Posts Written OnSeptember 2014

How many 13-year-olds have their own cheering section? Not many, but there’s always an enthusiastic group to cheer on Jalen Price every time he laces up the skates. For example, at the Island Tier 2 peewee hockey final, a large group of Price fans were in the stands at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena to watch the young sniper and his talented teammates crush Saanich 14-3. Included in the group were several young ladies holding a homemade sign reading: We (heart symbol) Jalen. And the team captain didn’t disappoint, scoring five times and adding a hat track in the romp which…

It all started with a boat. The Goforth was its name and Alf and Margaret Bayne did indeed go forth and their legacy is still going forward 70 years later with Camp Homewood on Quadra Island celebrating its 70th anniversary this summer. “Basically, it started with Alf getting a boat and then getting a wife…almost in that order,” said Irwin Harder general director of Camp Homewood. “Their honeymoon was basically on the boat. It became their home for the first several years.” Camp Homewood originated in 1944 when the Baynes began ministering to families and children in isolated areas on…

A unique place watched over by a group of dedicated volunteers. With spectacles, white hair and a mid-length white beard, Don Griffiths is not what you’d immediately picture as a guardian. But the “city guy from Vancouver” is indeed one of the guardians of Mitlenatch Island who spend one week a year roughing it in a rustic hut on the provincial nature reserve as a volunteer park ranger. The gregarious nature-lover has bullhorned warnings to wayward anglers, encouraged well-meaning day trippers to stay on the trails and even convinced a gun-toting boater who told him he “doesn’t like to go…

Lindsey Innes has always been a high achiever. A hard worker, she has always taken advantage of the opportunities given to her. And from a young age Innes stood out. At just four-years-old she competed in her first rodeo. By the age 13 she was competing at a professional level after filling out her pro rodeo permit on her first run – a feat that normally takes horse and rider several races to accomplish. Innes did not disappoint – winning the Abbotsford Pro Rodeo while competing as a professional for the first time. While barrel racing and horseback riding is…

Eagles fly off the fabric. Waves ripple along the seams. Trees grow out of the stitching. A Carol Seeley quilt is not just a pretty bed covering, it’s a work of art – practically a sculpture. Pinned to a wall in her large, brightly-lit, multi-windowed home studio is one of Seeley’s latest commissions. It’s a forest scene split by a tumbling creek and even though it’s far from finished, already tall tree trunks emerge from the quilt’s surface. “I really like putting dimension in my work,” Seeley says. Seeley demonstrates the technique she’s using to create the branches. Tiny pieces…