GoWestShore Magazine Feb 2018 E-Edition

In this Issue

SECRET MESSAGES HIDDEN INSIDE FLOWERS

If you’re planning to send flowers to a loved one or want to celebrate a special occasion on Valentine’s Day, the following flower language might help you to create arrangements that have a lot to say! Combine colours to create more complicated messages. Different colours of flowers have different meanings, so choose carefully!

THE AMAZING PROPERTIES OF CHOCOLATE

It’s difficult to know exactly when chocolate was born, but many historians have estimated that chocolate has been round for about 2,000 years. Recent research suggests that it may be even older.

There are over 300 naturally-occurring chemicals in chocolate that stimulate a broad range of positive emotions and provide high food value to keep us healthy and energetic! Here are some interesting facts:

Falling In Love with Exercise

So you’ve made it through January. Great work! You’ve established an exercise routine but now the hard part begins: maintaining the change and learning to love the process. Here are 3 ways to help fall in love with exercise. Chelsey Oyka, Kinesiologist at CBI Health focuses on FUNctional fitness & rehabilitation to help reach your goals.

FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME

In 2017, Victoria Shamrocks defender Ben McCullough won the ‘Most Popular Player Award’ as voted by the fans. He started playing lacrosse at the age of 10. McCullough says, “I have so much passion for the game. I’ve loved it ever since I started playing.”

Caring for Your Pet’s Teeth & Dental Health

We all know that feeding our pets a healthy and balanced diet is essential to their overall health, but a solid dental care regime is just as important. Cats and dogs can begin to show signs of periodontal disease at a young age, depending on their breed, eating habits and genetics.

Periodontal disease is characterized by a build-up of plaque and tarter on teeth above and below the gum line. Removing plaque buildup and keeping your pet’s teeth clean is crucial as this disease can lead to gum infection, tooth loss and other health problems if left untreated.

Vitamins for the Eyes

Diet and nutrition play an important role in the overall health of the eyes and may even help prevent macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. Omega-3, a fatty acid which can be found naturally in fish, flaxseed and walnuts, is one of the most popular supplements people take today—and for good reason! Your body can’t make them.

Many studies have shown omega-3 may help in treating dry eye syndrome. It can also act as an anti-inflammatory agent which supports good heart health.

Why I Love Working With My Family

I’m very lucky to have been brought up in a family business. DriveWise BC has been operating for more than 40 years and for many of those, I’ve had the privilege of having some role in the company. Whether it was office cleaner in my elementary school days or director of operations, which is my current role, I’ve looked forward to going to work everyday because I get to work with my family.

A family business isn’t for everyone, but for our family, we’ve taken a lot of pride in building something together. My parents, Pat and Arthur Harris, started our business in 1975 and they are still passionate about delivering high quality driver training and excellent customer service.

Pastry Chefs Get All the Love!

As winter begins to recede in our tropical corner of the Great White North, my thoughts start to anticipate springtime with its Valentine’s Day and Easter festivities. These occasions bring copious amounts of chocolate and sweet delights guaranteed to satisfy even the most indulgent, sweet-toothed chocoholic.

While students in the Professional Cook program learn pastry and baking skills all year round, this time of year provides wonderful opportunities to explore those culinary techniques—ones that are loved above all else.

Chocolate Moments

The ‘Flavour of Chocolate Small Plates & Chef Competition’ is an evening of exquisite food, silent auction and entertainment in support of Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore (SIVW). Funds raised go towards improving the lives of girls, women, and their children locally and globally.

Last year, seven talented chefs served up a diverse array of savoury, small plates each featuring chocolate in this annual culinary competition held at the Songhees Wellness Centre. Specially paired spirits accompanied the chefs’ creations and the lucky attendees voted for their favourite dish and libation. The grand finale—an incredible chocolate dessert.

We catch up with last year’s ‘Flavour of Chocolate’ competition winner, Toivo Heyduck, who won the first annual competition in 2015 as well!

Romantic Vacation vs Love at Home

Did you know that Canadians spend more time planning their vacation than their mortgage?

A mortgage may not be as exciting, but it is something you’ll be living with for years – and if you take the time to figure it out, you may be able to afford to travel more in the future.

Here are several things to consider when deciding whether to travel or invest in your home.

LOVE IS ALL THERE IS

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner—and, arguably, one of the most romantic days of the year—planning something special for someone you love is a highly anticipated, pleasurable ritual. With so many wonderful chocolate selections, the options to kindle romantic ambiances with it are endless.

There are some things in life that just naturally go together—no questions asked. Peanut butter and jelly. Milk and cookies. Birthdays and candles on a cake. Yet is there anything more universal than the pairing of romance and chocolate? Is it romance that drives chocolate cravings or the addictive taste and sensory properties of chocolate that drive romantic desires?

A Love Affair with Music

In April 2016, the Victoria Conservatory of Music [VCM] satellite facility moved into the Westhills neighbourhood on the West Shore. Since then the staff has been dedicated to serving children, families and adults in our community with classes in a variety of disciplines including piano, strings, brass, wind, voice, jazz, percussion, composition, theory, and music therapy each taught by a highly respected and acclaimed faculty—many of whom are world-renowned performers.

I’ve spoken to several of the VCM Westhills staff and parents. All shared an unmistakable appreciation for the ‘magic of music’ that is now a part of their lives. The following interview with Stephen Green, Dean at VCM is a case in point. It’s hard to miss the excitement Stephen exudes as a participant “in a place where music [is] being brought to life every day.” Join us for our lively conversation about love, passion and music!

Spreading the Love

We met up with Joan Jackson to find out what Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore is all about.

This club brings together an amazing group of women with a lot of ideas, energy, and passion who work together to transform the lives of women and girls through various programs and initiatives.

They also host one of the most amazing Gala events which raise money for their very important community initiatives