GoWestShore Magazine Oct 2018 E-Edition

In this Issue

The Issue of Food Waste

Did you know that roughly 1/3 of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year —approximately 1.3 billion tonnes—gets lost or wasted? To put the amount into perspective, that is enough food to feed 3 billion people a year. Canada throws out approximately 40% of the food that we grow. The average Canadian each year contributes 170kg (873 lbs.) per person to that pile of waste. It’s disconcerting, isn’t it, to see how much food is wasted. In fact, a great deal of this waste happens before we even see the food in our grocery stores. 

Out & About…September 2018

If you missed an event or two this month, its no wonder, there was a lot going on. Our GoWestshore Out & About Crew captured some of the highlights for September 2018.

Working to Cool Things Down

As our West Shore community grows, the requirements of Fire Fighting services will grow, too. So, the municipal fire chiefs are working very diligently together to find ways for greater efficiency in a cost effective manner to keep our families safe. Every fire department has something to offer.

Getting a Jump on Fires!

New technologies and innovative ways to think about fire and its behaviour are making a real difference in the way firefighters work in Canadian forests. Here are a few of those new firefighting technologies, some of which are still being tested:

• ‘Safeguard’ is a continuous water curtain technology system that uses 120 water sprinkler cannons — some of which can pump out up to 1,250 gallons of water per minute — to create a more than 180-metre-wide water curtain between the wildfire and a town. Fort St. James is testing this system.

Dog Grooming Q&A

This month I sat down with our Grooming Manager, Kelsey, and chatted about her experience as a dog groomer and what makes her job so special every day!

Q: In twelve years of grooming, what has become your favourite part of the job?
A: My favourite part about being a dog groomer is gaining a dog’s trust and helping them overcome a specific issue. Although it’s viewed by many owners as a ‘spa day’ for their dogs, grooming can be quite a stressful, fearful, experience for some. I need to communicate to an anxious dog that everything will be OK. Being able to help dogs through that stress and build up trust with them is a very special time for me; it makes my day that much better!

Showcasing technology of tomorrow

Walking up the front steps of the TELUS Future Home, I’m greeted by the upbeat words of a woman welcoming me home.

I look around, searching for this greeter. Instead, the voice repeats herself and I realize that this virtual welcomer is speaking to me through a pane of glass at the entryway to the home. She asks me to scan my face to unlock the front door. I oblige, and once inside, a team of enthusiastic TELUS Future Home hosts show me around station by station.

In the kitchen, the refrigerator suggests some meals I can make based on the groceries I have on hand. It also suggests I pick up a few items I’m low on next time I’m out, and gives me the option to make a grocery list with the tap of a screen.

Encouraging Possibilities & Healthy Living

PCFSA is dedicated to delivering vital services to the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford and Sooke. 2018 marks our 50th year of community service with educational, counselling and creative programming maintained in collaboration with partner agencies across the CRD.

Our PCFSA programs provide counselling and support services to all persons within the community. Services are delivered based on individual need and circumstance. Our mission is to enhance the quality and dignity of life for individuals and families. By encouraging healthy patterns of living, the lives of youth and families are enriched as they acquire the skills they need to improve connections to family and build on community relationships.

Ocular Imaging Technology

Have you ever been referred to an eye specialist’s office for additional testing? One of these tests may have been an OCT. Have you ever wondered why your eye doctor has recommended this test and what it is for?

OCT, or Ocular Coherence Tomography, is a non-invasive and painless diagnostic instrument used to create an image of your retina and optic nerve. While similar to a CT scan in the way that it produces images of your internal body structures, the OCT uses light—instead of radiation—to rapidly scan the layers of your retina and create a 3D cross-section of the area. What that scan reveals about the condition of your retina can be interpreted by an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.

Celebrating Life, Sharing Food

Hello! My name is Michael Williams. I am a classically-trained chef, born and raised in Victoria. I have traveled to many places in the world to learn my craft and now I am happily settled in Victoria. Many people know me as the ‘Country Grocer’ chef. For the past three years, I’ve been the Executive Chef offering catering services to all of the ‘Sands Funeral Home’ locations on Vancouver Island, including Colwood.

I use my culinary knowledge to create a varied menu of sandwiches, wraps, desserts and platters. Everything is made from scratch, using fresh, local ingredients, whenever possible. On a typical day, you will find me baking my own focaccia and other breads, making mayo from scratch, creating Chorizo Sausage Rolls with pasture-raised Metchosin pork and roasting and slicing all the meats used for sandwiches. I also make all desserts from scratch.


Technology and tradition aren’t usually two concepts that go hand-in-hand; but, when it comes to the Victoria Shamrocks, both ideas are critically important to the team’s front office operations.

“We have an amazing fan base that covers almost every demographic,” says Gareth Gilson, Fan Experience Manager with the club. “Because of that, we have to provide face-toface, telephone, and online services to our fans who expect it.”

Owning a Home is a Partnership

What happens when you separate from your partner, but you remain on good terms with each other? For Cecelia and Howard, the answer was building a solid investment in real estate together.

When they first approached the Auxilium Team, Cecelia and Howard owned two houses together, each with a rental suite; she was living in one property, he was living in the other, and they had tenants in place in both suites. They wanted to buy a third property, which Cecelia would move into, turning her existing home into a full rental. In order to make the most of their investment to date, they hoped to use the equity in Howard’s property for the down payment on the new home.

Are We There Yet?

The average time a person spends at a job is about four and a half years. Apparently, the life span of a learned domain skill, like a computer language, is about five years. That’s a lot of mind shifts for one lifetime, isn’t it? How are we coping? For most of us, it means continually learning and adapting because change is the one constant that never changes, right? Just when I think I’ve understood something, something else comes along to shift things around once again. I’m starting to feel like responding to change is my full time job!

As a result, I don’t need to look far to find a good example to share with you. I had a big shift happen to me while we were preparing this issue. When the staff here at the magazine set the ‘Technology and Innovation’ theme for October, I had no idea what that theme would actually looked like for our community. In fact, I thought it was going to be difficult to identify enough innovations to showcase. I was gobsmacked at how ill-informed I was.

An Innovative Culture is the Heart of Lee Valley!

When Lee Valley began 40 years ago, it was a simple mail-order business selling just one item, a barrel stove kit, out of Leonard and Lorraine Lee’s small Saskatchewan log cabin home without any electricity or running water! It may seem to us today that a barrel stove is an unusual choice for a product line. But, back in the day, barrel stoves, unshielded, were the only source of heat for homes and schools during cold winters months.

Growing up on a farm, Lee and his brothers learned to be resourceful. Under the guidance of their father, a carpenter and farmer, they built everything from granaries to barns to chicken coops. “Even my primitive [farm] training was of substantial benefit to me later in life,” Lee said. “I was able to convert my hobby of woodworking into a business.” He always said he preferred job content over a salary because he was more creative and productive doing work that he liked. “When I do work I like, I’m a happier person,” he said. He applied some of the marketing research skills he had obtained while working in the Canadian Foreign Service to critically look at the Canadian woodworking market. With the help of his family, he decided to test that market by selling barrel stove kits in rural weeklies. It was tough. But it worked.

Breaking New Ground @ Belmont Residences West!

The much-anticipated Belmont Residences West broke ground on September 6, adding 80 new homes to the urban-meets-suburban lifestyle community in Langford. Roughly 30 home-owners took part in the celebration that starts the construction on their future homes.

“We’re very excited to be breaking ground on phase two,” said Eric Gerlach, vice president of development for Belmont Residences. “The community has been incredibly supportive of the development, so we look forward to creating even more new home opportunities for the West Shore’s growing population.”

Spotlight on Innovation

The Jack White Annex on the Camosun College campus is an unassuming building, originally used for sheet metal trades. Today it houses ‘Camosun Innovates’, a multipurpose space that was repurposed to support an interdisciplinary classroom of the future for applied research, manufacturing, social innovation and sport innovation.

You wouldn’t believe the sophisticated suite of intellectual, technology and manufacturing assets students and faculty have access to. This is where student-industry partnerships connect and where, together, ideas are turned into reality.