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If only we could plant, grow and harvest our money! I’m preparing my garden for spring, gathering seeds, reading up on companion planting, planning to create healthy plants and hoping to reap the benefits of quality vegetables. I’m expecting that all the work I had done so far will pay off nicely. I’ll be rich in fresh food. Many gardeners spend big money on greenhouses, irrigation systems, special soils. They build fences and develop other protection from animals, and they fuss a lot more, too. I will likely do more of that as well as I develop my green thumb from being so proud of my first potato and zucchini to becoming a master at growing exotic veggies and fruits. Right now, I’ve got a lot to learn. So I’ve been thinking: it's like investing. In life we work hard, become educated, start families, and hopefully save for our future. However, when it comes to investments and insurance sometimes we forget to keep learning and adapting. Do we increase or review our insurance needs when things change? Do we pay as much attention to our life savings as we do to our tomatoes? Gardeners will know that a few small things can make or break a crop. Financial Health WITH GLEN CLARK FINANCIAL HARVEST Reap what you sow A meeting with your advisor to review your insurance and investments can make huge differences in your financial planning. Whether you're dealing with millions of dollars or what you might call small potatoes, the slightest changes can make big differences. There are gardeners who just throw seeds in the ground, then six weeks later they can't remember that they even planted in that spot. (I’ve been guilty of that.) But the seeds will still grow. They might even produce something edible. But was it as good as it could have been with a bit more care? It always amazes me that people will spend hours researching the best place to buy a $50 garden tool but if you ask them what their return was on their investments or how much insurance they have to protect their children in case of a sudden death, they have no idea. I know reviewing your investments isn't as interesting as having your family huddle in the garden as you pull out the first carrot of the season, but it's worth the time. As always, if you want to chat investments, insurance, or even how to grow the perfect cucumber, I'm always willing to do that! We'll see what we can grow together. 250 286 6333 | I cover the North Island, surrounding islands and Powell River. 250 287 2282 For reservations, take out, or delivery FREE DELIVERY AFTER 5PM WITH MINIMUM ORDER Dinner service Monday to Thursday 4pm to 11pm Friday & Saturday 4pm to 12am Sunday & Holidays 4pm to 10pm FULLY LICENSED White Tower has all your Valentine’s options covered An Intimate Celebration for Two $79.95 Caribbean lobster tail, Alaskan king crab legs, halibut steak, kalamari, prawns & scallops skewer. Served with rice, vegetables & garlic toast Valentine's with Family & Friends $54.95 Large Pizza with 4 toppings, Lasagna or Baked Spaghetti, Large Greek or Caesar Salad, Kalamarika Appetizer & 2L pop NORTH ISLAND COMPASS | ISSUE 8 1920 Island Highway ●

Volunteer Spotlight brought to you by Eiko Jones Photography & Greenways Land Trust SANDRA MILLIGAN President Sandra is a born volunteer. She has been involved in some form of volunteerism from early in her life. Upon moving to new communities, she finds volunteering a great way to connect, and at the same time build up the place she calls home. With strong community mindedness and a growing connection to the natural world, Sandra is a great example to others. When did you start working with Greenways? Like many of our volunteers, my first event was a Broom Bash over ten years ago. In 2008 Greenways guided me on my project to install directional signage in Beaver Lodge Lands. I’ve been a director since 2008, President since 2015. What Greenways successes have you been a part of? Small projects that launched me on this path are the most special to me: Jubilee Trail, the trail signage in the Beaver Lodge Lands, knotweed eradication, and getting conifers growing at the end of Myrt Thompson trail. I’ve seen our revenue sources increase due to our staff ’s success with grant applications and generous support of our donors. Salaried hours have tripled and we have multi-year funding that provides stability. The President sets the tone for the organization, which is easy to do when Greenways is working on so many great projects that improve our quality of life and engage people with our natural spaces. who provide guidance, to trail volunteers, to the hundreds of school children who plant trees and everyone who helps at our community events. Which is your favourite CR greenway? So many. Kingfisher is great for wetland bird watching; Myrt Thompson for water fowl and little mammals; Beaver Lodge for running and cycling. However, Willow Creek is my “home” trail. On each walk, the story of the season unfolds: new spring buds and bird songs, the summer coolness of the trees, winter wrens and woodpeckers and always, the calming gurgle of the creek. Mission | To restore, sustain and protect natural areas and critical habitats, particularly ecological and recreational greenways, for the benefit of our community. Eiko Jones Photography Unique portrayals of our world through the lens of a camera. Dramatic and surreal images above and below the suface of the water. How do you see volunteer engagement in CR? Our residents are exceptional volunteers. Campbell River’s Vital Signs (by the CR Community Foundation) reports that in 2010, 75% of our residents engaged in volunteer work, significantly higher than provincial and federal rates that are both below 50%! Greenways’ projects depend on volunteers, from the Board members WWW.NORTHISLANDCOMPASS.CA | 9

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