This article is from the August 2015 Issue of Forever Young


Barbara Eyles, Development Officer - Gift & Estate Planning at UBC Okanagan, works with donors to create meaningful legacies to the university.

When faced with the question of how to best honour the memory of her late grandfather, for Audrey Pope, the answer was simple: she would create a scholarship in his name through her will.

By Glenna Turnbull

“My grandfather was a brilliant educator and highly respected teacher in the late 19th century here in BC and was superintendent of education for 19 years,” recalled Audrey in a recent phone interview. He also was the one who was able to help her financially to achieve her dream of earning a Masters degree in Science at the University of British Columbia.

Now in her 80s, with no children or grandchildren in need of her money, Audrey doesn’t know what her future health conditions or needs will be, but what she does know is, “The  money left over by the time I pop off will help fund people who want to become educators who, like my grandfather, might go on to do something important with the education system.”

Audrey is just one of the many donors that Barbara Eyles, the development officer for gift and estate planning at UBC Okanagan, has had the joy of dealing with over the past two years.

Barbara’s job is to help match prospective estate donors to the areas they’re most passionate about that need funding. Whether it’s financially aiding medical research or simply creating a scholarship for an exceptionally bright student, Barbara works with potential donors to create the perfect match.

“I’m very lucky in that, by the time I talk to people about estate giving, many of them are already donors or have shown they’re interested in the university and they want to do more,” said Barbara.

“My job is to work with them to find out what kind of legacy they want to leave, what their interests and passions are and to provide options  to  reduce the costs to their estate,” she said.

But the reality is, not all of us have millions to donate to the university’s building fund. That’s OK. You don’t have to have millions to leave a legacy behind. 

“I’d like to dispel the myth that it’s only the very wealthy leaving gifts through their estates because that’s not the case,” said Barbara. “For as little as a $1000 bequest you can start a new award.” Whether that be a scholarship for an engineering student or someone who comes from a rural area, that’s totally up to you.

This article is from the July 2015 Issue of Forever Young


Napa’s legendary Chateau Montelena.

Uncork a visit to this fermentation destination

By A.J. Williams

Earlier this year, we spent five spring days in the Napa Valley, on a blissfully ‘non-spring-break’ grown-ups getaway.

Our rental house in St. Helena (just a stone’s throw away from San Francisco), was the perfect spot from which to explore the area. We strolled St. Helena’s lovely neighbourhoods, and my husband and I checked out home décor shops, olive oil tasting bars and restaurants along Main Street. Be prepared for many gastronomic delights.  Lunches are casual at ‘Mustards’, or try Gott’s Roadside for legendary burgers.  

Our first dinner was at the Greystone Wine Spectator restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America, the premier cooking school in the USA. These future ‘food network’ stars of tomorrow learn their way around the kitchen, as well as the front of house, ensuring fantastic service and an A+ meal.  

Try to fit in brunch at the ‘artisanal BBQ’ Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch – deserving of its huge following.  

The stand-out meal of our visit, however, was dinner at Cairdean Estate’s Farmer & The Fox. This welcoming, funky gastropub features a drool-worthy menu that has quickly made it the ‘in place’ to dine.  The grilled sourdough crumpet may have converted me into a brussel sprout fan, and the roast lamb was succulent and flavourful. Their popovers are made fresh every 30 minutes (like a perfected Yorkshire pudding), and they alone are worth the trip.  If I could have smuggled a suitcase full of these home, I would have. 

In case you’re wondering if I forgot what Napa is actually famous for…..fear not. You might have trouble deciding which wineries to visit, as there are so many to choose from. I’ve highlighted only a few here. Make a list of any you really want to visit in advance, and then get busy online, as unlike some other wine regions, many of the larger wineries conduct tastings by appointment, so you’ll need to make reservations.  Costs ranged from $35/person to $80/person, but before you gasp, we found some to be quite worth it.

This article is from the June 2015 Issue of Forever Young

By Paul Johnson

2015 june chart

Having spent over 46 years in the investment advisory business, I’ve learned that there are a great many economists, politicians, bankers, advisors and portfolio managers who are only too willing to share their opinions and predictions with the investing public.

I’ve also learned that there are only a very few whose opinions are actually worth anything.  One of those is Don Coxe.  His insights have always, in my experience, been clear and sharp.  More important, paying attention to what Don Coxe says has proven very helpful in determining courses of action that have ultimately proven profitable.

For some years it has been obvious that interest rates have reached a very low ebb, and that at some point they will begin to rise.  There are some signs beginning to develop that the interest rate tide may be turning now.

This article is from the May 2015 Issue of Forever Young

 2015 may villa le tori buffet

The welcome Tuscan buffet is included and is not to be missed on your Saturday arrival.

Just the name conjures up thoughts of rolling hills, cypress trees, olive groves, and of course, Italian wine!

For us, though, it means fond memories of our Villa Le Torri, just a 25 minute drive by car from Florence, center of Renaissance art. In fact, some friends from Kamloops are staying at the Villa as this is being written --- so it is with real envy that this is being composed.

Because Villa Le Torri was our first venture to Italy, and a good part of our fondness for the whole region comes from the wonderful hospitality offered by the owners of this 13th century Tuscan stone farmhouse which was renovated in the 18th century. Every detail was taken into consideration. Today it has been transformed into a marvelous vacation get-away, with nine apartments --- for 2 to 4 guests. (Four apartments are two bedroom/two bathroom; five are one bedroom/one bathroom, each with full kitchen and living room.)

Each apartment has lots of space and is well set-up for a self-catering holiday. Our one bedroom apartment had terra-cotta floors, exposed oak beams and was nicely furnished. The kitchen had everything one needs to prepare wonderful meals, especially after spending time at a local open air market and returning with fresh everything! One day we came home with a chunk of gorgonzola that cost five euros and it was so large that at the end of the week I was spooning it out of the package, not willing to leave any behind. We had a large bedroom with an ensuite shower, complete with bidet --- very European. Our windows looked out over the countryside, complete with a view to a couple of wineries, which were just walking distance away.

The owner, Gabriele, welcomed us and his warmth radiated through the whole of our stay. He cannot do enough to make your visit everything imaginable. Indeed, even down to little details like providing you on line with a shopping list for basics, in case you arrive too late to do your own shopping. Done with no additional charge for the service; just the cost of the provisions. Every morning we would be greeted by “Where are you headed today?” “Lucca? Let me get you a map to show you where to park.” Having Gabry on hand is like having your own personal concierge at a five star hotel looking after your every desire!

This article is from the April 2015 Issue of Forever Young

 april2015 book review


Completely revised and updated with 40 new breweries!

At the launch for the first edition of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries in 2013, Joe Wiebe had to admit that his book was already out of date. The revolution had taken hold, and craft breweries were opening up at an unprecedented rate. That year, nine new ones opened their doors. The pace picked up in 2014, when another twenty-one breweries emerged on the scene. With ten more starting up in early 2015, the number of breweries profiled in the second edition of Craft Beer Revolution has grown to ninety --- compared to fifty in the first edition. The province’s craft beer industry has almost doubled in size in only two years!

The book has gotten much thicker, to say the least.

The second edition of Craft Beer Revolution: The Insider’s Guide to B.C. Breweries is a fascinating tour of British Columbia’s flourishing craft beer industry, with Joe Wiebe --- one of Canada’s best-known beer writers --- as a guide. This new edition contains an up-to-date and entertaining history of craft beer in the province as well as profiles of the people behind the kegs and casks. It is filled to the brim with recommendations for beer tasting tours, lists of the best brews that B.C. has to offer, and entertaining trivia that will make beer geeks pop their tops.