Last Word from the Editor-in-Chief

by Allison Smith – 

As I sit here writing this month’s column, despite today’s rainy forecast the sun is streaming in my window and I can hear birds happily twittering away. It seems a good omen for things to come; spring is here in all its green glory, summer is on the horizon, and hope has arrived.

When I give this issue a final read before sending it off to press, a strong theme emerges: while our focus is on family, the issue is also full of stories of looking forward and plans for the future. Perhaps we just can’t help ourselves, in this time of fresh starts and renewal!

In the coming months, farm stands and markets will be overflowing with produce; in “One Food, Three Ways” (pg. 18) Sous Chef Katrina Archibald shares some of her favourite ways to use the local zucchini harvest.

Also looking ahead to a local harvest are the young men from Farm or Die (“Living Off the Land,” pg. 52), who hope to “create access to good food and increase people’s food literacy.”

Local Patricia Pearson is on a fresh path and looking forward to the future – she recently welcomed a new addition to her family, and shares the story of her adoption journey on page 10.

In working with the Youth Action Team at Shoreline Medical, Whitney Welsh, Youth Action Coordinator at Shoreline, feels “more hope than anything she’s done before” when talking about the future of youth mental health after Covid (“Inside Out,” pg. 39).

And if your hope for the upcoming season is to try something new, we’ve got ideas for that too, with a Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens (pg. 30) or Coral Payne’s helpful hints on how local women can get involved in sailing (pg. 13).

Our hope at Seaside is always that you enjoy our stories as much as we enjoy gathering and sharing them with you, and as always we so appreciate your support! Here’s to a wonderful sunny spring and summer.

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