PenderBlog From The Pender Islands Of Canada

March 12, 2010

Let’s talk about mental health…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 3:10 pm

From Kim Brown:

Over 100 Pender Island residents attended the play written and performed by Alan Weeks entitled “That’s Al Folks!” last September and more than 50 stayed after the production to talk about mental health needs on our island. The Pender Island Mental Health Initiative invites you to continue the dialogue…

On Saturday March 27th at 7:30 PM at the Pender Community Hall you are invited to view the critically-acclaimed film “House of Sand and Fog.”  Admission by donation.

“This 2003 film is a modern day tragedy about life and death that is profoundly emotional and poignant.  The movie stars Jennifer Connelly as Kathy, a depressed, recovering alcoholic, and Sir Ben Kingsley as Behrani, a former high-ranking Iranian colonel working hard at two menial jobs to create success for his family.” (From Movies and Mental Illness.)

Everyone is invited to stay afterwards for an open discussion.  Mental health professionals will be in attendance to answer questions.

Thanks to PIRAHA (Pender Island Recreation and Agricultural Hall Association) and the Pender Island Film Group for their assistance and support.

About Alan Weeks, author of “That’s Al Folks!“:

“Alan Weeks, from Mayne Island, was diagnosed with schizophrenia ten years ago. Before his illness he’d acted in eight Mayne Island Little Theatre productions, so once he had recovered from his psychosis, it was natural for him to want to write and act out a play about his illness. At times the play is humorous, so don’t be thinking it’s going to be a downer!” – from

and from the Pender Island Health Centre website:

Crisis and Mental Health Counselling
250 629-0032
24 Hour Help Line, Call Anytime
Rob Willingham, Crisis and Mental Health Counsellor
Program Description: Crisis intervention, mental health support, information and referral. For individuals, couples and families. Visits in the home or at the Health Centre by appointment.

August 9, 2009

Media Watch

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 12:26 pm

From MACLEAN’S magazine

There’s beauty hiding in the weeds

By Julia McKinnell – Thursday, August 6, 2009

Seaweed lowers cholesterol, thickens sauces, and can give you skin as soft as Johnny Depp’s

On B.C.’s remote Hornby Island, population 900, Norwegian-born Vera Rønningen teaches local women how to make use of washed-up seaweed for food and beauty products. Rønningen sells packages of her seaweed beauty products locally at the co-op grocery store and boat rental kiosk for under $20—giveaway prices when you consider that Estée Lauder charges $130 an ounce for a seaweed cream called Crème de la Mer worn by Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp.

“I haven’t used skin cream for 10 years, just my seaweeds,” says Rønningen, who’s dressed in brown coveralls and work boots, her long blond hair tied in a bun. She has a bachelor’s degree in marine ecology from UBC and a master of science from Norway’s University of Bergen.

For the full story, visit

Maybe we could get her to come to Pender and give us an educational workshop.

Contact Vera @ 250-335-3106 or email:

June 16, 2009

Fundraiser for cystic fibrosis…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 11:55 am

Submitted by Tracy Hodgins:


Hopefully most Penderites now know that Jan Letts – co-owner The Stand, every year raises money for cystic fibrosis (C.F) in memory of a former employee Naomi Wilde.

This will be her 6th year.

Jan and friends will swim in the ocean – from Mortimer Spit to Hamilton Beach/Browning Pub beach. We had around 10 swimmers last year including 4  children aged 10/13yrs.

It is approx 2 nautical miles and YES IT IS FREEZING.  However it is also a fabulously exhilarating experience – average person takes around 40-50 mins – everyone comes in under the hour.  Jan is like a fish and takes only 32 mins!!

We have safety boats – so no reason why anybody can’t join in this worthy cause.

27th June – Poets Cove.  There will be a silent auction – lots of business’s have donated gifts for this event – but it will only be good if people come and take part in the fundraising. So please let as many people know as possible,  Jan and friends will be training in the pool that day too.

Last years total raised was over $12,000 – an amazing achievement – please come and support us.

Thank you


March 22, 2009

Health Center update…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:14 pm


The centre during construction

The new Health Centre is now fully operational.  In addition to the expanded medical clinic, emergency treatment room, practitioner offices, and new inner courtyard, there is now a meeting room used by the Health Care Centre, which is available for community use.  This room will hold 15 to 20 people for activity classes or group meetings.  Please contact (250) 629-3326 for information.

Three new practitioners at the Health Centre are Dr. Mark Wensley, chiropractor, who has moved his Pender practice from its Port Washington location;  Jane McIntosh, the new Community Support Worker; and Tracey Adams, the new nurse.

The Health Centre is a community owned and operated facility that meets ongoing operating costs through practitioner rents, Capital Regional District and Vancouver Islands Health Authority support, and donations.

Community contributions raised before the recent building expansion, helped pay for the operation and equipping of the Centre, but during the expansion all funds donated by the community have been diverted to that need.  The result has been that the Health Centre has drawn down its operating reserve, which needs to be replenished.

The Centre gets considerable support from community organizations and businesses, but is also reliant on support through donations from individuals.  Donations are tax deductible and can be made by cheque or credit card.  Mail or drop off your donation to:

Pender Islands Health Care Society, 5715 Canal Road, Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1.

Your support can truly make a difference.

March 21, 2009

Penderites seek MS Walk pledges…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 5:59 pm

 Submitted by Vicki Dutton:


The Pender team of Bob Jabusch, Vicki Dutton, Gaye Jabusch and Ian Dutton, known as Vicki’s Valkyries, will walk in the MS Walk in Victoria on April 5 to raise money for the MS Society of Canada. The funds raised through pledges by team members go primarily toward research into the possible causes of what can be a devastating neurological disease.

The event is geared to those with and without MS so participants can walk or run three-, six- or 10-kilometre routes. Donations can be made online to any members of the team or the team itself at

Please enter Valkyries as the search word.

If you don’t want to donate online, cheques made out to the MS Society of Canada may be mailed to Vicki Dutton, 4714 Buccaneers Rd., Pender Island, BC V0N 2M2 or a donation may be dropped off by phoning 250 629-6387.

Hope for good weather on Sunday, April 5 because although it can be a lovely route to walk, when it’s raining sideways along Dallas Road, it’s downright miserable.

Thank you.
Vicki and the Valkyries

February 7, 2009

YogaKids = YogaFun

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 7:18 pm

Submitted by Marcia Olmsted:

The Pender Island YogaKids March Break Camp will be offered at the Dragonfly DayCare Centre March 17, 18, and 19th, 2009.

Based on the renowned  “YogaKids”* program, the Pender Island March Break Yoga Camp lets Pender Kids from ages 3-12 yrs. explore movement and breath, blending traditional yoga postures with music, art, reading, and fun!  You and your children can take 1, 2 or all three sessions and learn animal postures and sequences that can be practiced and continued at home.

This program is open to all Pender families. Limit of 8 children per class, register soon! Parents must be in attendance for all classes.

March 17th, 18th, 19th
Ages 3-5:  8:30-9:15 am
Ages 6-8: 9:30-10:30 am
Ages 9-12: 11:00am to 12:00 pm

Fees:  FREE through a generous grant from PICCS

Instructors:  Marcia Olmsted, Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer; Debbie Katz, M.Ed, YogaKids Teacher-in-training

To register or inquire:  Email Debbie at, OR phone Marcia at 250-629-6185.  A .pdf file of the event can be viewed here: yogakids.pdf

*Wenig, Marsha. YogaKids: Educating the whole child through yoga. (Stewart, Tabori & Chang. 2003)

January 25, 2009

RIPS Canadian Race Week 2009

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 6:33 pm

This year the RIPS Canadian Race Week will take place from Port Browning on Pender Island from Saturday August 15th to Wednesday Aug. 19th.  This event is open to PHRF-NW, PHRF-BC and One Design.  But hurry!  The registration cut off is January 31st.  The entry fee is $14/foot which includes regatta entry, moorage, and on-shore activities.  Log on to for more information and Notice of Race and Registration or call RIPS Yachting Ltd. at 250-656-0599.

November 13, 2008

Interesting Islander…

Filed under: Recreation, Health and Fitness — Jocko @ 9:59 pm

Marcia Olmsted, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) is newly offering yoga classes at her studio on South Pender, and in good weather, outdoors overlooking the serenity of Razor Point and Saturna Island.

Viniyoga is a highly adaptable and healing form of yoga that benefits people of all ages, levels and physical abilities, including those with health issues and limited mobility.  It has been referred to as “Yoga for Wellness” that makes use of modified yoga poses designed to meet the specific needs of an individual, and to enhance healing, flexibility and strength of joints. Viniyoga poses are also intended to promote a feeling of well-being and strength with emphasis on coordinating breath and movement.

The next 4 week class which starts Saturday Nov. 15th is full, but Marcia would be happy to schedule more sessions on demand.  She also does private sessions for those who are new to yoga and want to get started in a private environment or who are addressing specific health and wellness issues.  Marcia also does personal fitness coaching.

For more information, email Marcia at or call 250-629-6185

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