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by Paula Kully –


These Ladies Had to Go into Business Together!
If your last names (maiden) are Hansell & Halkett, you simply have to go into business together! That’s exactly what partners Patricia Pearson and Ashley Stelck have done as they open Hansell & Halkett Vintage Home Décor in the garden courtyard in Sidney. Hansell & Halkett was born out of the love for good quality timeless pieces and a desire to reduce our footprint, while at the same time creating aesthetically pleasing spaces. The duo is committed to offering products that have a positive impact on the people who make them, and as little impact on the environment as possible.

Lovely Ladies
Two other enterprising and entrepreneurial businesswomen, Elyse Rosling and Murrae Wilson, recently opened La Boutique Salon and Shop in the former Barbara’s Boutique location at 2392 Beacon Avenue. La Boutique offers hair styling, eyelash extensions, cosmetic tattooing and other esthetics and carries an array of locally made jewelry and accessories. This is the second shop in Sidney operated by this dynamic duo.


A New Adventure for an Old Friend
After 25 years with the Sidney Museum, and over two decades as its Executive Director, Peter Garnham is taking his first step toward retirement. Peter will be operating in the capacity of Associate Director three days a week for a limited time during the transition for the new Executive Director, Alyssa Gerwing, who has been the Assistant Director. Peter will fully retire in the spring of 2021.

New Head Honcho for Central Saanich
The District of Central Saanich has a new Chief Administrative Officer. Christine Culham assumed the role on October 5. Culham is a housing expert who comes from the Capital Regional District where she was the senior manager of the Capital Region Housing Corporation.

Team Spirit
Viola Van de Ruyt is excited about her growing team at Vanderuyt Wealth Management Group, a full-service financial planning and advice firm located in Sidney that caters to single women. Team member Racheal Jamieson recently passed her Canadian Securities exams and is now a licensed Investment Associate. She will be invaluable in assisting with client services to the company’s growing clientele.


Our Favourite Gallery is Back
The ArtSea Gallery has reopened while following COVID-19 directives of the Provincial Government and Worksafe BC guidelines. ArtSea has a full schedule of artist-led shows coming up this season that can be viewed on their Exhibition Calendar on the website at

Pure Energy Becomes Permanent
Acclaimed sculptor Armando Barbon generously donated his bronze sculpture “Pure Energy,” to the Town of Sidney. The sculpture was relocated from Eastview Park to Beacon Park where she will remain as part of the Town’s permanent collection. ArtSea Community Arts Council administers the Sculpture Walk on behalf of the Town and their hard work resulted in the donation and relocation of the sculpture.


Kids are the Real Winners
The Hughesman Morris raffle, with funds raised going to Sidney Elementary School, has officially been drawn. The first place winner is Pacifica Real Estate Inc. while second and third place winners are Ian Brown and Don Stewart. The raffle raised $6,564, which will be essential in providing supplies that students need to get the education we all know they deserve. Sidney Elementary is grateful to the community and all who supported them!

For this Fall’s Reading Hour
Looking for something new to read this fall? You might be interested in Grandfathered – Dispatches from the Trenches of Modern Grandparenthood by Ian Haysom, a Peninsula resident and former journalist. Released by Heritage House, the book is an intimate, sharp and often humorous look at the grandfathering journey in the 21st century.


Make a Splash
Get out your flippers and snorkels; Panorama pool has reopened! Of course, there are safety protocols in place, which include requiring all participants to reserve a one-hour time slot in advance online or over the phone.

From Shnitzel to Butter Chicken
Sadly, Bistro Suisse, famous for its schnitzel and bringing a Swiss-inspired, fine dining menu to the community, will not be reopening post-pandemic. In its place, Royal Aroma – The Indian Bistro has opened. Sounds yummy!



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