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YOUR COMMUNITY & LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

MELANIE MAHLMAN VICTORIA HOSPITALS FOUNDATION “GIVING MAKES US ALL BETTER”

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CONTENTS

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PUBLISHER’S NOTES

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ABOUT YOUR MAGAZINE

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VICTORIA HOSPITALS FOUNDATION

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Giving makes us all better.

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5 TIPS TO HELP DESIGN A GREAT HOME OFFICE

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PERSONAL FINANCE

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THE HUMBLE UMBEL

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WHALES

Teachable Moment.

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Maryam Morrison Photography

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FAMILY TRAVEL

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IS YOUR HOME READY FOR WINTER

Top 5 travel destination.

The Ocean’s Majestic Leviathans.

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WELCOMING A SENIOR PET INTO YOUR HOME

Cover: Maryam Morrison Photography

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YOUR PUBLISHER’S NOTES

The last few weeks, since the first issue of YOUR was distributed has been a bit of a whirlwind for me. The emails and phone calls I have received from so many segments of the community have been amazing. Everything from story suggestions, to feedback and advice, to advertisers asking how to get involved. I feel enthusiastic and well supported regarding the growth opportunity for YOUR in this community and for the privilege of sharing the concept with all my readers. I have had the great opportunity to sit down and speak with a number of heavily engaged community individuals. I continue to feel more connected to this great community, and all the sleepless nights asking myself if the concept would be embraced are starting to wane.

“I feel enthusiastic and well supported regarding the growth opportunity for YOUR in this community.”

Now as the summer fades and we move into fall, many of us get back into our routine. Kids are back to school, 5 day work weeks are the norm again, some of us are heading back to the gym but for me fall is the time where I find myself getting back into my volunteering role. Over the summer many of us get busy and that precious “T” of time seems to slip away. This is noted in many not-for-profits over the summer, volunteers are more scarce than in other times of the year. My suggestion is to once again start thinking about a cause, organization, or community project that speaks to you, something you can become passionate about. Then get involved with them, make them your own, and as you share their story you might just find yourself becoming part of it. Finally I want to thank everyone for once again picking up YOUR, my hope is that you continue to enjoy it, share feedback with us and then pass your copy along to someone else!

Dianne Dianne McKerrell, Publisher dianne@yourmagazinevictoria.ca

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YOUR CONTRIBUTORS

NATASHA EWING

MARYAM MORRISON

An Education Coordinator with Ocean Networks Canada and is currently pursuing her Masters in Environmental Education and Communications at Royal Roads University.

Growing up Maryam was always told, “people who live in Victoria were chosen to live here,” and after travelling the world she knows this to be true. Maryam is a visual storyteller who uses photography to capture not only the love and relationship but the very essence of the families and people she photographs.

JORDY HARRIS

BOB WORTH

Raised in Victoria and a long time resident of Oak Bay, Jordy is a licensed REALTOR® with Newport Realty, and Christie’s International Real Estate. He is a Multiple MLS award winner and is just one of a handful of Realtors currently designated as SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist). Jordy knows Victoria inside and out and has a proven track record for results and first class customer service.

Bob Worth retired as Executive Director of Financial Services at UVic and has continued serving on numerous pension and endowment boards and investment committees. Bob is a keen golfer and enjoys travel and kayaking with his wife Laurel.

DAN PALMER

MIRIAM CLOUTIER

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.

Miriam has been with Flight Centre since 2005. During her time in the leisure end of the business , she was the “go-to agent” for all things Disney. She is one of the few non-celebrities that has actually stayed in the castle at Disneyland! Miriam now works at our Broughton location along with her collection of Minions and Lego mini-figures.

BRYN TAYLOR - D.I.D., IDIBC INTERN MEMBER.

JILLIAN BROWN

Bryn is an interior designer born, and still rooted in Victoria, BC. After formal design training she began working at local boutique and design firm, Bespoke Design. She is also an intern member of the local IDIBC branch (Interior Designer Institute of British Columbia).

Jillian Brown grew up in a remote part of Australia. As a an avid traveller, photography has always been a passion.  Her “day” job as a travel manager allows her see the world in an attempt to capture just a small amount of its beauty and experience different cultures.

TARA WILLIAMSON

GRAHAM SMYTH

Tara Williamson feels fortunate to have grown up with four generations in the same household for a time. She has volunteered with seniors since the age of 11 and is passionate about advocating for seniors’ issues. Tara is a Certified Professional Aging Consultant who resides in Victoria with her fiancée and 3 spoiled pets.

Graham has been a local business owner for over 30 years with a great passion for gardening, 19th century brown furniture and terriers.

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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 for many of these organizations getting their stories told. Media coverage for them is oversubscribed. Because of this, there is a multitude of great causes but not nearly enough opportunities for these organizations to reach a wide audience to share their stories of the valuable work they do on a daily basis to enhance the community and the lives of the people who call it home. Some of these notfor-profits started from the ideas of a visionary, like the Victoria Foundation, others by a collection of like-minded people, and some a grant from the public or private sector but 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? 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 are willing to give back, 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:

YOUR Magazine believes that right now we can help raise the awareness of such organizations, with interesting and unique stories to tell that will 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 happening all around us. YOUR magazine will encourage the reader to share with us what is or isn’t happening in your community, what are the issues 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.

Support and Sustainability In this issue, YOUR has the privilege of featuring the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. While we hope to help raise awareness of all the amazing things the organization has done and continues to do, we are also pleased to be able to support them with a portion of our ad revenue from this issue. This commitment will be celebrated at YOUR’s post magazine launch party this coming fall where we will present both Pacific Opera Victoria and Victoria Hospitals Foundation with a YOUR donations. YOUR’s goal is that as the magazine grows so will the opportunities to give back more within the community. A win-win; a meaningful commitment to the community paired with a collection of great untold stories 6 times a year.

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, giving your time is a gift to any not-for-profit, and realistically 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 to having ‘your name up in lights’, and everything in between, seeing your dollars at work in your community. 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.

CONTRIBUTORS WELCOME If you have a great story idea for YOUR or would like to contribute content please contact us at stories@yourmagazinevictoria.ca.

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PUBLISHER Dianne McKerrell Dianne@yourmagazinevictoria.ca CONTRIBUTORS Miriam Cloutier Natasha Ewing Jordy Harris Dan Palmer Graham Smyth Bryn Taylor Tara Williamson Bob Worth

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YOUR FEATURE

‘A vital community hub’ By DANIEL PALMER

Generosity inspires those behind Victoria Hospitals Foundation


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elanie Mahlman walks briskly through the airy atrium of the Royal Jubilee Hospital’s Patient Care Centre and out into the warm September air. A soft melody from a nearby grand piano fades through sliding doors as she takes a seat near an ornamental waterfall. “There’s a great equalizer that comes from being around a facility like a hospital. You realize we all need each other,” says Mahlman, Executive Director of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation. “Our job is to tell the stories of the incredible people who work here, so the community understands how they can help.” So far, the stories Mahlman and her 16-person team have been telling seem to be striking a chord. The Foundation raises about $10 million each year to pay for priority medical equipment and special projects at both Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals. Hundreds of pieces of diagnostic and treatment equipment – critical care beds, ultrasound machines, the latest microscopic neurosurgical tools – are purchased to contribute to better patient care, faster diagnosis and more efficient treatment for the more than 765,000 Vancouver Island residents these hospitals serve. “We fund about 40% of the equipment needs that are identified at Victoria General and Jubilee each year,” Mahlman says. “The benefit is two-fold: it means we get better patient care because equipment gets replaced faster than if we rely on government alone; and all of us have a selfish desire to have the best and the brightest professionals here. If they have the right tools, we’re going to keep them.” Each November, the healthcare teams embark on a factfinding mission with Island Health front-line care providers to identify priority equipment needs. This list of approved priorities is received by the Foundation in April each year. Donors can decide where their money is directed amongst key priority areas: mental health, cancer care, seniors health, neurosciences and rehabilitation, adult intensive care, emergency and trauma care, diagnostic services, cardiac care, surgical services, maternity and pediatric care and general medicine. “We can’t fund everything, and that’s the hardest part for me,” Mahlman says. “Even though we have a big

impact, we don’t fund nearly the full amount of requests we receive.” There are also special projects – most recently the VHF’s Building Care Together campaign, which became the Island’s largest healthcare fundraising campaign in history after raising $25.2 million in 2013. It’s just one shining example of what happens when the community is collectively engaged in improving healthcare services through giving, Mahlman says. “It’s not uncommon for people who have had a child in pediatrics, a sibling receiving mental health care, or a brother in the seniors’ unit to feel compelled to do something,” Mahlman says. “Often for the first time, that personal connection helps people understand how important our hospitals are. They are not a place people ever really want to come, but when they need care, they feel vulnerable and are grateful for our amazing medical teams.” The Foundation’s proactive fundraising takes place through direct mail appeals, special events held on the VHF’s behalf, and its annual Visions gala each November. About 88% of the VHF’s contributions come from individual gifts, many in the form of bequests and tributes. “A lot of these generous people you’ll pass in the grocery store, and have no idea they’ve given very sizeable gifts to the hospitals,” Mahlman says. “For most people, if a doctor or a nurse says thank you, that’s the best recognition. Most donors just want to know that they’ve helped us achieve our goals of having a big influence on patient care.” Considering the state-of-the-art facilities in the Patient Care Centre are some of the most highly regarded in Canada, the influence of those donations is apparent and needed. Some 2,800 people relied on care at VGH in some capacity on a daily basis; another 1,900 daily patients found themselves vulnerable at Royal Jubilee last year. Mahlman likens the Foundation to matchmakers, where donors are paired with areas of the hospital in which they can make the most appropriate impact. One recent success of this “matchmaking” is BoosterBuddy, a mobile phone app designed to help youth and young adults cope with depression, anxiety disorders and other mental health concerns. Development of the

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“Our job is to tell the stories of the incredible people who work here, so the community understands how they can help.”

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Dr. Kevin Forkheim and the Gamma CT Scanner funded by VHF in 2013.

Royal Jubilee Patient Care Centre.

“Hospitals can be scary places for a lot of people, places in which you hope you never need, but when you do, it becomes pretty critical,”

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interactive app was funded through a $150,000 donation from Coast Capital Savings Credit Union. “We connected Coast Capital with our mental health team, sat back and watched the magic happen,” Mahlman says. “That was the first chance many of the participating students had to speak to a corporate leader in a public way about something that mattered to them, but that was also really personal to them. From a skill-building perspective, that went beyond any money that came to the table. And each student who helped developed the app got a beautiful letter from Coast Capital, recognizing how their extraordinary contributions to this project will stand them in good stead as they enter the world of work.” Island Health plans to release a follow-up study on the effectiveness and demographics of youth using BoosterBuddy, which has been downloaded online more than 7,000 times. But it’s the personal stories that motivate Mahlman to get out of bed every day. She feels lucky to still have time with her 89-yearold mother, a four-time cancer survivor; she feels blessed to be working with so many people in the community who feel like family as well. “We have hundreds of donors that we have been working with for well over 10 years, and they’re certainly not all big donors,” Mahlman says. “The majority of our donors have reached some place in their life where they feel grateful, they feel privileged, even if they don’t have much. They just feel fortunate and they want to do something to pay it forward. “My daily experience is to see the very best in people,” she says. “We see people wanting to do something good for others, wanting to make a difference and not wanting for it to be about themselves.


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Melanie Mahlman in the Patient Care Centre Heritage Gardens.

Building Care Together campaign donor wall quote.

It’s an extraordinary lens with which to see the world and I feel very lucky.” Like schools, hospitals serve as a vital community hub where political and socio-economic backgrounds fade into the distance. “Hospitals can be scary places for a lot of people, places you hope you never need to rely on, but when you do, it becomes pretty critical to you and your family to receive the best care available,” Mahlman says. “Health affects every single one of us. Our hospitals are there when people are at their most vulnerable. If everybody gives what they can, imagine the good that’s going to happen in this community.” The Victoria Hospitals Foundation’s annual Visions gala takes place on Nov. 21. For tickets or more information, visit victoriahf.ca/visions.

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YOUR HOME

5 Tips for designing your Home Office

Create a home office that is functional, comfortable & stylish By BRYN TAYLOR Photos by JILLIAN BROWN

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1 Position yourself to enjoy your natural surroundings both inside and out. Succulent garden by Cold Gold and mug by Ann Coleman both available at Picot Collective

ONE. IN THE ZONE Establish your work zones. This will help create an efficient flow in your workspace. Ask yourself where will you position your work surface, storage space or house tech equipment? Do you want to be facing out a window or facing a door? Keep in mind the direction of the sun to minimize glare on your computer screen.

TWO. GET ORGANIZED

2 Create your own custom pegboard with just a few simple tools

Even if you don’t have an excess of square footage at your disposal; maximize storage potential by using both vertical and horizontal space. Floor to ceiling shelving will use your height, and also help make the ceiling appear taller. Save your walls from infinite holes by adding a pegboard with components that can be easily moved around. It’s a great way to add a bit of style and also keep you organized. Have a designated place for EVERYTHING and it will save future you a lot of time. And don’t forget to conceal those cables! YOUR FALL 2015 13


BESPOKE D E S I G N

“Take inspiration from things you love – your favorite painting, vase, or picture frame.”

4 Brass and marble table lamp, available at Bespoke Design, casts just the right amount of like for tasks day and night.

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Green Thumb. Cut flowers in simple white, provided by Jennings Florists.

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3 This Designers Guild area rug, available at Bespoke Design, adds colour, texture and comfort to any home office

THREE. STAY INSPIRED There is no reason why a home office can’t be equal parts form and function. A clean, minimal design will reduce visual clutter. Take inspiration from things you love – your favorite painting, vase, or picture frame. Embrace your love of color - or your love of neutrals - and mix in different patterns and textures with an area rug and a roman blind, which will also help absorb sound.

FOUR. LIGHT IT UP

Victoria Masquerade Ball Saturday, October 31, 2015

6:30 pm at The Fairmont Empress Hotel

A fabulous evening of mystery and intrigue! Proceeds will support Pacific Opera Victoria’s Youth and Education Programs.

Tickets $175

VIP and group packages are also available www.victoriaball.com 250.382.1641

Practice layered lighting by combining general, task and accent lighting to create a visually balanced space. A strong overhead light will provide your space with overall illumination. Mix in a desk lamp to help perform specific tasks such as writing, or a floor lamp next to an accent chair for reading. Accent lighting, like a picture light, adds visual interest and draws to eye to highlight a painting or architecture. Lastly, use your natural light in conjunction with artificial.

FIVE. GREEN THUMB Plants are a triple threat. They provide a beautiful burst of color, increase happiness and improve indoor air-quality. According to NASA’s Clean Air Study, at least one plant per 100 sq ft provides efficient air cleaning, with Peace Lily’s ranking among the most efficient. Try placing a Palm in the corner to provide great height and texture to your space (don’t forget a beautiful pot for it to live in.) If you have trouble keeping plants alive, a succulent or cactus garden is a beautiful alternative. YOUR FALL 2015 15


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YOUR GARDEN

The Humble

Umbel

By GRAHAM SMYTH

After an intensely hot and dry gardening season fall is a time to take inventory and review what performed well and plan for next year. Alliums have been proven winners throughout spring and summer and now is the time to buy and plant them for 2016’s garden display. 16 YOUR FALL 2015

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Umbel: A flower cluster in which stalks of nearly equal length spring from a common centre and form a flat or curved surface. – Oxford Dictionary Canada


Alliums are an ornamental onion with a gorgeous umbel or flower head available in a variety of colours. This bulb ticks all the boxes: drought tolerant, deer and insect resistant and so easy to grow. Some alliums have large strappy foliage for late winter interest, richly coloured, and dense umbels in shades of blue/purple/burgundy. Many produce decorative seed heads in late summer that add architectural interest for the fall border. Seed heads can also be dried and used for your indoor winter arrangements. Buy alliums now for the best selection and choose large firm healthy bulbs free from mould and scars. Plant those bulbs in full sun in well-drained soil, Alliums hate wet feet and clay, which is perfect for our thin sandy soils. Alliums are always best when planted in multiples of at lease three or five; a drift of purple punctuation marks that take over after your early bulb displays have finished. Combine plants with decorative foliage that compliment the allium. A favourite combination is to use perennial geranium “Ann Folkard” the chartreuse leaf is a perfect foil later followed by dark eyed flowers of deep purple. The bright chartreuse of Santolina “Lemon Fizz” also works well with purple alliums and help cover the Allium’s withered leaves. Make note of blossom height and planting depth. Use a yardstick to visualize the height of blooms to make sure they do not get “lost” behind taller perennials. Alliums come in all heights and colours for the front, middle and back of your mixed border even the rockery.

MY PICKS ALLIUM “MILLENNIUM” This bulb, new to my garden, was introduced by allium guru Mark McDonough, (www.plantbuzz.com). It’s a great summer into fall bloom with sharp vibrant green foliage that stays fresh and flawless with masses of light purple flowers that keep repeating. Best purchased as a gallon perennial and given a bit more water than other alliums, it helps keep the foliage bright and healthy.

ALLIUM “CRISTOPHII” Has a beautiful fuchsia bloom with a metallic sheen and a great flower head for drying. ALLIUM “SCHUBERTII” Sputnik shaped flower head most interesting when dried. ALLIUMS “PURPLE SENSATION” Most well known and used for a long lasting display, best in a large drift of 12 or more for the wow factor. All alliums are easy care and low maintenance. They will multiply with time and divide easily for sharing with your friends and family. Send your garden questions to: thegardenguyvictoria@gmail.com

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ALLIUM “GLOBE MASTER” One of the largest and most appealing to young and old; the umbel can be as large as a child’s head. It’s a very tactile, amusing jiggly bloom and that brings on a smile. Plant in full sun out of the wind, or it may need staking.

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YOUR MONEY

Teachable Moments in Personal Finance By BOB WORTH

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ictoria’s Rugby Hall of Famer Don Burgess claims that lessons are best taught on the field or in his school classroom if they are explained at the right time. That means capturing a ‘teachable moment’ to create a lasting memory. In our daily lives, occasions arise when lessons in spending, investing or other financial matters can be explained most effectively. We should look for these occasions. The arrival of a son/daughter’s first credit card ‘invitation’ is an opportune time to discuss the temptation of impulse buying on credit. However, the urge to enlighten a spouse at the gas pump when they have forgotten their wallet is likely not a good time!

“Personal finance is about 80% behavior; and only 20% learned knowledge.” – Financial writer, Dave Ramsey

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other. One day I came home with an empty bag hoping to get a refill to continue playing. “Tough luck” said my father, “but that is what can happen when you gamble. If you want some more marbles you will have to save from your allowance to buy them yourself.” Twenty years later when I walked into my first Las Vegas casino, that lesson came to mind as I counted out a modest limit to put at risk for the evening. Here are some examples of potentially teachable moments: • Your 16 year old notes a drop in gasoline prices hinting it will be a lot cheaper for them to now operate a hoped for first car. Ask what other expenses to expect from driving a car. Does the list include insurance coverage; lube, oil and other maintenance costs or debt repayment if the car is not a gift? Help them budget how to balance the cost of running a car with part time earnings and other spending choices. • A middle age friend dies unexpectedly prompting consideration of your own life insurance coverage and some outdated provisions in your will. • One of your tech savvy offspring brags about mastering a new video game. You respond by showing how

to conveniently pay monthly bills on-line and in the course of it give some insights about the many costs of running a household. • An elderly friend of your parents passes away leaving their spouse alone with a diverse self-administered investment portfolio and 50 years of family treasures to sort out in a cluttered basement and garage. A phased downsizing while your parents still have their health and energy to thin things out and simplify both their finances and where they live can be suggested as a positive step to an easier lifestyle. • Your niece has finished school and has a promising first job but suggests she wants to be learning new things. Has she seen the night school offerings of courses about investing and expanding her income sources so she can afford more exotic travel destinations? For ourselves, for our children and for the seniors and others we care about, look for those ‘teachable moments’. With better insights into money management, life can indeed be fuller and much less stressful. BOB WORTH retired from leading Financial Services at UVic and now serves on various charitable boards.


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YOUR COAST

The Ocean’s Majestic Leviathans By NATASHA EWING

Whales are often the first animals to be though of when one reflects on the ocean. These iconic animals have had been incorporated into human history from legends and spiritual deities, to horrific mass killings and environmental movements like the Save The Whale campaign.

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oday whales are still facing various challenges, but are increasingly regarded as the incredibly intelligent and social beings they are. These gentle giants are remarkable and continued research is providing evidence of their complex behaviours and their role in the marine ecosystem. Have you ever been observing the straits when out of nowhere you feel a presence… and “whoooshhh” in the distance you see the tiny droplets of water being exhaled from a whale’s blowhole. Or perhaps you have been lucky enough to be making the lengthy trip to Vancouver on BC ferries when Southern Resident Orcas are playing in Active Pass, showing off with their acrobatic breaches. Many species of whales frequent the coasts of Vancouver Island, and these gentle giants are amazingly smart and social beings. All whale species have a fairly streamline body shapes and two modified limbs that have become flippers, which allows them to travel through the water with ease. Whales can range in size from the relatively small dwarf sperm whales (under three metres and only a 130kg) to the largest animal on the entire planet, the blue whale. The blue whale is enormous; it is almost as long as three school buses parked end to end, has a heart the size of a small car, a tongue that weighs as much as an Asian elephant, arteries large enough for humans to swim down and has a total body weight of well over 150 metric tons! Whales are typically broken into two main subgroups, the Mysticeti (baleen whales) and the Odontoceti (toothed whales). Toothed whales are intuitively named, in that they have sharp teeth for hunting fish and other marine mammals. Some common toothed whales include the sperm whales, narwhales, belugas, Orcas (technically a large dolphin) and beaked whales. Baleen whales on the other hand don’t have any teeth. Rather they have hundreds of bristly keratin plates that create a sieve-like structure used to filter out plankton and small fish from the water. Baleen whales, like the humpback, grey and blue whale are rather ironic in that the largest mammals on the planet can survive off the smallest; they consume huge quantities of tiny plankton, krill and fish. Blue whales consume 1000’s of kilograms worth of plankton and krill per day, while feeding in the nutrientrich arctic waters during the summer. Humpbacks, also consume lots during the summer and exhibit a unique feeding strategy called bubble-feeding. Humpback whales will work collaboratively in groups blowing bubbles in a spiral pattern around a group of herring. The bubbles will force the herring to congregate and from below the whales will swim upward open-mouthed through the centre of the bubble net collecting hundreds of herring at once. Toothed whales tend to have an acute sense of hearing and use sound to their advantage while foraging. Orcas use echolocation to find their prey. The Southern Resident Orcas love salmon and send out “clicks” from their melon and then listen for the echo that bounces off the fish. The returning echo is received through the lower jaw, which has fat filled cavities. From the jaw the sound travels to the middle ear, inner ear and finally to the brain. Transient Orcas eat other mammals such as seals, and porpoises and other small whales – a common feature of their prey is that

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they can hear. Transient Orcas do not want to scare away their prey and thus produce less sound while hunting and only use echolocation sparingly. Whales also vocalize through a series of clicks, whistles and calls to communicate with family and find mates. Sound travels much further in water then air and depending on the frequency of the whale’s call it can potentially be heard very long distances. Orca whales vocalizations are higher in frequency, so their calls can only be heard for a couple kilometres. Fin whales on the other hand are considered to be one of the most powerful biological sounds in the ocean and produce very low frequency sounds that can travel hundreds of kilometres underwater. Fin and blue whales produce such low sounds that humans can’t actually hear them; recorded vocalizations on scientific instruments have to be sped up to become audible to human ears. In some species, like the humpback whales, it is only the males that “sing” or vocalize hauntingly beautiful songs. These songs are thought to be a type of breeding display, but they still have scientists completely puzzled as the song changes each year; sometime it is a subtle change, while other years it changes so drastically that it is virtually unrecognizable. It is not known why the song changes and it is certainly not known which individual changes it, but the males end up singing the same song. Like all natural systems on the planet the circle of life is ever present. Relatively new research has shown that although whales eat an enormous amount they also help keep the entire food web alive. A whale’s poop is full of nutrients; nutrients (i.e. iron and nitrogen) that phytoplankton requires in order to grow. As the fecal plumes or “poo-namis” are released in the surface waters, the light combined with the added nutrients can trigger phytoplankton to bloom, which are the basis of the food chain and allow all other marine species to survive (see the previous issue of YOUR to learn about phytoplankton). Furthermore, as whales dive, splash and move throughout the water column, they are causing significant mixing of water. This mixing keeps phytoplankton in the surface waters, and thus in the sunlight zone for photosynthesis to occur. So more whales in the ocean, means more phytoplankton and more phytoplankton means more of all the marine species! Whales, the majestic leviathans of the sea, are absolutely remarkable animals. Their intelligence, ability to collaborate and highly evolved social structures are amazing. As BC residents we are lucky to have so many whales pass by the coast on their lengthy migrations, and should take a minute to reflect on the amazing animals that have survived in the ocean for some 20+ million years.


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TOP FIVE

Family Destinations By MIRIAM CLOUTIER

Traveling as a family is quite different from getting away as a couple, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! Keeping the young ones entertained, while still having a break for the adults on the trip makes for a holiday that everyone will be talking about for years to come.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA There is so much to see and do while in Southern California, but Disneyland is the number one destination for families. This year Disney is celebrating their 60th anniversary, they have added new evening spectaculars to enjoy along with the magic of Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventures theme parks. Knott’s Berry farm is also a great place for those families that like the thrill of roller coasters. Home of the biggest thrill rides in Southern California, this is a must see and do for families. ORLANDO FLORIDA While in Orlando there are so many things to see and do including Universal Studios, which is the home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as Island of Adventures park, Universal Studios and Wet’N Wild Theme park, makes this trip a must do for families. If you find that’s still not enough to keep the family entertained, you can also explore Disneyworld. Disneyworld has four theme parks and two water parks. There is sure to be something for every family to enjoy in Orlando.

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BAHAMAS, ATLANTIS RESORT This resort boasts 141 acres of a water park, which features a giant water slide that has a tube going through a shark tank. They also offer marine habitats for kids of all ages to explore on site. In addition, Atlantis also has river rides, rock climbing, amazing restaurants, great shopping and so much more. If you would like to relax this resort is on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach and crystal blue water. There is so much to do that you will not be bored. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA San Diego is know for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Visit the world famous San Diego Zoo; they now offer early mornings with the Pandas. When you book this adventure you are in the park two hours before it opens and you can watch the Pandas enjoy their breakfast. This small group tour will also take you around the zoo in a shuttle cart and you can see some of the other animals up close and personal before everyone else. There is also the San Diego Safari Park which has several options to see animals roaming free. You can even book a Snore and Roar Safari! Spend a night in the park surrounded by the sounds of the wild animals. TURKS AND CAICOS, BEACHES RESORT This luxury resort is located along 12 miles of the whitest sand beach you’ve ever seen. This is an all-inclusive resort that compares to none. Beaches Turks and Caicos is great for all kids from toddlers to teens as well as adults. Teens can be part of the Surf Simulator, Scratch DJ Academy, Xbox Play Lounge, Teens Trench Town, Glass Bottom boat rides, kayaks, hobby cats and much more! The younger kids won’t want to miss Pirates Island Waterpark or breakfast with the Sesame Street characters. With swim up soda bars the kids will be included in everything that this park has to offer. Adults can decompress at the spa, enjoy the water sports or just relax on the beach. Beaches boasts 20 restaurants from a beach side grills, to fine French cuisine, so even the pickiest eater won’t go hungry. Lastly, lets not forget for those avid divers that all dives are included at no additional cost.

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Winter is around the corner, is your home ready for it? By JORDY HARRIS

At the time of reading this, you may very well be sitting comfortably on your chaise lounge outside, enjoying what might be one of the last few warm days of the year.

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owever, as we say goodbye to what has been a fantastic Spring and Summer, both in weather and in real estate, we now begin to think about the Fall season upon us, and the shorter days of Winter ahead. With this in mind, it might be wise to start thinking about bringing in that patio furniture you’ve enjoyed all Summer, for the calendar is telling us that the weather is about to become colder and wetter. It’s this inevitable change in seasons, that has us thinking it might also be a good idea to get your home ready for the upcoming winter months. To help you plan for this “home winterization”, here is a helpful list of items that will ensure you are ready for the colder season ahead. Taking these few extra steps now will ensure that you and your “biggest investment” will make it out the other side of Winter unscathed and ready to welcome Spring!


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My list of getting your home ready for the Fall and Winter seasons includes: 1) CLEAN OUT THE GUTTERS, EAVES AND ROOF – we can get a lot of rain in Victoria over the winter months and being ready for it will help keep excess water from doing damage to your home. 2) CLEAN THE CHIMNEY AND FIREPLACE – if your home has a wood burning fireplace, be ready for the colder nights by making sure it’s clean and ready to safely keep you and your family warm. 3) SERVICE THE HEATING SYSTEM – whether it’s a furnace, heat pump, gas fireplace or all the above, have your system serviced before you are counting on it to be working for you. 4) CHANGE BATTERIES IN SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS, as well as other essential systems in your home – with much more time being spent indoors over the winter months, we want to ensure that our monitoring systems are operating properly. 5) TURN OFF IRRIGATION AND EXTERIOR WATERING SYSTEMS – in order to prevent the water in the pipes from freezing, you’ll want to consider turning off all of your exterior water sources and drain your irrigation system. 6) SERVICE YOUR SUMP PUMP – with many of our homes in Victoria built in lower lying areas, the need to have our sump pumps serviced and ready to go into overtime is essential. 7) ELIMINATE WINDOW AND DOOR DRAUGHTS – if you have any draughty areas in your home, now is the time to have that remedied properly, as opposed to the rolled up blanket left under the door all winter long. 8) STOCK UP – certainly a good rule of thumb, regardless of the time of year (we’ve been told by various municipalities to have supplies such as extra water and non-perishable food on hand for emergencies), however, particularly for the winter season, stock up now on items such as coarse rock salt, snow shovel, flashlight, radio, extra batteries, and candles. And, if you’re like me and lived through the Blizzard of ’96, you might also want to pick up another pair of mittens. You never know :)

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jordy! This has been a short, but very wild ride… and we are looking forward to completing the journey with these great purchasers you found.” Lisa & John

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YOUR SENIORS

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hen I first moved back to Victoria, I knew I wanted a cat. After reading countless profiles I headed to the Victoria SPCA to adopt a senior cat who, as it turned out, was already headed to his forever home. As I was leaving the cat room a cage door started to rattle. Being curious I opened the door and this enormous black and white cat jumped in my arms, buried his face in my neck and purred a long deep purr. It was love at first sight and Riley came home with me. Every night he would follow me to bed and push his way into the crook of my arm, his nose pressed firmly against my cheek. We slept that way ever night for the 8 years I had him until he passed. It was through Riley I learned what the love of a senior pet feels like. He adored me, and I him. I also realized this, while the playful youth of pets kittens is blissful, so is a pet that already knows what household living is all about. For example, older pets come with basic manners. They have been around people and understand the rules of cohabitation. Rules they do not know tend to be picked up quickly. They also

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are less likely to teethe their way through your favorite leather shoes, like a certain kitten of mine, who actually chewed his way through most of my belongings. When it came time to add a dog to our growing pet family, I knew I wanted it to be a senior who would be calmer for our household and who we could provide a loving home as senior pets are often overlooked. Enter Otter, a 12 year old retired sled dog from the Victoria Humane Society. From the moment I saw her picture I knew she was the one. Now at the equivalent of 96 in human years her puppy days are behind her, but that hasn’t diminished her capacity to be an active member of the family. Whenever we go for a leisurely stroll she is always drawn to seniors. I think there is a kinship there, perhaps a recognition of similarity in energy. This is one of the reasons why senior pets are often wonderful companions for seniors themselves. They are much more low key then their younger counterparts. If the commitment of adoption worries you, then I suggest you consider fostering, it is a great option for snowbirds and those not sure they are ready for adoption. Fostering provides a wonderful opportunity to give a pet love and kindness without the long term


commitment of adoption. Often these pets are the gentle souls for whom shelter life is too hard, or need intense love to know the world is safe. Another great thing about fostering is that you are supported by the organization in food and vet costs while you provide the safe environment and pats.

“Adopting a senior dog is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Nothing can compare to the unwavering devotion of a senior dog for his rescuer.” Senior pets end up in care for a variety of reasons from families unable to afford them any longer, or simply because they aren’t young anymore. Often senior pets find themselves in shelters when their owner has been taken into care and they couldn’t go with them. How heartbreaking to lose both your person and your home in a moment. There are a number of organizations who promote seniors in Victoria: The Victoria SPCA, Cat’s Cradle and The Victoria Humane Society to name just a few. In Mission there is SAINTS which is home to only senior animals in need.

Some of these animals have been with the same person since their rambunctious youth, and shelter life is a tough adjustment. This is why it is important to have a well-documented plan as to who would care for your animals if you were no longer able. The best thing I saw recently was a wallet card that said. “I have pets at home, please check on them”. This is a wonderful idea, and I promptly created mine just in case. When people find out how old Otter is they are always concerned about how little time I have with her. Yes, this is true, we have limited time but the time we do have is special. Just as I aim to make the seniors I work with feel a little more joy and comfort daily, I strive to do the same for Otter. As Penny Stone, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Humane Society best puts it, “Adopting a senior dog is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Nothing can compare to the unwavering devotion of a senior dog for his rescuer. It may be heartbreaking to have them with you for such a short time, but it is one of the most unselfish and rewarding things you can do. The time and love you give them is priceless and you need only look into the eyes of a well-loved rescued senior dog to know true love.” It makes me so happy to look at my sweet girl and see that love.

The entire YOUR team would like to wish this year’s Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team a safe and dry journey. These 20 dedicated police officers and one media personality will embark on the 14 day, 1000+ km journey to raise money for pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. Join them on October 2nd at 4:30 pm in Victoria’s Spirit Square for the Finale!

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