Brian Minter began sharing his passion for plants with British Columbia’s gardeners when, in 1970, he and his wife Faye purchased Country Garden Store, a garden shop that had been part of Chilliwack’s community since 1957. In 1977, the Minters discovered a piece of land nestled beneath Mt. Cheam and by 1980, that passion for plants was transformed into 32-acre, world-famous Minter Gardens.
Brian, a University of British Columbia graduate (BA) and Master Gardener, quickly became BC’s go-to garden expert through his experience at both the garden centre and the display gardens. As such, he has hosted countless radio and television shows, is a frequent gardening columnist and is the author of Canadian Best Seller, ‘Brian Minter’s New Gardening Guide – Fresh Approaches for Canadian Gardeners’.
Brian and Faye are co-owners of Minter Country Garden Store and operate it along with their family.
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Inez Jasper is an award winning Pop artist with powerhouse talent and universal appeal. As one of Canada’s top Aboriginal musicians, her blending of traditional native sounds with a love for contemporary Pop music brings the best of her culture to the mainstream world.
When Inez Jasper lets loose on stage you can’t help but see she has the pipes, the moves and the drive to become a genuine superstar. It’s a dream of hers, she says, one she hopes to make a reality with her new album, “Burn Me Down”, set for release in August 2013.
The 2009 release of her first solo album, “Singsoulgirl” garnered a lot of attention, notably taking home four Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards for Best Album Cover, Best New Artist, Best Pop Album, and Single of the Year. Later the album was also nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and a Juno. Inez has performed for the live broadcast of the 2009 & 2010 Aboriginal People’s Choice awards, 2010 & 2012 Aboriginal Day Live! , and 2012 Indspire Awards. She has been featured on CBC Radio, Winnipeg’s “Streetz FM” and has hosted the television show, “First Tracks” on APTN for 3 consecutive years.
But though you may be tempted at first listen to attach the prefix ‘Pop star’ to Jasper’s name and call it a day but there’s far more to her than that. She’s also a registered nurse, mother of 2 and a nationally recognized role model; as dedicated to realizing her own dreams as she is to inspiring others to reach for theirs. An artist whose ability to interpret the music she sings through the lens of her own life and experience is compelling in an industry filled with manufactured pop stars.
Despite all the attention, she maintains an endearing humility and commitment to inspiring youth. Inez travels extensively to urban centers and indigenous communities to share inspirational messages of higher learning and healthy living. “I love to connect with my fans and share my story with them. My favorite workshops are Healthy Sexuality and Health Careers but that’s just because I’m a nurse!”
Inez Jasper is coming to a community near you by airwaves, stage and speakers. Are you ready?
Listen to Inez’s music here
Jim Harris is a retired veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent 34 years with the Royal Canadian Military Engineers. Mr. Harris served in the first Gulf War, as a Peacekeeper in Bosnia, and during the Cold War. He specialized in Bomb Disposal.