Posted by: cherylyoung | April 16, 2014

Open House Sunday 1-3 PM Downtown Sidney


2338 Orchard Ave V8L 1T7
Si Sidney South-East-Sidney

Price $527.00

Location, location! Location!! Live in one of the most convenient locations in Sidney.

This 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is located in the Orchard area…walk to shops, ocean and parks.

Open livingroom with cozy electric fireplace and new carpets.

The diningroom has new laminate flooring and west facing patio. Kitchen has tile counters & floor and eating bar…powder room on main.

Three bedrooms plus two bathrooms upstairs…all on an easy care lot in Sidney…a great lifestyle! Seller applying for Development Permit to convert garage to Master Bedroom on main Floor with ensuite.





Do you send emails to your clients?
Then you need to read this. 
New laws go into effect July 1, 2014.Do you know if your email is considered aCEM (Commercial Electronic Message) and ifyou comply with the new rules? Read here

for the summary, and for the detailed
rules visit this link.You need to know:

  • An email is considered a CEM if it promotes
  • an open house, property for sale, or
  • attempts to solicit a new client.
  • The CRTC will impose fines on those
  • that do not comply.
  • The CRTC takes anti-spam legislation
  • very seriously.

For more information on the rules and the

influence CREA had during the discussions,

visit this page.

What’s news?
FINTRAC – Regulatory lawyer and financial
crime and anti-money laundering specialist
Christine Duhaime wrote a great article this
week for REM on FINTRAC.Quick read:>A real estate transaction in Canada triggersthe filing of reports to FINTRAC by real estate

agents and banks. If the transaction involves

the importation of currency, it also involves

the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

>Most reporting entities do not know what

a suspicious transaction is under the Proceeds

of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing

Act and as a result, they have a difficult time

justifying to FINTRAC on an audit why they did,

or did not, report a suspicious transaction.

Read the entire article here.

This is as readable as FINTRAC gets, Christine

Duhaime uses a case study to work through

the heavy legal aspect.

The sound of music?

Ever dream of singing in a dynamic choir?

Here’s your chance! And – you can perform

on stage Saturday July 5th at the VREB’s Annual

Christmas in July benefit concert.

Last year’s concert sold out all 700 seats and

this year it will happen again…with you on stage?!

Go for it – no experience necessary!

The choir: The Victoria Soul Gospel Choir,

over 50 voices under the leadership of a Motown

veteran, Checo Tohomaso

The Performance: First Met United Church, 7pm

The rehearsals: Tuesdays 6-8pm

The Choir website:

E-mail if you are interested in
singing and a choir director (a fellow REALTOR®)
will contact you with more info.
about the July 5th concert. Crank it up and enjoy!

FYI – Recent updates to Strata Property Act

Announced this February:  


Strata Property Act (SPA)

Amendments to the Strata Property Act will

make it easier for strata councils to carry out

their responsibilities by removing regulatory

barriers for strata corporations and owners,

explaining requirements and clarifying definitions

within the Act.

The amendments will confirm that paying for

and accruing funds to pay for a depreciation

report is a legitimate operating fund expense

and can be approved by a majority vote.

As well, the amendments will make it easier

for strata corporations to pay for repairs

recommended by their depreciation report by

reducing the required approval for contingency

reserve fund expenditures from three-quarters

to majority vote.

The amendments will change the definition of

purchasers to make it clearer that specified rights

and obligations do not end when the title has

changed hands.

The complete release is posted here.



Listing Summary
MLS® No: 331199 List Price: $510,000
Status: Current Orig Price: $525,000
DoM: 90 Sold Price:
Sub-Class: Townhouse
List Dt: 2013/12/14 Pend Dt:
Beds: 4 Kitch: 2
Baths: 4 FP: 1
Parking: 4 Built (est): 2005
Fin SqFt: 2,388 Unfin SqFt:
Lot SqFt: 2,453 Lot Acres: 0.06
Title: Frhld/Strata M Assmt: $294
Finished Rooms
Main: 2 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Fin SqFt: 749 742 764
Entrance 6×5
Living 16×11 17×14
Dining 13×11
Kitchen 13×9 16×9
Mast Bdrm 14×13
Bathroom 4 4 3
Bedroom 13×12
Mast Bdrm-Addl. 13×13
Ensuite 4
Unfinished Rooms
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Deck 12×8
Spacious 3 bedroom 3 bath townhouse offers flexibility of a master bedroom on the main level or upstairs PLUS a LEGAL 1 bedroom 750 sq. ft. suite in the lower level, was rented for $900/mo.



esanThe open concept main level features distant ocean views, a kitchen with lots of cupboard space, s/s appliances, and a 13′ sundeck, & hot tub to enjoy your morning wake-up, or evening wind-down.. Private patio, signel car garage & storage.


esaan2The completely self contained suite has its own entrance, hydro meter, laundry, and parking, plus a private patio, south facing.

It is easy to manage and makes ownership very affordable.


Essan 5Conveniently located to all Saanichton has to offer. Mint condition. located at rear townhome OPEN HOUSE March 16 1-3pmbus 1

Posted by: cherylyoung | March 10, 2014

The No Tankers movement could change politics in B.C. forever


“It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

- Sir Winston Churchill
In December when the federal review panel announced their recommendation to approve Enbridge’s oil tanker and pipeline proposal I was disappointed, but not surprised. I always knew it would come down to a political decision.

Still, it was a sad day for Canadian democracy – almost none of the testimony the panel heard supported an approval. A clear majority of British Columbians don’t want this pipeline, nor the hundreds of supertankers and immeasurable risk it would bring to our province.
Prime Minister Harper’s cabinet will now decide whether to approve the proposal.

While all signals indicate the federal government will go to great lengths to push this unwanted oil tanker proposal on an unwilling province, how Premier Clark will respond remains unclear.

Will she stand up for B.C. as she promised during the election, or cave to pressure from Ottawa and Alberta?

Will she stand by the B.C. government’s official opposition to the proposal, or sell out our coastal economy for a quick buck?
Before I go on, it’s worth a refresher on what Enbridge is proposing:
Northern Gateway would push two pipelines through unceded First Nations territory.

The pipelines would cross hundreds of salmon-bearing streams and pass through sensitive habitat for grizzlies and caribou to carry the dirtiest oil on the continent to supertankers the size of the Exxon Valdez, which would carry the crude through 140 km of winding rocky fjords into waters that Environment Canada has classified the fourth most dangerous to navigate in the world



All this so the government of China – a notorious polluter and human rights violator – can refine it into petroleum products.

Coastal spills of diluted bitumen would be virtually impossible to clean up and devastating to local communities, ecosystems and economies.

Stopping this madness is not about doing our best; we need to do whatever is required.

The only way to win against a powerful force like Big Oil is to organize people on a scale that cannot be ignored.
That is why Dogwood Initiative is launching the largest organizing effort in B.C. history. Our staff and local team leaders, along with many other groups and organizations, will be taking at least the next six months to train up the 9,885 volunteer canvassers we believe we’ll need to expand the No Tankers network in this province from 152,000 today to 496,509.

We need to get huge and well organized in order to be prepared to launch a citizen’s initiative if federal cabinet approves the proposal and Premier Clark betrays her campaign promise and allows Enbridge to proceed.
A recent article in the Globe and Mail reconfirmed an important part of this whole story. The province does have the power to block tanker and pipeline proposals to B.C.’s coast. Here’s a statement by Environment Minister Mary Polak:

“As previously stated by Premier Clark and (then environment minister Terry Lake), British Columbia has the authority to grant or withhold approximately 60 permits related to pipeline construction.”


– The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2014
As we saw with the HST fight, B.C voters are a formidable force if their Premier says one thing during the election and does the opposite after. All eyes are on Premier Clark to see if she will stand up for B.C. or commit a betrayal of HST propositions.
The good news is British Columbia has Canada’s only direct democracy tool to hold our provincial leaders to account. If we can organize enough support in all 85 ridings, we can make it a political necessity to stop the expansion of tanker traffic that threatens our province and coastal economy.
We’ve already started. Since launching this campaign in late December, almost 10,000 people have pledged to support a citizen’s initiative if it comes down to it. More than 1,000 people have requested training to organize their friends and neighbours. There are No Tankers supporters in every riding in the province.
As this movement grows, it could change politics in B.C. and Ottawa forever. And boy, does our political system ever need to change.
If democracy was working here in Canada, then the No Tankers campaign would already have succeeded.

Our political leaders would have listened to the massive uprising of official and informal opposition and done the right thing by killing these projects.
Hundreds of First Nations, municipalities and community groups from across the province officially oppose Enbridge’s proposal.


Together, we convinced the B.C. government to make official submissions opposing it.

More than a thousand people – including scientists, doctors, ranchers, fishermen, grandmas, parents and engineers – jumped through an unprecedented number of bureaucratic hoops and delays to voice their opposition to the joint review panel.
In its official submission to the federal regulatory panel, the province concluded,

“[It] cannot support the approval of or a positive recommendation from the (panel) regarding this project as it was presented,” adding “‘trust us isn’t good enough’” with regard to Enbridge’s promises about oil spill response.

Like many of you, I have been incredibly frustrated watching our elected representatives and government institutions play political football with the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who rely on a healthy coast.
I feel like actor Peter Finch in the classic movie Network, who famously leaned out a window and screamed, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Screaming out the window might be cathartic, as would another big rally or protest, but it would be just more noise in a first past the post political system deaf to opposition voices.
Now is the time to do what is required. Now is the time to be bold and take risks, because so much is at risk if we don’t.

We need to be strategic and organize in a way that can change the political calculus on tanker traffic in our province forever.

It won’t be easy, but by systematically organizing ourselves in all 85 ridings we can become a political force that cannot be ignored.
Over at least the next six months Dogwood volunteer organizers and staff will be reaching out to British Columbians from all walks of life in all corners of the province.

We believe that by training, supporting and networking people together to advocate for their values, we not only can stop attempts to expand oil tankers in our fragile waters, but we can fundamentally change how politics is done in B.C.
We can’t do this alone.

We need people like you to step up and get involved. And we’re pleased to say it is already happening. Thousand

s of people are already on board, we will be going on tour around the province in February, and neighbourhood teams are already getting to work.

We’re on the way to achieving our ambitious goals, but we can only win if we do this together.

History belongs to those who show up and organize.

Let’s make history together.

To Volunteer

Name:   Tara Keeping
Phone:  1- 250 668 6757
Location:   Sidney BC

Sign the Pledge

sidney meet up

Still have questions about the citizen’s initiative strategy? Read our FAQ.

Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.
* “Drew is deeply inspiring.  She helps people find the extraordinary in the ordinary.”   Kelly Coveny, Founder of Evolve The Conversation
I’ve had the great pleasure of experiencing one of Drew’s brilliant, heart-centred writing groups. She teaches in a way that leaves her students motivated and enthused to continue on their writing path with joy. Her feedback is specific, relevant and delivered with kindness. It’s the type of feedback that inspires confidence and brings you to the next level.
  I highly recommend this unique opportunity to meet, write and learn with Drew Lamm for an afternoon of memoir writing.
”A trillion moments, sights, scents and sounds, river past us every day, from noticing a blue baseball cap perched on a pos, to memories from long ago. We notice glimpses of life and then, unless we write them, they’re gone.   I believe that anything that catches on the riverbanks of your memory, holds meaning for you.  If you still see the piece of toast with one bite out of it on your daughter’s plate from breakfast, all the way back to a memory from long ago, it usually holds significance that you’ll discover as you write or from my response.”  Drew Lamm   You will receive a bouquet of prompts and an array of readings which take you back in time, jogging your memory and leading to short pieces you’ll treasure, as well as to a greater understanding of how each moment touched your life.  You’ll taste your life twice as memories open into meaning.   Drew teaches her To Taste Live Twice Writing Workshops in Connecticut, USA
    Date/Time  March 16th, 1-3pm Location: Foul Bay Cost: $60.00
Register here

For More Information and to Register:   Contact Drew at: or me, Junie Swadron here in Victoria : 250-813-0183
  Drew’s Taste Life Twice FB Page (including clips of Drew speaking):   Drew’s Blog:   Drew’s Philosophy on Teaching Writing (youtube):
More About Drew
Drew is a Canadian author and master teacher who currently lives in CT.   She has published several works of fiction including a YA novel, Bittersweet, a short story, “Stay True”, in an anthology of the same name, four nonfiction picture books with The Smithsonian and four with NYC publishers. Her poems appear in various anthologies.    Drew is a muse, writing midwife and master teacher.  She has taught at Columbia University and consulted in schools all over the United States but prefers running intimate writing workshops.   For over twenty years, Drew has helped students discover their clear, surprising voices, helping them create strong, compelling pieces while igniting self -confidence and joy.
“I believe we’re all natural writers and that writing rescues us. I offer a safe, supportive place to discover the poetic in your life, as well as meaning that’s often missed in the hurried day to day.”
  “I leave Drew’s workshops feeling fuller, more alive, connected and joyful.”
Lisa Hynes, State to Show
Posted by: cherylyoung | March 7, 2014

Sip and Savour, right here in Sidney by the Sea


The cougar, the largest wild cat native to British

 Columbia, is an imposing but evasive member of

 our wildlife secretive habits, and sometimes astounding

 predatoryabilities (the cougar is capable of killing a

 600 pound moose or elk), have resulted in a wealth of

 human misconceptions and irrational fears.

 In some instances, “control” programmes responding

to these fears placed severe and unwarranted hunting

pressure upon cougar populations.

Appearance and Distribution

The adult cougar is a large animal: the heaviest recorded

was an Arizona cougar which weighed 276 pounds.

Although there have been several cougar taken in British

 Columbia weighing between 190 and 210 pounds, the

average adult male weighs about 125 pounds and the

 female 100 pounds.

Large adult males may measure 9 feet in length,

 including  a 30-inch tail.

The fur is short and, in British Columbia, ranges in

 colour from reddish-brown to a grey-brown, with

light underparts.

 Very young kittens are spotted, with ringed tails;

this coloration is gradually lost as young cougar

reach adulthood.

 Adults are unmarked.

Black cougar have been reported from South America

and one  was reported several years ago in the North

 Okanagan  area, while white or very light-coloured

 cougar are  infrequently  reported.

The cougar is found only in the Western Hemisphere,

 from northern B. C to Patagonia in southern


 In Canada, the cougar has been recorded from British

Columbia east to New Brunswick.

(this is the one you are most likely to encounter approach

with caution, they are very deceiving in looks)

Distribution in British Columbia extends north from the

 United States – British Columbia border to Big Muddy

 River on the Alaska Highway South of about 54 degrees

 latitude cougar are generally found from the British

 Columbia-Alberta border west, to and including,

most coastal islands.

 Cougar  have not reached the Queen Charlotte Islands.

In response to human contact with the cougar over such

 an extensive geographical area, many local names have

 developed for this impressive animal: cougar, puma,

mountain lion,  deer tiger, Indian devil, and Mexican

 lion are a few of their descriptive titles.


The territory or home range of individual cougar has

been recognized for many years, but only recently have

 accurate  limits been assigned to these ranges.

 Early estimates suggested that cougar maintained home

 ranges of up to, or greater than, 100 square miles.

In Idaho, where the winter territory of cougar was

 examined, females on the study area maintained

territories of 5 to 20 square miles.

 Females with kittens required larger ranges than

 females without kittens, and some overlap of female

 ranges was noticed.

 Males occupied larger territories – one male occupied a

range of 25 square miles.

 Resident males did not overlap ranges.

Transient cougars moved through occupied ranges,

 but avoided residents.

An occupied range is clearly marked by the resident cougar

 This is done by a series of visual and olfactory signals

 which are easily recognized by other cats.

 Scratch piles are made at regular locations on which

the cougar may urinate or defecate.

 All cougar make these marks, but males mark more

 frequently than females, and the marks are more

numerous  during periods of high populations.

One old male who had taken up residence on a small

coastal island (about 4 square miles) was found to have

 made no scratch piles (at least none was found)

With no other cougar on his island there was no need to

 mark his territory.

Food Habits

The predatory activities of the cougar are legendary,

and prey species in British Columbia range from large

animals  to mice, and include deer, porcupine, beaver,

 varying hare,  moose, elk, wild sheep, mountain goats,

black bear (cubs), grouse, coyote, other cougar, domestic

 stock, and household pets.


The cougar is, in part, an opportunist when looking

 for food.

 A study of the winter food habits of cougar in

British Columbia concluded that mule deer was

the staple winter food, but a variety of other species

 were taken.

 When a population of varying hare was at a peak the

 hare were preyed upon frequently, domestic stock,

when available, were eaten, as were moose.

Adult mule deer bucks (1 1/2 years and older) were

 selected over anterless mule deer, and, in general, very

 old animals were taken by cougar in a greater

proportion  than  represented in the mule deer population.

There are few authentic instances of cougar attacking


 Normal behaviour is one of human avoidance, although

 cougar often displays a harmless curiosity toward the

actions of man.

They have been observed sitting at a vantage point and

 watching, sometimes for hours, people either working

 or  playing out of doors.

 Hunters, and others, have reported the tracks of a cougar

 following their own in the snow.

The infrequent attacks on humans are usually attributed

 to old, starving cougar, or to cougar which are defending

 their young.

When hunting the larger ungulates, cougar do not

crouch  over or near a game trail waiting for the

unsuspecting prey to pass nearby.

 The kill is usually made following a careful stalk of the

 intended victim.

 Cougar hunters have observed that cats must make a kill

 within two or three jumps, usually 20 to 50 feet after their


 If the prey escapes, the cougar will rarely follow, and the

stalk will be repeated upon a different animal.

The kill follows a sudden leap from the ground onto the

shoulders and neck of the prey.

 The most effective kills are made when the cougar holds

 the head with a forepaw and bites down through the back

of the neck, near the base of the skull.

Kills are not always quick or successful and the larger prey,

 particularly large elk, moose, or deer, will struggle violently

 to escape.

 Instances where cougar have been seriously hurt following

 such encounters are infrequent, but not unheard-of.

Porcupine, Racoons despite their troublesome quills,

are not an insurmountable obstacle to a cougar

Cougar tend to avoid the quills by flipping the porcupine on

its back and eating the underparts first.

 It is not necessary however, to eat the flesh only, as cougar

stomachs containing quills in varying stages of digestion

 have  been encountered.

 There appears to be little ill-effect from these quills,

 although single quill may puncture the stomach wall and

 work into the  abdominal cavity.

Cougar are frequently found with quills in their paws and

around the face, but these apparently are either pulled out,

 fall out, or, if they work under the skin, eventually dissolve.

Wasteful behaviour in the killing of prey is the exception

 and not the rule.

 Cougar generally eat about 70 per cent (by weight) of the

carcass of a big-game animal, leaving most of the larger

skeletal bones, the rumen, some viscera, and parts of the


They will make repeated visits to a carcass,

take a meal during each visit, and usually cover the

remains with dirt and debris after each feed.

Although there have been observations where a single

cougar  has killed several deer, domestic sheep, etc., at one

time, detailed studies have shown an adult cougar needs

no more than 14 to 20 average-sized mule deer per year.

This will be less if the diet is supplemented by other foods.

Habitat Preference


Cougar distribution in British Columbia is governed by the

distribution of its major prey species, deer.

 Summer observations are scanty, but as the snow recedes

 cougar probably spread out from the lower slopes and

valley  bottoms to inhabit virtually all elevations within

 their general distributional boundaries.

 During winter months, cougar follow

 the deer down to the lower elevations.

 They seem to prefer the rough, rocky, semi-open areas

 surrounding the major deer winter ranges (in the Interior),

 but they do not confine their activities exclusively to this

 type of habitat, and cougar  signs can be found

anywhere within a game winter range.

Breeding Habits

Cougar are polygamous (one male will breed several

 females)  and only the female tends the young.

Females reach sexual maturity at 2 to 3 years of age.

 Breeding takes place at any time of the year, and one to

six kittens are born after a gestation period of

about 96 days.

 The single observation of six kittens (from Utah) is an

unusual record and observations in British Columbia

 indicate one to four kittens are carried by the female.

The female gives birth to her young in a rocky crevice

 or den,protected by roots or windfalls, Kittens are born

 with their eyes closed, but these open 10 to 14 days

 after birth.

 The kittens nurse for at least five to six weeks.

 Captive kittens will take meat at about six weeks of age.


Cougar produce a wide variety of sounds, the most

 striking of which is a piercing, drawn-out scream.

Observations on captive cats indicate that only the females

 scream, and such behaviour is particularly prevalent

 during  the mating period.

 Those who have been fortunate enough to hear this scream

in the wild describe it variously as nerve-wracking,

demoniac, terror-striking, a trilling wail, and thrillingly


Unfortunately, this distinctive cry is heard by very few


Cougar also produce a distinctive chuckle as well as many

 of the house cat sounds; mews, hisses, spits, and growls,

 while males and kittens frequently emit a whistle-like sound.

This whistle is used by the kittens to attract the mother.


Population Control

Little is known of the general mortality factors, apart from

 human hunting, which control cougar populations.

Because of the cougar’s strength and agility, they rarely come

 out second-best encountering other forms of wildlife,

although conflicts with grizzly bears are probably avoided.

 Cougar occasionally kill each other.

 Instances are known of adult males killing other males

 during conflicts either for territory, food, or the favours

 of a female.

There also have been authentic observations of males killing

 and eating kittens and young cougar

Some of this cannibalism may be associated with the

 cougar’s need to maintain a territory, and it has been

suggested that the number of available territories may be

 one mechanism which controls cougar numbers.

Starvation may also be an important mortality factor.

Observations of thin and weakened cougar increase during

 years when the cougar population is at a high and prey

 populations are decreasing or low, particularly during

periods of extreme cold and deep snow.

Hunting is difficult at such times, kills are made

infrequently, and cougar have been found near human

 habitation,  barn yards, and chicken runs.

Kittens born during such winters suffer increased

mortalities and some adult cougar probably succumb to


The only measurable population loss is that produced by

the human hunter.

 The rapid increase in popularity of snow

 machines has been a boon to the cougar hunter but has

 placed  a growing pressure on cougar populations.

Cougar Management

Management entails the protection and maintenance of

 existing  cougar populations, with due consideration for

 human safety and  legitimate protection of domestic stock.

 The importance of the cougar as an integral part of the

wildlife of British Columbia cannot be overemphasized,

 and careful management must be maintained.

The cougar’s importance is two fold:

(a) As a legitimate form of outdoor recreation for  hunter

 and non-hunter alike; and

(b) As a regulator of its major prey populations.

Cougars do not limit big-game populations in BC:

 i.e., cougar predation on deer, wild sheep, moose, elk, goat

 does not set an upper limit on the population size of

 the prey.

 However, predation has several beneficial effects upon the

 prey populations.

(a) Predation by cougar tends to force a constant

redistribution of wintering game herds on winter ranges.

The presence of a cougar on the winter range does

 not frighten  game, but when a kill is made the deer,

or other game animals, usually move a short distance

away from the  place of kill.

 This prevents the concentration of animals on a localized

food supply.

(b) Cougar provide a culling effect, particularly  deer herds.

 We now recognize the tendency for cougar to kill older deer

 and very young deer.

 These are generally the age groups where food shortages,

starvation, and disease take a toll, and predation by cougar

 tends to remove some of these animals.

 However, it must be stressed that cougar do not invariably

 select the weak and the sick.

 Many deer in prime condition are taken annually by cat


(c) The final benefit is that of prey-population regulation.

 Animal populations have the ability to rapidly increase and

exceed the land’s capacity to support them.

Predation is one factor which has, through the long history

 of evolution, acted to control natural populations.

The relationship between the cougar and its major prey

 species  is no exception.

Without the slow but constant removal of animals from a

 population the prey populations will increase until some

other  factor, probably either disease, climate or food

exerts an upper limit.

 Control by any of these three may be drastic and sudden,

and animal populations so affected often drop to very low

 levels before a period of recovery sets in.

The human hunter has, in part, reduced the necessity

for the predatory activity of large cougar populations to help

 regulate most of British Columbia’s big-game populations.

However, to maintain the several natural predator species

 including the cougar, restricted hunting seasons and bag

 limits  have been designed to allow room for man and the

 wild predators.





Posted by: cherylyoung | February 18, 2014

Making a Contribution to The Saanich Peninsula Hospital


karen morgan

Congratulations, Karen Morgan! Our Foundation’s

Executive Director is the proud recipient of a Diamond

Jubilee Medal – awarded to individuals who have enriched

their community. During Karen’s 13 years with the

Foundation, more than $23-million has been raised.

Karen enjoys every minute of her work, which she calls

“…the most fun you can have and still get paid!”

Making a Contribution

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital

has a long tradition of outstanding medical care.


Patients have long understood the many benefits of

our hospital.

For many needs, residents of the peninsula appreciate

being close to home

 Our phenomenal team of nurses consistently receives

rave reviews for their compassion as well as great care.

These are demanding times for healthcare, but the

people of the Saanich Peninsula continue

to demonstrate a deep and abiding commitment to

“their” hospital.

Their generosity has encouraged the staff and doctors,

who have developed a proud history of providing the

very best care.

In turn, that care and compassion has engendered an

ever greater spirit of generosity

in the community.


Here’s what you can do:

Become a member

It’s $25 per year, entitles you to vote at the AGM and

receive a tax receipt

Attend an event

Annual Campaign: Many family members and friends

make donations to honor a loved one.

The foundation uses these funds to purchase equipment,

train staff and volunteers in palliative care treatment

and to support innovative programs such as music therapy,

all of which enhance end of life care at the Saanich

Peninsula Hospital.


In Memoriam: Many family members and friends

make donations to honor a loved one.

The foundation uses these funds to purchase equipment,

train staff and volunteers  in palliative care treatment and

to support innovative programs such as music therapy,

all of which enhance end of life care at the Saanich

Peninsula Hospital.

Planned Giving Program: Consider adding a clause in

your will, making a donation of shares or other planned

gift, to ensure that your hospital remains an important

part of the community into the future

 Call or email us and we can get you started


Help us renovate, update and make the Saanich

Peninsula Hospital modern and responsive.

You and your family will be ensuring the best options

for care are available for the whole community

We are  you, your neighbours, your

friends or family.

People all over the Saanich Peninsula care about the

health care available to them close to their homes.

Each year, thousands in our community contribute

hundreds of thousands of dollars to ensure that

the Saanich Peninsula Hospital has the newest and

best equipment.

The Saanich Peninsula Hospital is one that offers

tremendous personal care delivered by devoted and

compassionate staff.

One in eight adults on the peninsula opened their

chequebooks to give the Foundation a tangible vote of

confidence by contributing to our campaigns to build

and equip a new Emergency Room.

“You have dreamed with us, and you have reached

into your pockets to make the dream a reality.”

– Board President Lorne Jack


    Twitter Feed
    Did you know that you can host an event to help
    update and modernize our hospital?
    Contact us for tips: #yyj
    VIDEO: February is hearth health month! Our Chief of Staff,
    Dr. Ambrose Marsh shares his heart health tips!

    Featured Articles
    Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa graciously hosted an
    event to benefit the Saanich Peninsula Hospital
    Foundation on February 6th
    . In addition … 

    Dr. Ambrose Marsh, Chief of Staff at the Saanich
    Peninsula Hospital speaks about heart health tips.  

    Making a Contribution

    The Saanich Peninsula Hospital has a long

    tradition of outstanding medical care.

    Patients have long understood the many benefits of

    our hospital.

    For many needs, residents of the peninsula appreciate

    being close to home.

    Our phenomenal team of nurses consistently

    receives rave reviews for their compassion

    as well as great care.

    These are demanding times for healthcare, but the

    people of the Saanich

    Peninsula continue to demonstrate a deep and

    abiding commitment to “their” hospital.

    Their generosity has encouraged the staff and

    doctors, who have developed a proud history of

    providing the very best care. In turn, that care and

    compassion has engendered an ever greater spirit

    of generosity in the community.

    Here’s what you can do:

    Become a member

    It’s $25 per year, entitles you to vote at the AGM

    and receive a tax receipt

    Attend an event

    Annual Campaign: Many family members and

    friends make donations to honor a loved one.

    The foundation uses these funds to purchase

    equipment, train staff and volunteers in

    palliative care treatment and to support innovative

    programs such as music therapy, all of which enhance

    end of life care at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

    In Memoriam: Many family members and friends

    make donations to honor a loved one.

    The foundation uses these funds to purchase

    equipment, train staff and volunteers

    in palliative care treatment and to support

    innovative programs such as music therapy,

    all of which enhance end of life care at the

    Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

    Planned Giving Program: Consider adding a

    clause in your will, making a donation of shares

    or other planned gift, to ensure that your hospital


    an important part of the community into

    the future.

    Call or email us and we can get you started

    Help us renovate, update and make the

    Saanich Peninsula Hospital modern and responsive.

    You and your family will be ensuring the best

    options for care are availablebfor the whole


    Saanich Peninsula is also one of the sponsors of the following eventccreated with you Safety and well being in mind


Posted by: cherylyoung | February 15, 2014



sidney 44
January 29, 2014  by
February 20, 2014
7:15 am to 10:00 am

Venue: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC Date:   Thursday February 20, 2014 Time:    7:15AM – 10:00AM

Tickets are available by contacting the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Full breakfast will be served – Members – $35   Non-Members – $45 Advance purchase only – no ticket sales at the event

Email: Phone: 250-656-3616



This is an expanded event from previous years – With an audience participation component addressing the current Peninsula Business Environment.

7:15 – 7:45:            Breakfast

7:45 – 7:50            Welcome and introductions of mayors, councillors, MP/MLA etc.

7:50 – 8:20:            Mayors’ presentations (10 minutes each)

8:20 – 8:30:            Short 10 minute break

8:30 – 8:45:            Jim Bennett introduction of Tim Wake (former general manager of the Whistler Housing Authority)

8:45 – 9:00:            Presentation by Tim Wake on Affordable Housing

9:00 – 9:50:            Audience Participation (provide suggestions and solutions):

“What are the constraints that limit your business/organization?”

9:50 – 10:00   Closing remarks and thank you.

Business sectors represented:

  • Agriculture:
  • Medical:
  • Housing/Development:
  • Manufacturing:
  • Marine:
  • Tourism:
  • Transportation:

We are offering a unique opportunity to sponsor this event and showcase your business!

Table sponsorships are going fast at $150 per table and includes 2 event tickets

Contact the Chamber Office to participate

Mayors Bio’s

Larry Cross – Sidney Larry Cross is a long-time resident of the Sidney area and was first elected Mayor in December 2008. He also served as a Councillor from 2005 to 2008. Mayor Cross is committed to ensuring Sidney’s long term sustainability and to working in partnership with the community to make certain everyone has the opportunity to be heard and contribute. Accessibility and approachability are very important to the Mayor and he proves this by the numerous public events and meetings he attends, his response to telephone enquiries and his establishment of the Mayor’s Open Door.

Larry previously had a 37 year career as a popular teacher and school administrator which included time at Parkland Secondary, Saanich Middle School and the Saanich School District. He retired in 2003 and now, when his busy schedule allows, is a Private Consultant in the K-12 Education Sector specializing in Human Resources/Labour Relations issues.

He has served as President of the Education Undergraduate Society, UVIC; Saanich Teachers’ Association; and School District Administrators’ Association as well as Chair of the Vancouver Island Chapter, BC School Personnel Administrators’ Association. Larry has also been very involved with the University of Victoria, serving as President of the Alumni Association, Chair of the Alumni Communications Committee and was elected twice as a Senator.

Larry has been active in the community since 1973 including being Chair of the Friends of Sidney/North Saanich Regional Library; Memorial Park Society; Sidney Police Advisory Committee, Deep Cove Ratepayers Association and being the North Saanich Recycle Coordinator. He also was instrumental in the creation of Pat Bay Park.

After taking office, Mayor Cross introduced a reorganization of Council’s Committee structure resulting in the creation of the Community Development Commission, Healthy Community Commission, Parks and Infrastructure Committee, Protective Services Committee and the Administration and Finance Committee which are all working very successfully for the community.

External agencies Mayor Cross represents the Town on are: Capital Regional District Board; Capital Health Board; Greater Victoria Labour Relations; Peninsula Recreation Commission; and the MPS Joint Finance Steering Committee.

Larry and his wife, Dianne, have been married for 47 years and have a daughter in Vancouver and a son in Dublin – both attended Sidney/North Saanich Schools and the University of Victoria.

Alice Finall – North Saanich Alice is a long term resident of North Saanich and has been involved in the community in a volunteer capacity for many years. She is married to Derek and has three adult children. She recently retired from her law practice in Sidney where she worked for over twenty-six years. Alice was a Councillor in North Saanich from 1993-1999. She has most recently been the chair of the North Saanich Agricultural Advisory Commission. She has also been a member of the Environmental Advisory Commission and liaison to the Tree and Hedgerow Committee and Agricultural Task Force. She is a past elected member for Victoria of the BC Provincial Council, Canadian Bar Association.

Alice was a founding member of the North Saanich Food for the Future Society and co-organizer of the first North Saanich Farm Market. She was a founding member and Chair of the Society for Governance Advocacy in North Saanich. Alice was a member of the North Saanich Community Advisory Committee, which developed community vision for the 2007 Official Community Plan. She was director and chair of the Peninsula Streams Society and a founding member of the Friends of Dominion Brook Park Society. She also incorporated and was a founding member of the Canadian Association for Williams Syndrome.

Alastair Bryson – Central Saanich Alastair was born and raised in Ayrshire, Scotland. He graduated as a veterinarian from Edinburgh University. Since emigrating to Canada in 1982, he has owned and operated three veterinary hospitals. He continues to practice veterinary surgery two days a week and fills the balance of his week with a mix of politics and farming. He lives on a sheep farm in the Mount Newton Valley which he operates with his wife and two children. Alastair was first elected to Central Saanich council in 2005. He served two terms as a councillor and was elected to the position of Mayor in November 2011. He also sits as the Central Saanich Director on the CRD board and he has been re-appointed as CRD Board Chair for 2014.


Posted by: cherylyoung | February 12, 2014

Thrifty’s Sidney new flower and Gift Shop


Thriftys 022

Sidney by the Sea, we welcome this beautiful flower and gift shop to our community and of course everyone knows Yvette.  She gives new meaning to Customer Service.  Congratulations Thriftys, A huge supporter of the community

Thriftys 015

Thriftys 014

Thriftys 012

Thriftys 013

Thriftys 016

Thriftys 017

Thriftys 018

Thriftys 020

Thriftys 002

Thriftys 003

Thriftys 004

Thriftys 005

Thriftys 007

Thriftys 008

Thriftys 009Thriftys 010

Older Posts »



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,591 other followers

%d bloggers like this: