aJune is a saucy minx of a month – tantalizingly close to summer but still filled with work and schooldays. Temptingly warm, but here on the west coast, often annoyingly rainy. June is the month of local strawberries, long evenings, afternoons gardening, mornings spent at the farmer’s market. Oh, and dads! We cannot forget that June is the month to celebrate those parents in possession of a Y chromosome, the remote control, and an inability to ask for directions (we kid!). We are so pleased to be able to introduce you to our WCF Dad this month, Matt Hern, a man who has dedicated his life to the opening of possibilities for young people and who is a driving force behind a new concept of urban, sustainable community, making Vancouver an even more exceptional place to live. And we also introduce you to the guys that support, put up with, and are partner to some of our team here at the magazine. June itself is enough reason to throw a party, and in this issue of WestCoast Families we feature some amazing party ideas, along with family activities to get everyone outdoors, and we also are pleased to present our new teen correspondent, Karina Alibhai, who, in her column FYI – A Teen’s View, gives us her unique perspective on all the opportunities afforded by volunteering. Karina will be writing for us regularly, and you can follow along on her excellent blog, www.btwgirls.com. Also new in this issue is our Hot Spots page, where we share some of our favourite neighbourhood haunts for shopping, coffee, creativity classes and more. We’d love to hear about your favourite places too! Whether it’s sunny or not, it’s time to get the whole family outdoors in our beautiful environment, whether it be running, going for a picnic, hiking, visiting the bird sanctuary, or the berry patch, or just spending time together at the beach. Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing dads out there, and Happy June, everyone!