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PUBLISHER’S NOTES

CONTENTS

CONTRIBUTORS ABOUT YOUR TRANSFORMING YOUNG LIVES

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SALTS sets sail

5-3-1

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5 questions, 3 organizations in this 1 great community

THE SEASON OF DIY

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Wreaths & Centerpiece

HAVE I BEEN PWNED? Two easy tips to protect your online identity and profile

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JUNIOR RIDER, CANCER SURVIVOR INSPIRES Tour de Rock

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BUBBLE, BUBBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE

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CREAMY PARMESAN & BROCCOLI RISOTTO with white wine and bone broth

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ELIZA’S STORY

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You Are Vital: Pediatrics

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YOUR PUBLISHER’S NOTES

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ell, fall is here! As I pen this note to all my wonderful readers the lull of the fog horn in the distance is a clear signal that the wet west coast fall is upon us. And I couldn’t be more excited, the next few months is my most favourite time of year. As a self-proclaimed lifelong student, I think of the fall as a new year. This is when I set personal and professional goals for myself and like to take some time with a nice cup of tea to evaluate things in all aspects of my life; what is great, what is missing, and most importantly where I can influence change. This is also a wonderful time of year to start looking for new opportunities in the community to lend a hand, join a committee or reach out to that new parent at drop-off. This issue of YOUR welcomes a few new additions and I would love to know what you, our valued readers, think. With the addition of YOUR Community, a new contributor for YOUR Money and the return of YOUR Neighbour, there are lots of great stories to enjoy this fall along with our classics. I challenge everyone to find a quiet moment to reflect on this coming ‘school year’ and take a moment to set even just one little goal for the coming of the last quarter of the calendar year. It is for most, the busiest time of the year. But also one filled with soup and stews, sweaters, and staying cozy at home while entertaining friends and family; all things that warm our hearts. As always, thank you for continuing to spend time with YOUR. We truly appreciate it, and don’t forget if you know of a wonderful person doing great things in your community, a great organization making a difference, or just want to say hello, we would be thrilled to hear from you.

Dianne McKerrell, Publisher Dianne@yourmagazinevictoria.ca

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“Lend a hand, join a committee or reach out to that new parent at drop-off.”


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YOUR CONTRIBUTORS

DANIEL PALMER Daniel is a writer and communications professional based in Victoria, B.C. His work has appeared in Monday Magazine, Metro News and The Province among other publications. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Daniel has a deep attachment to oceanside living. He attended the University of Victoria and has a postgraduate certificate in journalism from Langara College.

AMY DE NAT Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Amy De Nat has a background in performing arts with a passion for story-telling. She received her BA from the University of Victoria with a major in English and a minor in Professional Writing, Journalism and Publishing. Amy is an aspiring children’s author who saves her dancing for impromptu kitchen sessions.

MICHAEL JOB Michael Job, CFA is a Vice President and Portfolio Manager with Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel where he works with individual clients and their families, foundations, endowments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. An active volunteer, Michael is the current President of CFA Society Vancouver. He also enjoys cooking, eating, detective fiction, and spending time with his wife and four-year-old.

PAUL HOLMES

LYNDSEY EDEN

Paul Holmes, Virtual Chief Information Officer helps Vancouver Island business leaders navigate the many complexities of technology. When he’s not steering a technology review or developing an IT road map, you’ll find him presenting on cybersecurity best practices. You can reach Paul at: paul.holmes@smartdolphins.com

Using natural light and seasonal ingredients, Lyndsey Eden devotes her work and online journal to rustic farm-to-table home cooking, travel, still-life photography, design and living in the present. She lives for the artistry in the every day, the beauty in the simple, and the imperfect in the perfect. When she is not photographing, running a workshop or cooking, she spends her days being in nature with her hubby, foraging farmers markets, cuddling her beloved fur babies, or dining with friends and family.

CHRISTOPHER KELSALL Christopher Kelsall is the founder of Athletics Illustrated, co-founder of Victoria Sports News, race director of the Victoria Run Series and run coach. Married for 25 years, with two kids, and a passion for sports.

AMANDA BATCHELOR Amanda is a graphic designer and lifelong south islander. A former founding member of Thrifty Foods’ in-house art department, she recently went independent to establish Paper Panda Creative. On sunny Victoria days, solar panels power her home studio and charge the car. A member of Think Local First, Amanda helps fellow local businesses put their best face forward. YOUR FALL 2019 05


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YOUR ABOUT US The Concept Behind YOUR Magazine

The Three T’s

In the Capital Region there are close to 1,000 registered not-for-profit organizations, and one of their largest challenges after finances, is getting their stories told. Media coverage for them is oversubscribed. Because of this, there are a multitude of great causes but not nearly enough opportunities for these organizations to reach a wide audience to share stories of the valuable work they do on a daily basis, work that enhances the community and the lives of the people who call it home. Some of these not-for-profits started from the ideas of a visionary, such as the Victoria Foundation, others by a collection of like-minded people, and some by a grant from the public or private sector. Not a single one has the same story. Victoria needs to be more aware of all the great people and unique organizations that help to make this city remarkable.

Everybody has a cause close to their heart; one in which they would be willing to be a more active participant. What’s yours?

YOUR Magazine believes that right now we can help raise the awareness of such organizations, and shine a light on the philanthropic opportunities within organizations in this community. YOUR community. The story of each not-for-profit is engaging and distinctive and these stories are all around us. YOUR magazine will encourage the reader to share with us what is or isn’t happening in your community, what the issues are on your mind and how can we help to share information and connect you better to your community. In order to get these stories heard, not-for-profits need to find a way to connect with those who are willing to help them grow. They need people to support them through volunteering any of their 3 T’s. YOUR is pleased to be able to support each of these features with a portion of our ad revenue from their issue. As YOUR magazine continues to grow, so will the opportunities to give back within the community. The larger we get the more we can give back, not only to our featured not-for-profit each issue, but also to the greater community. A win-win; a meaningful commitment to the community paired with a collection of great untold stories 4 times a year.

Seven Fields of Interest YOUR provides stories about the not-for-profit world in and around Greater Victoria based on 7 distinct sectors or Fields of Interest. YOUR also endeavours to provide equal opportunity to each of the 7 Fields of Interest as a feature article in each issue. Below is a summary of feature articles to date in their respective Fields of Interest. 1) Arts, Culture & Recreation: 4 2) Education & Research: 2 3) Health: 2

Victoria is an incredibly fortunate community; filled with vibrant and active youth, a giving work force, and an incredible group of retired and semi-retired skilled individuals who have chosen Greater Victoria as home and a vast group of entrepreneurs of all ages. Each issue of YOUR will help raise awareness of a selected organization, connect people to their neighbours, share event information, and hopefully inspire members of the community to give one or two of their 3 T’s: 1) TIME – Although everyone has a hectic schedule, the gift of your time to an organization can be incredibly rewarding whether it is an hour a month or a day a week. This time is invaluable to an organization, as people power is often the largest cost for a not-for-profit and time is in the highest demand. Volunteering can give seniors an opportunity to be back in their community filling a meaningful role, while many students can often obtain credits in both high school and university for their time. Bottom line, your time is a gift to any not-for-profit, and you will most likely benefit just as much! 2) TREASURE – There has been much written about the financial benefits of giving treasure to a registered charity. The monetary benefit is a tax receipt while the personal benefit can range from the great satisfaction of gifting funds anonymously and to seeing your dollars at work in your community and having ‘your name up in lights’. Without private financial donations few organizations in your community would survive. 3) TALENT – Everyone has skills or knowledge to offer the community whether they realize it or not. Your gift of talent could range from driving seniors to appointments, serving food at one of our community shelters or food banks, writing reports, helping with strategic planning, guiding financial decisions, helping clean a local beach or park, swinging a hammer at a community housing project, or taking a seat on a board. Any one of these or other ways of donating your skills could benefit the organization and the community, while making you feel good as a contributing member; plus you never know what may happen or who you might meet.

4) Social Service: 3 5) Environment: 3 6) Development & Housing: 1 7) Civic & Advocacy: 1

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Transforming young lives — SALTS sets sail DANIEL PALMER

PHOTO: D FOERTER - QCL HAIDA GWAII - PACIFIC GRACE, CAPTURED OFF VIRAGO SOUND, CIRCUMNAVIGATED HAIDA GWAII IN AUGUST 2019

T

o hear Dave Eggert tell it, the ocean

the Pacific Grace and Pacific Swift (docked at

is indeed a place where the mystic

the SALTS marina along the Gorge waterway

reveals itself. As the Director of

near Herald Street), and offers sail training

Development & Relief Captain for the Sail

programs for young people ages 13 to 25.

and Life Training Society (SALTS ® ), Dave first stepped aboard a SALTS schooner as a young teenager and, more than four decades later, has never looked back. “A lot of young people suffer from anxieties and a sense of loneliness, and they come aboard our ship, and say, ‘I feel more myself here than anywhere else I’ve ever been,’” Eggert said. Founded in 1974, SALTS is a Victoria-based registered charity, both in Canada and the U.S. The Society operates two tall ships, 08 YOUR FALL 2019

“The ships are out on the water right from the beginning of March through until the end of June with school trips,” Eggert said.

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, Smell the sea, and feel the sky, Let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic.” - VAN MORRISON Each year, more than 1,700 teens and young adults board a SALTS schooner for a trip of a lifetime. Because SALTS partners with numerous organizations to provide equal opportunities for youth in challenging life situations, those who can’t afford to pay are able to access a bursary program. These four-to-five-day school trips shift to 10 days in July and August, when beds are booked up by individuals of all ages seeking a marine experience.


“Kind of like a summer camp for teens and

has witnessed that same transformation in thousands of young people as

adults,” Eggert said. “But unlike a summer

they sail along the British Columbia coastline through the Strait of Georgia,

camp, it’s not static. You’re always moving.

Desolation Sound, past the Great Bear Rainforest or Haida Gwaii.

It’s a new adventure, discovering new

“Those onboard report returning with an increase in confidence, whether

things around every corner.”

socially or in ability. They take the helm of the ship and steer it and gain

Through September and October, SALTS

that confidence. It really is transformative,” Eggert said.

caters once again exclusively to school

Overcoming fears and succeeding in challenges — such as climbing the

groups, then opens up to all ages again for

rigging 115 feet in the air on a moving ship — are not soon forgotten when

the remaining winter months. The schedule provides year-round rich experiences for people from all walks of life. PHOTO: MIKE ROSS

Eggert, whose father was board chairperson of SALTS in the early 1980s, is a big believer in the society’s mission of “Training young people, by the sea, for life.” “We are a faith-based organization, but our trainees come from all walks of life. What our crew members want to do is create an environment of inclusivity, teamwork, and discovery. Sail training really isn’t about the individual, it’s about discovering who these unique individuals are. We hope they discover themselves and we hope they’re open to hearing about the Creator as well.” Trainees are thrown into life on the ship, assigned duties including shifts for night watch and deck cleaning, and rotate between food prep, rigging and navigating, among other tasks. As a byproduct of this sweat equity, those aboard the ships develop relational skills, learn to deal with interpersonal conflict, and live in close community. “I was one of those kids who was a bit tentative about the experience, but came home completely transformed, absolutely loving it,” said Eggert, who

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trainees return home. Intentional discussions at meal times and informal conversations provide opportunities for “life training” and mentorship. The SALTS schooners are a prominent feature along the Gorge near Victoria’s inner harbour, just past the Johnson Street Bridge, as they’re maintained at the SALTS Marina at 451 Herald Street. After regulation changes by Transport Canada rendered the current schooners unfit for foreign-going voyages, the society is now working on plans to build a new schooner with offshore capabilities. This third schooner will extend sails down the U.S. west coast and to places as far away as Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands. To date, fundraising is at $3.5 million and counting. “The world has changed and regulations are tighter,” Eggert said. “But this is really a pioneering effort, as we’re quite unique to Transport Canada and no one else in Canada is building a ship like ours.”

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SALTS’ naval architects are completing detailed design this year, and by spring 2020, the society hopes to have a shipyard selected where the keel of the new ship will be laid. Eggert believes the operation of an offshore schooner will mark a new chapter for SALTS and offer a “fantastic way to see the world” to trainees. “When you’re arriving on a ship, it’s a novel way of being welcome to a country,” Eggert said. “On previous offshore travels, we’ve been welcomed by locals in a way that's so much more enthusiastic and inviting than other PHOTO: MIKE ROSS

forms of travel. That makes it a much richer experience.” One unique way SALTS raises funds is through the donation and sale of boats. Eggert and his team solicit people to donate sea vessels for a variety of reasons, and the society’s expertise in boat restoration and regulation appeals to many owners. It can also take up to a year to sell even a pristine vessel, Eggert said. “Maybe these donors are upgrading to a newer vessel, or they’re coming to the end of their boating life, or they aren’t interested in selling themselves. It’s a win-win, when

PHOTO: JUDAH SPECHT

PHOTO: SALTS

PHOTO: SALTS

PHOTO: SHANNON VAN BAALEN

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PHOTO: SUSANNA

PHOTO: CHRIS VALESCO


we can get the boat assessed by a professional marine surveyor and issue a tax receipt for 100% of that fair market value,” Eggert said. “Then we take possession of the boat so the previous owner can immediately eliminate those expenses like insurance, maintenance, moorage.” PHOTO: ALY ENGELSJORD

Eggert added that many donors have had rich experiences with boating and they want to pass on that love to the next generation. “So it’s actually quite appealing for some folks to donate. They see the value of getting out on the water. We’re doing that with kids, and they want to support it,” he said. When asked why he continues to make the coastal trips year in and year out, Eggert gushes with enthusiasm once more about the value of SALTS and the impact he’s seen on young people. “This is a worthy cause because it really does capture the imagination of young people. They gain lifelong friendships in the process,” he said. “People welcome the opportunity to be known and know those they’re sailing with. And that is magic.” SALTS also has established donor programs including one-time and monthly

PHOTO: ELI CHAPMAN

PHOTO: SHANNON VAN BAALEN

PHOTO: ALY ENGELSJORD

giving, bequests, and shares and securities. To learn more, visit salts.ca.

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YOUR will ask 5 questions to 3 organizations in this 1 great community with the goal to give our readers a snapshot of some smaller and lesser known not-for-profits, societies and organizations making a difference within the Greater Victoria community. If you would be interested in having your organization considered to be featured in 5-3-1 visit http://yourmagazinevictoria.ca/5-3-1 and complete the online form. 12 YOUR FALL 2019

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Esquimalt Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation 1) When was your not-for-profit founded and what is your mission statement? Our Local was established in 2003, but it was in 2010 when our members were able to establish the Esquimalt Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation. We deliver programs that develop life skills for youth. We assist those who do not have the socio-economic means to live healthy lives. We raise money and awareness for survivors of burn trauma and for medical research.

2) Briefly describe your program or organization? Our charitable foundation is comprised of 24 members, managed by four, and all of their contributions are done on their own time. Our goal is to be community orientated but to also work together with our neighbours to achieve some larger goals. As firefighters we see the members of our community on their worst days, our charitable allows us to be involved in a more positive way.

3) What are your organization’s long and short term needs? As a smaller organization, raising money for all of our contributions is the trickiest part. Fortunately for us, we are a part of Rib Fest, an event that raises the majority of funds that we need to be able to continuously donate to those who need it. Each year, a committee of incredible locals who are involved with the community in one way or another spend countless hours organizing the event. Without them, and the support of the Township of Esquimalt itself, this event would not be the success that it is! We cannot thank them enough, and it is our community and surrounding areas that see the benefits. As it is with most events, the volunteers from the communities and the schools that help during the actual event, are what actually allows the event to run. These volunteers are an integral part and our Charitable appreciates you and the time you put in. A huge shout out to our sponsors as well, for a full list see our web site mentioned below.

4) Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community. Our township is fortunate to have some local organizations that we support annually. Some of these organizations are The Neighbourhood House, Rainbow Kitchen, and various school related programs for kids from K-12. Long term, our charitable foundation is proud to contribute to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund, and locally on the island we are part of the Professional Fire Fighters of Greater Victoria, committed to part of a 10-year $250,000 pledge to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. Raising money for Muscular Dystrophy is another staple for all of the fire related charities, and we are proud to team up every year with our neighbours from the Department of National Defense to canvas the Township of Esquimalt in attempting to fill the boot for MD Canada. We think it’s important to also get our families involved and instill that sense of giving back, and there is no better event then the one that Santa’s C-FAX Anonymous puts on every year during the holiday season.

5) What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization? We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Rib Fest, follow us on instagram at esquimalt_fire_charitable or on Facebook under Esquimalt Fire Fighters IAFF 4264, or go online to learn more or donate at www.esquimaltfirefighters.ca. For more information on Rib Fest, or if you would like to volunteer please go to www.esquimaltribfest.com, and follow them on Instagram @esqribs. See you there! YOUR FALL 2019 13


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Victoria Period Project 1) When was your not-for-profit founded and what is your mission statement? The Victoria Period Project began in the Spring of 2017 as a project for an Environmental Studies course at UVic. Our mission is to increase the accessibility of menstrual products among youth facing barriers in the Greater Victoria Area, located on the unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Lekwungen and WSÁNÉC peoples.

2) Briefly describe your program or organization? The Victoria Period Project provides free, reliable, and consistent menstrual products to youth ages 12–24 who face barriers to access otherwise. We do this by building relationships with established community organizations and supplying individual youth who access their services with monthly product packages of their choice (complete with chocolate of course!) Recently, VPP has also begun to offer menstrual workshops to select youth groups. We are 100% volunteer operated and rely on the generous donations of community members and other organizations.

3) What are your organization’s long and short term needs? As with most small organizations, in the short term we are in need of more financial and product donations. Long term, we need to destigmatize periods and raise public acceptance that menstrual products should be free and widely available to all members of the community. People should never have to choose between food, shelter, and safe menstrual products.

4) Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community. Our organization helps combat some of the health inequities faced by marginalized youth in our community. Many youth cannot afford reliable menstrual products of their choice, putting financial stresses on them and their families, and often leading to unsafe and embarrassing alternatives. We have built relationships with several community organizations, including Foundry Victoria, Quadra Community Centre, and the Songhees Wellness Centre. The outcome has been that youth who use these services have greater access to menstrual products and education around menstrual health. This has also led to more open and honest discussions around menstruation, decreasing the stigma in our community.

5) What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization? We are always looking for volunteers to help with monthly pack making and delivery, fundraising, education programming, and running our social media. If you want more information, please send us an email at victoriaperiodproject@gmail.com or check out our website at www.victoriaperiodproject.com.

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Our Place 1) When was your not-for-profit founded and what is your mission statement? Our Place offers Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens a place to call their own, where we live, share and grow together. From the thoughtful merger of outreach centres of two core area United Churches that had welcomed vulnerable people to receive unconditional love in a non-judgemental way (at the Upper Room and The Open Door) Our Place Society was formed in June of 2005. Expanding from the original purpose built community centre, Our Place now operates five locations: the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community, shelters for 108 people at My Place and First Metropolitan Church, a job preparation program for people with multiple barriers to employment, and of course the flagship multi-purpose downtown community centre on Pandora that does not turn anyone away.

2) Briefly describe your program or organization? Our Place has grown from the inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable people experiencing increasingly complex challenges. A year ago, with exemplary support from the provincial government and seed donors, we opened the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community (TRC). This sobriety-based program is truly remarkable. It provides stable housing in a two year residential treatment program for men experiencing homelessness, substance use disorders, and past involvement in the criminal justice system.

3) What are your organization’s long and short term needs? Providing nourishment, hope and belonging to people in need through food, shelter and 60 programs offered by 780 volunteers is fuelled by the generosity of incredibly caring supporters and all three levels of government and Island Health. From meeting basic needs to transforming lives, a new pathway has been built that brings hope and healing, e.g. the New Roads TRC aims to address the root causes of homelessness. Residents go through orientation to bond as a group, learn new skills and undertake intensive counselling, healing, work as therapy and mentoring the next group. The goal is to mirror the San Patrignano model and have graduates leave with skills, housing and a job. Purchasing a van to transport referred residents to the TRC, as well as delivering donated groceries and supplies (socks, toiletries, clothing) to the various locations is a short-term need as outlined in the GoFundMe video filmed at the New Roads TRC: https://www. gofundme.com/f/our-placenew-roads-new-van

4) Describe your contributions to the community and what outcome the organization has within the community. Without Our Place’s leadership and open door policy, there would be hundreds more people on the streets of our communities in dire circumstances daily. Over the past year, we have served 422,862 meals, offered 14,508 showers and helped with 613 housing referrals, and 372 job referrals, thanks to 40,520 volunteer hours and dedicated staff. The New Roads TRC offers unique opportunities for dozens of people to work through substance use issues and the factors that led to them, taking direct action on the opioid crisis breaking hearts and families apart in our region from Oak Bay to Sooke and across southern Vancouver Island.

5) What is the best way to get involved and where can I get more information about your organization? There are so many ways you can support Our Place Society! Donate to the GoFundMe campaign online now for a passenger van to help bring residents securely to the TRC and appointments; gather a group and sponsor a day of extended hours to bring people off the street this coming winter, or $500 provides a special breakfast and serve it for a heartwarming morning together to recognize a retirement or birthday, or create your own fundraising event and donate the proceeds. All of these ideas as well as incredible stories of impact and how you can help address local poverty, go to www.ourplacesociety.com or call our Donor Services line at 250-940-5060.

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THE SEASON OF DIY AMY DE NAT

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e all know the season–fall DIY is here. We pull out our scarves and sweaters, and we pull up Pinterest. Our screens flood with images of beautiful centrepieces, hanging ornaments, and many other wonders of fall home decor.

The warm gold and auburn tones draw me in and I want it all. I want the wreath for my front door and the Mason jar, candle holding centrepiece for my dining room table. I want the shabby chic coffee table with the burlap runner. However, through my internet sleuthing I discover that one, those Mason jar centre pieces are not available for sale; and two, that wreath for my front door is probably more money than I should be spending on something that is going to hang out in the rain for the next two months. So, what does that leave me with? Do it yourself! DIY is fine and dandy to read about in an article, but let’s get practical: what works and what doesn’t? In an effort to find out, I called some girlfriends over and we made a night of it. There were plastic gourds and glue guns everywhere. Two wooden crates, 5 Mason jars, some artificial flowers and tubes of paint later, we were going to have ourselves some fall home decor. 16 YOUR FALL 2019


The Wreath You will need... 1 wicker wreath frame Artificial flowers and leaves Plastic gourds, pinecones, & berries 1 roll of burlap A hot glue gun Wire cutters Begin by cutting the stems of the artificial flowers to between an inch and half an inch from the base of the flower, using the wire cutters. Take the cut flowers, leaves, gourds, pinecones, and berries, and lay them flat on the wreath in an organized pattern. When you are happy with the presentation, take the hot glue gun and begin gluing the pieces down. Place the cut stems of the flowers directly into the wicker frame when gluing. If you feel like it, leave an open space in the bottom left hand corner of the wreath. Once all the elements are glued down, take the burlap and create a medium size bow. Glue

The Centrepiece (Option 1)

this bow into the open space, and there you have it! What began as a ridiculously ambitious looking DIY project is now the DIY piece you get to brag about to all the friends who come knocking on your front door.

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You will need... 4 Mason jars Artificial flowers and leaves Plastic gourds, pinecones, & berries 1 wooden crate A roll of twine White acrylic paint Letter stencils Tea light candles A hot glue gun

Wire cutters A sponge Tape While the list of materials for this craft may be lengthier, do not let that scare you off. Get creative with your supplies! Instead of spending $10 on letter stencils when all you really need is an F, an A, and two L’s, find some examples on Google and print them off at home for free.

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Begin by taping the letter stencils onto each Mason jar. Then dip the sponge into the white paint, and dab it all over the remaining exposed jar. Be sure to dab the sponge, rather than brush it across the jar, to avoid streaks. Once the paint has dried, remove the letter stencils. Then use the hot glue gun to glue the twine around the top of the jar, to help create a more finished look. Next,

The Centrepiece (Option 2) You will need... 1 tinted Mason jar 1 wooden crate Block of green Styrofoam Artificial flowers 1 small floating candle A hot glue gun Wire cutters

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Begin by gluing the block of green Styrofoam to the base of the wooden crate. Place the Mason jar in the centre, and proceed to place the stems of the artificial flowers

turn the wooden crate upside down and organize the jars on top so they spell “fall”. Organize the flowers, leaves, gourds, pine cones, and berries around the base of the jars on the crate. Once you are happy with the way it looks, glue everything down (jars included). To see this finished centrepiece come to life, place the tea light candles inside the jars and turn down the lights.

into the Styrofoam, where you would like them to stand. Be sure to cut the stems down to size before placing them in the Styrofoam. Suggestion: have the height of the flowers gradually increase towards the back of the centrepiece, as to keep a nice line of sight, and not hide the Mason jar. Once this is finished, remove the Mason jar, fill it with water, and place the floating candle in the water. Put the jar back where you had placed it and this small centrepiece is perfect for an intimate room.

I will be honest with you, the internet can be deceiving. What looks like a simple enough craft can easily turned DIY night into amateur hour, but sometimes, with a combination of luck and practice, DIY works. Next on my list, the coffee table!


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YOUR SECURITY

';--have i been pwned?

TWO EASY TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY AND PROFILE PAUL HOLMES

1. Enable Multi-factor Authentification (MFA)

2. Have you been “Pwned?”

Enabling MFA is adding a layer of security on top of your username and

Have I Been Pwned is a specialized search engine (website) which

password. This is most commonly facilitated through your cell phone

allows you to check your email address against known data breaches to

which receives a code via text or an MFA app when signing into your

tell you if you have been affected. If your credentials have indeed been

accounts.

breached, immediately change your passwords and ensure that you

When logging into many apps with an MFA-supported service, you are

have MFA configured.

prompted for this code which means without your phone, a hacker is

Have I Been Pwned also provides an alerting service which notifies you

unable to log into your account, even if they have your username and

if your email address shows up in future breaches.

password.

Visit https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to check your account against their

Many services support MFA, such as email hosts, file sharing services,

database and sign up for future notifications.

and social media sites. Visit https://twofactorauth.org/ to find out which

Definition: “PWNED” is a digital media slang term for being owned by

sites are supported. By the way, MFA only takes a few minutes to setup.

domination or humiliation. Also referred to as power-owned.

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YOUR NEIGHBOUR

JUNIOR RIDER, CANCER SURVIVOR INSPIRES DANIEL PALMER

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n many ways, Massimo is a typical eight-year-old kid: he has an

Luca, 10, and Floriana, 4, discovered an army of “selfless” people who

impressive Lego collection, is an insatiable comic book reader, and

supported them through Massimo’s treatment journey to being cancer-free.

prefers french fries over veggies.

“We’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people in the community, and

But up until last October, Massimo’s life was anything but typical, as nearly

their efforts have given Massimo a lot of smiles when he was otherwise

four years of chemotherapy had taken its toll following a diagnosis of acute

struggling, and it does make all the difference,” Mario said.

lymphocytic leukemia. “Chemo destroys the immune system,” said Mario DeSandoli, Massimo’s

At the top of that list of community champions was the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, with which Massimo is a Junior Rider for 2019. His paired

father, at the family’s home in Mill Bay. “Massimo was going to school,

Rider, Sandrine Perry, is an Oak Bay police officer who Mario describes as

but the chemo had wiped out his vaccinations and he would get sick

a “wonderful person who wears her heart on her sleeve.”

really easily. Every time he had a fever during treatment, we had to go to emergency first to be sure it was OK to proceed.”

Sandrine, who has three kids of her own, got involved with the Canadian Cancer Society several years ago during a “Jail and Bail” event in Victoria,

Countless hospital visits and rounds of chemotherapy became the “new

which led her on her journey to committing to this year’s Tour alongside

normal” for Massimo, while Mario and his wife, Marianna, and siblings

husband and paramedic Jason.

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“My greatest fear is something happening to my kids,” she said. “When you can do something for families fighting through something like a cancer diagnosis, it’s my duty to do so. That’s how I look at it.” Sandrine and Massimo have spent plenty of time together, including at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake. Fundraising from Tour de Rock not only goes to much-needed pediatric cancer research, but ensures kids with cancer and their families can experience plenty of fun at camp during otherwise difficult times. “He’s such a great kid, and there’s so much smiling and laughing at the camp, and that’s what it’s all about. Kids can just be kids and step away from what they’re going through,” Sandrine said. Tour De Rock is an annual fall event that brings together Vancouver Islanders like nothing else, as schools and communities come together to raise millions for life-saving pediatric cancer research and support programs. Since 1997, Cops for Cancer has raised more than $42 million across Canada and has contributed to pediatric cancer survival rates which have increased from 71% in the 1980s to over 83% today. To donate to this year’s Tour de Rock, visit tourderock.ca and find an event in your Island community.

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YOUR MONEY

BUBBLE, BUBBLE, TOIL & TROUBLE MICHAEL JOB, CFA

PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/EMYERSONE

T

he recent dramatic declines (and recovery, and subsequent declines) of high-flying cannabis stocks got us thinking about the

The 1929 Stock Market Crash | 1924 –1929 The post-war euphoria of the 1920s

danger of bubbles – those beautiful but hollow and ultimately

fragile distractions that can entice investors en masse into traffic. It’s on

spawned considerable financial innovation,

this topic that we’d like to focus, reflecting not only on the plight of pot

including the introduction of closed-end

stocks, but also on the rich history and psychological roots of the bubbles

investment trusts and investors borrowing

that came before. Because it’s only by understanding and remembering

up to 90% of stock purchase prices. After

bubble history that we and our clients can continue to avoid them when

peaking in 1929, the Dow Jones Index

they inevitably form in the future.

subsequently shed 89% of its value before 1931 was over, propelling the world

“History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes a lot”

into an economic depression that would drag on for a record 10 years.

Many think of investment bubbles as a modern phenomenon, but in this quote, even 19th century Mark Twain could

The Dot-Com Bubble | 1997– 2001

see the predictability of human folly. A

Investors relaxed requirements for profitability in late-1990s “new tech”

few of the more memorable examples

companies, sending prices into the stratosphere. On March 10, 2000,

through time include the following:

the bubble popped and in the following 30 months, the tech-centric NASDAQ Index fell 78%. Canada’s Nortel Networks, which represented

Tulipmania | 1630s One of the first documented investment bubbles occurred in Holland in the 1630s when a single tulip bulb traded

an astounding 35% of the TSE 300 Index at the peak, collapsed before ultimately de-listing.

The Financial Crisis | 2007–2009

for “a carriage, two grey horses, and

The financial crisis that birthed the Great Recession of 2007–2009 was

a complete harness” — before the

borne of a belief amongst investors that what goes up cannot possibly

market collapsed and plunged the

come down — in this case, home prices. This belief proved a powerful

region into years of economic hardship.

motivator for individuals to borrow heavily against their homes, banks to

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underwrite those mortgages, investment banks to create and sell products based on those mortgages, and investors to buy those mortgage products. In the aftermath of its collapse, the S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 50% and the S&P 500 Index fell 56% from their peaks to their simultaneous troughs on March 6, 2009.

Cannabis Stocks | 2017 –?? The legalization of cannabis marked both a historic pivot in drug policy in this country, and the creation of what will undoubtedly be massive agri-recreational and health markets. On this, we and pot stock advocates can agree. But we do see a bubble here that reflects a simplified and overly optimistic understanding of the industry, along with likely many of the elements of classic bubble formation: hubris-fuelled speculation, with advocates heralding the unlimited riches available only to those with the vision to set aside valuations and invest in the dream. (Unfortunately, a sizable chunk of those dreams have gone up in smoke, at least for now.) In addition, players have experienced ongoing distribution issues, some have committed regulatory breaches (which may invite increased scrutiny), and valuations remain excessive despite profitability for even the biggest players being still two to three years away. We also don’t rule out the possibility that the pot bubble may re-inflate several more times before rational prices prevail. For now, it seems this bubble still has some air to release.

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YOUR FOOD & WINE

& Broccoli Risotto with white wine and bone broth

LYNDSEY EDEN

Ingredients 11/2 cups of arborio rice 1 litre of bone broth (chicken stock) 1 cup + 1/4 cup white wine 1 large shallot 5 cloves of garlic 1 head of broccoli 1 cup fresh parmesan + some for serving 3 tbsp of butter 1 tbsp of olive oil

Directions In a small pot add the bone broth, bring to a boil and then down to a simmer. You want it warmed for when you add it to the risotto. Finely mince the garlic and shallot, set aside. Cut the thick ends off the broccoli so you are just left with the dark green head and finely chop, set aside. Place a large deep pan on medium heat. Add in 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of butter. Add the shallot and garlic and sautĂŠ until lightly browned. Once browned deglaze the pan with 1/4 cup white wine and bring the heat down to a high simmer. Add in the arborio rice and sautĂŠ until translucent in colour. Next stir in 1 cup of white wine and stir until it is absorbed by the rice. Next you are going to ladle in one cup of bone broth at a time, stirring until the rice as absorbed each cup. You may or may not need the entire litre of bone broth (mine usually takes the whole thing), just keep adding in ladles until the rice is not absorbing any more of the liquid. Before the final ladle (usually it takes at least 5 for me, so after the 4th) add in the broccoli and 1 cup of fresh parmesan, stir well. Add in your final ladle of broth, and once absorbed, add 1 tbsp of butter and stir (this brings everything together and makes it extra creamy). Season with salt and pepper. Serve with fresh parmesan and maybe my white wine chicken (they goes exceptionally well together). www.lyndseyeden.com YOUR FALL 2019 25


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YOUR COMMUNITY

Eliza’s Story

N

othing is quite as terrifying as when a child gets sick. Luckily for our Vancouver Island kids, 98% of pediatric cases can be treated at Victoria General Hospital (VGH) where they receive care close to home and loved ones.

This is thanks to a community of specialized caregivers, healthcare professionals, and families who ensure VGH is at the forefront of newborn and child care. It’s also thanks to donors to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation who, over the last five years, have funded over 50% of the equipment needs in Maternity and Pediatrics at VGH. This Spring, we hope this community can come together again for our littlest, most fragile patients. The Victoria Hospitals Foundation has launched a $1.8 million campaign, You Are Vital: Pediatrics, to fund 40 new critically-needed monitors for VGH’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). This equipment has directly helped caregivers to save lives like Eliza’s: In 2012, Stacey Wilkerson and Wes Oborne welcomed their second child to the world. Eliza was born healthy, but at 11 months old, Eliza caught a cold and became so ill she couldn’t move.

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“The care is better than we experience elsewhere because it comes with so much heart.” - STACEY WILKERSON

she was when fighting for her life,” says Stacey. Eliza is seven now, and Stacey and Wes were never sure Eliza would reach this birthday. “Our PICU doesn’t get the credit it deserves. You

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couldn’t pick a better place for your support

1-250-519-1750, or mail your gift to Wilson

than right here at home,” says Stacey.

Block, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria BC, V8R 1J8.

Eliza has a unique and severe auto-immune disease. She receives nightly injections that knock down her immune system because it’s in overdrive. If something sets it off, it triggers rashes, joint pain, fevers, and hyper-inflammation that seriously compromises her body. By three, Eliza had endured five or six experiences most of us wouldn’t survive: a twisted and ruptured bowel, acute kidney failure, sepsis, and severe pneumonia from influenza.

VICTORIA GENERAL HOSPITAL (VGH) REFERRAL CENTRE FOR MATERNITY & PEDIATRICS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

1 of BC’s 4 high-level Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) for critically ill newborns

Hundreds of caregivers specializing in pediatric care

1 of BC’s 2 Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) for critically ill children

Until she was six, Eliza spent a third of her life at VGH’s PICU. Her longest stay was 78 nights. Through all of it, Eliza and her family had the support and expertise of the PICU staff at VGH. “I have watched ten caregivers put everything

3,000 BABIES born every year

2,000 KIDS cared for annually

they could into our little girl to keep her alive,” says Stacey. “The care is better than we experience elsewhere because it comes with so much heart.” During the entirety of her care, Eliza required continuous monitoring of vital signs, including heart rate, breathing and blood pressure. The patient monitors provided her care team with the critically important information they needed to take immediate, informed action, and ensure

1 in 6

newborns at VGH spends time in the NICU

1 in 8

kids at VGH spends time in the PICU

98% of pediatric cases receive care right here, on Vancouver Island Support pediatric care on Vancouver Island. Help us raise $1.8 million for

Foundations to expand globally 40 NEW CRITICAL PATIENT MONITORS FOR THE VGH in 2019 to

NICU + PICU.

the right treatment at the right time for the best outcome. “Of all equipment we saw in our time at VGH, we

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YOUR SPORTS

HOME TO PACIFIC FC CHRISTOPHER KELSALL

P

acific FC’s Ben Fisk has played professional soccer in

Asked to describe the difference in the culture of football in Europe versus

such culturally diverse locals as La Coruna and Vigo, Spain,

North America, he said, “In Europe they have a football culture that has

Londonderry, Ireland and Edmonton, AB, after playing for the

been around for ages. You can feel the passion for the game everywhere

Vancouver Whitecaps U23 squad. The Vancouver native is

you go and your performances are scrutinized a lot harder because even

now settling into Victoria as a recent signing with the Canadian Premiere

the casual fans know a lot about the game. In Canada, we are still trying

League’s most western club – it’s like he is home again, only better.

to build our culture but it’s very positive to see it growing more rapidly

Asked if living downtown in the capital of BC is working out for him, he said, “Yeah, my girlfriend and I absolutely love living in Victoria so far. We feel very at home already and are enjoying getting to know the city and

since the creation of the CPL. In my opinion a league to call our own was exactly what has been missing and I think it will inspire a whole new passion for the sport that we haven’t seen here before.”

finding a few favourite spots. Especially when the sun is out, I don’t know

In addition to Fisk playing professionally, he has played for the national

if there’s a better place to be!”

squad. A team made up of players that have fulfilled commitments for

That’s a good start to their new life on the island, but just as importantly, he is anticipating his first season and the inaugural year of Pacific FC club and the Canadian Premier League. “The CPL as a whole has excited me since it was first announced and I knew it was something that I might be interested in for the future,” said the versatile forward. “Once the teams were announced though, I knew I could only leave Ireland if it was to Pacific FC. Luckily, they were interested in me as well and being a BC boy, the opportunity to come

their professional respective clubs from around the world and then come home to represent Canada. “The major difference between club and international football is time. With PFC, we have the luxury of training on a daily basis together all year long, so getting on the same wavelength in terms of style of play and tactics is a much easier process. With the national teams you only see each other on international breaks for maybe a week or two at a time which makes it much more difficult to come together as a team.”

home and help build this club into something special ended up being too

But what the Pacific FC will look like in terms of style of play is yet to be

good to pass up!”

determined. Knowing that an exciting brand of football will need to be

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played for the fledgling club to compete with other long-establish sports in Greater Victoria, Pacific FC management is planning an exciting brand. Without giving too much away, Fisk expects Westhills Stadium spectators to witness plenty of goals. As for Fisk’s style of play, he considers himself more of a midfielder than a forward, but he has played all three forward positions. The Ronaldo fan is versatile and is willing to play an attacking position. In football, as in life, possession is nine-tenths of the law; however, he grew up on Manchester United ball and fondly remembers their Champions League win in 2008. The quality of their personnel may be unprecedented with names like Owen Hargreaves, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez, to name a few. The team’s versatility on the attack may never be repeated. “I just like to be on the ball a lot, creating chances for my teammates, that’s my game,” said the deft passer. With some of the fine skill upfront that Pacific FC management has signed, perhaps Fisk will be able to channel a little of the Manchester United past and feed his teammates for plenty of goals at Westhills Stadium.

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