Posts by Trish Summerhayes

Somethings Don’t Change.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Somethings Don’t Change.

Island women I invite you to read this column written by Nellie McClung, in 1942 during the 2nd world war, and tell me how you felt when you came to the end. I challenge you to tell me that it left you unmoved. The words that came to mind for me are fears, doubts, survival, support of neighbours and friends. Now we have the same feelings but the battle now is climate change. Let us be aware of the need to pay attention. The years go by but our needs do not change. Let me hear from you. Trish Summerhayes. Owner/Publisher. ********************************************   This column first...

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Women’s Institute made it happen

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Women’s Institute made it happen

As a proud member of the Cedar Woman’s Institute it continues to astound me at the role the organisation has played into the fabric of the Canada we know today. Most people know little or nothing about the Woman’s Institute and its origins. The W.I. is a worldwide success story that was founded in Canada in 1897 by rural women as a vehicle to address serious health issues of the day. Their vision and tenacity has played, ands continues to play, a huge role in the well being of children here on Vancouver Island today as can be seen in the wonderful article from the Times/Colonist...

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Maria Grant

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Island Women Candidates for the BC 2017 Election | 0 comments

Maria Grant

Probably the first Canadian woman to vote, Maria Grant was the first to hold public office. Maria Heathfield Pollard (Grant) wasn’t the first female social reformer to fight for women’s rights in British Columbia but she was one of the earliest and, ultimately, one of the most influential. Born into an establishment family in Lower Canada in 1854, she moved to Victoria with her parents the year that B.C. joined Confederation, married marine engineer Gordon Grant three years later and promptly bore nine children. A founder of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, she sought to curb the...

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Wear a Pussyhat.

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 4 comments

Wear a Pussyhat.

The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration.I have just learnt about this incredible gathering of women that is going to happen in Washington on January 21st. to reinforce the rights and freedoms of women, The Women’s March on Washington, from the newspaper article below. Please support the ongoing struggle for women’s rights, especially at this time, whilst the world holds its breath waiting to see what will happen when Donald Trump takes office. He has shown nothing but contempt for women. He has no social graces at all. He is a dangerous human being and will have the...

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More Women in Leadership

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016 in Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

More Women in Leadership

Last week we got closer than ever before to electing the first woman President, and millions of young girls across the country have been emboldened to dream even bigger and see no role as out of their reach. Despite the progress made by Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy, the campaign has forced us to reckon with issues of gender bias that emerged in the national dialogue – from tone of voice, to stamina, to what a leader “looks” like, to how the media covers gender. The sadness, anger, and motivation that women across the country are now dealing with are familiar, as we have been...

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Seniors 101’s Helpline

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Seniors 101’s Helpline

Our sister site Seniors 101 has stood the test of time. It began in 2004 as basically an add on to my private home care business. My husband Roy noticed that I spent a great deal of my time answering basic questions about what products and services were available for seniors on Vancouver Island and wondered what could be done to get that information in one place that could be available to everyone. At that time web sites were still a new and for us an unknown entity. After much heading scratching and research we decided to give it a try and that was the birth of Seniors 101. When we look back...

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Our Vancouver Island.

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

Our Vancouver Island.

Yesterday I came across a very rare and refreshing item, an article in a newspaper that made me feel happy and content. By and large the mainstream media, especially television, have become peep show galleries to other peoples misery and distress. They intrude with microphones and stupid questions when people are at their lowest, it’s amazing that reporters are not verbally and physically attached. Please  read the article  below, I guarantee will make you feel better. We are so fortunate to live on the Vancouver Island. ******************************************************* This...

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Punishment Without trial

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 1 comment

Punishment Without trial

I was, and remain, outraged to learn of the additional, mental and physical hardships women prisoners are faced with on the Island because there are no holding facilities here for women. The women we are talking about here are awaiting trial, they have not been convicted of anything. They are being taken away from family, friends and any support they may have here to await trial. They are being unduly punished by the lack of facilities for women on the island caused as the result of economic cut backs by a heartless, mean spirited provincial government. This is wrong and should be rectified...

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A New On-Line Shopping Page.

Posted by on Mar 13, 2016 in Animal Health, Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 1 comment

A New On-Line Shopping Page.

On-line marketing has become an ever increasing presence an the market place and Island Woman magazine has created a platform to assist smaller companies on the island to easily access and share in its potential. Trish Summerhayes, the owner of Island Woman, said “It’s very important to me to do all that I can to encourage small business’ on the island, especially those of island women. I was a small business owner for many years and I know that it can be very difficult to start up and run a business, especially for women. It is so draining trying to obtain start-up money...

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Canada needs to get serious

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Canada needs to get serious

Laurie always has such wise messages.  I felt the need to pass this on to Island Woman’s readers. Trish Summerhayes Owner/publisher. Canada needs to get serious if it’s going to address the unprecedented threat to our way of life that is climate change. The least-expensive, simplest and quickest way would be to restore forested lands and coastal marine ecosystems so they sequester carbon. Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea offer some of the easiest and best pickings to be had anywhere, and we’re long overdue. Promised and re-promised for 20 years, the need to mitigate our...

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New Sense Of Hope

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 0 comments

New Sense Of Hope

As we approach this Christmas, I am increasingly aware that there is a new sense of hope, not just on the Island but across Canada. For years, we have been led to believe that we were under the constant threat of potential violence by terrorist. It became omnipresent. Fear feeds on itself. That feeling changed in an instant as the results of the federal election were announced. Fear was immediately replaced by an overwhelming message of renewal. Smiles and hugs replaced scowls, threats and isolation. Human warmth and compassion returned to our national leadership. Hope and the feeling that we...

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Farmers’ Markets Go Online

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Food | 0 comments

Farmers’ Markets Go Online

As a farmer’s daughter it was only natural that I would be a part of the “back to the earth” movement here on the Island in the 70s. I have always promoted local farmers and their products, and I am delighted to learn of the COW-OP group here in the Cowichan area. I support them and their concept totally and encourage others to do the same.   Trish SummerhayesOwner/Publisher Island Womanislandwoman@shaw.ca         Buy Local! Buy Fresh! – A farmers market meets the internet for convenient year-round shoppingOnline shoppers in the Cowichan region are...

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Getting To The Heart Of Things

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Getting To The Heart Of Things

It has always been a mystery that has caused frustration and anger as one wonders why women have always been treated differently regarding heart attacks. The diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of women has been far inferior to that of men. Everyone knew it, but nobody seemed to know why, and by and large, the difference appeared to be ignored. Fortunately it was not being ignored. Two women doctors are now leading the way in the better diagnosis and treatment of women suffering heart attacks, right here in British Columbia Their amazing accomplishments are featured in the article below, which...

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Whispers Of The Spirit

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Metaphysics & Complementary Healing | 2 comments

Whispers Of The Spirit

Women in Chemainus are facing a challenge brought about by the sale of ‘Whispers of the Spirit’. Whispers was the concept and passion of Gabriele Lanoue who dreamed of establishing a centre of complementary healing and spiritual guidance. That dream was realized and ‘Whispers’ became a focal point in the area for those needing a place of peace and comfort. Unfortunately, as often happens, health issues within the family have brought about the need to close ‘Whispers’, and Gabriele is moving to Powell River. This in turn has created a vacuum for other woman...

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Affordable Prescriptions For All

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Affordable Prescriptions For All

With the federal election looming, Elizabeth May is proposing affordable prescription charges with a national pharmacare system. Currently millions of Canadians, mainly women and children, cannot afford to cash their prescriptions which is a national disgrace.  The following article appeared recently in the Times Colonist.   Trish Summerhayes Owner/Publisher Island Woman         Greens aim for affordable prescriptions with national pharmacare Andrew Duffy / Times Colonist July 28, 2015 02:54 PM Elizabeth May served notice in Victoria Tuesday that the Green Party plans to...

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Too Risk-Averse

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Lifestyles | 2 comments

Too Risk-Averse

The article below was in today’s Times Colonist and I thought it was not only a sensible article but also very timely. On Friday, all our schools will be closing for the summer and the children will be out for two months. Unfortunately, they may be out of school but a large percentage will not be outside or out playing as they did historically. They will be inside, in front of a computer, the TV or some other electronic occupier. This scenario is often brought about by “helicopter parents” who are over protective and over stressed. Unfortunately, this can have dire...

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