Sea of Love, Sip and Bid Sponsors and Donations


Norma Jeans’ Closet  Coral and Topaz necklace .925 silver  Value $150




Mickey Mouse Phone donated by Philosophy Of Old

Purveyors of Unique and Antique  Value $110.00

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A Bottle of Victoria Gin, A T-Shirt and a Victoria Spirits Bag

Value $100.00


Curves Sidney  Prosecco organic Spumanto with Guest Punch Card



Kiddin Around  Twilight Sea Turtle                                       Value $49.00


$100.00 funny money for the Five and Dime


Sheena Lott is an accomplished artist who for the past 30 years has had a very successful and varied career. This busy artist has had many solo and group gallery exhibitions in Canada and the USA. Currently she is represented by the Winchester Galleries Ltd. ,The Peninsula Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Art Rental. She is best known for her painterly style and 3-colour palette often depicting figures in the landscape. In addition to producing new works in oil and watercolour for gallery exhibitions, Sheena illustrates books, paints commissions and lectures on the Queen Mary and other cruise ships all over the world. Sheena has illustrated 11 children’s books including the perennial bestsellers Jessie’s Island and Salmon Forest. Value $2,500.00

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Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre Bag  Value $90.00





Usana Product  donated   by Denise Webb  Value $60.00



A $75.00 Gift Certificate at Victoria Costume


Gift Certficate $50.00 with goodies Ecptpôa Sidney


From Nancys Sew Creative  One bottle of champae, 2 flute champagne glasses, linen tablecloth, Handy bag to carry it all in.
Table for Two  Valu $130.00

a 1966 edition, coffee table format, with case . . . a beautiful book with all the drawings etc, plus an LP …  it’s Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Value  priceles.



2 one hour hypnosis Sessions Value $150.00 – $200

Hypnosis Lane



Hi Cheryl, I’ve made up a basket with a complete Reverse Skin Care Regimen. It retails for $206 and includes an Exfoliating Wash, Brightening Toner, Dual Active Brightening Complex, and a Broad Spectrum 50+ SPF. This regimen reduces the appearance of premature aging, including brown spots, dullness, and discoloration. I have also included the book, “A Prescription For Change”, a best selling book my Dr Katie Rodan and Dr Kathy Fields. This retails for about $23. I have attached a photo of the baskets and the contents.

shaggyPaws Su-cream grooming products and nail clipping Value $57.00


2 Limited Edition prints donated by a friend

Each one is 19.5×20″. It is a signed artist proof #2/23


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Artist is Steven Csorba  Value Priceless could be up to $2500.

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Miss Mandolin by Alison Spokes Ble $110.00


Another donation from Lisa Cumberland R. TCMP

One and a half hour ECM acupuncture and Massage Treatment


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Reach Health  60 minute massage therapy treatment   Value $100.00


Foot Reflexology Treatment and infra-red sauna treatment …valued at $155
Services will be 2.5 hours



A Weekend Getaway at this fabulous B & B with an ocean view.

Value $280.00

Browns Florist Sidney

A beautiful Orchid Plant  Value $90.00

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Who wouldn’t want to bid on this beautiful print by Helen Windsor

16×20 Fine Art print with mat and frame. Title: Ride On

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Artist Geraldine Bruckel

The eagle is about 30 by 24 done in acrylic (brush)


Leggins, Cap and Mitts  Wool  Value $80.00+


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The Allegro children dancers will be our main attraction for the evening

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Master of Ceremonies Kenny PODMORE

Co-organizer and Graphic Design Sharon Rose Kneeshaw


Rose Design

Category 12 Brewing


De Vin Winery


Island Blue Printing


Lady O Tarot Reading


Norma Jeans’ Closet



Toast Café for supplying the coffee


Nuttycake Photography


Peninsula News


Victoria Costumes


Victoria Spirits


Sidney Property Watch


Sea Cider

Cider sampling and sales


Seaside Magazine



Special thank to our co-host and graphic design Sharon Rose Kneeshaw




Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney BC

 Sidney Meet Up Networking Group are hosting the second Sea of Love Sip and Bid fund raiser for the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. November 25th 5:30 PM

The event is a great opportunity for your business to gain exposure for its products and services and expressing our gratitude to the Centre for all the business it brings to our Saanich Peninsula.

We are in the process of planning our silent auction component and sponsorship package for the evening and hope you will consider making a contribution.

Your Sponsorships are tax deductible and you may request a receipt for the full value.

At the event, your sponsorship will be acknowledged in all the all our  material, on the auction bid sheets, and mentioned by the emcee.

Please provide business cards and brochures to maximize your exposure. In order to meet our program deadline, we would need your response by  I will contact you within the week to confirm your participation.

As a sponsor, we are pleased to offer two complimentary tickets and two glasses of wine for all donations over $200.00. All sponsorship and silent auction donations raised will go 100% to the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre along with a portion of the beverage sales.

Tickets are available at 250-516-7653 or at NORMA JEANS’ CLOSET, 2405 BEACON AVENUE, SIDNEY across from the TD Bank

The tickets are $30.00 each and will be delivered or mailed to you before the event.  We accept Visa, Mastercard or cheque.

If you prefer to donate an item to the silent auction that would be greatly appreciated and we will post all the donations on our website and facebook, and they will be announced at the auction.

You can expect an evening of delightful music, tempting appetizers, and local wine & beer selections for your tasting pleasure.

The Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, a not-for-profit aquarium, located on the waterfront in Sidney, is recognized as the award-winning Aquarium of the Salish Sea and a leader in environmental education.

Their 10,000 sq ft facility houses an array of live exhibits that showcase the many intricacies that make up our delicate underwater ecosystem.

Through a ‘hands on-hands wet’ learning philosophy, their goal is to engage each visitor in learning about the Salish Sea, and to inspire them to become a steward for our most precious resource: the ocean.

For more information about Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, please visit

Funds raised at the Sea of Love event will help support Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre’s school programs that average 7,000 children to date and are directly linked to grade-specific BC Ministry of Education Prescribed Learning Outcomes.

They have weekly offerings (such as Tots Tuesdays and Senior Sessions Thursdays) that aim to engage the community in the fascinating world that exists just below the ocean’s surface.

Behind the scenes tours, monthly lectures, and Oceaneer enrichment events are all offered at the Centre.

We thank you for considering our event as a cause worthy of your support.

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Sidney Meet Up  Network Group

Cheryl Young, President


Facebook.  Sidney Meet Up

 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney BC

The 10 things every woman should do to be a Successful Entrepeneur


Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners.

Most successful entrepreneurs follow comparable patterns and share similar basic characteristics. Hundreds of online articles and published books claim to know the secret of success in business, but for the most part, they boil down to the same major points.

Passion, perseverance and a positive attitude tend to set successful entrepreneurs apart. Cultivating these attributes requires an innate skill set and some tips to get started.

So here are the main items to take into consideration if you’re trying to develop a business platform. These elements constitute will support a smart strategy for any new enterprise:

1. Love what you do.

Passion is key to keeping a business strategy moving. Half-heartedness in an entrepreneurial endeavor will chip away at your drive to succeed. Perseverance is the one thing that’s guaranteed to move anything over time, whether it’s a person, a job or an entire company. Abraham Lincoln failed at most of his efforts until late in his life, but he never gave up.

2. Take baby steps.

Jumping all in is rarely ever successful. There are success stories about people who invested everything once and came out winners after six months or a couple years, but those are rare. Risk management is an essential factor in any startup, and balance is vital. You can absorb losses more easily if you take smaller risks in the beginning. Those will provide essential and productive lessons.

3. Learn from others.

Successful entrepreneurs often worked for others in their field of choice before striking out on their own. Spending a few years in the industry under an excellent mentor will provide a good launching pad. Learn from your predecessors’ mistakes and brainstorm about how to improve upon their model. Find someone willing to teach, and think about starting your business elsewhere when you leave.

4. Learn how to self-promote.

Confidence and a good elevator speech can take any pitch to the next level. The first marketing any company experiences comes from its founder. Spend time learning how to share your vision without coming across as “salesy.” Don’t be afraid to ask for the sale, but remember: the client is always the focus.

5. Constantly take action.

Entrepreneurs are movers and shakers. They can’t afford to analyze every detail or they’d never get anywhere. There is no place for procrastination in a startup. It’s a 24/7, no-vacation-or-sick-days kind of job that demands constant forward momentum. Make a brief assessment at every step and move on it. Trust your instincts.

Related: The Scientific Reason You Should Trust Your Gut

6. Make a plan.

Read about successful businesses. Take in the wealth of knowledge that’s been provided by successful entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and the personalities from Shark Tank. A successful business plan does not have to be a book. A 10-page plan is digestible yet long enough to include everything you need to start.

7. Build a reputation.

According to Brandi Bennett at, maintaining a blog on a well-hosted website, or volunteering your time and skills, shows instead of tells the community, and thereby builds expertise and trust.

8. It’s never too late to start.

Many successful entrepreneurs started later in life. J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter author), Julia Child (chef), and Sam Walton (Wal-Mart) all started their wildly successful brands after they were comfortably along in their lives. Having the experience that comes with age can give you a unique outlook on your business. Life experiences bring depth that the most educated young adult, by his or her nature, is less able to foresee.

9. Build your “A team”.

Finding the skill sets and attitudes that support the culture of the brand you want to promote will foster innovation and enhance your reputation. Include folks from outside the company for the people you rely on. That will start a free marketing chain reaction that can build confidence and revenue.

10. Be mindful of your attitude.

The attitude of the founder will set the tone for the business. Negativity, laziness and entitlement waste time and money while they tarnish your reputation. Success largely depends on making mistakes and accepting blame in stride. Owning up to and facing challenges head-on is what makes a mere business owner a leader.

Starting a business can wreak havoc on the owner’s personal life. While all the above tips are necessary for success, taking care of yourself mentally and physically is also imperative. Exercise, sleep and diet play a central role in ensuring you implement these policies successfully. All of them drive attitude, motivation and relationships.

Successful CEOs tend to follow a structured, daily schedule of rising early, exercising, having snacks on hand for fuel and socializing many evenings of the week.

Striking a balance may take a while, but working toward this list as a goal for starting your company will make the difference. How an owner feels about progress and how quickly a business can be up and running — and feeding that bottom line — will swiftly feel the impact.

Also read

The 7 Worst Mistakes Women Make in Business


Sage Advice for Small Business Make the changes you need in 2016


Do you ever wonder why success keeps eluding you?  What are you doing that is

holding the success you so much desire?  Well don’t despair Tracey Burns is going

to help you discover some profound steps to help you get where you want to be

Please listen to this song then ask yourself Do I need this workshop
Please listen to this song then ask yourself Do I need this workshop
 October 21st  
 5:30 Upstairs on Beacon 2405 Beacon Ave.,

Light Snack and Beverage   $25.00

Workshop – Sage Advice for Small  Business

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As sure as they are about their goals, wise business people  know that the journey to success means taking action in the face of ego, anxiety, mental blocks, concerns and pressure.  If you are a solo-preneur then you know this as sure as you know that being self employed or operating a small business is exciting. In the beginning we are invigorated by the fact that there are no limits as to what we can produce, how big we can create it, how successful we can become.  Initially it is rewarding and satisfying, we embark on the journey with vigor and passion, full of energy and optimism. The only limitations we have are the ones we set for ourselves. And that… is exactly where things go askew.

The two hour workshop will focus on providing you with strategies, tips and tools designed to get you out of your own way and on your way to success. Heck, we’re even going to throw in a little magic and a few surprises.

If you are  in business then you deserve to leverage every resource available to you in order to succeed. Don’t get left behind, register early to secure your spot.

Kind Regards,

Tracey Burns, PCC

Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

(250) 812-4433 Direct


Tracey Burns, Victoria, BC

Principal, Professional Certified Coach, Facilitator & Trainer

Tracey Burns 2015-9662-EditExperienced in business transformation and change management, Tracey is an effective thought leader able to drive strategic transformation across organizations one leader at a time. Focused on the people part of organizational transformation, Tracey coaches and trains high potential people to improve their communication, increase their agility and improve their effectiveness.  She is proficient at coaching people to deal effectively with conflicting priorities, time management, overwhelm, stress, and change. Tracey is adept at creating development plans and pushing people to accept developmental moves and accountability for their learning.  She has written many articles on leadership and has developed several Leadership and Communication Programs.

Tracey has coached senior leaders within the private and public sector for over ten years. Her client base is diverse including the following organizations: Schnitzer Steel, Viking Air, Health PEI, Arbutus Grove Nursery, and Cowichan Sportsplex, in addition to her ongoing roster of individual leaders. Her clients consistently generate reliable results that are testament to her coaching skills, passion and heart-filled impact.

In recent years she has lead an ICF accredited Coach Training Program in Malaysia, San Diego and Seattle. Tracey has been coaching since 2003 and is truly committed to the standards and competencies of coaching at the highest level. Her clients consistently generate reliable results that are testament to her coaching skills, passion and heart-filled impact.  Her fascination with Coaching began while operating her family owned legal research company.

Tracey’s coaching methodology is influenced by NLP methodology, Ontological Coaching, Co-Active Coaching, Strengths focused Coaching and Solutions Based Coaching. She uses over 100 Coaching Tools including SMART Goal Project Design, Managing Complex Change, Time Generator Practices, Feedback and Assessment Tools, Nine Box Talent Grid and Strengths Based Coaching. In addition, her coaching method is ontologically based, a cutting edge approach that encompasses an understanding of how our thoughts, physiology and use of language impacts our results. The changes experienced as a result of ontological coaching are deeply rooted and profoundly effective.

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Do you Have What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur

John C. Maxwell: Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur?

5 characteristics common to successful entrepreneurs

John C. Maxwell



Imagine you’ve been offered a fantastic position with an industry-leading company. It’s the kind of job people kill for. The pay is outrageous, the hours are flexible, and your title would guarantee you respect no matter where you went in town.

Now imagine that, at the same time, you’ve got an idea—potentially a brilliant breakthrough in an emerging field. Other people are working on similar concepts, but you’re pretty certain your vision will not only win out, but also set the standard for the  future.

What would you do? Accept the comfortable job with the big salary and easy hours? Or bet on yourself and your idea, imagining what could be? It might sound like a thought exercise, but it’s a very real decision that Henry Ford faced in 1899. An engineer at the Edison Illuminating Power Plant in Detroit, Ford had just built his third car and had several backers encouraging him to pursue his development of more gasoline-powered automobiles. At the same time, Thomas Edison’s company offered Ford a major promotion if he would give up work on his gas-powered car and instead focus on electricity.

Ford thought it over. The decision couldn’t have been as easy as it now seems in the rearview mirror of a Mustang. In the end, he walked away from Edison and began the Detroit Motor Co.

It promptly failed! So he and his backers began the Henry Ford Co. It failed, too. It wasn’t until his third attempt, the Ford Motor Co., that the idea took hold and radically reshaped history.

I love folks who have the guts to try something new or who are convinced their ideas can change the world for the better. There’s an excitement about them that’s contagious. Their entrepreneurial spirit is powerful. It’s a gift not bestowed on everyone. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot from my own journey, as well as the journeys of others, and I’ve discovered several characteristics common to entrepreneurs. Here are my top five; see if you identify with any of them.

1. Passion

No successful venture can get off the ground without starting power, the energy to invest in your idea and set yourself apart. But starting power lasts only for a season. Soon you’ll run into challenges and obstacles that require something more. That’s when your enduring passion gives you the staying power to stick to the course when things get tough.

2. Risk Tolerance

Taking action carries risks. But so does inaction. Entrepreneurs know when to roll the dice intelligently, and in doing so, they gain two distinct advantages: knowledge and wisdom. Because entrepreneurs are willing to try when others won’t, they learn faster, experience more, win bigger victories and develop better solutions.

3. People Skills

All things being equal, people will work with people they like; all things being unequal, they still will work with people they like. I call that the friendship principle. Whether it’s your own team members or your customers, you must understand people, add value to them, and work hard to build and maintain those relationships. Zig Ziglar used to say that if you’ll add value to people, they’ll add value to you.

4. Fondness for Failure

Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that failure isn’t fatal; rather, it has become my friend (even if it doesn’t feel that way in the moment). Whether your mistake is a mere tumble or a spectacular crash, no failure is wasted as long as you ask yourself, What did I learn? As I’ve often said, experience alone won’t help much, but evaluated experience is the best teacher. Learn from your mistakes and you’ll be miles ahead of everyone else.

5. Decisiveness

The U.S. Marines have a list of the 14 traits that define leaders. Among them is decisiveness, the ability to make quick decisions with the facts available and the wisdom accrued through experience. It’s key for entrepreneurs as well; being able to seize opportunities at the right time is critical for success. As Ronald Reagan once said, “If you don’t make your own decisions, somebody else makes them for you.”

Back to our friend Mr. Ford, who once reflected, “One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.” He was right about that. Entrepreneurship isn’t easy, and it’s not for the faint of heart. For every story like Ford’s, there are many others that didn’t have such a happy ending—a daunting reality that aspiring business owners must face.

But for those who have the confidence and those traits we talked about, the challenges of building something new are worth it. Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all share a bit of daredevil in their internal wiring.

If you’ve been thinking about chasing a dream of your own, try taking this short quiz. It’ll lend some perspective as you consider the big question of entrepreneurship:

1. Are you passionate about your venture?
2. Are you a promoter?
3. Can you handle stress?
4. Are you healthy?
5. Are you comfortable with risk?
6. Do you have strong people skills?
7. Do you embrace failure as a friend?
8. Are you creative in problem-solving?
9. Are you competitive?
10. Can you handle criticism well?
11. Are you optimistic?
12. Are you decisive?

Count the number of times you answered yes:

(1-4) Study up. Talk to someone successful to see how you can develop the traits you’re missing.
(5-8) You show potential. You show some entrepreneurial qualities, but take a look at your negative responses and see if there are ways to improve.
(9-12) Bring it on! You have an entrepreneurial mindset. Create a solid business plan and take the plunge!

Do you have what it takes?

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How to take consistent action to accomplish your Business Goals

Guest post by Susan Liddy

Taking consistent action to accomplish your business goals can be challenging. Yet, this is critical to achieving business success. Running a business is no small task, and it’s natural to occasionally feel like you need a break or even to simply slow things down while you recuperate.

During those moments it is important to do what is needed to rejuvenate: take part in activities you enjoy, take a vacation, or simply minimize your commitments until your energy is reclaimed.

When you are lacking in motivation, the solution isn’t always as straightforward. Many of my clients ask why it is so hard to stay motivated, and my reply is always, that we forget the WHY of our business goals.

We lose sight of the bigger picture, the excitement and the meaning behind the desire, and instead we wallow in how hard it feels. Whenever we associate “pain” and discomfort with something that is good for us, we put ourselves on the course for giving up.

Sigmund Freud, the grandfather of modern-day psychology explained this with what he called “The Pain/Pleasure Principle.” That is, people make decisions based upon their emotions. People will generally choose whatever will create less pain and more pleasure.

Emotional mastery, therefore, requires the ability to associate “pleasure” with your important business goals. To stay motivated with your goals, you must associate good feelings with accomplishing them.

Here are 5 emotional mastery tips to stay motivated:

  1. Acknowledge ever
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It’s easy to acknowledge the big wins, yet the majority of goal accomplishment is actually made up of “small wins” and daily forward motion. Remember to marinate in the good feelings of every little accomplishment as you move toward your goal.


  1. Remember your “why”

When defining your business goals, don’t just focus on what you want and when you want it. Focus on WHY you want it.

Why is this goal important to your business? What positive rewards come with achieving your goal?

And, if applicable, identify how your goal makes your business, and therefore, the world a better place.

  1. Savor each moment

Too often, as people accomplish goals, they set their sights too far off into the future. Yet there is a lot of enjoyment to experience along the way. As you are accomplishing your goal, savor each moment along that journey.

Experience the nooks and crannies. Breathe into the process as you would if you were enjoying a fine wine.

  1. Redefine failure

Instead of focusing on your mistakes, focus on what each experience has to teach you. Every mistake is actually a success in the form of a learning experience. I have personally never met a successful woman in business who didn’t mess up a time or two. Embrace these moments and learn the lessons that they have for you.

  1. Create a Community

Success in business requires a community of support. Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people with similar goals. Celebrate your progress together and share your wins and what you are learning with one another. Spend time together masterminding and supporting one another.

Business success includes trial and error. Track your progress, measure effectiveness and make the necessary shifts along the way.

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