Edi­tor’s note

Westcoast Families - - Editor's Note -

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!

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