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November 20, 2012

Island Savings Comes to Pender Island

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From Island Savings:


November 19, 2012

Island Savings, a financial institution that is well known for its personal service and deep loyalties to Island families and businesses, announced today that its expansion plans will now include Pender Island.

This December, Island Savings will be opening a branch at Driftwood Centre. The location was formerly held by HSBC, who is leaving the Island on December 7th after nearly 25 years of operation.

“We have a very successful banking model that is well suited for Island living,” explained Rod Dewar, President and CEO of Island Savings. “Our original expansion plans for 2012/2013 were focused primarily on the Victoria and Duncan areas; however, when we heard about the dilemma that Pender Island residents and business owners faced, we felt compelled to look seriously at a solution that would work for the Island community and ourselves.”

“We look forward to welcoming Pender Island residents to Island Savings and have a transition plan in place. We expect to be operational within the week of December 10th

Pender Island resident Janie McAulay will be working with Island Savings to set up operations for the branch. McAulay is also a former General Manager of the financial institution and is optimistic about the fit. “Island Savings stepping forward is not only a great relief for us; their brand philosophy is an ideal fit for the unique character of the Island,” she said.

“Their exceptional level of professionalism, focus on community investment and personal style of customer service reflects the values we on Pender Island take great pride in. When an organization of this size takes a personal interest in addressing the challenges that we are facing here, it says a tremendous amount about the type of community partner we will have moving forward.”

Other residents of the Island also agree. “It’s a big relief for Pender Islanders to know that there will continue to be a financial institution on the Island,” commented Jan Garnett, a Pender resident since June after many years in the Victoria area. “The fact that Island Savings has stepped forward to fill the gap says a lot about their understanding of Island community values. As fans of their way of doing business, many of us are very pleased.”

To make it easier for residents and businesses who wish to transition to Island Savings, they will be invited to do so by either accessing an online membership form after November 26th, or by meeting with Island Savings employees who will be in the community – offering in person assistance to help bridge any banking needs – prior the closure of HSBC on December 7th.

Island Savings will also be extending their Waves of Kindness offer to new members of their Pender Island branch, until December 31. For every new member account that meets the offer’s criteria, the account holder will receive $50 and can direct a matching donation of $50 from Island Savings to a registered, local charity of his or her choice.

The Pender Island branch will join Island Savings’ newest Tuscany (December 2012) and Jubilee (Spring 2013) locations in Victoria and the newly renovated Duncan Centre location as part of their three-year, $15M expansion plan announced at the beginning of this year.

Frequently Asked Questions:When will Island Savings be operational on Pender Island?

  • We expect to be open to the public within the week of December 10th.

What will happen to the staff at the HSBC location?

  • The staff that residents have worked with over the years will continue to support Pender Island through Island Savings.

What financial services will Island Savings offer?

  • We want to help the residents and businesses of Pender Island very quickly, so we will be introducing our banking services in two phases.
    • Phase 1: During the initial 60 days we will offer basic deposit and transaction services, account openings, term deposits and RRSPs. Support will be offered from Island Savings’ other branches (primarily Brentwood) for any other banking needs.
    • Phase 2: We will include virtually all other services including credit cards, lending through our business development team, small business services and bi-weekly Personal Financial Planning + Advice appointments.

How can Pender Island residents and businesses start transitioning financial affairs to Island Savings now? Do we have to wait?

  • Pender Island residents and businesses will be able to apply online for Island Savings membership and begin the account opening process after November 26.
  • Island Savings staff will also be available on Pender Island to assist with new accounts and transitions as well, with exact details still being finalized.

How can we connect with Island Savings?

  • We want to get to know you! Island Savings will be participating in community events so that residents will have a chance to meet us and have their questions addressed in person. Notifications of dates and times and locations will be posted on our website,, and at locations around Pender Island.

Island Savings is the Islands’ most recommended banking experience. As a Top 50 Best Employer in Canada, its neighbourhood experts offer financial, insurance and investment advice and products to over 58,000 Islanders. Managing a total portfolio of $2.8B under administration, Island Savings is investing $15M from 2012-2015 to expand their branch network and all service delivery platforms. Their successful Growing Island Families Together (GIFT) program has proudly given $6.45M back to members and community organizations in recent years.

August 21, 2012

Ready, set, go ducky!

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11 am Sunday, August 26th at the Canal Bridge.

Watch your duckies race to the finish line!

WIN  $1,000,  $500,  $250,  or  $100!

Pender’s Pipe Band will be playing to add to the fun.

Best viewing is at Mortimer Spit or from the water.  Park on the road and walk down.

Come early, parking is limited – carpool if possible


Get your boat or kayaks and some friends and make a day of it.

Raft up behind the floating boom, on the Port Browning side of the The Spit.

But FIRST, get your tickets!  Tickets are $5 each

Available at the Library, the Farmer’s Market or the Driftwood table on weekends.

A Pender Library Fundraiser – Support your Library!

June 5, 2012

Pender Island Public Library upgrade

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The Library will be officially re-opened on Tuesday July the third, so please do not return your books until then, but don’t worry, no fines will be owed!  All books will have a July 3rd.  due date.

The library board is happy to thank PIRAHA, which owns the library building, for agreeing to pay for the cost of the remediation work done.  All the mould and rot is gone and the building received a clean bill of health from the testing company.  Also, the board is most happy to report that PICSS (Nu-to-Yu) has given the library $10,000 towards the cost of the electrical work done in the updating. Thank you!

The Fund Raising team, led by Heather Rumble and Barb MacPherson, is hard at work planning events through the summer.  Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 16th, the renewed library’s  PREVIEW CELEBRATION!  From 1 – 4 pm, there will be tours of the library, children’s activities, toddlers’ story time, finger food and refreshments by donation and brand new book bags for sale, $15 each, 2 for $25.  The library’s brand new logo will be featured in embroidery on the bags.  Very stylish!  A big Thank You to Leroy at MinskyDesigns for donating his time to design the logo.

Starting at 5:30 pm, the fun continues at the Community Hall. “Books, Burgers & Boogie” is a licensed event (adults only) where you can grab a burger, some salads and dessert plus shake your bootie all for $20! (dance only, $10).  No host bar.  DJ Colin Watson will be providing the music. Between dances, there will be 50/50 draws and fun games for silly and not so silly prizes!  Bring your loonies and toonies and outdo your friends – see who can win the most! Tickets are available at Talisman Books and Southridge Farms. As a bonus, you can reserve a whole table (8-10 people) for only $1 per person.

A second date to note is 11 am, Sunday, August 26th. The PENDUCKY DERBY is back! Thanks to the Lions Club for loaning the little, yellow rubber duckies!  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, let me explain.  Years ago, each summer islanders would gather on the bridge or in boats or on the Spit, wait for the spilling of little yellow ducks from a tractor bucket and then cheer madly as they waited to see which ducky would be first to cross the finish line (reach the floating boom).  If your numbered duck is the winner, you win the big prize.  Most exciting and a real Pender event!  Volunteers will be selling Penducky Derby tickets at the Library, the Driftwood and the Farmers’ Market.  Get your ducky tickets, $5 each, and plan to be there on August 26th (day after the Fall Fair). It is a sight to see!

The third big event to mark is Saturday, September 8th.  “BOOKS, BITES & BORDEAUX”, to be held in the Community Hall, will be an evening of food and wine.  More information about times and tickets, etc. will follow in future articles.

Speaking of fund raising, the board and everyone at the library would like to send out a big THANK YOU to all who have donated to the library so far. To give you an update, the budgeted total for the Library’s updating was $325,830.00, (including $50,000 needed for fixtures and furniture).  To date, $253,354.00 is in the Building Fund. There was $175,000 in the fund at the beginning (money saved over the years) so that means $78,354 has been raised from donations to this point. THANK YOU!  The Fund Raising Goal for the team is now $72,500.00.   That’s it, that’s all that is needed to get it all done!

A big thank you must go out to all members of the eight book clubs on Pender for a successful May 7th event, “A Celebration of Books”, held at the Golf Club.  Forty five members were at the event. Attendees were treated to an amazing talk by South Penderite, Dr. Maria Tippett, award winning author and historian. Along with many other books, Dr. Tippett has written acclaimed biographies of Emily Carr (for which she won the Governor General’s non-fiction award), Bill Reid, Yousuf Karsh and Fred Varley.  Special guest, Shivaun Gannon, attended and presented her new memoir, “Listen to My Heart”, as a special door prize.  Also attending were Anne and Melanie Chernyk, the new mother and daughter team at Talisman, who very kindly donated a gift certificate and books for door prizes. Thank you, also, to the Golf Club for offering the venue free of charge.  The total amount raised, from both members in attendance and those not able to be there, was a whopping $2,675.  A ‘secret angel’ had offered to double the amount raised so the total for the evening came to $5,350. What a success!

Carrying on with fund raising information, the library won’t be able to go on the Tru Value Spirit Board because there are other groups waiting for a spot ahead of the library.  No queue jumping on Pender!  Thanks to all of you who asked the cashiers to put your support to the library with your grocery purchases.

If you are considering a donation to the library, here are a few points to ponder.  Our library is unique in B.C.  Did you know that it is owned by the community, through the Pender Island Public Library Association, is run almost entirely by volunteers and is free for all to use!  Our library’s upgrading will give the community a safer, seismically upgraded building, provide wheelchair accessibility, have a better designed, larger children’s area and more usable and flexible computer space.  Lighting and ventilation will be improved and the volunteer librarians will have functioning computers in a more flexible workspace.  Book storage will be better and our Head Librarian, the indomitable Jean Macdonald, will have a proper office space from which to run the library’s daily activities.

Donations to the Library Renovation Fund can be made at the HSBC bank at the Driftwood and/or cheques made out to Pender Island Public Library Association can be mailed to Box 12, Pender Island, B.C. V0N 2MO. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 and up.

Our twenty-plus year old library is going to be a wonderful community space and you can have a part in making it happen!

Monica Bennett, Trustee

February 4, 2011

BC ferry fares could skyrocket

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From CBC News:

Ferry fares may be heading for a big increase unless the provincial government provides BC Ferries with a bigger subsidy.

Over the next four years, fare increases on major routes will go up 20 per cent and double on smaller routes, according to a plan submitted by the ferry corporation.

In an interview on Shaw TV on Thursday, BC Ferries CEO David Hahn said the projected rise in rates is “substantial” unless service is cut or the government provides a larger subsidy.

Read more: Fares could skyrocket

Transportation Minister responds

December 21, 2009

Serving Salt Spring and the Gulf Islands…

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From CFSI fm radio:

Salt Spring Island’s new community radio station is broadcasting at 107.9 FM.  CFSI reflects the many voices, musical genres, opinions and points of view, which make us a unique island community.

Serving Salt Spring Island, the Gulf Islands, and the world online.  Now broadcasting in stereo with improved signal processing and more stable internet stream. Tune us in at 107.9 fm, or listen online right now.

At the forefront of the CFSI team are dozens of on-air programmers: islanders filling the airwaves with sounds as rich and diverse as the island itself.

Salt Spring Island is world renowned as much for its natural beauty as for its many interesting, curious and talented citizens. CFSI does more than simply represent the island community, we are already integral parts of that community.

CFSI Radio is the cultural crossroads of Salt Spring Island: the meeting place of both old and new broadcasters from every walk of island life.

Our talk-radio shows span the island’s full political spectrum, and our musical programs are even more diverse and exotic, including blues, rock, classical and electronica, folk and alternative, funk, hip-hop and jazz, and more still. Browse through our Programs or check out the Schedule.

Behind our on-air programmers is a team of volunteer support staff providing training for new recruits, as well as professional and technical expertise.

CFSI is privately owned by Salt Spring Radio Corporation, managed by a small team of employees, operating as a volunteer-programmed community radio station.

Bills are paid thanks to CFSI’s advertisers, the visionary island businesses who support community radio, cultural diversity and freedom of expression.

If you would like to become a part of the CFSI crew, would like to advertise, or would just like to show your support, please contact us.

Sample Programming:  The Two Daves Show with Dave and Dave

Blues and Soul are our meat and potatoes, but our gravy is constantly changing. We Daves will play songs that reflect the mood of the day: both ours, and the world we see around us. We will dig deep into our massive collections every week to find things to make you chuckle, scratch your head, and tap your feet: all at the same time, hopefully. The Two Daves’ Show is where you wind up unwinding. Let us be your chilly breeze at naptime

Salt Spring’s new radio station, CFSI-FM, is inviting program proposals. Got an idea for a radio show? Music? Talk? Discussion? Information? Sports? News? Chess? Mime? Comedy? Now’s the time to turn it into a full-fledged proposal.”

To listen online click on CFSI

November 9, 2009

Tea Leaf or Tarot Readings offered

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 anim-tanya.jpg  Photo by Amy Geddes

Introducing Tanya Lester, B.A. & Reiki Master.

Tanya is a Master Tea Leaf Reader who has done 1000’s of tea leaf and tarot readings as well as over 100 tea leaf reading workshops in places including Royal Roads University in Victoria, Vancouver Island University, Whitehorse, Winnipeg, Boulder, Colorado and Glasgow, Scotland.

She read Bill Richardson’s tea leaves on CBC Radio’s Richardson’s Round Up, did a phone-in guest spot as a psychic on CHLY Radio in Nanaimo, and was interviewed this spring for a segment on Shaw Cable 11 TV.

She read from her manuscript “Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader” at last year’s Victoria Tea Festival, last June did tea leaf readings at the Victoria Art Gallery’s Mad Hatter Tea Party and has spoken at the Nanaimo Metaphysical Network.  Tanya lives on Salt Spring Island.

Tanya will be at Poet’s Cove Moorings Café on Sunday November 15th 2009 from 9 am.  Rates are $25 for 15 min., $40 for half an hour, $65 for one hour and $100 for 90 minutes.  To book an appointment please e-mail: or call Susurrus Spa at 250 629-2113

For more information about Tanya visit:

September 27, 2009

Tweet and eat…

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submitted by: Richard Fox

I have heard many people say that certain restaurants on Pender are only worth going to when their favourite chefs are cooking.  Those chefs should establish a Twitter ID and announce when and where they are cooking. That way their ‘fans’ know where to dine without making awkward phone calls.  It may increase business if people are confident they will get their food prepared as they like it.  If chefs decide to do this, they can post their Twitter ID’s on this blog, or elsewhere.

June 30, 2009

Fish on Pender!

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Submitted by Richard Fox:

I just wanted to let everyone know the exciting news that Fish on 5th (in Sidney) is opening up a clone of their restaurant at the site of Pistou Grill, pretty soon I believe.  It will be called Fish on Pender with the same menu and to start some of the same staff, open every day.  I just spoke with the owner of the franchise so it’s not a rumour anymore.

Also, the Medicine Beach market is re-opening July 15th with an in-house bakery, fresh made sandwiches, local produce and convenience store items, but no DVD rentals. And of course Harmony Cafe is open next door for crepes and coffee.  They have an ocean view section, but it needs work.

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