Posted On March 29, 2018 By In Regulars With 196 Views

First Word with Sue Hodgson

There’s something about the clocks springing forward that brings a sense of optimism. Even the most cynical of us can’t help but feel a twinge of excitement the first time we leave for work in daylight. The start of the new season also provides us with the chance to review the season past and note the successes and things we’re thankful for. Last month, on March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day by hosting our annual Woman To Watch cocktail event (pg 11), and announced our 2018 winner, Tamara Knott, owner of Bright Greens Canada (pg 18). A deserving winner, as writer Doreen Gee notes: “Tamara is a visionary and a game changer, she embodies the kind of female ingenuity that fuels innovation and progress.”

This issue will definitely encourage you to get out of any winter funk with the announcement of the BC Boat Show moving to Sidney, happening May 3 to 6. It’s hosted by British Columbia’s Yacht Brokers Association and has grown to become the largest in-the-water boat show on the West Coast. Over the four-day run you can expect to spend hours touring the boats of your dreams, seeing the latest yachts both new and used and observing many interesting demonstrations. If the blossoming spring is unable to revive your weary soul, jump aboard page 67 and read about Jeff McLeod’s journey on his live-aboard boat. Jeff’s passion for sailing around the world just might inspire you to become more seafaring!

We’re exploring double themes this month: nautical and environmental. If boats are not your thing, then perhaps try reading about Emily and Maiya’s vision (pg 35) to improve sustainable business practise by turning waste – specifically coffee grounds – into a resource. They will surely motivate you to get outside and be a helping hand in the community. By taking clues from her household recycling, Interior Designer, and Seaside columnist, Krista Rossato offers up practical ways for us to go green on page 77. In fact several of our columnists have their fingers in the soil this month, with practical and inspiring ways to grow some of your own food.

We invite you to take some time after work, relax, and let your spirits be refreshed with this issue of Seaside. Oh, and as the weather blossoms, don’t forget about the bees … plant your wildflowers!



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