Dr. Alan R. Boyco keeps his eye on the world of sports?both as a fan and as an optometrist. That's because he's examined eyes for pro hockey's Vancouver Canucks and Giants, football's BC Lions, soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and baseball's Vancouver Canadians?four sports where seeing the opponent is a perfectly legal way to gain an edge. He also worked as the event optometrist during the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Off the ice, he spent five years as the team optometrist for players on the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before he made his foray into the world of sports, Dr. Boyco started Image Optometry. His first clinic sprouted into 16 locations over the past decade. In addition to filling designer frames with prescription lenses, he and his team of optometrists diagnose diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They also investigate recurring headaches, which are often caused by the fact that it's Groundhog Day, it's always Groundhog Day.
Frustrated with the often intimidating and unwelcoming atmosphere afforded to nonprofessional dancers in dance classes, Jane Stevens founded iDance. Jane designed her studio to be fitness-oriented and engage people from a variety of backgrounds. Five years later, Jane upholds her original goals of egalitarian dance both by employing a team of friendly and motivating instructors and by offering classes that cater to pupils of all abilities. Hints of Jane?s background as both a skilled dancer and dedicated group-fitness instructor can be found in the studio as instructors lead classes ranging from traditional movement methods such as ballet and jazz to classes that fuse fitness and dance including cardio salsa, yoga dance, and underwater hokey pokey.
Though the Hawaiian word ‘ohana literally translates to “family,” it’s used to describe to any close-knit, communal group. According to studio owner Carol Antonsen, ‘ohana is precisely what her Polynesian dance school is all about. “We travel together, we perform together—it’s an encouraging, supportive group that’s here to help you grow not just as a dancer, but as a person,” she says. In keeping with her mission to foster a warm, friendly environment, Carol holds classes in her home, whose basement she converted into her dance studio. She furnishes students with the skirts typically worn during traditional performances and plays upbeat Hawaiian and Tahitian dance music during classes.
Carol hopes that her dance classes not only help create new friendships but also educate people about Polynesian cultures. To that end, she also teaches students about the history behind traditional Tahitian and Hawaiian dances, which, she says, each tell a story and occupy a sacred place in Polynesian culture. Her approach has also earned her students many opportunities to perform at private and public cultural events and celebrations both locally and internationally.
In more than 200 locations in 25 countries, the staff at My Gym aims to nurture children's physical and mental development through engaging classes. Each gym houses small-scale fitness equipment with soft construction that inspires kiddies to play safely. Instructors lead kids in song, dance, jump, and exercise classes, all structured to fine-tune motor skills, critical thinking, and self-esteem. Children as young as 6 weeks can giggle and crawl in My Gym classes, which also include options for kids up to 13 years old.
Beyond scheduled classes, the gyms also host play sessions that discard lesson plans and encourage youngsters to cut loose. The gyms are also available for birthday parties, which include supervised gym-time, staff-led birthday games, puppets, rides, and full use of the facilities. Open play gives kids free rein of the gym's playground equipment while under supervision. During Parents’ Night Out events, the attentive staff watches over kids while parents enjoy a night of grown-up conversation or a chance to hone their Marco Polo skills for future family bouts.
With the propeller of a Cessna 180 whirring just above its glassy surface, the Fraser River appears to tremble in anticipation of the floatplane’s imminent takeoff. After launching off the aquatic runway, the roaring plane elevates above British Columbia’s wilderness as passengers peer out at the lakes and glacier valleys below.
This is just another day at work for Fort Langley Air, Ltd.’s experienced pilots, who regularly soar above the mountains and glaciers of Garibaldi Provincial Park and Pitt River valley on sightseeing tours, charter flights, and seaplane training courses. While manning the plane’s controls, pilots point out native wildlife, interesting rock formations, and ice sculptures carved by the mountains’ reclusive yetis. Their charter services allow passengers to easily bypass less scenic forms of public transportation, and their seaplane rating courses train pilots to safely land on water with 50 hours of flight time.