Business Spotlight: Eagle’s Wings Cafe

Eagle's Wing Cafe ExteriorThis Business Spotlight highlights a fabulous little cafe and some very lovely owners. I sat down with Henry the other day and had a delicious cup of coffee and a great chat. Thanks so much Henry!

How long have you lived in Gold River? What brought you here?

My family and I came to Gold River 14 years ago. We wanted to raise our son in a small town. My wife Susanne knew Chris and Cindy Matthews who had a Larch Place townhouse available to rent, and everything fell into place!

Please tell us a bit about your family.

My wife Susanne and I have been married for 19 years. We have one son, Isaiah, who will be starting Grade 12 at GRSS this coming September.

Isaiah

You are the owner of the Eagles Wings Cafe. When did you start this venture? Who helps you run the business?

We officially opened the Cafe on July 27, 2015.

It’s a family run business and my Mother-in-Law Louise Karlsson helps as well.  It’s been a dream of mine for 25 years to run a family owned cafe. It also serves as fantastic work experience for Isaiah. I would also be open to provide work experience for a GRSS student who wishes to enter the food service industry and learn about the business.

Henry & Isaiah Fossen

What kind of food and drinks do you serve? 

We serve fresh cinnamon buns and fresh homemade soup everyday. We also have baked goods like bread and buns available.

Cold Cucumber Soup

Cold Cucumber Soup

As well, we do special orders for baked goods such as bread, buns, cakes and pies. We also try to offer a fresh muffin everyday.  Everything we serve is homemade (with love!) from scratch.

Fresh MuffinsAnniversary cake

We also have 10 flavours of hard ice cream served with homemade waffle cones.

We serve a variety of coffees and teas: the Buzz Saw was developed for Gold River Days, and is a flavoured iced coffee. We also serve Canadasia (Americano), Espresso, Latte, Cappuccino and Frappuccino.  (All coffees can be iced) In addition to coffee, we also have 22 varieties of tea and are now offering Matcha tea.

Our coffee is an Ethiopian free trade organic coffee. Refills are free!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We look forward to serving the community of Gold River for many years to come.

Beaver Cupcakes

Beaver Cupcakes on Canada Day

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Resident Spotlight – Brenda Patrick

BrendaThis Resident Spotlight is a bit different than ones in the past. Brenda, (like many) was a bit hesitant about being spotlighted, so we streamlined things a bit and were able to highlight her role as Emergency Program Committee Coordinator, which she is very passionate about.  Thank you for agreeing to be spotlighted Brenda!

How long have you lived in Gold River? What brought you here?

I moved here to Gold River in 1991 with my young family. My two sons began and finished school here.

What brought us to Gold River? We were camping at Buttle Lake one summer and decided that we would visit the Upana Caves. Upon entering the Village of Gold River, I was so taken by its simplicity and of its beauty. At that time, the hanging baskets were on every lamp post and they were in full bloom. It was so clean and quiet, and there were no overhead wires to be seen. I had my husband stop the car so I could take a picture of the prettiest little town I had seen. A few months later, there was a job posting that my husband was eligible to apply for. I was so excited… and he got the job.

What do you do for (paid) work?

Living in Gold River has offered many opportunities for me. I was able to get my paramedics licence which led to being hired with Western Forest Products. At WFP I have mainly worked as a Level III First Aid Attendant, but I have held a blasting ticket, and currently work in the shop warehouse. During a long lay-off I took a Bridge Watchman training course. This led to having an opportunity to work aboard the Sir Wilfred Laurier in the Canadian Arctic waters. This opportunity provided me to successfully apply as the Emergency Program Committee Coordinator for Gold River.

You are the Emergency Program Committee Coordinator for Gold River. Many residents may not know about this program, what you do and the groups involved. Can you elaborate and educate us a bit?

The Emergency Management Committee is a group of the major stakeholders responsible for the safety and well-being of the citizens of our community. This includes primarily the Gold River Health Clinic, the Police, Fire, and Ambulance leads, the Village itself, council, the Canadian Rangers, and the Emergency Social Services.

To learn more about Emergency Management and how to apply preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery into your personal life, please watch for events planned for EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK – always the first full week of May!

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New Resident Spotlight – Linda Hooper

LindaI’ve have got to know Linda quite well over the years.  Many like you who see her and chat at Super Valu, but also because our youngest daughters were in the same Grade together.  Linda, I know you’ve been an important part of who Kristanna is today and I am very grateful to you for that and for always opening your home to all the kids. I am also proud to call you my friend. 🙂

​How long have you lived in Gold River? What brought you here?

I have lived in Gold River for 23 years. My husbands work was and still is here, and that is what brought me! Gold River has been very good to me. An amazing place to raise three children.

What do you do for (paid) work?   

I work at Super Valu! I have worked there for about 16 years. I first was hired by Dave and Lynn Cyr. I was a customer of the store on a very regular basis, raising three young children I should have just bought a cow! They got to know me well, and asked me one day if I would like a job. I jumped at the chance! When the Cyr’s sold the store to Brad and Lynne Unger, they thankfully kept me on at the store. I love my job, both The Cyr’s and the Unger’s are amazing to work for. I have been very lucky. I feel as if my job is my social life. I love the customers, love hearing and sharing stories. At times I have been known to share a bit to much! Sorry, I do have a strange sense of humour!

Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.

Through working at the store I have gotten to know Heather Warwick, an amazing lady. She hooks me up once a year with volunteer work. In the Spring I canvas door to door to collect for the cancer society. A worthy cause I believe.
And in the Winter I look forward to going door to door collecting non perishable goods/cash donations for our local food bank. Our children and some of their friends looked very forward each year to help with the drive. Now that the kids have all moved, I have a large handful of friends that enjoy coming out and helping!

Can you tell us a bit about your family?

I have been married to my husband Rick for 31 years. We have three of the coolest kids on the block! I couldn’t be prouder of them. CJ is turning 27 soon, he is engaged to his long time girl friend Meghan. Katelyn is our middle child, this Christmas Day she turned 24. Mariah our youngest will be 21 this coming spring. All of us along with Mariah’ boyfriend Brandon we will be heading to Vegas on a family holiday right after Mariah becomes 21! We are all looking very forward to it!

Family

Do you have any pets?

Right at the moment I have a 13 year old bichon cross dog named Jack. He’s my little buddy! A 5 year old black and white tuxedo cat named Talia. And a 10 inch long Oscar/cichlid fish, his name is Oscar De La Grouch. In the past we have had quite a few pets. Some would have even called it a Petting Zoo!

Jack Oscar De La Grouch Talia

What do you like to do for fun?

My most recent interest is metal detecting. I am going to find gold someday! As of now though I have found many rusty nails, pop can tabs and beer bottle caps! I have also found about $2.00 in loose change! I also enjoy the new craze of colouring, camping, jigsaw puzzles, crafts, gambling at any casino! I enjoy bingo “every Thursday evening at the ladies auxiliary hall, doors open at 6:30” or out at Tsaxana reserve when one is hosted there.

What do you wish Gold River had that it doesn’t? Is there anything missing for you?

A bowling ally! Through the years of raising our three children I always believed bowling would have been a great for us as a family. I hear years ago we did once have one here in Gold River.

And just for fun – if you had 1 million dollars to donate to the community in any way you wished – what would you do with the money?

I would donate the million dollars to the Rec Centre! Free swimming! And to the skating and hockey club, so all children that wanted to join could join. And a fund for the skates and equipment!

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Resident Spotlight – Barb McKenney

Barb is a long standing resident of Gold River, and you can certainly tell how much she loves our little Village. Thank you Barb for participating in the Resident Spotlight, and thank you to her friends for convincing her! 🙂

How long have you lived in Gold River? What brought you here?

I have lived in Gold River for 35 years.  I was on vacation in Seattle when my Grandma phoned me and asked if I would bring her and my Mom up to Gold River to visit my aunt and uncle ( Ted and Helen Grimes) I said sure…never been there and it would be fun. My aunt met us in Campbell River to make sure we got to Gold River alright. We followed her in and I thought that the road would never end. Funny how it doesn’t even bother me now. A couple of days into our stay I was set up for a date with Don. We absolutely hit it off – I took mom and Grandma home and came back for a few more days. I was here for Loggers Sports and Don proposed then and I moved up here shortly after that. We were married the following April. I had 25 wonderful years with Don and I am now on my own.

 

What do you do for (paid) work? 

I am now working part time for the RCMP as a Guard.

Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.

Nothing at the present time…..for approximately 20 years I worked ( mostly volunteered) for Mrs. Anderson (Anderson’s Flowers) doing what ever I could to help her – working with the plants, doing arrangements and bouquets for all occasions as well as the skating carnival.  Picked up her mail and groceries.  Was fun working over there with the flowers and plants.  I enjoyed helping and meeting all the people that came for plants and eggs.  I miss playing with the flowers.

Please tell us a bit about your family.

I have a brother ( Bob ) and sister in law (Lynne) and one nephew (David) and 2 nieces ( Robyn and Leah ) who are all in Langley and Surrey. I don’t get to visit as much as I like, but am always in touch by phone and Facebook. Don’s 4 children and spouses and kids/grand kids all live in Ontario. I am in contact with daughter ( Dawn Marie ) and her children…we talk on Facebook. I’m also in contact with my daughter in law ( Brenda ) and granddaughter ( Sara ) on Facebook too. I consider all my close friends in Gold River my family as well. I am happy that I could stay in this wonderful community where everyone looks out for each other and helps when it is needed.

Do you have any pets?

I have 2 crazy cats. Merlin (black) and Camelot – Cammie for short ( Tortie ) They are brother and sister but do not look or act anything alike. Merlin is too smart for his own good and always getting into trouble for stealing craft supplies and opening closets and kitchen cabinets but he is definitely entertaining. Cammie is a very fat girl and is very talkative…..never lets you forget when she can see the bottom of the food bowl. Diet food – naw – she just eats more. Merlin loves to help who ever comes over for craft days.

Cammie

Merlin

Merlin

Merlin Helping

Merlin Helping

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to swim….try to be at pool Mon – Fri to do laps. Walk, Paper Tole ( 3 D pictures ), scrap booking and card-making, drawing in charcoal or pen and ink, photography, Zentangle, Hardanger embroidery (cut work embroidery from Denmark) gardening, canning, used to do Stainglass. I love learning new crafts….want to learn how to Chinese Brush Paint and Iris Folding (for cards)  Oh, and I love to READ, READ, READ! I usually read at least one book a day…..lots of favorite authors, love Sci-fi, Mystery, Thrillers, Historical and Paranormal.

What do you wish Gold River had that it doesn’t? Is there anything missing for you?

I with that we still had a bowling alley. I used to bowl 3 times a week when I first got here. I also wish that the kids had a skate park/ BMX park….they have such a good time at the one in Campbell River.

And just for fun – if you had 1 million dollars to donate to the community in any way you wished – what would you do with the money?

I have thought of this a lot – and I am selfish…… I wanted to buy the old Odika Restaurant building and add on a bit….make it into an Art Gallery/Museum with the upstairs for all our creative people in town, free of charge they could be responsible for their own hydro. I would also build the skate park/BMX park.

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Resident Spotlight – Melony Larre

Melony flowers_cropI haven’t known Melony for all that long, but what I do know is that she give THE BEST hugs in the world! She always has a smile on her face and time to stop and talk and always has lovely things to say.  If you call Melony a friend, then consider yourself very lucky! 🙂

How long have you lived in Gold River?

I’ve lived in Gold River for eight years. I actually can’t believe it been that long!

What brought you here?

My husband was the Principal in Kyuquot for four years. When we came to Gold River for his interview, I fell in love with this community. We visited frequently for my husbands work and the more I saw of this tiny Village the more I liked it. When a position became available at the school district office we made the move and loaded our belonging onto the M.V Uchuck III.

What do you do for (paid) work?

I’ve been pretty fortunate to always have a great job while I’ve been residing here in Gold River. Right now I am the Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the Gold River Literacy Society. It is a non-profit organization aimed at improving the lives of the residents of Gold River through literacy and a variety of learning initiatives. It very worthwhile work and I am currently focused on keeping the society sustainable as we have recently had our funding cut back. I’ve also attempted to maintain and expand on the programs and events we provide to the community. Very challenging but very fun work and I am thrilled to be getting to know so many of the residents of Gold River that I had not met before now.

I am also fortunate to have a seasonal position as the breakfast cook at the prestigious (and beautiful) Lodge at Gold River. I am new to both positions and am really feeling welcomed by both the GRLS Board members and volunteers, as well as the staff and management at The Lodge at Gold River.

Please tell us about any volunteer work you do.

I have been active in our RWES PAC for the last 7 years. I am currently the PAC president although I should let it be known that I am eager to pass along the torch so I will be stepping down at our AGM in September. Please get your nominations ready!

Please tell us a bit about your family.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Stephen and together we have two of the sweetest kids ever. Our son Ben is thirteen and attends GRSS, he enjoys food, drama, basketball and video games (in no particular order). Our daughter Katie is seven and loves art, gymnastics and dance. They are the reason I get up every morning and fall into bed exhausted every night – I love them!

Melony & kids Melony & Stephen

Do you have any pets?

I do and I really wanted to include them in the above question because the are really part of our family too. We have a little cat named Snookie who is a fierce hunter and semi-outdoor prowler, with a bad attitude! However, our home is filled with the personality of our 3 year old Newfoundland Dog, Watson. This guy loves the water and taking us for walks. He’s shown us what a strong beastie he is and has taught us so much about perseverance. My dog is pretty great!

Ben

Katie & Watson
What do you like to do for fun?

I’ve recently discovered yoga! That’s been a great experience!! I also read quite a bit, sew a little and visit with friends. Our family loves to camp in the summer and we love to travel as well.

What do you wish Gold River had that it doesn’t? Is there anything missing for you?

I wish we had an active industry of some kind (in addition to forestry of course) that would bring more families to Gold River to live. I’d also love more stuff for the children and youth in our community to do – both recreationally and educationally.

And just for fun – if you had 1 million dollars to donate to the community in any way you wished – what would you do with the money?

Oh WOW! 1 million dollars wouldn’t scratch the surface for what I’d love to do for this community!! I guess I’d want to use the money to create programs and activities for the kids in our Village. Maybe a skatepark or a youth centre. Some better playground equipment at our schools and parks would be great, and of course, I’d love to donate a good chunk to literacy initiatives in our community 🙂

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks so much for asking me to be the Resident Spotlight! It’s an honour 🙂

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