Legislation that was passed in the House included the Protected Areas of BC Amendment Act, 2016, which expanded Gambier Island’s Halkett Bay Provincial Park by 136 hectares to include foreshore and some globally significant “glass sponge reefs” that are fragile, rare and in this case uniquely accessible by scuba divers. On Bowen Island we will be putting in place a community paramedic program that will expand paramedic duties from waiting for calls to a more proactive role visiting seniors and people with chronic health issues to provide monitoring, management and education, all to improve patient outcomes

and avoid potential problems. The Howe Sound Community Forum was held on Gambier recently. Elected officials, First Nations, government staff and NGO representatives gathered for the daylong session which included discussions around development, management and the long term planning vision for Howe Sound. The Province has begun to implement a Cumulative Effects Assessment Framework process to assess the cumulative impacts of a range of development activities around Howe Sound from transportation to forestry, energy, recreation and residential-commercial development. Value components such as air and water quality, and old-growth and grizzly bear populations are some of the indicators that are being monitored. Our job is to continue to keep the trend lines heading in the right direction. With the spring session concluded, I am glad to be back from Victoria and look forward to being out in the community over the coming months. Please feel free contact my office at 604.922.1153 or Jordan.sturdy.

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Thunderbird Marina births a submarine! Lindy Pfeil


was watching my husband and his buddies paint their boat one Sunday morning at Thunderbird Marina when they pointed out an enormous glass bubble in the shed behind them. I was fascinated, and being my nosy self, I started snooping. That’s when I bumped into Harvey Flemming, who explained: “The submarine industry was a dream and passion of mine for many years. Three years ago I decided to start Aquatica and run with it. After several re-designs and vehicle ideas, the Stingray was born.” The Stingray has been a little over two years from concept to manned testing, which is where the sub is at now. Harvey started the company in Calgary, AB but quickly realized the need to be coastal. So he moved to Thunderbird Marina in Au-

gust 2015, and is really happy to be here. “The goal was to develop a line of submersibles that are safe, robust, versatile, and easy to use, as well as less costly for purchase and maintenance than the others in the industry. We’ve done this. And we received The Stingray 500 tremendous interest for coming back after all sectors of the industry because of this,” says successful tow Test in Howe Sound. Harvey proudly. This current Stingray 500 submersible is into manned testing phases and will be 100% complete and ready for work shortly. There are several projects lined up, including various tourism opportunities in the local area. Harvey promised me a ride, or a swim… I’m not sure what the correct term is for submarine transit. It’s something I’ve never done, and I warned Harvey that I am not a

Photos: Courtesy of Aquatica The Stingray 500 by Aquatica - 3 man submersible rated for 500ft operational depth.

born seafarer. Truthfully, I’m a little terrified. But the thought of seeing with my own two eyes what really goes on deep down in the mighty Pacific, is just too tempting to worry

about little things like claustrophobia and seasickness. Harvey doesn’t know that I suffer from both, so this could be a very interesting submersion for him. Watch this space.

Those lazy, hazy days of summer by

Ann Frost


e sometimes get a taste of them in June, but the lazy days of summer usually arrive in all their splendour once school is out, schedules are set aside, and relaxing and enjoying the wonders and bliss of living in West Vancouver become our lot. We can plan picnics - on the rocks at Caulfeild, at Whytecliff Park or even in our own back gardens. This year, the long range forecast says, ‘summer will be warmer and rainier than normal, with the hottest periods in midJuly and early and mid-to-late August’. And

what was it like way back when? If memory serves, summer was always long, warm and dry. But in truth, it did rain occasionally. Many years ago, two babysitters for our four young’uns wanted to take the kids on a picnic....and it rained…and rained…and rained. So they arrived at our house at the appropriate time, suitably attired in sombreros and serapes, built a fire in the fireplace, brought out the picnic food and ended up making S’mores! Our children were enchanted. And then there was the time we were at Alice Lake camping…and it rained… and rained…and rained. We tucked the children into the car, put on our bathing suits, struck


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The Igloo Project at Gleneagles Ch’axáý Elementary by

Michelle Davis


hat do 60 grade 4 & 5 students do with 400 milk jugs? They build a giant igloo of course! Students in Mrs. Smith’s and Mrs. Foster’s classes were given a collaborative challenge: to determine the best method for designing and building an igloo out of 400 milk jugs. Student groups were provided with an Igloo Building Proposal sheet and instructed to brainstorm as a team, working through the guiding questions. They then presented their proposal before a panel of judges. To help students understand the real-world connection to this activity, we explained that engineers and other professionals often bid or compete for projects tendered by companies, by creating and presenting formal proposals. Over a series of classes, students analyzed, brainstormed, hypothesized and

experimented with other types of materials to determine how to best construct the igloo. They wrote up their proposals, drew intricate diagrams, and rehearsed their presentations. On the day of the presentations, the judging panel— Mr. Wallace and Mrs. Davis —were amazed by the students’ problem solving abilities. Their group proposals revealed a rare window into their understanding and analysis of a problem, and their strategies to create a design solution to solve it. They surprised us with their unique approaches and creative reasoning! Once students started construction, the ‘igloo engineers’ were thoroughly absorbed in the process. Observed firsthand: Making = Joy. Students were overhead saying, “This is the best day ever!” as they approached their building task with earnest enthusiasm. The igloo was completed after many weeks of hard work. To celebrate, students held a ‘Read In’ in the igloo, adorning it with special lights.

Gleneagles Ch’axáý students with their igloo creation.Photo: Courtesy of Gleneagles Ch’axáý Elementary

‘Whytecliff Park’ Acrylic painting, Whytecliff Park, by Gr VERSION 2 HORIZONTAL 12 Rockridge student Eliza King, who will be pursuing visual arts at the University of Victoria in the fall.


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mountains to sea

Farewell to the giant of Black Mountain Elspeth Bradbury


he largest recorded amabilis fir in the world has died. The magnificent tree, which grew in a gully on the north side of Black Mountain in Cypress Provincial

Bob Sitter pays his respects to the giant amabilis fir.

Park, reached the end of its life last year. It is by no means the only outstanding tree in the park. A mountain hemlock on the west side of Hollyburn Mountain may hold another world-record, and a number of huge yellowcedars, including the Roadside Yellow-cedar and the long-dead Hollyburn Giant on the Old Strachan Trail, have stood for well over 1,000 years. Since West Vancouver’s Randy Stoltmann and his brother Greg began seeking and recording remarkable trees in the 1980s, many others have followed in their footsteps and the number of known

Photo: Courtesy of Larry Marshik


giants has grown. Now, Bob Sitter has joined the ranks of the big-tree hunters. Bob is a retired forester and a mountaineer. Along with photographer Larry Marshik and a group of “like-minded back-country fellows”, he has been hiking the forests of the North Shore for many years. Urged on by Hugh Hamilton - for so long the go-to guy for all things forest in West Vancouver - he is proposing a comprehensive inventory of notable native trees. He has designed a standard format for recording data and is working with the Old Growth Conservancy Society on a plan to receive and verify proposals from the public for trees that might qualify. West Vancouver Parks has agreed to maintain such an inventory. Bob is quick to point out that

Photo: Courtesy of Marshall Bauman Bob Sitter describes a tree-hunting expedition.

‘notable’ refers not only to size and age but also to features such as interesting history, location or rarity. The main purpose of the list will be to ensure the conservation of the trees, but Bob believes that it will also help people to appreciate just how remarkable our forests are. His enthusiasm for the project is obvious. “There’s a western white pine above Yew Lake. You can see it from the picnic table, away up the slope, head and shoulders above the other trees. But seeing it in the distance is not the same as finding it on the ground. We searched for a long time.” He smiles as he remembers their delight when finally the cry went up: “We got it!” On another snowshoe expedition to Hollyburn Mountain, the group discovered not one huge yellow-cedar but a whole grove. “Fabulous - very, very large.” Although the project focuses on notable individual trees, Bob’s interest goes much deeper. “It’s the forest itself that’s really remarkable. Starting around 1,000 meter elevation, it has grown almost undisturbed for thousands of years. Hardly any fire. Few pathogens. Optimal conditions for growth with sheltered slopes, well drained glacial and alluvial till. With trees over 1,000 years old, imagine how few generations there have been since the ice age! The whole area is a museum of natural history.” And what of that record breaking amabilis fir, now deceased? Should we regret its passing? Tree people tend to be pragmatic. Trees like that grow for hundreds of years until finally they reach the end of their life span, but that’s only the first part of their story. The amabilis fir and the Hollyburn Giant will probably stand tall for hundreds of years to come, invaluable habitat. Eventually, little by little over many more centuries, their substance will become another part of another forest generation. No need to mourn!


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WV residents are getting into shape and enjoying it by

James Slaney


ome local residents who have tried the exercise regimens, the workout gimmicks, the diet programs at home and in the big classes and were still left frustrated with the results have found their answer and it’s right here in the community. Certified trainer, Heather Ramsbottom, BPHE, BSc, BEd, has been conducting her relaxed but effective brand of fitness instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Caulfeild Cove Hall, beside St Francis-in-the-Wood church. Says Heather, “Since starting the pro-

gram in September last year I have been amazed at how it has impacted people in the community who have brought friends and neighbours by to check us out.” Here are comments from some of Heather’s clients: “I’m already noticing more muscle tone, better balance and am generally feeling stronger. I actually really enjoy the sessions with Heather and look forward to them. I always feel safe and well-protected from injury.” Diana Aon “I haven’t been working out for many years, and her friendly and tailored approach made it very easy for me to get engaged.” Cecelia Wong “I thoroughly enjoy working with her

- as a person, athlete and mother Heather clearly understands my perspective and is focused in helping me become the best version of myself.” Amie Padilla “Two months after having my son she has helped build up my core strength again and now we are working at a higher intensity. Heather understands the body and body mechanics which allows her to address any injuries/ailments by modifying or adding exercises as needed. She works with you to achieve your goals, focusing on each person individually while in a class environment. ” Monica Buck For further information please contact Heather at or 778228-1164.

Heather at work.

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Honouring the important role of fathers every day Domenica Mastromatteo


n June 19 we celebrated Father’s Day. Why? If we examine our current culture, one would think that we don’t need fathers. In many television dramas (and especially comedies), fathers are depicted as incompetent and useless. In commercials, and in the written word, they’re almost invisible. What critical role can fathers possibly play in today’s society? Sadly, popular sociology has done much to downplay the importance of fathers’ roles. But popular sociology is decades behind the current

research; we need to carefully filter the information we receive from our environment, do our own research and be mindful of the legacy we are leaving our children. Research reveals that fathers have a unique role in parenting that makes a significant impact on a child’s development. Fathers offer infants and children more freedom to explore; moms promote precautions. While moms are guides, dads are playmates. And children need both. A child will do best if dad is involved, playful, caring, and above all, warm. The benefits derived by including fathers in the parenting circle is resulting in many wonderful fathers. The enormous strides fathers have made despite their unkind depiction is what defines Father’s Day. It is a celebration indeed!

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Some enchanted BRIGHTLIGHTS! by Lisa King evening by

Lois Owen


n Saturday, May 7, after wandering through flowered garden paths to a canopied entrance, guests were greeted with complimentary champagne cocktails, as Ingrid Mapson’s easy song stylings filled the courtyard. After the reception, the piper led everyone into elegant Caulfeild Cove Hall, resplendent in its long table fine dining attire, where John Ferris’ farm to table gastronomic delights took over. Grilled morel mushrooms and spring peas lemon mascarpone led the way. The main courses were an albacore tuna creation or duck breast, with too many dishes in between to mention. And finally those desserts! Complete divine decadence! Sommelier Katherine McEachnie’s wine selections were the perfect complement. And calm, cool celebrity chef John Ferris didn’t seem to break a sweat as he and his team prepared and served. MC John Moonen guided the proceedings and introduced guest speakers from Family Services of the North Shore, Councillor Craig Cameron and MLA Jordan Sturdy, who all expressed their appreciation for the contribution and impact that Caulfeild Cove Hall is having on the community. It was an enchanting community evening in a beautiful setting that we hope will be repeated next year by organizers Carolyn Wray and Chris Stringer

The Beacon extends its sincere appreciation to the North Shore News for providing the Bright Lights display.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016

Long Table Fine Dining event

A Long Table Fine Dining fundraiser event in support of Family Services of the North Shore was held at West Vancouver’s Caulfeild Cove Hall May 7. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception and live entertainment in the patio lounge followed by an elegant farm to table dinner catered by John Ferris of The Collective Kitchen and previously the chef de cuisine at Araxi in Whistler.

Chef John Ferris and staff

Neil Alexander, Chris Stringer and Julia Staub-French, executive director of Family Services

Lib and Chris Wootten with MLA Jordan Sturdy

Susie Moore, Chris Stringer, Carolyn Wray and Ingrid Mapson

Marie and John Moonen

Piper Grant Stiver

Heike Brandstatter, Coreen Mayrs, Severin and Susan Hoch

Lisa Leeson and Heather Moscovitch

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July 2016

Is there really a secret to romance? Psyched Out Ian Macpherson


t the grocery check-out stand a whole bunch of magazines presumably promoting ‘Romance Month’ were tempting me with the secret. And maybe the truth was to be found there, but, boys and girls, it is no secret.

It used to be that only philosophers and poets had the authority to speculate about love, but now it is a science - honestly! What attracts and binds couples is being put under the microscope and what we know about the dance of romance is open for all to see. If it remains a secret, maybe we are just not looking in the right place. So is it having the right checklists for a prospective partner, or the negotiating skills to help avoid or resolve conflict, or knowing the other’s hopes and dreams, or physical ‘magnetism’? Nope. We can’t deny that these

Things to do on the ‘Shore & more by

Susie Moore

July 1, 4:30-10:30pm, Canada Day Celebration & Fireworks at John Lawson Park. Bring your picnic or enjoy food from vendors while watching live entertainment. Fireworks will simulcast on Rock 101 FM and will be televised on Shaw TV. Additional Canada Day celebrations: Canada Day Parade in North Vancouver 10am start; Waterfront Park in North Vancouver 12-4pm; Lynn Valley village 12-4pm

July 29 to Aug 7, Harmony Arts Festival. Artisans, music and much more. Between 14th and 17th Street on Argyle, WV. Information:

Sept 5, 12-5pm, Music in the Park. Capilano river regional park. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music, art demonstrations, and an art gallery set against the stunning backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and Capilano Reservoir. Info: www.nvartscouncil. ca FREE drop in. Registration not required.

are good, but the…well, OK, if you want it… the secret to romantic success is none other than empathy! It is the ability - most of the time - to tune into your partner, no matter what, and at least try to understand where your partner is coming from emotionally. “Is that all?” you might ask. But in fact, the studies show that the biggest chunk of satisfaction and insurance for a lasting romantic connection rests with those couples who habitually and mindfully turn toward, rather than ignore or turn against, each other in the majority of simple day to day interactions. What this looks like is deceptively simple. Amir comes home proudly tendering a thoughtfully chosen gift. Marie has a choice. She could tell her husband that dinner is ready (ignoring); she could tell him that he always spends too much on frivolous things

(turning against) or, recognizing that Amir always strives to be her hero, she could show appreciation for the gift - and for him. It is not rocket science to imagine the emotional consequences for Amir under these three scenarios. Of course, we are all cheered and disappointed at various times in our relationships. The key to happiness, though, is how much of the time we can trust our partners to ‘be there’ for us. For those with attachment injuries from earlier relationships, empathic healing that builds emotional security is even more crucial. However, all of us are built to be emotionally inter-dependent. So whatever the ‘chemistry’ that brings us together, keeping the empathy turned up high is the real, yet open secret to romance.

Caulfeild’s newest honorary consul by

Lindy Pfeil


n Monday, June 6, West Vancouverite Dr. Margaret Rudolf was appointed as Honorary Consul for Slovenia, British Columbia. The appointment was formalized at a festive Caulfeild ceremony, by the Ambassador

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of Slovenia to Canada, Dr. Marjan Cencen, and Minister Gorazd Žmavc, Responsible for Slovenian Communities Abroad, who were visiting Vancouver to honour Slovenia’s 25 years of independence. Dr. Rudolf, surrounded by family, friends and dignitaries, said, “I am thrilled to reconnect with my culture of origin, Slovenia, and to do my very best to assist fellow Slovenians with their information needs. Slovenia is celebrating its 25 years of Independence; as an interesting and exciting new country, it is a safe and fascinating place to visit and enjoy! Congratulations Margaret!

Photo: L. Pfeil Honorary Consul, Dr. Margaret Rudolf, flanked by the Ambassador of Slovenia to Canada, Dr. Marjan Cencen, and Minister Gorazd Žmavc.




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“Need a wine? Go see Bert!” ends in July by

Chris Stringer


t was 22 years ago that Bert Ferri became part of the Caulfeild community as the Product Consultant at #175 BC Liquor store. In July he will be retiring, after 26 years with BC Liquor, and Bert requested the opportunity to send a message of appreciation to the many clients he has had the pleasure of serving. “I have been fortunate because Caulfeild has not changed much over 22 years so I have made many friends who started as clients and I feel part of the fabric of the community. Kids that came in muddy and dirty from the soccer field with Dad are now grown and want my help with a wine or beer selection. They’re still coming from the soccer field… this time with kids of their own.” Bert’s family immigrated to Canada from Italy when he was five years old and they settled in Toronto’s ‘Little It-

aly’ district. Wine flowed freely from the neighbourhood’s Italian cellars so Bert grew up being familiar with quality grapes. His first job, however, was as an underwriter with CNA Assurance company. Bert and his young family were transferred to Vancouver, where he realized that office work was not for him. So, after taking a bartending course, he resigned and joined the staff of the old Devonshire Hotel before being offered the opportunity to manage the Pizzaz Show Lounge until it closed 8 years later. He was finally able to put his wine knowledge to good use when BC Liquor hired him in 1990. Retirement is going to allow Bert to travel to all the wine places in the world and this time there will be no time limit! He is also looking forward to re-discovering his love of water-colour painting and is going to spend as much time as he can with his two young grandchildren. Arrivederci Bert!

Depending on Bert’s recommendations for 22 years.Photo: Glenn Owen

Walking for Water in Gleneagles & Horseshoe Bay by

James Slaney


he pouring rain on Saturday, May 28, did not deter 41 stalwarts who braved the elements to walk the three kilometres of the annual Walk for Water fundraiser. Three kilometres is the distance a woman in India would typically have to walk to get water from the nearest well for her family. The men are working, of course! Piper, Grant Stiver, led the way out of the dry refuge of St Monica’s church and onto the roundabout to get the walkers on their journey. The walk continued up Nelson and around the perimeter of the Gleneagles

Golf Course, down into Horseshoe Bay and back to St Monica’s where a barbecue of hot dogs and hamburgers greeted the very wet but valiant walkers. Event organizer, David Phillips, reported that the $6280 raised would contribute to the building of two freshwater wells. The organization H.A.V.E (helpavillageeffort. org) ensures that drilling and construction is carried out according to international standards and the villages are assured of fresh, clean water. Approximately 300 people drink from each well each day. Congratulations to all the walkers and to David. And many thanks to the sponsors for their generosity. 101-1305 Welch Street, North VaNcouVer MOBILE: 604.790.0472 OFFICE: 778.340.1355

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July 2016

our history

Caulfeild Village - the beginning by

 hris Stringer C with Don Milliken


n the early 1980s the Caulfeild Village Shopping Centre and Rockridge school sites were forested land that Headland Drive wound through on its way from the Upper Levels Highway to the newly developed residential areas of upper Caulfeild. The District of West Vancouver required land owners and developers of the

Photo: Glenn Owen Don Milliken, “That’s Someplace Special.”

property known as Caulfeild Plateau to assemble a Caulfeild Land Use Plan Contract. This became official in 1978. In addition to residential use, the plan would include areas designated for hiking trails, parkland (Plateau Park), green belts, tennis courts, a high school and a shopping centre. The residential areas began development immediately after approval of the plan. British Pacific Properties, then the owner of Park Royal Regional Mall, owned the shopping centre lands. Don Milliken, Sr. Vice President, Shopping Centres, of Jack Poole’s Daon Developments, met with Peter Finch, then President of British Pacific Properties. “Purchasing the shopping centre site didn’t happen easily,” says Don. “Peter and I had many enjoyable meetings over

tea and biscuits. Peter had two concerns: the size of the supermarket, as he felt it would compete with supermarkets at Park Royal, and that BP’s long term plan was to develop the shopping centre themselves. But we made a deal after I agreed that we’d limit the supermarket to 25,000 square feet of the 70,000 square foot planned shopping centre. This was at least 10,000 square feet smaller than we’d have preferred.” “The shopping centre site was 5 acres,” says Don. “We dedicated 1.5 acres to the west and south as a green belt to serve as a buffer for our neighbours. For the benefit of our neighbours, we didn’t plan for a rear driveway. All loading and garbage collection is from the front. That’s unheard of. I lived on nearby Alderfeild Place at the time. I still live in the neigh-

Photo: Courtesy of West Vancouver Memorial Library archives Safeway at Caulfeild Shopping Centre in 1987.

bourhood - now in lower Caulfeild. My goal was to create a very friendly neighbourhood shopping centre without, for example, a gas station on the street. I hired architects Ernie and Grace Collins who had much experience designing high-end homes in West Vancouver. Their goal was to create a very residential feel at Caulfeild Village.” “I headed to Calgary to meet with Canada Safeway. They wanted a larger store but we signed a lease after agreeing to add a few unique features such as skylights and some higher-end finishes to their store. I suggested a unique name and they chose ‘Someplace Special’. We then went to other key tenants such as Pharmasave, BC Liquor Stores, the Bank of Montreal, and Starbucks. I had experience with Starbucks in Seattle. Caulfeild Village was Starbucks’ first Canadian location. Nobody knew what Starbucks was, hard to imagine now, and they did poorly for six months. But that changed and the rest is history.” The District building permit approval, site clearing and construction met with considerable neighbourhood resistance. But, with the strength of the Land Use Contract, the project proceeded. Then District of West Vancouver mayor Derrick Humphreys was a supporter and officiated at the opening of Caulfield Village in Fall 1987. It was immediately embraced by West Vancouver and has been a great success since opening. Milliken recalls meeting some of the objectors shopping at Caulfeild Village on opening day. Milliken’s company, Milliken Development Corporation, is developing, and is an ownership partner in, Maison Senior Living which is under construction on Taylor Way at Keith Road in West Vancouver.

July 2016

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