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May-June 2014

Community News
Burnside Gorge
Mark it in your calendar! Selkirk Waterfront Festival: May 24, 2014
10AM 3PM
e sure to attend this fun-flled family event that of-
fers something for everyone - Explore exciting car-
nival style rides and FUN activities in the family fun
zone, savour tasty foods in the international food court,
shop for unique items in the Artisan Craft Market and
enjoy live entertainment by local performers!
This years line-up features Caleb Kennedy and the
Colts, Salsa Caliente, as well as Boogaloo en Orbit, and
the hot sound of Motown masters The Soul Shakers
are guaranteed to shake things up!
VOLUNTEERS are needed for many different areas
of the festival: set-up and take-down, traffc fow, stage
assistants, and the vendors market and food caf. A
great opportunity to enjoy the festival AND contribute
to your community!
Email: selkirk@burnsidegorge.ca or call Suzette at
250-388-5251, ext 225 for more information.
How to Get to the Festival
The Selkirk Waterfront Festival takes place in the
Selkirk Waterfront Community along the Gorge, just off
of Gorge Road East where it meets Jutland Road. It is
easily accessible via the Galloping Goose Trail or public
transit buses #11 or #8. See you there!
Weekly Rates & Hours
Regular Care 8:30am - 4:30pm Fee: $145
Extended Care 7:30am - 5:30pm Fee: $165
Daily Drop-in (subject to availability) Fee: $35
Each child receives a summer camp t-shirt. Please
do not send candy, soda, gum, electronic games,
cell phones or toys.
We Offer:
A licensed child care facility for children
aged 5-11.
Quality care in a safe environment where
children are treated as individuals.
Exciting activities, great feld trips and a
nutritious daily snack.
Summer Day Camp Programs at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre
What to bring:
Picnic-style lunch
Hat and sunscreen
Bathing suit and towel
Water bottle
Appropriate clothes for
the days weather
Slide Into Summer- Join
our summer camp to meet and make new friends,
play games and explore our community
W-F July 2-4 * (pro rated for 3 days)
Eco Exploration- Be kind to our planet. Fun and
educational activities that help us all contribute to
maintaining a healthy environment.
M-F July 7-11
Healthy Kids- Have fun
while learning about good
nutrition and everyday ft-
ness, lets GO! Bowling,
gymnastics, swimming.
M-F July 14-18
Natures Art- Using na-
ture to inspire our creative
side, painting, clay, collage,
sun prints, Goldstream Na-
ture House.
M-F July 21-25
Farms & Gardens - Spend the week visiting
farms and gardens on the island, berry picking,
dairy farm, so much to see and learn.
M-F July 28-Aug 1
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Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014
May-June 2014
Volume 28, No. 3
Published by the
Burnside Gorge Community Association
471 Cecelia Rd
Victoria BC
V8T 4T4
Phone: 250-388-5251
Fax: 250-388-5269
Note: Written contributions do not necessarily refect the
opinions of the BGCA or its staff.
BGCA Board of Directors
Tamara Leonard-Vail, President
Tracy James, Vice-President
John Sanderson, Treasurer
Michelle Peterson, Secretary
Samuel Jang
Murray Langdon
Avery Stetski
To Advertise
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to cover publishing costs. Establish yourself as a
community supporter with an ad in your community
The Burnside Gorge Community News is published bi-
monthly. 7,000+ copies are delivered throughout the
Burnside Gorge and Tillicum neighbourhoods.
The deadline to purchase ad space is the 15th of each
month prior to publication. Please contact us for current
rates and information.
Editors: Geraldine Bulosan, Rachel O'Neill
Production & Layout: Geraldine Bulosan
Phone: 250-388-5251
Email: geraldine@burnsidegorge.ca or rachel@
The Burnside Gorge Community News welcomes
contributions from community members. Please note that
submission does not guarantee publication. Articles will
be subject to editing as required for clarity and brevity.
About the Burnside Gorge Community Association
Your community association is your link to the City
of Victoria on neighbourhood ideas and concerns. We
welcome residents to participate in our committees and
we host regular meetings to bring neighbours together to
ensure your voices are heard.
The Burnside Gorge Community Association operates
the Burnside Gorge Community Centre. The community
centre is both a neighbourhood house and a recreation
We provide family resource programs and services
that respond to the needs of families in the area such as
family outreach, parent & child programs, childcare, a
youth centre and special events. We offer educational and
recreational activities such as yoga, dance and language
We also provide a number of popular special events
throughout the city, including the Selkirk Waterfront
Festival, the Gorge Waterway Cleanup, the Halloween
Monster Mash, Santa's Pancake Breakfast and the
Community Christmas Dinner.
Stay connected with Burnside Gorge:
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Photo by Peter Mitham
Burnside Gorge Community Centre
Room Rentals
For meetings, conferences, parties and family gatherings, we have a wide
variety of rooms available to suit your needs. We offer wireless internet,
in-house or order-in catering services, and rental equipment, all at afford-
able prices.

Activity Centre: max 120 guests Board Room: max 8 guests
$65/hr $250/half day $400/full day $35/hr $110/half day $180/full day
Education Centre: max 40 guests Group Room: max 10 guests
$55/hr $200/half day $300/full day $45/hr $150/half day $200/full day
Gymnasium: max 150 guests
$35/hr $150/half day $250/full day

For more information, or to make a booking, call 250.388.5251 ext.226.
y name is Samuel Jang and I joined the
Board of the Burnside Gorge Community
Association last August. I am very appreciative to
work with people who are passionate about Vic-
toria and place such a
high value on improv-
ing the living conditions
for people who call this
place home.
I moved to Victoria
from Vancouver three
years ago. My employer,
BC Investment Manage-
ment, is located in the
Selkirk waterfront; I am
the owner of a lovely two
bedroom apartment fac-
ing the Galloping Goose
trail at 365 Waterfront
Crescent; and my spiri-
tual activity SGI [Soka
Gakkai International]
Buddhism takes place
once a month at the
Burnside Gorge Com-
munity Centre where
space is rented out to in-
terested parties.
I grew fond of the BGCA after one of many
Buddhist chants - exploring the downstairs of the
community centre, I admired the childrens draw-
ings, the bright open spaces used as classrooms,
and the rooftop garden.
Seeing a posting online
for a board member, I
felt I could contribute my
business and fnancial
skills as well as offer con-
tacts at my employer for
fundraising purposes.
On the BGCA board,
one of the topics that
always comes up is
making our community
more liveable and invit-
ing to live in, whether it
involves making a rec-
ommendation for a spe-
cifc change or a broader
set of planning activities
that will lead to bigger
It is an honour to be
working on the board! If
you see me, please feel
free to say hi.
On Board:
with Samuel Jang,
Board of Directors
Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014 3
The Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week is turning 20!
By Theresa Gulliver, Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society
A Few Cycling Safety Tips
By Cst. Kathi Brown and Cst. Allison Johnson,
Community Resource Ofcers
ow that the sun is shining, it seems that more
people have dusted off their bikes for some
spring cycling. We are lucky to have such great
pathways and so many bike lanes in the city so that
we can cycle in safety. We want to pass along a few
safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe
while enjoying cycling:
Ensure that you have a helmet which fts you
properly and that you wear it on your head
(it doesnt keep you safe when it is hanging
from your handlebars).
Before going riding, do a quick safety check
of your bike to ensure that your wheels are
attached frmly to your bicycle, your chain
is in good working order and that your tires
are adequately pumped.
When you are ap-
proaching an intersec-
tion, slow down, even
when you have the right
of way, to ensure that
other drivers are yield-
ing to you. Even though
you may not be at fault,
you will be the one who
gets injured in a col-
lision so please enter
intersections cautiously.
When you see a car
getting ready to pull out
or merge in front of you,
try to make eye contact with the driver to
ensure that the driver sees you coming.
Wear bright clothing and ensure that you
have a working headlight and tail light and
refectors for riding at night.
Have fun and be safe!
he Camosun College Certifed Dental Assistant Program visited our Burnside Out of
School Care program on March 25th. They talked to the children about oral hygiene,
brought some giant teeth for the children to brush, and gave each child a goodie bag that
included a tooth brush, foss and other information related to oral hygiene.
They also shared information about their Preventive Public Clinic for children and
youth age 5-15 years beginning in May for 3 weeks. Services are $25.00 or less and may
include: polishing, fuoride application, x-rays, sealants and oral hygiene instruction.
Contact 250-370-3184 to make an appointment.
OSC brushes up on Dental Hygiene; Camosun College's annual public
Dental Clinic starts in May
he Greater Victoria Bike to Work Week is cel-
ebrating its 20
Anniversary May 26 June
1, 2014!
Since 1995,
Greater Victoria
Bike to Work Week
(GVBTWW) has
grown to be one of
the regions most
supported and recognizable events. The week-long
event attracts over 7,000 commuter cyclists each
year, including about 1,000 new cyclists. Have you
ever participated?
This busy community event introduces
participants to a viable transportation alternative
in a fun and accessible way; many commuter
cyclists in Greater Victoria credit Bike to Work
Week with getting them out of their cars and onto
their bikes for good.
With fun events, prizes, peer and employer sup-
port, the 2014 Bike to Work Week event will fea-
ture over 20 high-profle events across the Capital
Region, including the popular kick off barbeque
and the 20
Anniversary closing celebration. Our
anniversary grand celebration is expected to
draw the largest participation this event has ever
seen at Centennial Square on Saturday, May 31.
The Commuter Challenge bike versus car
friendly race will be held one week before Bike
to Work Week on Wednesday, May 21. Following
the rules of the road, teams plan their own starting
point and end in downtown Victoria demonstrat-
ing that cycling is convenient and comparable (or
even quicker) in time to driving.
1995 was the inaugural
year of the Bike to Work
Week event. A core group
of commuter cyclists felt
that a commuter cycling
event was intrinsically at-
tractive to current enthusiasts and could raise the
profle of cycling to work to interest more people in
the activity. Minis-
try of Government
Services supported
the frst year of the
event with govern-
ment employees as
the target audience.
Two years later the non-proft Greater Victoria
Bike to Work Society was formed. To this day the
Society remains focused on developing the profle
of the cycling community and of course, safety.
The Greater Victoria event has grown substantially
from the approximately 50 teams and 500 partici-
pants in 1997 to 660 teams and over 7,000 partici-
pants today.
To aid cyclists safe-
ty, the Greater Victoria
Bike to Work Society of-
fers a suite of Bike Skills
courses for beginners
and experienced riders.
For the frst time you
can register for a course
in your own community!
Get ready to have fun
and show your support
in Canadas cycling capi-
Registration for the
Commuter Challenge,
Bike to Work Week and
Bike Skills Courses start in April. Visit
Stay up to date with event information by fol-
lowing us on Facebook or Twitter at: www.face-
book.com/BiketoWorkVictoria or @BiketoWorkVic
Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014 4
Activity Guide
The Burnside Gorge Community Centre
offers a variety of free and low-cost programs
for all ages ranging from tots to seniors.
Outdoor public facilities include the Cecelia
Ravine Sport Court and Bike Skills Park. Public
transit buses #8, 11, 21 and 22 run along the
streets that parallel or border Cecelia Road.
The community centre is located just out-
side the downtown core at 471 Cecelia Road,
between Burnside Road East and Gorge Road
East. We also operate the Burnside Community
Campus at 3130 Jutland Road.
The Community Centre is also accessible via
the Galloping Goose Trail.
We look forward to seeing you and hope you
enjoy your time in the neighbourhood! For more
information, please call us at 250-388-5251.
Have a look at the various programs
available for you, your family or your friends.
A number of our programs are either drop-in
programs or registered programs.
Participation in a drop-in program does not
require you to register. The drop-in programs
are open to everyone suitable for the age range
and the interests which are described by the
write ups.
Drop-in programs may have a low-cost fee or
may be free of charge as listed in the write up.
Registered programs require participants
to register for the program according to the
program registration options and payments.
It is always recommended that participants
register as this helps ensure that your favou-
rite programs will run.
Unfortunately some courses may be
cancelled due to low registration. If this
occurs, refunds will be provided.
Cash, cheque, debit or credit cards (MC or
Visa), and City of Victoria L.I.F.E. credits.
Registration and payment may be done in
person or over the phone with a credit card or
valid L.I.F.E. credits.
Call us at 250-388-5251 for more info.
All programs take place at the Burnside Gorge
Community Centre unless otherwise noted.
Burnside Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Rd
Burnside Community Campus
3130 Jutland Rd
The L.I.F.E. program is designed to ensure
equitable access to recreation for all City of
Victoria residents regardless of their ability to
The program provides a combination of
annual credit and a regional admission card
to eligible low-income individuals and fami-
lies to use towards recreational programs and
services in all City of Victoria recreational
facilities and jointly-operated centres.
Application forms for L.I.F.E. 2014 are
available at the Crystal Pool and Fitness
Call Crystal Pool at 250-361-0732 for more
The Family Centre will be closed from Sunday June 22 to Tuesday July 1st,
re-opening Wednesday July 2.
Toddler Art Drop-In (25 yrs)
Explore your creative side! Each week features a different craft designed with the preschooler in
mind. Smocks and soap provided. Please dress children in clothing that can get messy and they can be
creative in. Parent participation is required.
$2 per child/Drop-In
46932 Wed Apr 30- June 18 9:30am-10:30am
46932 Wed July 2 Aug 20 9:30am-10:30am
Kindergym Parent and Tot Drop-In (2-4 yrs)
Join us for active play in the Burnside Campus gymnasium. There are ride-on toys, climbers, slides,
balls, hoops and various sports equipment. The program includes free play, organized games and
circle time. Best suited for ages 24 yrs yet all children under 5 yrs are welcome. Parent participation
is required.
Free Drop-In at Burnside Campus, 3130 Jutland Road
46928 Tue April 29-Jun 17 9:30am-10:45am
Playground Drop-In (2-4 yrs)
Join us on Tuesday mornings throughout the summer at Rudd Park. Socialize with other parents
while your child enjoys outdoor play. A nutritious snack is included - Free of charge. Parent participa-
tion is required. Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hats.
Free Drop-In at Rudd Park (Irma St at Harriet Rd or Boleskine Rd)
46930 Tue July 8 Aug 19 9:30am 10:45am
Family Dinner & Drop-In
Families are invited for a delicious dinner prepared by staff and volunteers every Thursday eve-
ning. After dinner, stay and play in the family centre or hang out in the youth centre. Assistance with
set-up and clean-up is appreciated. Dinner is served at 5:00pm.
*Donations appreciated
46921 Thu May 1 June 19
Dinner: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Drop-in: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Summer BBQ & Drop-In for Families
Join us for a delicious BBQ and salad served out on our back patio. Lawn chairs and blankets rec-
ommended as seating is limited. Program is by donation.
*Donations appreciated
46922 Thu July 3 Aug 21
Dinner: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Drop-in: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Parent and Tot Playgroup Drop-In (0 to 5 yrs)
This is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to meet and play in an informal at-
mosphere with toys, books and crafts. Snacks provided. Groups may not meet on school holidays and
Professional Development Days.
46923 Apr 1 Jun 28 Free Drop-In
Tue 11:00am-12:00pm
Wed 10:30am-12:00pm
Thu 6:00pm-7:00pm
Sat 11:00am-12:00pm
Mother Goose (0 to 5 yrs)
This program incorporates music, stories, and fun for you and your little one! The Parent Child Moth-
er Goose program encourages child development through music, stories, movement, and attachment
parenting. This program is offered in partnership with Success by 6 South Vancouver Island. Parent
participation is required. Please call 250-388-5251 for more information or to register.
*Mother Goose will not run in the months of July and August 2014
46929 Sat Mar 29 Jun 21 10:00am 11:00am Free Drop-In
CheCk Out Pages 1 & 8
for Summer Day Camp
Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014 5
Sol Food Cafe & Sol Fine Foods
Cafe, Deli, Catering
T. 250-381-6629
F. 250-381-6618
#101-2955 Jutland Rd
Burnside Youth Centre Drop-In (Ages 12-18)
Bring your friends or meet new ones at the Scene Youth Centre. Activities
include playing pool, air hockey, free internet and computer use, foosball and
more. We also have a WII, Playstation 2 and an awesome theatre room where
you can watch movies on a big screen. For more information on the Youth
Drop-In Nights contact Brittany at 250-388-5251, ext 254 or email brittany@
Mar 26 Jun 27 | Free Drop-In
Wed 5:30pm-8:00pm
Thu 4:30pm-8:00pm
Fri 4:30pm-8:30pm
Guy Stuff at Burnside
Guy Stuff is a safe and supportive program for youth ages 11 to 16. A variety
of activities are offered including pool, air hockey, free Internet and computer
use, foose-ball, WII, and Playstation 2. This weekly drop-in will help youth to
build self-esteem, manage confict and develop social skills in a group setting.
For details contact anthony@burnsidegorge.ca.
April 30- Jun 25 | Free Drop-In
46924 Wed 4:30pm-5:30pm
Were having a party to celebrate the launch of a new name AND a new
Facebook page for the Youth Centre.
BBQ & Refreshments Prizes Games and other Fun Stuff!
This event is free and open to all youth and their families.
Call Brittany at 250-388-5251 for more info.
*Pre-registration is required
*No class August 3
Note: For parents who have never registered their child in a Sportball pro-
gram before, Sportball is offering a frst class free trial for the Outdoor Soc-
cer programs. Parents need to call the Burnside Gorge Community Centre in
advance to sign-up for this offer. When a parent calls to sign up for the free
class (make sure they know it is for the frst class only), fll in their name and
contact information on the spreadsheet provided in the Program Binder. Let
them know that if they want to sign their child up for the rest of the program,
they must call us to register their child in the remaining 5 classes (pro-rated
for 5 weeks).
To register or for more info call 250-388-5251
Parent and Child Outdoor Soccer (2-3yrs)*
Parents and caregivers can have a direct hand in a preschoolers develop-
ment through our Sportball soccer classes. Children are taught the funda-
mental skills necessary to excel in soccer. These include throw-ins, dribbling,
trapping, passing, goalie skills and more. Classes are dedicated to skills de-
velopment and putting those skills to work in an exciting, non-competitive
Location is Burnside Community Campus, Sports Field
47110 Sun July 6-Aug 17 9:00 -9:45am 6/$104
Outdoor Soccer*
Sportball coaches develop competence and confdence on the feld in Sport-
ball soccer classes. Children are taught the fundamental skills necessary to
excel in soccer. These include throw-ins, dribbling, trapping, passing, goalie
skills and more. Classes are dedicated to skills development and putting those
skills to work in an exciting, non-competitive game. Fees include a Sportball
jersey in spring program, jersey and ball in summer program.
Outdoor Soccer (4-6yrs) | Location is Burnside Community Campus, Sports Field
47113 Sun July 6-Aug 17 9:45-10:45am 6/$104
Outdoor Soccer (7-10yrs) | Location is Burnside Community Campus, Sports Field
47115 Sun July 6-Aug 17 10:45am - 11:45am 6/$104
Multi-Sport Camp*
What a fantastic experience for a child! Available in morning or afternoon
half-day sessions. Sportball camps focus on eight core sports: hockey, soc-
cer, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and football, and also include
arts and crafts, snack time, stories, music, co-operative games and theme
days. Camps are run indoors and outdoors, depending on the location and
July Three Day Camp | Location is Burnside Community Centre
47116 Ages 3-5 Wed-Fri Jul 2-4
9:00am-12:00pm 3/$84
47118 Ages 6-9 Wed-Fri Jul 2-4
1:00pm-4:00pm 3/$84
August - Four Day Camp | Location is Burnside Community Centre
47117 Ages 3-5 Tue-Fri Aug 5-8
9:00am-12:00pm 4/$112
47119 Ages 6-9 Tue-Fri Aug 5-8
1:00pm-4:00pm 4/$112
Bringing Your Practice Home
Tips, tricks, & information to create your own personalized home prac-
tice. This two hour workshop will cover essential aspects of a well-rounded
yoga practice including breath, joint health, strengthening & building fex-
ibility and stamina, and the importance of relaxation - as well as ways to stay
interested & motivated. Hand-outs & practice cards will be provided to set
you on your way to a successful personal practice. Instructor: Cedar Sorensen
47365 Sat May 17 10:00am 12:00pm 1/$25
Flow Yoga
Flow yoga is a practice in which the postures are linked with the breath in
a fowing sequence, one posture gracefully fowing into the other. Practiced
mindfully and with attention to alignment, this practice calms the mind, in-
creases fexibility, strength and balance. Instructor: Cedar Sorensen
46933 Mon May 5 June 16 5:15pm 6:15pm 6/$54
No class May 19
46934 Mon June 23 July 28 5:15pm 6:15pm 6/$54
Fresh Air Yoga
Get refreshed through this invigorating outdoor hatha fow yoga class.
Gain strength, improve fexibility, enhance balance and release stress through
breathing, posture, fowing movements, relaxation, and inspiring nature ap-
preciation readings. Jenny Feick of Nature Wise Yoga provides alignment
guidance and a range of options with increasing challenge, so all levels can
play and progress. Class will move indoors in poor weather.
47091 Tues June 3-June 24 5:30pm 6:45pm 4/$39
47092 Tues July 8- July 29 5:30pm 6:45pm 4/$39
Gentle Yoga
Therapy for
Yoga therapy takes
the approach of gen-
tly and slowly gaining
strength and mobil-
ity in intelligent and
educated ways. In a
supportive environ-
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Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014
101 Burnside Rd. West ( between Tillicum and Harriet )
Mon. to Fri. 7:30am to 9:00pm
Sat., Sun. & Hol. 9:00am to 6:00pm
ment, learn how to strengthen yourself and how to move and hold your body
to prevent injury and speed recovery.
Erica will focus on areas that affect how you function in daily living, in-
cluding hands, fngers, hips, feet and toes. Learn tools and exercises to bring
you ease of movement. Instructor: Erica Fritch
Fri May 2 June 6 11:00am 12:00pm 6/$59
Fri June 13-July 18 11:00am 12:00pm 6/$59
Lunch Hour Yoga Therapy
Therapeutic yoga focuses on mobility of the joints and strengthening the
muscles that govern and support those joints. Erica will teach the use of props
(blocks, straps, therapy balls, a chair, wall space) to support and deepen your
poses and increase awareness of how you hold your body. Ideal for your mid-
day break, join us for a guided stretch and stress-release time that will bring
you ease. Instructor: Erica Fritch
47120 Fri May 2 June 6 12:15pm 1:00pm 6/$59
47124 Fri June 13-July 18 12:15pm 1:00pm 6/$59
Mom and Babe Yoga (0-1 yrs)
The life of a new mom is hectic, exhausting, demanding. Sometimes we for-
get that it is also beautiful, full of wonder, and a short part of our lives. Come
connect with other new moms and their babies and take time to nourish your
body and mama spirit. Keep your priorities in line through the changes in
your life and experience a time of release for yourself and your babe. Instruc-
tor: Erica Fritch
47122 Fri May 2 June 6 1:15pm-2:15pm 6/$59
47123 Fri June 13-July 18 1:15pm-2:15pm 6/$59
Yoga for Active People
This series of classes will help you get in condition for the outdoor activi-
ties you love to do - hiking, running, cycling, kayaking, sports, etc. Learn to
mobilize the power of your body, mind and spirit through posture, move-
ment, breath and optimism so you can stay active throughout your life. Jenny
Feick of Nature Wise Yoga offers alignment conscious, nature-inspired, hatha
fow yoga, and provides options for all levels.
46925 Wed April 2-May 28 7pm 8:15pm
8/$79 *No class May 21
Yin Yang Yoga
This class will begin with a more vigorous yang sequence based on the
sun salutations to build heat & strength in the body. In the second part of the
class, well slow things down with longer held postures that build fexibility &
mobility in both the body & mind. This allows us to move beyond the muscu-
lar level & exercise the connective tissues of the body. Yin yoga is a wonder-
ful practice that creates space and length in the body and renews our energy
resources (qi / chi / prana), as well as affording us the opportunity to grow
in mindfulness & presence. Instructor: Cedar Sorensen
47366 Wed May 21 Jun 25 5:00pm 6:00pm 6/$59
Seniors Lunch and Learn
Join us for a nutritious soup luncheon, make new friends, and learn some-
thing new from a variety of guest speakers and weekly themes. A delicious
homemade soup is served from 12-1pm, complimented by a delicious dessert.
We then move into a social setting or hear from guest speakers on a variety of
topical subjects. Call 250.388.5251 for more information.
46931 Tue April 1-Aug 19 12pm2pm $3/Drop-In
Yoga Therapy for the Older Adult Tues, May 20, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Learn how yoga therapy can assist you in gently and slowly gaining strength
and mobility. Erica will focus on areas that affect how you function in daily
living, including hands, fngers, hips, feet and toes. Learn tools and exercises
to bring you ease of movement. Erica Fritch, Certifed Yoga Therapist
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Gluten & Wheat Sensitivities & Autoimmune Disorders Tues, April 29, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Dr. Jennifer Gratton, Naturopathic Physician, will discuss the following
key topics: overview of glutens history and modernization, unraveling glu-
tens overall effect on the gut and body, distinguishing between gluten allergy,
sensitivity and/or intolerance (Celiac Disease), how un-diagnosed gluten sen-
sitivities can contribute to many auto-immune disorders and helpful tips to
avoiding gluten in you diet and safe ways to repair gut health.
Living to 100 & Beyond Tuesday May 13, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Many of todays children will live for a century or longer... not just a few -
many! As for todays generation, it has caught many of us by surprise - were
living longer - way longer - so even more important that we take care of our-
selves to be prepared for our journey and the bonus years ahead. Living to
100 and beyond is here... now!
With this new longevity, how and what do we need to do to be prepared?
Living longer requires a Whole Picture perspective that includes not just
mental and physical ftness but also the fnancial ftness to support and enjoy
your longevity & lifestyle.
Frank and Tina Moore will share valuable insights on preparing for those
bonus years, and explore concepts and tools that can be used to achieve opti-
mal health in all aspects of your life.
Presenter Profiles:
Tina Moore
Tina has over 10 years of experience in ftness training on land and in wa-
ter, and lives her lifelong passion for ftness by assisting active adults. A certi-
fed Personal Trainer and Aquatic Instructor with BCRPA*, she develops tar-
geted programs that help her clients meet their goals and objectives, whether
they are seeking to improve their cardiovascular endurance, entering a rehab
program, or engaging in ftness for the frst time. Tina will provide a picture
of healthy aging, exploring the many benefts of an active lifestyle, and the
steps to get there.
Frank Moore
Frank has an extensive background in business development and plan-
ning, an MBA, and over 25 years of being engaged in wealth planning. After
attending a workshop on Living to 100 and Beyond, Frank was inspired
to connect his lifelong passion for fnances with the realities of what it takes
for people to support and enjoy an active, rewarding lifestyle in their senior
years. Frank will look at the big picture of how were living, and provide us
with practical tools to prepare for the future.
May 4: Plant Sale, 1-4pm, 71 Obed Ave.
By donation proceeds beneft the Gorge Park Community Gardens.
Donations of plants (fowers, veggies, herbs, berries) in labeled containers
for this fundraiser are welcome and can be dropped off between April 29-
May 3.
For more info contact Gabe at 250-382-1328.
The Annual Balfour Avenue Street Sale is looking for a volunteer to
coordinate this 20+ year old community event which takes place in June.
To apply or for details call 250-385-6154.
May 28: Imagining Possibilities
Presented by Soroptimist International of Victoria Westshore
This one day conference offers young women ages 16-24 the opportunity to
fnd their passion in life and take charge of their future.
Wednesday, May 28, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Olympic View Golf Club, 643
Latoria Rd, Victoria, BC. Transit, shuttle van from Langford Exchange, and
parking available.
Entry by donation, $10.00 minimum suggested, payable by PayPal or at
the door. For more information and registration:
si-victoriawestshore.com/ImaginingPossibilities or contact either Suzanne
Heron via email at suz.heron@gmail.com or phone 250-891-7495 or Michele
Hansen via email at michelehansen@shaw.ca or phone 250-896-2294.
Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014 7
Rob Fleming, MLA
Victoria Hillside
1020 Hillside Avenue
250 360.2023
Serving Our Community
Dodds Furniture
across from Mayfair shopping centre
715 Finlayson St
Call 388-6663
We wont be undersold!
Locally owned and operated. Serving Victoria since 1977.
650 Hillside Ave
Victoria BC, V8T 1Z2
Guaranteed service since 1959
Fax 250-384-8860
By C.A. LHirondelle
s I was developing My Help Book of community resources, the most
frequent question asked was: why are you publishing a paper version?
There is an assumption today that everyone has good access to the internet.
Yet despite the image of everyone walking around with smart phones, tab-
lets, laptops and wif, a digital divide separates those who have good access
to the internet and those who dont. A 2012 Statistics Canada survey shows
income as a key factor in determining personal internet use. In Greater Vic-
toria the top income group ($87,000+) has 98.4 percent online access and the
lowest income group ($30,000 and below) has 73 percent access (27 percent
without). Canada-wide the numbers are 95 percent for highest income group
and 62 percent for the lowest.
Lack of internet access is a huge barrier for people who need to fnd help
online or who need to apply for jobs, programs or benefts. Less obvious but
more poignant is the affect on isolated people who might also lack transporta-
tion or mobility and who are desperate to stay in touch with friends and fam-
ily. And politically, the digital divide means a double democracy whammy of
lack of access to information (being informed) and lack of giving information
(having your voice heard).
Beyond complete lack of access, there are also other barriers to online re-
Having a slow computer and/or internet connection;
Needing to print things out and not being able to afford ink for cheap
Vision problems due to lack of eye care or proper glasses;
Having a computer but not enough time to use it;
Too many people sharing one computer;
Literacy barriers and diffculty knowing key words when searching for
important information.
Lack of computer skills due to not enough equipment, practice and
In addition, Canada is one of the most expensive countries for internet and
cell phone service (OpenMedia 2013; CBC Mar.20, 2014). Combine that with
high housing and transportation prices (a bus pass is $85/month) and it is not
surprising signifcant numbers of people use public computers at libraries,
community centres and cafes.
For environmental reasons many people cheer the demise of printed sourc-
es of information. However, anyone reading Made to Break: Technology and
Obsolescence in America by Giles Slade can see that the green argument is
actually grey. There are big environment costs to tech gadgets, however, most
of these are invisible to the consumer, unlike paper, which causes visible clut-
ter and tedious recycling chores.
The trend towards digital information will continue. Yet, the digital divide
will remain for some time as the impact of the problem is too easy to ignore
given more visible and pressing social problems.
More information is available at www.MyHelpBook.me or write: P.O. Box
8441 Victoria BC V8W 3S1.
For past 20 years Find A Computer A Home has provided recycled com-
puter equipment to assist the disadvantaged citizens of the Victoria area. If
you have a newer working laptop that you want to donate, contact them via:
The Digital Divide
he reception desk at the Burnside Gorge
Community Centre is a busy hub of phone
calls, clients visiting for an appointment or a
drop-in program, or a family looking for help.
The volunteers who help with these daily tasks
have been invaluable in many ways. They help
make the community centre a friendly and wel-
coming place to visit and are a helpful resource
for staff, clients and the public.
In our Spotlight for this Spring issue, please
meet Caroline, one of the volunteers youll meet
here at the community centre.
Why is volunteerism important to you?
After having raised my own family I realize
that is it vital to have support available. Some-
times it can be diffcult to get the resources you
need, or even know where to look. One of the
most important ways to lend a hand is through
the community centres. I hope that by giving
BGCA Volunteer Spotlight
a few hours of my time each week, I can make a
small difference to someones day.
Do you have a favourite spot in the Burnside
Gorge neighbourhood?
My husband and I spend a lot of time walking
our dogs in the many convenient parks and trails.
I feel privileged to have so many amenities close
What do you enjoy doing when youre not
I like to spend time with family and friends, as
well as working part-time at Cupcakes Uptown.
Both my sons have recently moved from home,
but I still like to give them a hand when I can.
Also now that spring has come, I look forward to
getting out in the garden.

Thank you, Caroline, for volunteering with the
Burnside Gorge!
If youre interested in volunteering other cur-
rent opportunities include:
Selkirk Waterfront Festival: May 24, 2014
see page 1 for details or call Suzette Del-
mage at 250-388-5251, ext 225 or email
Friends of Cecelia Ravine: 1
of every month help remove invasive
species, replant native plants and monitor
the natural areas in Cecelia Ravine Park.
Contact Rachel ONeill at 250-388-5251,
ext 223 or email rachel@burnsidegorge.ca
Burnside Gorge Community News: May-June 2014
Have you heard of Zorbing?
Climb into a giant inflatable
human hamster ball for
your next party!
875 Viewfield Road
Victoria, BC V9A 4V2
250-384-6424 | offce@cucvictoria.com
y name is Laurel MacKay and I am one
of three Youth and Family Counsellors at
Spectrum Community School who are employed
by the Burnside Gorge Community Association.
The Youth and Family Counsellors have many
roles in the school one of them is assisting
young people and families in believing things
can be different and helping them fnd hope dur-
ing times when it may seem like it is not possible.
Many of the young people we work with strug-
gle with grief and loss issues, mental health con-
cerns as well as substance use. Their world can
often feel so small and they can be disconnected
from the wider community. I am working on a
project that may change this for some of our stu-
The idea originally came from a neighbour of
mine Brenda Heath who used to work at the
Austin State Hospital in the United States. She cre-
ated a project where local artists in the commu-
nity worked with the youth at the hospital to create
murals that symbolized what Hope looked like to
We decided to create a similar opportunity at
Spectrum Community School. The idea is to gather
as many ideas and pictures as possible from stu-
dents that refect what Hope looks like for them.
Then, artists from the community will work one
on one with some of our students to create a piece
of art that will later be transferred onto a wall at
the school.
The goal is to have a gallery of Hope that these
students can leave behind for other students to en-
joy and be inspired by. It can be easy for youth to
engage in unhealthy coping mechanisms in order
to get through diffcult experiences the hope is
If you could visualize Hope, what would it look like?
By Laurel McKay, Youth & Family Counsellor at Spectrum Community School
Fun with Science- A week full of science experiments, hands on activities,
building volcanoes, egg drop, invisible ink, and more!
T-F Aug 5-8
Take a Hike- One of our favorite weeks, full of outdoor adventures, nature
hikes, enjoy our local parks and beaches: Wittys Lagoon, Christmas Hill,
Mount Doug.
M-F Aug 11-15
Its a Wrap- Last week of camp to take in as much as we can.
M-F Aug 18-22
An action-packed adventure camp that takes you outdoors for rock climb-
ing, zip-lining, motocross, swimming and more! If you are looking for a sum-
mer full of adventure and fun, this is the camp for YOU!
Priority space for weekly camp registration with daily registration options
available once minimum numbers are met ($39/day if space is available).
Register early, as spaces are limited. Call Brittany for detailed information at
250-388-5251 ext 254.
A Sweet Start to Summer
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 4/$129
46903 M-F Jun 30 Jul 4 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
No camp on Tues July 1
Pedal to the Metal
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 5/$159
46904 M-F July 7 - 11 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Epic Adventure
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 5/$159
46905 M-F July 14 - 18 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Island Summer
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 5/$159
46906 M-F July 21 - 25 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Summer Blast
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 5/$159
46907 M-F July 28 Aug 1 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Island Discovery
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 4/$129
46908 T-F Aug 5 - 08 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
No camp on Mon Aug 4
...Summer Camps continued from page 1
Swim, Explore, Ride
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 5/$159
46909 M-F Aug 11 - 15 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Ultimate Summer
Burnside Gorge Community Centre 5/$159
46910 M-F Aug 18 - 22 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
*Registration and waiver forms for Camp Survivor will be avail-
able online starting April 28, 2014.
that through this process, they can make some
healthy connections in the community and learn
to explore their creative selves while realizing
they can see light rather than darkness.
This event will take place at Burnside Gorge
Community Association on May 24th and 25th.
If you are an artist who wants to share some of
your gifts with our students or if you have do-
nations of food, time, money or art supplies to,
offer please contact me via email at lmackay@
sd61.bc.ca. We look forward to hearing from you
and collaborating with you.
When the world says, Give up, Hope
whispers, Try it one more time.
- Author Unknown