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THE No. 25

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

Nov 2017

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon, "For the Fallen� (1914) Photo: courtesy of Christy Laniado

A view from Lions Bay as seasons change and the sun sets across Howe Sound.


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Trapped in Jamaica


Living the dream




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Mountains to sea



Looking back






When all is said and done, what is justice?

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Nov 2017

Lindy Pfeil


discovered restorative justice through a series of coincidences - if you believe in coincidence. It’s a long story, so here’s the shortened run-down. My nest emptied. Restlessness struck. Husband told me to stop whining and find a ‘real’ job (this is another, still somewhat sensitive saga, best left untold for now). A good friend recommended volunteering. I became a Victim Services worker at the West Vancouver Police Department. I cried. My Victim Services manager, Bunny, thought that the North Shore Restorative Justice Society might be the answer to what I was seeking. And so began my complete immersion in all things restorative. And just. It was Martin Luther King, Jr. who said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” But what is justice? It’s a question asked regularly in circle, which is where I have spent much of the past six or so years. What I have discovered, is that there are as many interpretations of justice as there are fingerprints. For some, justice looks like punishment. Or retribution. Revenge even. For others, it is fairness. Forgiveness. Compassion. After more than fifty years on this planet, there is only one thing I know to be true about humankind: we are hardwired for relationship. The African philosophy of ubuntu

points to this interconnectedness; loosely translated, ubuntu means “I am, because you are.” Who you are and what you do in this moment, affects me – my thoughts and emotions, my understanding of myself and my place in the world. Of course, the reverse is true too. Which brings us back to restorative processes. An alternative to the criminal justice system, restorative justice views conflict and crime as a breakdown of relationships. To resolve the conflict and heal the harm that has occurred, we need to include everyone who has been affected; accountability must

be taken, and a safe space created where all the parties can share their stories of how they have been impacted—with respect, without judgement. Then all decide, together, what steps need to be taken to repair the harm. This can look different for everyone. But if the process is successful, the outcome, for all concerned, is experienced as just. Eleanor Roosevelt once noted that “justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” She

could have been speaking about RJ. My colleague, Travis, and I were recently invited to speak with a group of North Shore ElderCollege students, as part of their Crime and Conflict course. When we arrived, the chairs—and students—were set up in neat rows. Standing at the front of the lecture room, Travis and I glanced at each other as the coordinator read our bios. When she finished her introductions, we asked if we could change things up – that circle is our preferred mode of being. There were some looks of concern, but everyone politely obliged and soon we were seated in a very large circle, passing the talking piece, sharing our thoughts about justice – and so much more. As the conversation drew to a close, one participant asked, “Why does everyone not know about restorative justice? We should all know!” The urgency in her voice was a powerful reminder of the value of this work. Of giving people a voice. Of the beautiful conversations that can occur in the midst of un-beautiful circumstances. Relationships transformed. A kind of alchemy, really. And how lucky I am to be a part of this. The North Shore Restorative Justice Society ( is a not-for-profit communitybased organisation that has been on the North Shore for twenty years, with offices at the RCMP and WVPD. Restorative Justice Week is observed annually in Canada and internationally. This year, it takes place from November 19-26. More information is available on the Government of Canada’s website: restorative-justice/003005-2000-eng.shtml.

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Maureen Goulet


f you are like most people, you love the holiday season but would just like to take the craziness and stress out of it. It all starts now with getting organized early. Shop the sales and pick up little hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. I keep my eye open all year round for those fun unique gifts. Start decorating the house early in December leav-


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ing the fresh tree until closer to Christmas. Write Christmas cards by the end of November. Enclose a printed insert of important events of the past year. Have them stamped and ready to mail December 1st. Start filling your freezer with yummy family favorite squares and other baking. I used to have an enormous freezer and loved filling it with homemade goodies that could also be given as hostess gifts when the party season started. Here’s one of my favourites! Maureen Goulet is the owner of Ambrosia Cooking /private events with amazing Chefs

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Gardening tips for November and December W

ith winter not too far in the distance we should tend to the preparation of our garden beds. Some thoughts: • By now spring bulbs have been placed, however, it is not too late. I like to plant bulbs and corms in a group pattern where they are placed ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in groups of 20 to 25 in random fashion, not in a row. • Cut all those perennials down now and compost, but leave the ferns till February and cut back just as the ‘fiddleheads’ are emerging. Do the same with ornamental grasses as some have great winter appeal. • Dahlias should have been dug up, sorted and put away in a cool, dark place.

• If you like foxglove, give them a final shake to disperse the seeds. Echinacea too, but the birds love to feed on them. • Clean up the beds and mulch shrubs with a good compost you perhaps made over the summer months. • Take geranium (pelargonium) cuttings. Remove strong stems and lower leaves. Cut just below a leaf node, not too long, about 3 inches or so. Some gardeners dip in water with a bit of vitamin C (1 cup water to 1 teaspoon of powered vitamin C) and then place in a sterilized soil mix just dampened. Set in a bright window and don’t cover. Not all will survive but it is so gratifying to see them sprout roots!



• Early December is a great time to lime your lawns with dolomite lime. Dolomite takes longer to break down in the process of correcting the ph value of the soil. Sprinkle a little around the base of some of your lime lovers like lilac. • This is the time (if the ground is not frozen) to divide and replant your perennials. • Check on your stored dahlia tubers etc. and discard any that look infected. • You can lightly prune hollies for Christmas wreaths and such. • This is a good time too for installing new trees and shrubs if the weather permits as there is less stress to the plant giving it time to adjust. • Your hellebores are preparing to bloom! Trim

back a few of the leaves to show off the blossoms as they lie hidden. • Rake up and destroy any fallen rose leaves to prevent onset of disease in spring. • If frost is imminent, protect the crowns of some of the more tender plants with more mulch. • Take the opportunity now to clean and sharpen tools. Maybe take your lawn mower to have it serviced. • What a great time to have your garden lit up at night. Up lit Japanese trees are gorgeous!

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Nov 2017

An unforgettable love story BY

Maya Seethram Gr 10 Rockridge Secondary School


hen I was 12 years old, I had to complete a school project about a Canadian event. After much debate I chose the Battle of Vimy Ridge - a defining moment for Canadians. But when it came time to choose a method of presentation for our projects, I decided that a simple poster would be too impersonal. What captured my attention was the fact that these men had lived and died for their country. In fact, their courage a hundred years ago is the reason I am able to grow up in a democratic, peaceful, and free Canada.

So for my presentation, I decided to write letters from a soldier to his wife. I wrote about a couple who were in love with the idea of their beautiful, young country. The husband, John, was a writer for the Montreal Gazette and the wife, Ida, worked with the National Council of Women of Canada. John’s first letter to Ida tells of the lovely forests of British Columbia, but in the next letter, he declares that he has enlisted in the army. He apologizes to her but gallantly vows to fight for his country. He travels

to Valcartier, Quebec, and meets German-Canadians who will fight alongside him. He evades death by poisonous gas at the Battle of Ypres; his brother Anthony is not so lucky. The letters become woven with sadness as his describes the harsh conditions of the trenches. Finally, at the battle of Vimy Ridge, John writes his last words to Ida: “My thoughts turn home to Montreal, and to you. Pray for me, and remember that I will always love you.”

“He apologizes to her but gallantly vows to fight for his country.”

Remembering Remembrance Day BY


Ann Frost

n the 1960s, World War II seemed a stillrecent event, and most families had someone who had served either overseas or in Canada. It was easy to remember then. There were always school assemblies, usually with someone playing the “Last Post” and it was often a tearful time for many of the students. Sometimes, teachers would wear their uniforms to the assemblies and that also brought the reality of the war home. My children remember those assemblies vividly. Gathering in the auditorium, wearing their poppies and often listening to the reading of “In Flanders Fields” as the culmination of the event. And they were often reminded that the West

Vancouver Memorial Library was so named because it was the official War Memorial in West Vancouver. It was dedicated in 1950 as a living monument and there is still a Book of Remembrance in the library with illuminations created by Marion Grigsby, honouring the 70 West Vancouver men who gave their lives in World War II. The pages are turned monthly so that all the names can be viewed. I remember one particular Remembrance Day when I was a teacher. I had a class of Grade 8s immediately after the assembly. Our poetry book included a number of warrelated poems so I decided to save them for that special class. After the assembly, I began to read the poems to the class and the atmosphere became more and more emotional. I had saved “In Flanders Fields” for last, but I realized that if I read it out loud, I could end

up with a whole classroom of weeping students, so I told them that this was the best known of all the war poems and I thought it would be more meaningful if they read it silently. Whew! And then there were the services at the cenotaphs and the two minutes of silence at 11 am in memory of the armistice that ended World War I. The cenotaph services in West Vancouver were in the Memorial Park just opposite the library and families came to share in those services. Today, it is perhaps even more important that we take time, on November 11, to remember that our world is still fraught with violence and impending danger and we need to stand together remembering those whose sacrifices have made it possible for us to live, as we do, in this democratic country of ours.

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When John died, I cried alongside Ida and I hated that he did not get the heroic homecoming he deserved. John represents one of 3,598 Canadians who died at Vimy Ridge. His death haunted me and any who dared to read, and build connections with the characters from this short story. And when people who had read the letters asked if I had known John personally, I said yes because John and Ida showed me the incredible worth of every human life, and they showed me the pain and the sadness of war - the power it has to tear families, homes and people apart. Their tragic love story will always inspire me to see people as unique individuals, and to value and respect every soldier, proud citizen, and fellow Canadian. Everyone has a story as rich in adventure and sadness as John’s. In the final letters of the series, Ida receives a letter from one of John’s army comrades, saying, “Please remember that he did not die in vain and that he loved you until his very last breath.” With a note of finality, John’s legacy is secured. As Canadians living in a world of increasing fear, it is our duty to remember and honour those who have risked, and continue to risk, their lives on the battlefield for the sake of our freedom.


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Erika Bergman: exploring inner space Lindy Pfeil


ince getting the call from Harvey Flemming of Aquatica Submarines in January 2017, Erika Bergman has called Thunderbird Marina home. When she’s not piloting submarines, she’s putting the finishing touches to a pilot training program, climbing mountains, skiing or dreaming big. Her spirit of adventure was nurtured as the youngest of seven siblings, roaming the island of Hawaii, where her family relocated after her father’s retirement from the military. “No one ever came to look for me,” she smiles. “If I got myself into a predicament, I had to find my way out of it by myself. I had my dog, my mule and a machete.” It has stood her in good stead.

While still a teenager, she got herself assigned as the diesel engineer aboard a tall ship traveling to Canada. She then acquired a degree in chemical oceanography from the University of Washington, simultaneously working as a steam ship engineer. And in 2013, as a National Geographic Explorer, she was able to combine her passion for storytelling and teaching through her “Classrooms Under the Sea” expedition. Via a Google Hangout connection, she streamed live video to classrooms after resurfacing from exploring the coral reefs off Curacao and Roatán. Her big dream is to provide live streaming from 7000 feet under the ocean’s surface, something she believes is entirely do-able with a little planning and commitment from key partners. When it comes to perspective, she suggests we look inwards, not out. “So much happens in the tiniest of things,” she says, explaining what it’s like to be in a submarine with limited visibility, to have to adjust both your body and

your mind to inner space. “I’m a thinker,” she adds, which is made evident when I ask her what superpower she’d like to possess. “Regeneration of body parts,” she answers, without a moment’s hesitation. Moving a lot has made Erika adaptable. Every time she relocates, she says her physiology is affected and she appreciates  Photo: courtesy of Diane Reid the introspection that living in Erika and crew and the Aquatica Stingray 500 explore the shipwreck of a new environment brings. The HMCS Annapolis in Howe Sound. interplay between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (, providing enfascinates her – between stress and relaxation. gineering camps to girls. Besides being chief One of the reasons she loves living in Bea- pilot for Aquatica Submarines, she is also an con territory is how easy it is to find peace. editor of, and a producer “In twenty minutes, I can be walking across a for National Geographic. She has many plans: visiting shipwrecks and becoming an astromountain.” Erika is the co-founder of GEECs, Glob- naut are but two, and she believes that, “If you al Engineering & Exploration Counselors have an idea, it’s an idea worth having.”

Is it possible to change your history? Psyched Out Ian Macpherson


ou know the common saying that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. This suggests that remembering the errors and injuries of the past might help us take a happier direction in the future. On the other hand, consider this old maxim: history never embraces more than a small part of reality. In other words, what

about the history you never knew you had? And, as recent brain science and psychology have shown us, what we remember is not just statically stored in bits, like on a computer, but is actively being modified as we live and learn. And it is not just our friendly neighbourhood narcissist who constantly peppers his tales with falsehoods and exaggerations; at times, we all engage in a kind of confabulation, mixing fact with fantasy to suit our needs and feelings of the moment. Many of us hold onto beliefs about events that in fact never happened. It is relatively easy for us to be manipulated when we are emotionally involved and even be subject to the ‘false memory syndrome.’ So, should we

even trust our history? Well, yes and no. Let us say, for example, that I have become accustomed to the martyr role and its payoffs. I could focus on my history of being a victim because I have learned that suffering is my way of feeling accepted. I might habitually revisit the ‘Museum of Past Hurts’ to explain my dysfunctional ways to myself and others. Of course, many of my memories of past neglect or abuse are valid. But it is possible - and indeed a powerful tool - to edit our narrative. I am not talking here about inventing false facts or chanting affirmations to kid ourselves that we are OK. However, we all have an inborn striving, growth-promoting side - like a plant

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seeking the sunlight. Editing our narrative means assaying our life history for evidence of this strength and the seeds of resilience. Emotional wounds can distract us into believing a very narrow and negative history of life events and cause us to feel trapped by these. Narrative therapy helps obtain a balanced and realistic view of personal history which frees the emotionally damaged by helping them identify themselves not as victims or even just as survivors, but also as able champions of their own cause. Ian Macpherson is a psychologist who lives and practices in West Vancouver. More at

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Nov 2017

Unexpected moments of stillness BY

Laurisse Noel


ately, I have felt like a crouching tiger, a slingshot whose wielder is tugging the elastic back further and further or that second just before a sneeze. These generally oh so brief moments have become the metaphor for the past month of my life. Last year, I wrote a brief piece about my time at the University for Peace in Costa Rica, where I was completing my master’s degree. I am now on the verge of completing the internship requirement of my education. It will take place in the Dominican Republic at the UN Women Education and Training Centre. The centre is dedicated to creating and de-

livering courses on gender equality. United Nations internships are unpaid, so I have spent the summer saving for my time there. Last week, following the fulfillment of nu m e ro u s tedious requirements, I sent my precious passport off to Ottawa and am now patiently awaiting its return to safety. The moment I have my visa in hand, I will book a flight and begin my five-month adventure in the Caribbean. My rather luxurious life of working very

few hours and exerting much patience has given me the opportunity to go for little runs down to Eagle Harbour in the middle of the day, as I benefit from my parents’ extreme generosity in letting me stay in their beautiful home. We have been blessed with the most gorgeous fall days, and as I arrived at the beach recently, I couldn’t resist a quick swim. As I walked down towards the water, the clearest it had been for many months, I was shocked by

the absolute stillness of the ocean. Disrupting it as I waded in, contemplating how my stillness and patience might be offering me more than I understood right now, even if it was a greater appreciation of this beautiful place we call home, or a more passionate and excited foray into the unknown once the elusive visa is received. Sometimes, it isn’t about seizing the day, but about reflecting on the days seized, carefully planning out that next move, or simply basking in whatever moment we happen to exist in. Our existence in those very moments, our relationship with each and every single one, is the only permanent thing we can cling to after all. Follow Laurisse’s adventures at

Dementia: why hearing loss is a risk factor BY

Janet Gibson


he Alzheimer Society of Canada ( defines dementia as “an overall term for a set of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain.” These symptoms “may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language, severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.” While there are some risk factors for Alzheimer’s that we cannot control such as our age and our genetic heritage, there are others over which we do have control. The Alzheimer’s Association ( suggests that regular physical exercise and a heart-

healthy diet can lower a person’s risk for Alzheimer’s. Research indicates that strong social connections and intellectual activity might lower the risk, or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. The Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic. org) recommends getting enough Vitamin D, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy diet, and being physically and socially active to delay the onset of dementia and reduce symptoms. The prestigious journal The Lancet was recently reported ( to state nine risk factors for dementia - including hearing loss. How does hearing loss become a risk factor? Hearing loss in older adults is usually slow to progress and ‘creeps up’ on people. Mishearing words can lead to misunderstanding in conversations, causing embarrassment. As hearing loss progresses


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people may start to withdraw from social interaction if it takes too much effort to try to follow conversations. Untreated severe to profound hearing loss creates a very quiet world for those who suffer from it, often resulting in isolation from intellectual and/ or social situations. If you are worried about your hearing, or that of a loved one, start by having a hearing test with a qualified professional. Some hearing problems can be caused by something as simple as a wax build-up which can be easily remedied. Other hearing losses may have an underlying disease process which needs to be addressed by a medical professional. In an aging population, the most common cause of hearing impairment is age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis. This is a gradual degeneration

within the cochlea, and is progressive and irreversible. Hearing aids can alleviate some of the symptoms, and it is highly recommended to start using hearing aids as early in the development of presbycusis as possible. We are more likely to adapt to hearing aids when we are younger and more flexible in our dexterity and our thinking. Listening training and communication support can also be helpful in keeping people with hearing loss connected and engaged. Janet Gibson is a Registered Audiologist and SpeechLanguage Pathologist who has been working on the North Shore for over 15 years, and offers hearing testing at her office and at people’s homes. jlgibson@ Hearing tests can also be obtained through hearing aid dealers and sometimes through ENT specialists, with a referral from a family doctor.


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Paddleboarding on the Pacific Elspeth Bradbury


nyone who walks along West Vancouver’s waterfront in the early morning may have noticed standup paddleboarders making their way silently along the shoreline. Taylor Fulde is one of these intriguing figures and has been enjoying the sport since a friend introduced him to it almost ten years ago. Caulfeild Cove, known locally as Tiddly Cove, is his usual starting point because its floating dock makes for a quick launch regardless of tide levels. From there he often follows Lighthouse Park’s shoreline to Point Atkinson before turning and heading back east to Sandy Cove or West Bay Park. Early mornings are normally the best time for paddling since the wind and water are usually calmest then, especially when the tide is high, and sliding quietly across a glassy surface as the sun rises through a scatter of coloured clouds, “well, it’s very special!” In summer, of course, sunrise comes a little too early to be out and about, and for this reason, he prefers the fall. Paddling, however, is quite possible all year round, as long as the winds aren’t too strong. Standing tall on their boards, paddlers are able to see deep into the sea below. In fall, when the water is clearest, it’s possible to look down as far as 15 or 20 feet to life on the seabed, and it’s fairly common to see huge schools of baitfish darting around in

vast shimmers of silver. Over the years, Taylor has enjoyed many encounters with marine wildlife. Last year, a pod of ten or so curious Pacific white-sided dolphins surrounded his board and checked him out thoroughly until they were satisfied that this new kind of creature was harmless. Perhaps his most delightful experience, however, happened off the rocks at Caulfeild back in 2009. He had stopped to chat with a woman who was swimming there when they noticed a baby seal bobbing its head about among the floating debris. While Taylor fumbled to pull his camera from its waterproof bag, the little animal hauled itself out of the water, flopped onto his board and lay contentedly beside him for about 20 minutes. Taylor handed his camera to the swimmer, and she was able to record this charming encounter. As an experienced paddler, Taylor can’t remember when he last fell in but he’s still very safety conscious and firmly encourages paddlers to use a leash in almost all conditions. Paddling can be a great family sport, but kids and beginners should start out using a full lifejacket, then upgrade to an inflatable waist-pack lifejacket as they gain age and experience. It’s always important, of course, to stay alert to weather conditions and water currents. He checks readings from the wind gauge at Point Atkinson and doesn’t recommend paddling for beginners when winds are over six or seven knots. By following the webcam at 29th Street, which is updated every ten minutes, he can judge conditions there from the flag and from the texture of the water. Taylor finds that paddleboarding helps


to keep him in shape to pursue another passion – surfing at Tofino – and it’s also “far more enjoyable than jogging!” He loves the sport and is surprised that so few people take advantage of our beautiful and sheltered stretch of coast. To help foster a paddling community, he has built and maintains a website:

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Taylor’s daughters Aila and Jordan take to the water at Caulfeild Beach.


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Nov 2017


Patrick Duffy, a true gentleman and a scholar Chris Stringer


vid mountaineer, competitive skiracer, tennis player, equestrian and family man, Patrick Duffy has been a pioneer and teacher in Canada and internationally in his fields of forestry and environmental impact assessment. Born and raised in Vancouver by his mother and his extended family, Pat attributes his happy childhood, and his keenness for cubs and scouts in the 5th Vancouver Mountaineers troop, to his mother. “Having lost my father during the war, scouts was a valuable

surrogate, with all the friends, training and outings in those years.” Scouting introduced him to hiking and exploration of the local mountains with the Alpine club, skiing in Garibaldi Park and with the Grouse Tyee ski club. He later joined the UBC Varsity Outdoor Club and the Thunderbird Ski team. “If I had not found the VOC,” Pat says, “life would have turned out much differently. I’ve carried the lessons from those five years with me to this day.” At 17 he landed a summer job on the team that built the first chairlift on Grouse Mountain and repaired the bridges on the mountain roads after World War II. Patrick’s love of the British Columbia outdoors led to an interest in forestry at UBC where he received his BSF, followed by a master’s degree in forestry, ecology and econom-

ics at Yale University. This was the beginning of a career in forestry research and environmental management that began in Alberta. It was in Banff that Pat met Elisabeth on the tennis courts of the Banff Springs Hotel where she was a manager. “It took five days for me to pluck up the courage to propose to Elisabeth. She accepted and we were married six months later.” The wedding took place in Vienna, Elisabeth’s birthplace. Life for the Duffys began in Minnesota where Pat had qualified for a doctorate in forest land use planning. Pat’s work has included forest research and environmental management as a career civil servant in Calgary and Ottawa with occasional assignments in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, Guyana and Africa. While working for the federal Department

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Lunch break during a hike below Black Tusk in 1989 - Elisabeth, Dorli, John, Pat.


of Environment in Ottawa in the seventies he chaired the task force that drafted a new federal policy and procedure for environmental impact assessment in Canada. It was accepted by cabinet in 1974. Home was in the Gatineau Hills outside Ottawa where Elisabeth was the backbone of their rural family life. With Pat’s vigorous travel schedule she raised Ann, Dorli, Wendy and John and maintained an active social schedule with the eclectic neighbours. She kept up with skiing in winter and hiking, horseback riding and tennis in summer. To cater to their equestrian and tennis interests, Pat built a barn and tennis court. There were many family trips west: in winter to satisfy their considerable enjoyment of the Rockies and Pat’s passion for ski racing; in summer to explore the mountains on horseback. The legacy of a family of outdoor sports enthusiasts has carried over to his five grandchildren. Pat led the technical ski and biathlon work in the three bids for Calgary and Banff to host the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympic Games. They lost the 1968 bid to Grenoble by two votes. During these endeavours, Elisabeth’s European experience and language skills were an asset. On retirement from the civil service, Patrick and Elisabeth teamed up to form an environmental consultancy practice through which he provided environmental impact assessments of capital projects in Canada and internationally. He worked for industry, the United Nations, C.E.S.O. and various NGO’s in over 40 countries. He trained people in developing countries in the practice of EIA and extending EIA to apply to forestry, agriculture and commercial fisheries.


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Retirement in 1987 brought the Duffys to West Vancouver where they purchased a home on Eagle Island. The family made friends through St Francis-in-the-Wood Church where Elisabeth ran the bridge club and Pat served on the social concerns committee for many years. They continued living life to the fullest, with trips into  the mountains, skiing and trekking and running camps for the Alpine Club of Canada members out of the club huts in the Rockies. For the past ten years Pat has mentored undergraduates at the UBC Forestry Faculty and mid-career professionals in EIA worldwide, an activity he finds very rewarding. Pat lost his beloved Elisabeth to cancer in 2013, and says it’s the strong family values she instilled in their children and grandchildren, who have always been there for him, that helped him through his grief. The youthful 85-year-old’s love affair with the mountains continues. Pat took his church minister trekking though the Black Tusk Meadows/Garibaldi Lake area and the Diamond Head Chalet/Elfin Lakes area in Garibaldi Park in 2015. Last year they hiked the Rockies at Lake Louise and Kananaskis Country. At his 80th birthday luncheon, organized by his four children, life-long friends from the many different areas of Patrick Duffy’s life gathered to pay tribute to him and share their memories. Here are some quotes:

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Elisabeth and Patrick.


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His 1958 downhill ski trophy is still displayed in the bar of the Post Hotel in Lake Louise. A man with a sense of responsibility. It is extraordinary how Pat has combined the many wonderfully varied aspects of his life with a successful career and family. He always believed in doing the right thing even if it was not politically popular. Can be counted on for wise counsel. Not only an outstanding environmental professional but also had a good eye for big policy issues and the dynamics behind them. Does not aim for the spectacular. He looks for the solution and sticks with it. Pat epitomizes the term, a gentleman and a scholar.

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Trapped in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains

hours to live. By December 20, virtually out of food and with canteens almost dry, Roger Bates, Gordon Cooper, George Hussey, Cecil n December 16, 1967, I was one Ward and I, had set in motion the largest of five boys from Jamaica College, and most extensive air and land search one of the island’s elite high and rescue mission in memory on the island. On December 22, we enschools, who decided to chalcountered a fern patch, the only lenge the wilds of its rugged, one in the entire area of the bewitching but merciless Blue Mountains. We wanted to North Blue Mountain slopes, conquer the Peak (elev. 7402 with jungle terrain similar to that of Myanmar and the ft.) via a route that we had very jungle used by Canaonly heard about. We never dian and British forces for made it. A platoon of soltraining. Having watched diers dispatched to the area the aircraft (army and civilwhere it was believed that we began our hike along the ian planes and helicopters) search for us for over three Blue Mountain Ridge reported days, we made the life-saving that we were never there or had vanished into the jungle. The sol- Geoffrey B. Haddad decision not to leave ‘our miniscule opening in the jungle.’ We diers turned back. After almost ten days in heavily forested were ready to set the mountain on fire if we and inhospitable terrain, described as inac- had not been spotted by December 24, the cessible and where, perhaps, no man had ninth day of the journey - the day we were ever trodden, we found ourselves hopeless- rescued. Our harrowing journey made headlines ly lost, trapped and far from a living soul. Cold and starving, we probably had only and tested our characters as we faced death BY

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on our way to manhood. Using eyewitness accounts, maps, and never-before-seen photographs, our entire escapade has been comprehensively recorded from an innocent plan hatched during Christmas break to the dramatic, last-ditch effort to rescue us. If I’m Not Back by Wednesday, is a testimony to how life’s occurrences, for better or worse, are engineered by something

more than coincidence. Geoffrey B. Haddad is a Professional Engineer registered in Jamaica, Ontario and British Colombia. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and resides, along with his family, including four grandchildren in West Vancouver. Personalized colour photo editions of his book are available at

Photos provided Arrow indicating our last camp site on the mountain from where we watched aircraft searching for us.

L-R/ Gordon Cooper, Cecil Ward, Geoffrey Haddad, Roger Bates and George Hussey at the Jamaica Defence Force HQ

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lunch. As we settled into his Lions Bay Cafe booth a few days later, Rafe ate his lunch, a morning glory muffin and an ice-cream bar. t was September 2015 and we had just As he ate he attacked: “I suppose you want published the sixth edition of the Beacon me to write for you. How much do you pay?” when I received an email from Rafe I explained that we could not afford to pay our contributing writers and, Mair complimenting the Beacon for the quality of its writing. I because of our policy of avoiding controversy, we could not afford was in shock. During the ’80s I had been an avid listener to to take the chance on him, to Rafe’s Open Line radio show. which he responded, “Well, that’s your problem!” Every day I tuned in to hear The meeting led to Rafe him stoke the embers of agreeing to reminisce in the courteous, civilized guests Beacon about being raised in and call-ins to turn them into his beloved British Columbia, raging fires of anger and rebuke. His brilliant mind, political expehis happy childhood and his varied interests. Lindy, our editor, cenrience, lust for debate and fearPhoto: Tregollis lessness fascinated me. Honourable K. Rafe Mair, BC sored him twice. Both times he I responded that the Beacon Minister of Health 1979. threatened resignation. We behad received comments about came friends and recently, as his its interesting content, creative layout and de- health prevented mobility, we hung out tosign but that he was the first to mention its gether chatting about his passion for baseball, writing quality. I asked if we could meet for his extraordinary knowledge of sports history BY


(even cricket), British history, travel with his beloved Wendy and golfing tips. He had once worked as a golf pro. His behind-the-scenes experiences of life as a politician, his respect for Bill Bennett and his love for his colleague and friend Grace McCarthy stood out for me. In our seventeenth edition, in July 2016, the Beacon was honoured to feature Rafe Mair as our community personality. It can be read at One of Rafe’s many memorable quotes is, “As I fought Meech Lake/Charlottetown with my mic they sent Joe Clark to Vancouver to quiet me and we still won. Tory minister John Crosby called me Canada’s most dangerous man and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney referred to me as a

Wendy and Rafe Mair, May 2016. Photo: Glenn Owen

traitor. They were exciting times!” It was a privilege to share our small community newspaper with this extraordinary Canadian. We will miss our friend and colleague.

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Looking back: Fisherman’s Cove in the twenties BY

Katie Carter


s a young woman, just here from England in 1920, riding the Pacific Great Eastern train was one of the most thrilling things I did. We rode from North to West Vancouver to a station above Fisherman’s Cove. It seemed in those days everybody was young. We sang and laughed all the way. Then we climbed down the trail to Fisherman’s Cove and across the Razor Back to Copper Cove, but the trip back was the most interesting and exciting. We came back on the PGE train on Sunday nights most times. It would fill up at Horseshoe Bay and we would go through to the baggage car and a privileged few would sit with their legs hanging out the open door all the way to North Vancouver. At that time, there was a mass of ocean spray along the tracks. It was especially thrilling for me, being used to the regimentation of England. There was a very well run YMCA girls’ camp at Copper Cove. The buildings were comfortable and built to give us a feeling of being outdoors night and day. As usual there was the unusual person there: one girl used to wear earmuffs, blindfolds and some kind of cap at night. Copper Cove was a sea of salal. They took a movie of some of us running to a large swing. And the part I was in, was shown at the Capitol Theatre in Vancouver, but they didn’t show the best part of it…me falling flat on my face as I got off the swing. At the time, I was very happy that they didn’t show it. Later, with a different group when there wasn’t a convenient train, we would walk to the end of the road to Caulfeild and take the track to Fisherman’s Cove. On the trestles, we would listen carefully for the sound of the train. I still wonder what we

would have done if we’d heard one. Fisherman’s Cove was wonderful in those days. An old man lived in a float hut near Sandy Beach and on weekends there was one powerboat there, owned by Mr. Michelmoor. We used to go for water to the creek and bears were often there. When the salmon were going up the creek, it was choked with them. Towards the end of the run the rotting salmon could be smelled quite a distance away. It is amazing the things that stay with us. I always used to say that if I moved away from the area I would be homesick for the smell of the mud flats of Fisherman’s Cove. It was not an unpleasant smell, at least not to me. I didn’t think how quickly all that would disappear without my going away. My husband, Dick Carter, owned Lone Tree Island then. It is at the entrance to Fisherman’s Cove. The bigger Eagle Island originally sold, I heard, for $37.50. The old cannery at Eagle Harbour was still there but all I can remember is that it was a big brown building. Mr. and Mrs. Kolthammer’s store at Fisherman’s Cove was the store for the District and the meeting place too. I remember dancing on the deck to the sound of a gramophone playing “Moonlight and Roses.” There weren’t many powerboats then. Everybody rowed. The channel at Fisherman’s Cove used to be very much wider than it is now. There was a hidden rock at the entrance to the cove, and at least one boat each weekend would run up on it and have to be pulled off. Someone always seemed ready to do this. Great excitement! It is now very well marked. After the road was put through to Horseshoe Bay we were appalled at the rawness of everything but now I realize that this is rainforest country and if you are willing to wait it grows up again and the rocks weath-

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er. When the road first went in we used to bobsled down it. The old Larson farm, with its fruit trees, ran down to Larson Bay next to Fisherman’s Cove. The farm is now part of Gleneagles Golf Course. We always used to think that Dick Lake was named after my husband, and we felt quite hurt when West Vancouver changed its name because Dick had owned property in West Vancouver from 1921 to 1965. I now live on Bowen Island and see the whole process happening again here. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it can be prevented. It is simply the pressure of people wanting their share of more of the good things of life. I have no solution but to remind those who alter our natural environment that we don’t get a second chance.

These excerpts are from an interview that Katie did for the Bowen Island Undercurrent in the seventies. Katie’s son, Jim Carter, is past president of the West Vancouver Historical Society.

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Living the dream in Horseshoe Bay BY

Lindy Pfeil


orn and raised in Toronto, Lil Chrzan was always artistic and musical. Her aunt used to say she was the easiest kid to babysit – she would sit at the kitchen table for hours with her coloured pencils and drawing pad. Lil never liked colouring books. She just didn’t see the point in filling in lines. In high school one of her teachers told her parents that she was talented enough to get a scholarship to the Ontario College of Art. But her parents, hard-working immigrants who had lived through World War ll, wanted her to have a ‘real’ career and ‘secure’ job. So she went to nursing school in Toronto, and after graduating, moved to Vancouver in 1979. Lil tells of the day she walked into the

Louvre gallery in Paris, France, where artists had their easels set up, copying the masterpieces surrounding them. Her recollection of the smell of paints, the thrill and excitement of knowing that this was what she was meant to do, makes her passion for painting palpable. In 1983, “one of the happiest days of my life was being accepted at Emily Carr.” For the next four years, she worked 12-hour shifts at Vancouver General Hospital every Saturday and Sunday to support herself, attending school Monday to Friday. “I loved every moment at Emily Carr,” she smiles. After graduating with Honors in 1987, she worked part-time at VGH Emergency, painting on her days off. In 1991, she and her partner bought their home in beautiful Horseshoe Bay, with a loft space that became her studio. And five years ago she took early retirement, finally realizing her dream of painting fulltime.

Lil’s eyes light up as she describes her daily routine. She says she can’t wait to get up in the morning, smell the oils, stand in front of the canvas and start painting. “My work has really grown by practicing what I love to do daily,” she says humbly. She feels very fortunate to live on the North Shore and after successful solo shows at the Ferry Building and the Seymour Art gallery in Deep Cove, she is looking forward to her next exhibition at Visual Space Gallery from November 9 to 14 at 3352 Dunbar Street in Vancouver. Her paintings will also be on display at the new West Vancouver Municipal Hall from November 22 until January 19, 2018. And there’s another solo show at the Gibson’s Public Art Gallery from January 19 to February 12, 2018. You can also keep up with Lil and her creations at www.  Photo provided On The 1st of July, 24x24 oil on canvas.

Applause makes our world a brighter place BY

Kim Clarke


y son’s teacher, Goddess Karen, needed some feedback from her students. She needed to know that they were listening, that her lessons were engaging, and that she was being heard. She decided she needed audible appreciation. So she told the class that at the end of each of her lessons she wanted applause. Not just any old gratuitous applause, but applause for her lesson if it fit prescribed criteria. If the lesson was good,

if the students felt that she had created a lesson that they could follow and understand, then they would applaud her at the end of the lesson. Ridiculous right? At first this was fun and silly, but then it became a real challenge. The applause was given for a couple of weeks before the students added their own spin to the feedback exercise. They posited that if Goddess Karen created a lesson that was fun, that the class could actively participate, that they were able to complete the assignment within the given class time and ultimately feel that they learned something valuable, then they would give her a standing ovation. She agreed.

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What happened was magical. Students were listening. Lessons were tightening. Students were listening for mistakes. They were listening for information, they were listening for tone. They were listening for the plot of the anecdotal stories and determining theme. They were listening critically, analytically, to the structure of the Goddess’s lessons. They were not generous in their ovations but honest in their observations. She and they learned about active listening and learning. It was a beautiful, if not harrowing experience for a teacher. Knowing your audience, to make sure that they are engaged is a challenge.

I love this story. I am going to adopt a portion of it for my own life. I feel that if all my neighbours could gather in the back lane at 7:15 every Tuesday morning and give me a standing ovation as I take out my recycling and my garbage, my performance of household chores will improve immeasurably. Kim Clarke is a writer and teacher who lives in Horseshoe Bay. She is surprised and delighted by the inexplicable details of everyday. Nothing is random, everything is purposeful and beautiful and fabulous and sparkly and she wants to share sparkle, in all its forms, with the world.

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West Vancouver Beacon Newspaper - November 2017 Edition  
West Vancouver Beacon Newspaper - November 2017 Edition  

In this issue: • Looking Back • Mountains to Sea • Community Personality • Trapped in Jamaica • Living the Dream