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Valley people: Helen Martindale

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Helen Martindale
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Name: Helen Martindale

Occupation: optometrist

Age: 57

Hometown: Victoria

If you get a chance go see: Salmon Fishing Yemen

Right now I am reading: A Village of Small Houses by Ian Ferguson

I’m listening to: Willie Nelson

At least once everyone should: tour the valley by bicycle

Most people don’t know I: can speak Gaelic — pretty useless

Proudest or happiest moment: there are a lot, but my son, Sean, is doing very well as an artist.

Biggest fear: heights

If I was appointed queen of the valley I would: stop development in Cowichan — it’s beautiful

Before I die: I want to travel, travel, travel

Words I live by: don’t waste your life worrying

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