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by Rupert Downing, Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative –  Impact investing is a fast-growing vehicle for getting a financial return while also creating positive benefits for people, the planet and communities. By 2015 the sector grew to $9.2 billion in Canada. After working in Community Economic Development in many places for 40 years, I wanted to know how we could add “invest local” to “buy local” to build our Vancouver Island communities. We did the research and modeled how funds could be managed in the B.C. context. Then we testedRead More
by Jordan Caldwell, Training by Tara Brunet –  Finally, summer has arrived in Sidney. Warm mornings, sun shining during walks down by the breakwater, and cool summer winds that breeze through late-night patio conversations. Everything about summer has that great positive vibe to it. Colours are brighter, and oddly enough water even tastes colder and more refreshing! July is right in the peak of patio season. Family and friends gather outside to play or suntan on the lawn. You could close your eyes and imagine you’re on a beach inRead More
by Dr. Kristen Bovee, Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic & Hydrate IV Wellness Centre –  With summer upon us, it is a time for fresh fruits and vegetables available locally. We can also, with a little space and intention, grow many things that will add to our daily health and culinary delight. The following are three of my favorite “mint” or Lamiaciae family botanical medicines that you can grow in a pot or garden and enjoy throughout the season. Not only do these herbs grow well, they also smell wonderful and haveRead More
by Lara Gladych –  Seaside Magazine wants to live up to our slogan of being “the voice of the Saanich Peninsula,”so, in every issue, we’ll be asking people to answer a question. We’re looking for responses from all ages and across the diverse neighbourhoods that form our community. The notion of “giving back” runs wide and deep on the Saanich Peninsula, as I see things. Here we are quick to support those who need help, to endorse a worthy cause and to rally for good where there is a perceived need.Read More
by Emily van der Kamp, Occupational Therapist –  What is it that gives life meaning? An age old question. Many people find meaning in giving back to others, whether through developing knowledge, creating art or being there for friends and family. As an occupational therapist, I spend a fair bit of time thinking about what gives meaning to people’s lives and how that plays out in everyday life. Life is marked by time, and the way we spend our time matters a lot when thinking about bringing meaning to life.Read More