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Saanich Recreation Errata


In the December issue of Island Parent, we mistakenly omitted contact information for the rec centres. Contact information is as follows:

Commonwealth Place: (250) 475-7600
Gordon Head: (250) 475-7100
G.R. Pearkes: (250) 475-5400
Cedar Hill: (250) 475-7121 - Nov 25th, 2014

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Important Subscription Reminder


With the new anti-spam laws coming in to effect on July 1st, we need your consent to send our newsletter to you, our readers. If you missed the notice, or if you haven't yet confirmed your subscription from us, you will need to do so prior to the end of the month or we will no longer be able to send along the newsletter. To resubscribe, please go here: http://www.kidsinvictoria.com/newsletter - Jun 23rd, 2014

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Blue Vista Contest


Enter for a chance to win a cabin for 2 nights for a family of four at Blue Vista Resort (additional people, pets, etc are extra charges)--based on availability. Must be used prior to December 31st, 2014 and cannot be used for summer season--Canada Day weekend through Labour Day weekend--or any other holiday/long weekends. Cannot be transferred to anyone other than the winner. Advance reservations and paperwork verifying prize are required. For more information on Blue Vista resort, visit http://www.bluevistaresort.com.

Please note: DO NOT call the resort for information on the contest or how to enter. To enter the contest, please click the contest link on the home bar. - May 29th, 2014

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Cover Photo Contest


Cover Photo Contest

For the 2014 Family Summer Guide or Kids’ Guide to Victoria & Vancouver Island

Send us a colourful, clear photo of your kids or family enjoying a summer moment on Vancouver Island, and it may end up on the cover of this year’s Family Summer Guide or Kids’ Guide.

1st Prize: Main cover photo on the Family Summer Guide and $100 Gift Certificate to the business of your choice on Vancouver Island. Runners up: Five or more runners up will receive two IMAX tickets and their photos will be featured on the cover of either the Family Summer Guide or Kids’ Guide.

Only digital submissions will be accepted. Send a maximum of three photos of medium or higher resolution. Photos must be colour shots of children or families in Vancouver Island locations. Contest is open to Vancouver Island residents only. Entry deadline is Tuesday, April 22, 2014; winners will be notified by email by May 20. Winning photos become the property of Island Parent Magazine.

Send entries to: editor@islandparent.ca - Apr 06th, 2014

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Monthly Editorial Feature


Check out this month's special editorial features for Spring Break Programs and Family Travel. You can find them here: http://www.kidsinvictoria.com/editorial_feature - Mar 02nd, 2014

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Subscriber Contest - Birthday Parties


This month's newsletter subscriber contest is for a Birthday Party with either Sportball or Mad Science. For more details please click on the Newsletter tab above. Deadline is noon on Monday March 10th.Good luck! - Feb 27th, 2014

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Two winners for subscriber contest


Congratulations to TL and HA who have won the 5 IMAX passes and a $45 Certificate towards a Games2U Party. - Feb 11th, 2014

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Subscriber Contest Ends on Tuesday - Enter now


The exclusive contest for newsletter subscribers ends on February 11th at noon. You still have time to enter. Click on the newsletter tab to find the February newsletter with information on how to enter the contest for 5 IMAX tickets and a $45 gift certificate towards a Games 2 You party. We are giving away two prizes this month. Good luck! - Feb 05th, 2014

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February 2014 Island Parent Now Available


The February issue of Island Parent is now available. You can pick it up at our regular distribution outlets, or read it online here: http://issuu.com/islandparent/docs/feb2014 - Jan 28th, 2014

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Congratulations to Thrifty Gift Card Winner


We have chosen a winner for the online contest for the Thrifty Gift Card and the How to Feed a Family cookbook. Congratulations to Leland. - Jan 19th, 2014

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Subscriber Contest Ends Soon


The exclusive contest for newsletter subscribers ends on January 13th at noon. You still have time to enter. Click on the newsletter tab to find the January newsletter with information on the contest and how to enter. - Jan 08th, 2014

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Grandparent Photo Needed


Got a great photo of a Vancouver Island grandparent and grandchild? We need it!

Island Parent Magazine is publishing an Island Grandparent magazine this winter, and we're looking for a cover photo that's seasonally relevant of a grandparent and grandchild (or grandparents and grandchildren). We'd prefer a natural or artistically pleasing setting on Vancouver Island with natural lighting, a photo that is clear and includes no visually unappealing background clutter—it's a cover shot, after all! The photo should be either medium or high resolution, colour, and digital.

Please email your submission to Mada Moilliet at mada@islandparent.ca by January 20th.
If we choose your photo, you'll be notified by January 24th and we'll send you 4 tickets to IMAX Theatre. - Jan 07th, 2014

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New Online Contest


Enter to win a Birthday Party Kids Skating Party Package from ICE Hockey and Fitness valued at $183.75 valid for 2014.

This amazing prize includes I hour of ICE rental for skating/hockey play and one hour in the ICE Lounge afterwards.

Their website is at web link for more details on their facility.

Prize donated by Pain Free Tax & Bookkeeping Service. For more information on their services, visit web link. - Jan 02nd, 2014

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January Island Parent


The January issue is now available online. Check it out at http://issuu.com/islandparent/docs/ipmjan - Jan 02nd, 2014

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Contest extended to January 2nd


We have extended the Nov/Dec contest for a Thrifty Foods $250 Smile Card to Noon on January 2nd. Enter now for you last chance to win this fabulous prize. - Dec 30th, 2013

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Newsletter Contest winner


Congratulations to R.C. who won the four tickets to Ballet Victoria's performance of The Gift on December 29th. A reminder that our contest for a $250 Thrifty Foods Smile Card and a copy of the "How to Feed a Family" cookbook is our website contest. You may enter weekly for your chance to win. - Nov 25th, 2013

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Newsletter Contest Ends Monday


Our subscriber contest is now on for tickets to the Ballet Victoria's "The Gift". Check out the newsletter for details on how to enter before Monday Noon. - Nov 21st, 2013

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Contest winner


Congratulations to Alison S. who won the one night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort with a complimentary breakfast for two and a one hour spa session.

Thanks to all who entered. Our next contest for the $250 Smile Card at Thrifty Foods and the "How to Feed a Family" cookbook starts tomorrow. Our newsletter contest is now on. - Nov 14th, 2013

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Next Contest starts Saturday


The present contest for the Tigh-Na-Mara package ends tomorrow at Noon. Our next contest for a $250 gift card to Thrifty's plus the new "How to Feed a Family" cookbook starts on Saturday. You may enter weekly. Our subscriber contest is now on for tickets to the Ballet Victoria's "The Gift". Check out the newsletter for details on how to enter. - Nov 13th, 2013

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Tigh-Na-Mara Contest Ends on Friday


The Oct/Nov contest ends on Friday November 15th at NOON. This includes a one night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa with complimentary breakfast for 2 and a 60 minute spa treatment for one. (Some conditions apply.) Click on Contests to enter. A reminder that there is a limit of one entry weekly per family. - Nov 12th, 2013

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November/December issue is out


The Nov/Dec issue of Island Parent is now being distributed to your favourite location.It includes a special insert—Holiday Happenings—as well as our annual Fabulous Finds and a Gift Guide. You may also view both the magazine and Holiday Happenings section by clicking on their images on the Home page. - Nov 11th, 2013

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Backyardigans Presale


Presale Code: WATERY

Show Information:
Who explores a coral reef, plays in an octopus’s garden, and joins the jellyfish ballet – all before snack time? The Backyardigans! Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha, Uniqua and Austin are back on stage, singing and dancing and ready to plunge sea deep into adventure.

Dive into the action as these five friends explore clues, discover underwater magic, and match wits with an all-too-tidy octopus and a pair of playful (but messy!) dolphins. With a splashy range of song-and-dance styles to wade along to – including psychedelic soul, Bollywood, bossa nova, and more – our heroes save the day.

Coming Sunday, February 23 to Nanaimo’s The Port Theatre. Visit https://tickets.porttheatre.com/TheatreManager/175/login for complete tour information.

Schedule Info: Presale Period: November 5 10AM- November 7 10PM
Onsale Date: Friday, November 8 10AM - Nov 04th, 2013

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September/October issue is out!


The September/October issue is now out at your favourite spot. Be sure to ask for it at any of the 26 Serious Coffee locations on Vancouver Island or click on the image at the upper right to view it online. It includes extensive listings of Fall Programs as well as the annual Vancouver Island Baby Fair Guide. (You may also view the Baby Fair Guide online by going to the home page and clicking on it's image. - Aug 26th, 2013

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Subscriber Contest


Just a note, the subscriber contest for the Saanich Fair passes ends at noon, August 9th! - Aug 07th, 2013

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August issue


The August issue is now out. You may pick it up at your favourite location or ask for a copy at all Serious Coffee locations. It includes our Directory of Schools and Educational Services. - Jul 30th, 2013

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Our Summer Contest Continues


We have just drawn winners for our July contest but our full summer contest continues until the end of August. Enter to win a two night stay at Ocean Sands Resort in Parksville during the value season.One entry per week per family. To enter click on the contest link at the top or right of this page. - Jul 30th, 2013

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Last call for July Newsletter Contest Entries


We have two great prizes through our newsletter contest. First contest is for 2 Adult and 4 child admissions to The Raptor Centre, Duncan. Second contest is for4 passes for your choice of either: a three hour Wet & Wild (winter) Cave Tour; a three hour Ice Age Adventure tour; or a three hour Family Cavern Tour at Horne Lake Caves. Click on Newsletter and follow the directions.Contest ends at 12 noon TODAY! - Jul 11th, 2013

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ENTER TWO SUMMER CONTESTS!


Enter our two summer contests! 1) In July we have two family passes to the Royal BC Museum with passes to the National Geographic IMAX Theatre. 2) Two night stay at Ocean Sands Resort in Parksville. - Jul 02nd, 2013

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Early Years Awards Survey


Make sure you complete the Early Years Awards Survey for a chance to win some on going prizes as well as the Grand Prize for a weekend at the fabulous Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Vote today at http://www.successby6victoria.ca/ey_awards13.php - Feb 19th, 2013

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January Contest Winners


Congratulations to the winners from our January contest: Susan A., winner of the $250 Thrifty's Gift Card, Jessica N., winner of the Beesafe Solutions Emergency Kit, and Vyda Z., winner of a prize from our prize table. - Feb 17th, 2013

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February Contest starts TODAY


Enter to win Family Passes to the UVic's Phoenix Theater's presentation of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" an adaptation of the Broadway play! To enter click on Contests to right. - Jan 31st, 2013

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Last few days to enter January contest.


Just a reminder that the contest for the $250 Gift Card from Thrifty Foods ends on Thursday at Noon. Enter by clicking on Contests on the menu bar or bottom right of this page. Good Luck! - Jan 27th, 2013

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Website Contest Ends Next Week


Just a reminder that the contest for the $250 Gift Card from Thrifty Foods ends on the 31st. Enter by clicking on Contests on the menu bar or bottom right of this page. Good Luck! - Jan 21st, 2013

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Kaleidoscope's Family Theatre Festival Winner


Congratulations to Bonnie R. who won our subscribers contest for passes to Kaleidoscope's Family Theatre Festival Winner which will be held from February 8 - 11. Please visit http://www.kaleidoscope.bc.ca for more information about this new Festival. - Jan 20th, 2013

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Win a Pass to Kaleidoscope's Family Theatre Festival


Enter our Newsletter Contest

Kaleidoscope’s brand new Family Theatre Festival features new and exciting work for the whole family. Experience the magic of theatre with Kaleidoscope and the 2013 BC Family Day Family Fun Entertainment, February 8-11, at Berwick House Theatre in Royal Oak.

For more information on how to enter, click on Newsletter on the navigation bar above.

Contest deadline Monday January 14th at noon. - Jan 02nd, 2013

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Happy New Year!


From all of us at Kids In Victoria and Island Parent, we would like to wish you and your family all of the best in 2013 which is officially Island Parent's 25th year. - Dec 30th, 2012

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One More Day for Tigh-Na-Mara Contest


A reminder that our online contest for the two night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort (Parksville) with two one day spa passes ends at noon tomorrow (December 15th). Enter now for your chance to win this and other great prizes. - Dec 13th, 2012

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December Newsletter Winner


Congratulations to Donna F. who has won the four tickets to the Victoria Symphony's Concert for Kids: The Mozart Experience on January 27th. A reminder that our online contest for the two night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort (Parksville) with two one day spa passes ends on December 15th. Enter now for your chance to win. - Dec 11th, 2012

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November Newsletter Contest Winners


Congratulations to Amanda O. who won the 4 tickets to The Nutcracker at the Cowichan Theatre and to Sheila C. who won the certificate for a Winter Holiday Program offered by St.Michaels University School. To become a newsletter subscriber, click on the link below and on the right side of this page. - Nov 13th, 2012

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Special Contest! Enter to Win Tickets to Kaleidoscope's PAN


Enter to win one of two sets of four vouchers redeemable for tickets for Kaleidoscope Theatre's Production of PAN, playing at the McPherson Playhouse November 24th to December 1st. Vouchers are redeemable for the evening of your choice. Visit http://www.kaleidoscope.bc.ca for more information on the show.

Enter now to Win! - Nov 12th, 2012

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Thrifty Gift Card Winner Chosen


Congratulations to A. Reid, the winner of our draw for the $500 Thrifty Foods Gift Card, and K. Molia, the winner of the Discovery Toys Prize Package. - Nov 08th, 2012

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Win a 2 night Stay at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort, Parksville


Looking for a relaxing getaway?

Win a 2 night stay at Tigh-Na-Mara resort in Parksville! Also includes 2 one-day passes to the Grotto Spa. For more information about the resort, current deals, and the spa, visit their website: http://tigh-na-mara.com/

Enter now to Win! - Oct 31st, 2012

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Gift and Book Recommendations


The list of Gift and Book Recommendations is now up under Products/Services/Programs. Some great ideas for your family. - Oct 30th, 2012

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November issue is now out!


The November issue of Island Parent is now out and up on the website. Check out our Christmas Goody Contest (page 27) for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the bakery of your choice. This is the last week for you to enter the contest for $500 in Gift Cards to Thrifty Foods. - Oct 28th, 2012

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Deadline for $500 Thrifty Foods Gift Card Contest Entries


A reminder that the deadline for entering our October Contest for a $500 Gift Card to Thrifty Foods is next Wednesday October 31st at Noon. You may enter more than once but only once a week. Our next draw is for a two nights accommodation and two day spa passes at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa, Parksville. (Value $500) Good luck! - Oct 22nd, 2012

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October Newsletter Winner


Congratulations to B.C. who won the Family Season's Pass to the Victoria Symphony's Concerts for Kids Seriesin our newsletter subscriber contest. Maestro Joey was the correct answer. A reminder that the Online Contest for a $500 Gift Card to Thrifty Foods is still on until October 31st. - Oct 15th, 2012

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Blogs are back!


Look for a new blog post every Thursday! Covering topics about parenting, things to do around town, pregnancy, and much more. The moms we have lined up are so great, so keep checking back every week for new articles!!!!
http://www.kidsinvictoria.com/blog/ - Oct 10th, 2012

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New Contest! $500 Thrifty Foods Gift Card!


Enter to win $500 gift card for Thrifty Foods!!! You could also win a Discovery Toys prize pack.
Enter now to Win! - Sep 30th, 2012

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September Contest Winners


Congratulations to L.K. who won the annual membership to Gorge Fitness in our September website contest. Also congratulations to H.J. and L.P. who each won a choice of prizes from our Prize Table. Make sure you enter our October Contest for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card at Thrifty Foods or a Discovery Toys Family Game Night package (Value $100). Click on the Contests section on the bottom right. - Sep 30th, 2012

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Marketplace - new name


You'll see that we have changed the name of the Marketplace to be reflective of all that it offers. It is now Products/Services/Programs. - Sep 17th, 2012

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Newsletter Contest Winners


Congratulations to T.N. who won the annual membership to Gorge Fitness in our newsletter subscriber contest. Also congratulations to T.B., H.B., C.W., A. Z. and K.K. who each won two tickets to the Vancouver Island Baby Fair. If you are not a subscriber, sign up now for your chance to enter our monthly exclusive contests for subscribers only. - Sep 09th, 2012

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Fall Programs - updated on Marketplace


The Directory of Fall Programs from the September issue of Island Parent are now found on the Marketplace page under Fall Programs. Check out what's being offered this fall. - Sep 05th, 2012

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Like KIV's New Facebook Page!


KIV is now on Facebook! Like Kids in Victoria on facebook for links, contest reminders, hot topics, and more. Let us know what you'd like to see from us here or on Facebook! We hope you'll "like" us there as much as you like it here!

Click here to like us. - Sep 03rd, 2012

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September issue of Island Parent with Fall Programs


Click on the cover picture at the upper right of each page or on the Home page to view a copy of Island Parent online. This issue includes over 45 program descriptions for hundreds of programs. You may also see these programs by going to the Marketplace and clicking on * FALL PROGRAMS in the category listings or click on the link on the Home page. - Aug 30th, 2012

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Last week of the August contest


A reminder to enter our August contest for a two night stay at Beach Acres Resort in Parksville. Contest closes at noon on Friday August 31st! - Aug 26th, 2012

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Rod loves giving things away!


Another Facebook contest for Galey Farms family passes! Enter on our Facebook page. - Aug 19th, 2012

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This weekend's Facebook Contest winner.


Shelby B. won the family pass for a Galey Farms Adventure. We have more family passes to give away so check in on our Facebook page in a day or so for entry details. - Aug 12th, 2012

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We have a Another Facebook Contest winner!


Robin S. won the family pass for a Galey Farms Adventure. We have more family passes to give away so check in later today or this weekend for your chance to win. - Aug 09th, 2012

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Subscriber Contest Winners


We have just picked our 3 winners—Adam R., Stephanie D. and Shannon T.—from the entries in the exclusive contest for Newsletter subscribers. Each will receive two certificates for a single kayak rental for 2 hours at the Gorge Rowing & Paddling Centre. If you're not a subscriber, make sure you sign up. There's a sign up link on every page. - Aug 09th, 2012

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Island Parent on iPad and iPhone


Island Parent now available for viewing on your iPad or iPhone!

View now - Aug 02nd, 2012

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Another Facebook Contest


Enter to Win a Family Pass to Galey Farms. Contest closes Thursday August 9th at noon. Check out our Facebook page - Aug 02nd, 2012

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New Contest!


Enter to win a weekend at Beach Acres Resort in Parksville!

Enter now to Win! - Jul 31st, 2012

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KIV has been acquired!


Hi KIV'rs,

I'm excited to announce that Kids In Victoria has been acquired by Island Parent Magazine!

We've come a long way since KIV was first launched and it's time to pass this wonderful resource on to a group of people who can continue to build, grow and contribute to the KIV Community in a way that I no longer can.

In the last few years my life and career have become focused in a new direction, and it is my sincere pleasure to see KIV change hands so that it - and its community - may continue to flourish.

Over the next little while we'll be busy completing the transfer, and in time you will start to see changes and improvements to the site.

As of today all email sent to info@kidsinvictoria.com (and any other email address ending in @kidsinvictoria.com) will be received by Island Parent Magazine.

If you wish to reach me personally, you can email me at info@kidsincanada.com.

Thanks to all of you who have helped shape KIV over the years. It is your contribution and activity that has created the environment that means so much, to so many.

Thank you.

Justin Prostebby
KIV Founder - Jun 25th, 2012

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Enter to Win a Summer Prize Pack!


Enter to win family passes to some favorite family attractions in the southern island!

Enter now to Win! - Jun 02nd, 2012

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New Contest! Enter to win tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Dreamcoat!


Enter to win two tickets to the Chemainus Theater's production of Joseph and the Amazing Tecnicolor Dreamcoat!

Enter now to Win! - Apr 30th, 2012

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New Contest! Enter to win Tickets to Stars on Ice


Enter to win two tickets to Stars on Ice at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre May 16.

Enter now to Win! - Apr 01st, 2012

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New Contest! Enter to win Tickets to Stars on Ice


Enter to win two tickets to Stars on Ice at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre May 16.

Enter now to Win! - Mar 02nd, 2012

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New Contest! Enter to win passes to Saanich Parks and Recreation


Enter to win this month's contest for passes to Saanich Parks and Recreation for the whole family!

Enter now to Win! - Feb 02nd, 2012

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New Contest! Enter to win tickets to see Strike 4 with Victoria Symphony Orchestra!


Enter to win Tickets to Victoria Symphony Orchestra's Strike 4 Performance! Runners up will win prizes from the Island Parent prize table!

Enter now to Win! - Dec 31st, 2011

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New Contest! Enter To Win A Two Night stay at Beach Acres Resort and More!!


Enter to win a two night stay at Beach Acres Resort! Plus win Saanich Recreation Passes!

Enter now to Win! - Nov 30th, 2011

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New Contest! Enter to win passes to Saanich Parks and Recreation


Enter to win this month's contest for passes to Saanich Parks and Recreation for the whole family!

Enter now to Win! - Oct 31st, 2011

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Great New Monthly Contest!


This month we bring you fun for the whole family including concerts in 3 island locations and passes to Saanich Rec Centres!

Enter now to Win! - Oct 01st, 2011

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New Contest! Enter to win passes to Saanich Parks and Recreation


Enter to win this month's contest for passes to Saanich Parks and Recreation for the whole family!

Enter now to Win! - Sep 01st, 2011

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New Contest! Enter to Win Tickets to See The Backyardigans!


Enter to win tickets to see The Backyardigans: Quest for the Extraordinary Alien in concert with your family in September!

Enter now to Win! - Jul 31st, 2011

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New Contest! Enter To Win A One Night stay this autumn at Beach Acres Resort!


Explore your island this fall with this month's great prize! Enter now for your chance to win One Night at Beach Acres Resort!

Enter now to Win! - Jul 03rd, 2011

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New Contest! Free tickets to "Time Out! Taking Care of Mom" and More!


This month we have a wide variety of amazing prizes! Something for mom, something for the kids, and something for the whole family!

1st Prize - Free tickets to "Mother May I Productions Presents: Time Out! Taking Care of Mom"

2nd Prize - Free Registration for a summer camp at St. Michaels University School!

3rd Prize - Family passes and 4 individual passes to Saanich Recreation Centres

Enter now to Win! - May 31st, 2011

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New Contest! Family Passes at Saanich Recreation, And MORE


Get active with your kids - rain or shine - with our first place prize this month!

1st Prize - Family passes to Any Saanich Recreation Centre PLUS 4 individual passes (Two Winners!)

2nd Prize - Choice of prize from the Island Parent Prize Table (3 Winners!)

That's 5 prizes available this month!

Enter now to Win! - Apr 30th, 2011

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New Contest! Enter To Win A Two Night stay at Beach Acres Resort!


Looking to get away from the every day? Enter now for your chance to win Two Nights at Beach Acres Resort!

Enter now to Win! - Mar 31st, 2011

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New Contest - Win a FREE Spring Break day camp at St. Michaels University School


Win a FREE Spring Break day camp at St. Michaels University School!

1st Prize - One FREE Registration for a Spring Break Holiday Programme at St. Michaels University School!


Enter now to Win! - Jan 31st, 2011

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New Contest! - Enter to Win Two Nights at Beach Acres Resort!


Enter for a chance to win Two Nights at Beach Acres Resort, or your choice of prize from the Island Parent Prize Table.

1st Prize - Two Nights at Beach Acres Resort!

2nd Prize - Choice of prize from the Island Parent Prize Table


Enter now to Win! - Dec 04th, 2010

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SCAM - Beware memile77@yahoo.ca - Do not send money!


Hi KIV'rs.

It looks like someone may be trying to take advantage of KIV members by offering to purchase items from the Classifieds section, and then sending a fake cheque to pay for the items.

The cheque you receive will be for much more than the amount you are asking, and you will be asked to take the cheque, deposit it, and send the remainder back.

The cheques are fake, and will bounce - leaving you out the amount you've mailed back.

Please, do not fall for this scam!

Thanks all.

Justin
KIV Founder - Nov 21st, 2010

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Win a Mad Science Birthday Party or Season Pass to Victoria Butterfly Gardens! -


Another exciting KIV & Island Parent Contest this month!

Enter for a chance to win a Mad Science Birthday Party for up to 12 children, or one of two Season Passes for Victoria Butterfly Gardens.

1st Prize - Mad Science Birthday Party for up to 12 children.!

2nd Prize - Season Passes for Victoria Butterfly Gardens!


Enter now to Win! - Oct 31st, 2010

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Win Excellent Fitness Prizes in this Month's Contest


It's a great time to get into a fitness routine this fall, and with that in mind we're giving you a chance to win a couple of excellent packages that will help you stay in shape as the seasons change!

1st Prize - Win Two Weeks of Boot Camp Free from New Image Boot Camps!

2nd Prize - Win One Month Active Pass Free - Panorama Recreation!


Enter now to Win! - Sep 30th, 2010

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Win A Gift certificate for a Sylvan Skills Assessment - Ends Thursday!


Enter now for your chance to win A Gift certificate for a Sylvan Skills Assessment valued at $200.


There are many reasons why your child might need extra help with school, tests and homework. At Sylvan of Victoria, we’ll work together to customize a plan based on your child’s unique learning needs and academic goals.

Enter now to Win! - Sep 26th, 2010

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Win a Copy of Kathy Buckworth's Books!


Tall Tales Books Contest - Win a Kathy Buckworth Book!

Attention all Victoria Moms! Funny Mummy Kathy Buckworth is coming to Tall Tales Books on Saturday July 17th at 11am to sign copies of her latest book “Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children & Chardonnay“!

To celebrate this event Tall Tales Books is giving away one copy of each of Kathy's books:

"Shut Up and Eat: Tales of Chicken, Children and Chardonnay"

"The Blackberry Diaries: Adventures in Modern Motherhood"

"Journey to the Darkside: Supermom Goes Home"

Enter now to Win! - Jul 06th, 2010

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Remember to Vote in this month's Photo of the Month Contest!


Hi all!

Remember we have a Photo Contest each month, and you get to choose who wins the prize!

Take a look at the prizes up for grabs here:
Photo Contest Prizes.

Place your vote now!
Vote Now.

Remember to enter too!
Enter Photo Contest. - Jun 21st, 2010

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New Contest! - Enter to Win Two Nights at Beach Acres & more!


That's right, we're giving away two free nights at Beach Acres Resort! You can also win IMAX tickets, and a choice of prize from the Island Parent Prize Table!

Enter Now - Jun 20th, 2010

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KIV Mother's Day Contest... Excellent Prize!


We’re all about Mother’s Day at KIV this week, and what better way to celebrate the fantastic jobs that all you KIV moms do then to launch a special competition. If you’ve been over to the blogger section in the last day or two you’ll see that our mommy bloggers have been starting to post their Mother’s Day thoughts, stories and experiences. Well, we want to know yours! Head over to ANY of our Mother’s Day blog posts, leave a relevant comment in the ‘comment box’ below before Sunday and you’ll be entered into our draw. Yup, it’s as simple as that!

And....drum roll... you could win...

A complimentary In-studio session with TDLang Photography, valued at $50. The in-studio photo session is for a 60-90 minute photo session in the TDLang Photography studio. There are more details over at the special KIV Mother's Day Competition page.

The winner will be announced here in Cafe KIV and on the blog-roll too. Entries are accepted until midnight this Saturday and the winner will be announced at 2pm on Sunday. You can enter one comment on each of the Mother’s Day blog posts by our mommy bloggers just as long as it’s relevant to that blog post and no double comments- each must be a new comment. Keep checking back, we might be adding more posts as the week goes by! Happy Mother’s Day KIVers!

KIV Mother's Day Competition page - May 04th, 2010

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Two New Contests Launched!


Enter to win some great prizes in our two new contests!

Enter Now! - Apr 04th, 2010

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Win Tickets to "A Shine of Rainbows" - This weekend only!


Win a pair of tickets to an advance screening of award winning Canadian family film about a young orphan who is adopted by a couple and taken to live on the beautiful Irish coast.



We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets to this event!

Advance Screening
Thursday, March 25th at 6:30pm
Capitol 6 Empire cinemas


Enter & more info here!
- Mar 18th, 2010

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Changes to KIV Mail - Please Read


We've made a couple changes to the way KIV Mail works, and I want to take a minute to let you know about them.

First, the changes. Then, below I've given a bit of a tutorial on how KIV Mail notifications work in general. Reading this will most likely enhance your enjoyment of the site ;)

Changes

You will now see one of two different messages at the bottom of KIV Mail you receive.


1) To reply to this message click the link below:

2) You can reply directly to this message by clicking "reply" in your email client.



We have now made it so clicking the link in Option 1) takes you directly to the message you wish to reply to, rather than simply to your inbox.

I hope this makes communicating via KIV simpler, and at the very least saves you a few clicks.


KIV Mail - Explained

My guess is that many of you haven't noticed the different options for receiving and replying to mail from within the KIV system.

There are two main options which are described, and can be changed here:

My Account > KIV Mail > Message Delivery Options

Here are your options:

1) Email Notifications
2) Email Copy

In simple terms, this is what they mean...



1) Email Notifications - You'll get notified via email when someone sends you a message through the KIV system.

You WILL NOT be able to simply click "reply" within your email client (gmail, hotmail, etc).


2) Email Copy - You'll get notified via email when someone sends you a message through the KIV system.

You WILL be able to simply click "reply" within your email client (gmail, hotmail, etc).



So, why do we have two options?

Because with the "Email Notifications" option, there's a reduced chance our messages end up in your junk folder. You can't reply directly, but you can be more certain you get all messages intended for you.

With the "Email Copy" option, there's a greater chance messages end up in your junk folder, but you can reply directly to them.

Remember - You can always go straight to your KIV Mail to make sure you have seen all messages. They always go to your KIV Mail inbox!

With either option, it's a good idea to add system@kidsinvictoria.com to your address book so our notifications don't go to your junk folder.

If you made it to the bottom of this read, Congratulations! You most likely now understand more about how to use KIV Mail to effectively communicate with other KIVrs!

Thanks! - Mar 16th, 2010

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2010 Early Years Awards - Nominate Today and Win!


In an effort to acknowledge members of the community who go above and beyond to support parents and their children best, Success by 6 has developed The Early Years Awards program.

We're helping to get the word out about this fantastic program, and giving you a chance to win some great prizes by simply filling out the Nomination Survey.

Visit the Success by 6 website to enter!

* Deadline for entry is February 01, 2010 *


Just for taking the time to submit a nomination you will be entered to win:

- Two nights at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort in Parksville, Dinner for 2 in the Cedar Room and passes to enjoy the Grotto Spa Mineral Pool.

· A one-year home delivery subscription courtesy of the Times Colonist newspaper

· A Salmon Kings prize package including 4 tickets to an upcoming home game, 2 hats, 2 t-shirts and a pennant - Jan 25th, 2010

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KIV Community Board - Down for Repair


Hi everyone,

I'm sure many of you have noticed that the KIV Community Board is down at the moment.

We are experiencing an issue with the board right now, and we're busy making some repairs.

We should have things up and running again later tonight, or tomorrow at the latest.

Thanks to those of you who have contacted me about the issue, and I appreciate your patience while we work to get things going again.

It should be back to normal soon!

- Justin - Jan 21st, 2010

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KIV Community Board - Back in Action!


Well, we've managed to sort out the issues we were experiencing earlier today (fingers crossed), and it looks like things are once again working properly.

We'll continue to monitor the board over the next couple days to make sure everything is working as it should.

Thanks for your patience, and happy posting!

- Justin - Jan 21st, 2010

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Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!


I just want to quickly thank the KIV Community for a number of fantastic years online, and wish you all the absolute best over the holidays!

Merry Christmas -- Happy Holidays, and I hope you all enjoy your families today, and always! - Dec 24th, 2009

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Save this Holiday Season with KIV Holiday Coupons!


Find some great deals right before the holidays with KIV's Holiday Coupons.

A number our advertisers have put together some very special offers you really ought to take advantage of.

Find great gifts for your loved ones, and save a little extra at the same time!

Happy Holidays, from KIV.

Go to Coupons -> - Nov 30th, 2009

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November Contest - Sportball Event, 2009 Shrine Fantasy Show Tickets - Enter Now


Kids In Victoria & Island Parent Magazine - November Contest

We've just released this month's contest prizes, and once again, there are some great prizes to be won!

Enter Now

Win one of two 40-minute Sportball Special Events with coach and equipment at your home or other facility.

Enter to win one of five pairs of tickets to this year's Shrine Christmas Fantasy Show at the Royal Theatre - December 03, 2009 - 7pm.

Win a pair of tickets to National Geographic's IMAX Theatre.

1st Prize - 40-minute Sportball Special Event
2nd Prize - Pair of Tickets to 2009 Shrine Fantasy Show
3rd Prize - IMAX Tickets

Enter Contest

Thanks for entering, and good luck!

Contest Closes November 30, 2009 (12pm) - Nov 04th, 2009

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Enter now to win a Two Night Stay at Beach Acres Resort!


Kids In Victoria & Island Parent Magazine - October Contest

Enter now to win some excellent prizes!

This month you can enter to win a Two Night Stay at Beach Acres Resort!

Win a two night stay in a cottage or townhouse featuring fully furnished: two bedrooms, complete kitchen, living room with fireplace.

Beach Acres is situated on Rathtrevor Beach, has an indoor pool, children's playground, basketball and tennis courts.

1st Prize - Family Getaway to Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina, Cowichan Bay
2nd Prize - IMAX Tickets
3rd Prize - Prize choice from Island Parent Magazine

Enter Contest

Contest Closes October 30, 2009 (12pm) - Oct 20th, 2009

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Contest 'Deja vu' - Another chance to Win a Family Getaway! - expires Sept 30 - noon


Contest Déjà vu

If the prizes for this month's contest seem familiar, it's because you've seen them before!

We have more of the same prizes to offer, so we decided now is as good a time as any to offer them up.

These are great prizes, so take advantage of your second chance to win!

This month you can enter to win a Family Getaway to Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina!

One Night Accommodation in a luxurious one bedroom suite, room service breakfast for two at the Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina located on the waters Edge in Cowichan Bay.

1st Prize - Family Getaway to Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina, Cowichan Bay
2nd Prize - IMAX Tickets
3rd Prize - Cinecenta Tickets
4th Prize - Cyber City Gift Certificates

Enter Contest

Contest Closes September 30, 2009 (12pm) - Sep 01st, 2009

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Backyardigans Tickets Giveaway! Victoria & Nanaimo Shows


We gave away two pairs of ticket to The Backyardigans in our Exclusive Newsletter Contest, and now we're giving away another two pairs!

Enter to win a pair of tickets to either the Nanaimo show, or the Victoria show.

You're welcome to enter for both sets of tickets!

There are two contests - one for Victoria, the other for Nanaimo - make sure you enter the right one!

September 9, 2009 - The Port Theatre - Nanaimo, BC

September 10, 2009 - McPherson Playhouse - Victoria, BC

Enter Contest

If you want to enter both contests, make sure you submit an entry to each!

Victoria show winner must pick up tickets at the Island Parent office.

Nanaimo tickets can be mailed to the winner.


With non-stop excitement and surprise, this watery tale will mesmerize, entertain and delight audiences of all ages!
Backyardigans Website

If you don't see the contests by following the link - scroll down further!

Contest Closes September 02, 2009 (12pm) - Aug 24th, 2009

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Win a Family Getaway to Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina - Cowichan Bay


This month you can enter to win a Family Getaway to Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina!

One Night Accommodation in a luxurious one bedroom suite, room service breakfast for two at the Oceanfront Grand Resort & Marina located on the waters Edge in Cowichan Bay.

Enter Contest

Contest Closes August 31, 2009 (12pm)


We also have Exclusive Contests for our Newsletter subscribers each month!

Sign Up Now

Brought to you by Kids In Victoria & Island Parent Magazine. Together is Better! - Aug 05th, 2009

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New Contest - New Prizes, Enter Now!


We've just launched a new contest, so enter now to win!

You can win free passes to Wild Play, tickets to IMAX, and gift certificates to Cyber City.

Enter Now - Jul 08th, 2009

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FREE PASSES - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe


We have TEN Promoter's Passes for 2 people to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Chemainus Theatre on July 8 & 9 at 11 am or July 3 at 2 pm.

If you are able to attend on any of these days, please email Paul Abra (publisher@islandparent.ca<' target='_blank'>publisher@islandparent.ca">publisher@islandparent.ca</a>) by noon on July 2nd.

Ten winners will be randomly selected and notified. One entry per family. - Jun 28th, 2009

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New Contest... Enter Now!


We've just launched another Kids In Victoria - Island Parent Contest!

Enter for your chance to win one of FIVE Family Passes (4 persons) to Organic Islands 5th Annual Festival & Sustainability Expo at Glendale Gardens, Victoria.

Contest ends June 29th, at noon - so enter now!

enter contest - Jun 15th, 2009

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KIV going offline tonight - April 30 (8pm)


Hi KIV'rs,

If you haven't been following some of the other topics on the news...

KIV is partnering with Island Parent Magazine!

We're excited about the addition, and hope you'll appreciate it to.

There will be some fun new stuff on the site, and we're getting ready to launch everything tonight.

So... that means the site will be going offline tonight around 8pm.

We're anticipating being back online sometime tonight, but we're being cautiously optimistic in this regard.

Look for us to be back online tonight or tomorrow morning.

Thanks KIV'rs. - Apr 28th, 2009

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something new is coming...


Hi KIV'rs,

I want to give you a little notice that we're going to be adding something new to the site very soon.

I don't want to tip my hand to it just yet, but on May 01, 2009 KIV will be making a few changes.

You may notice some ads on the site intended to give you a heads up.

Consider yourself "in the know"... well, at least as much as possible.

Thanks for reading! - Apr 22nd, 2009

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Daylight Savings Time - KIV Community Board


Hi everyone,

For some of you, the time on the KIV Community Board may be off. If it is, here are some instructions to get it back to the correct time.

1) Log in
2) Go to the KIV Community Board
3) Click "User Control Panel"
4) Click the "Board Preferences" tab
5) Select "[UTC - 8] Pacific Standard Time" from the drop down
6) Select "yes" on the field that reads: "Summer Time/DST is in effect:"
7) Click "Submit"

That should get you back on track if the time is incorrect.

Thanks everyone, and have a great start to your spring! - Mar 25th, 2009

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KIV needs a few MODS... please read!


Hi everyone,

I've received interest from a few of you regarding modding the KIV Community Board, but we need more response!

I'm thinking we should move from a one moderator system, to one in which we have two or three mods for each forum.

That will reduce the responsibility of each moderator, and make the task a little lighter for you.

If you're interested in modding the KIV Community Board, please email me at info@kidsinvictoria.com<' target='_blank'>info@kidsinvictoria.com">info@kidsinvictoria.com</a>.

Thanks everyone! - Feb 10th, 2009

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KIV is looking for a new Moderator! (click here)


Hi KIVrs,

It looks like the time has come for our long-time moderator of the KIV Community Board to take a break from moderating, and focus more on other aspects of her life.

As I’m sure many of you are aware, WCM has provided a wonderful service to the community over the years, and although I’m happy she’s found inspiration to focus on other things, there’s a part of me that’s sad to see her go.

However, all things need to change, and so it’s now time for KIV to appoint a new KIV Community Moderator.

The job is not always an easy one, and it takes a certain level of commitment and respect for the KIV Community.

Oh ya, and it’s not a paid position either… (Although, there may be the occasional Christmas gift)

But that’s not to say there aren’t rewards! Giving back to the community always feels good, and comes with the knowledge that you are contributing to something that provides a lot of good to a great many people.

So, I’m looking for a volunteer moderator with the following qualities:

- An active member of the KIV Community
- Someone patient, understanding, who carries respect for all people and perspectives
- The ability to remain calm and un-biased in all situations
- A willingness to take some negativity from upset or distressed KIVrs (everyone has a bad day from time to time, right?)
- Regular time to commit to the task
- Excellent grammar, and spelling skills
- A genuine desire to facilitate friendly, peaceful interactions on the board

If this is you, or someone you know, please send me an email info@kidsinvictoria.com<' target='_blank'>info@kidsinvictoria.com">info@kidsinvictoria.com</a> and let me know! I’d love to add the right person to the KIV Team!

PS - I won’t respond to all those who inquire, but I’ll let you know if you are selected.

And finally, one more huge “THANK YOU” to WCM for all her efforts over the years.

I’m sure I speak for the entire community when I say we REALLY appreciate everything you’ve done for KIV!

Justin Prostebby
KIV Founder - Feb 08th, 2009

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CFAX Interview - Back on the air!


Hi everyone,

The CFAX interview is back on for tomorrow at 2pm!! (Nov 22)

Please listen in if you can.

You can hear it on 1070AM, or by going to www.cfax1070.com.

Thanks everyone! - Nov 20th, 2008

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CFAX Interview - Preempted!


Hi everyone,

I just got a call from the good people at CFAX, and unfortunately, today's show has been preempted by the CFL game.

The interview will go on, although I'm not 100% sure when. I'll keep you informed!

Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your weekend! - Oct 31st, 2008

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I'm on CFAX 1070 this weekend!


Hi everyone,

I've been asked to give a short radio interview about KIV, and all the great things happening on the site!

I'm excited about it, so if you have the time to listen in, please do!

CFAX 1070... Saturday, November 01 - 2pm.

I want to thank one of our very own KIVrs, and her husband for this opportunity!

I won't mention who it is unless I hear that it's ok, but thanks very much!!

You can listen online as well... Check their website www.cfaxonline.com. - Oct 29th, 2008

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Feature your Classified Ads


Hi everyone,

Just a quick heads up to let you know that you may now Feature any one of your classified ads for free, at any time you choose.

In addition to having a section of their own, featured ads also appear in the side columns of the site, and stand out from regular ads with a different color background.

To feature your ad:

1) Go to "My Account"
2) Go to "My Classifieds"
3) Find the ad you wish to feature
4) Click the "feature" link

Your ad will now be featured!

Please Remember... Classified Ads may not be used to advertise your business. If you do, it will be removed without notice.

Thanks, and enjoy! - Oct 22nd, 2008

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KIV in Top Three - Twice!!


Hi KIV'rs,

Well, I for one am feeling a touch honoured at the moment, and I thought I'd share this with you.

PLAY Greater Victoria recently held their "Early Years Community Appreciation Awards", and our lil' ol' website happened to get voted as one of the top three nominees, in two out of six categories!

PLAY surveyed nearly 300 parents, care providers and grandparents, and they (you) voted for KIV!

Here are the categories we placed in, along with the other top nominees:

Favourite Source of Parenting Information

* Island Parent
* Kids in Victoria
* Family, Friends and Other Parents

Favourite Places to Connect with Other Parents

* Kids in Victoria Website
* Play Groups (visit www.victoriastroller.ca to see schedules)
* Parks

Thanks to all of you who participated in the voting, and I really appreciate it!

To see the full results, please visit Play's results page.

Nice to be recognized! - Aug 12th, 2008

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More on KIV Bloggin' Mommas


Hi everyone,

I first want to thank all of you who are still sending in your blogging ideas and requests!

Here's a little update on how things are coming.

We're getting some great responses from you, and it turns out there are a bunch of great writers, right here on KIV, ready to contribute to the site!

There are also a few of you hoping to try blogging out for the first time.

Well, we're going to try and accommodate both groups. As I mentioned in my previous post, we most likely won't be able to take everyone, but we should have a great mix of mothers, writers, bloggers, and genuinely interesting people to share with us in the near future.

Very exciting!

On the technical side...

It's going to be a couple weeks before we're ready to go with the blogs, as we're in the middle of setting it all up now.

Also, if you've sent me an email, or responded to the post in the KIV Community Board, you are on the list of potential bloggin' mommas.

Please don't worry if I haven't gotten back to you yet. I haven't forgotten, and you will be contacted.

Thanks again everyone, and if you haven't already, please feel free to add yourself to the list!

Justin
KIV Founder - Jul 22nd, 2008

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KIV Seeking Blogging Moms!


Hi everyone,

We're thinking of adding a new aspect to KIV, and want to know if any of you out there would be interested.

Essentially, we're looking for a few moms to contribute to the site on a regular basis, by either blogging directly on the site, or by allowing us to publish an already-existing blog.

We're looking for the day-to-day experiences that go along with being a parent, and hopefully some of you have a talent with the written word.

If any of you would be interested in something like this, please either comment on this blog entry, or email me at info@kidsinvictoria.com<' target='_blank'>info@kidsinvictoria.com">info@kidsinvictoria.com</a>.

Also, if you don't blog yourself, but know of some great ones out there, please send us the links!

Thanks KIV moms! - Jul 17th, 2008

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Photo Prizes!


Hi everyone,

We've decided to add a little more allure for those of you entering our photo contest.

Some generous KIVrs have already donated some great prizes, and you can check out the prize for this month here!

There will be new prizes each month, so keep snappin' those photos, and submit them for your chance to win!

Good luck! - Jul 07th, 2008

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KIV ad in Island Parent


Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd give you a heads up that we have an advertisement in the Family Summer Guide 2008.

Lots of great information in there, and take a look at the KIV ad!

Here's a link to Island Parent, where you can view the Family Summer Guide 2008. - Jul 01st, 2008

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KIV looking for Prize Donations!


Hello KIV Advertisers,

We would like to start offering prizes for our Photo of the Month Contest, and feel we can offer some extra exposure to those of you who would like to donate a prize!

If you are a KIV Advertiser, and wish to donate a prize for our contest, please let me know. We will feature your prize, and business via our photo contest, all month long.

Please use the Feedback, or Contact Us forms to let us know what you wish to donate for a prize.

Thanks very much! - Jun 09th, 2008

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Classified Ads - image trouble?


Hi everyone,

There have been a few users mentioning having difficulty with images appearing when placing an ad in the Classifieds section.

Are many of you having this issue?

Please comment here, and we'll dig in and see if there's an issue with the site.

Thanks! - Jun 08th, 2008

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Hi KIVrs!


I want to take a moment to introduce you to our brand new KIV Blog!

I'll be writing here from time to time, to keep you informed of things going on with the site, the community, and KIV in general.

This space will be used to let you know when we're working on the site, and when you can expect a few hiccups.

I'm also hoping you'll comment on my posts, to provide useful feedback. The more you get involved, the better we can make your KIV experience.

From here on out, anything KIV-related will be posted here, so please check back often.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day! - Jun 03rd, 2008

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