June 2015 - Thank you so much for coming to our Spring Fling at Sidney Elementary.  The kids just love the inflatable....plus the teachers enjoyed it to!  Our fair raised over $9,000.  Thank you so much for your support!  Sidney Elementary PAC

June 2015 - Thank you so much for donating the 10 day passes to Panorama Recreation for our Bike to Work Week prize pool. We had another successful Bike to Work Week this year with 40% of our staff riding at least one day.  We covered just over 400 km in a total of 23 trips during the week.  We had daily draw prizes as well as prizes for those who rode every day and to the person who clocked the most total mileage.  We also had a fun competition going on between different groups in our workplace and the day passes were awarded to the winners.  Panorama Recreation is used by many of our employees, so the day passes are greatly appreciated. Thank you again!  Anna-Mary

June 2015 - Thank you for your generous donation towards our annual Camp Day. With your help, we raised over 1.4 million dollars.  Thank you for helping make a difference in local children's lives and support the community.  Your friends at Time Horton's Sidney.

January 2015 - Thank you for your donation towards our “Mixing It Up Conference” held Saturday, Jan 31st at the Mary Winspear Centre. Our sold out event was a huge success. We really appreciate your donation to our silent auction. Your donation helped raise approximately $3,000 that will be used towards community gardening related educational events and conferences. Thank you once again for supporting the Victoria Master Gardeners Association and our event.

March 2014 - It's wonderful being able to hear the instructor, rather than just watching what she or he is doing and trying to follow along. When you're facedown doing push-ups, for instance, that doesn't work very well!  The hearing loop makes it possible for anyone who wears hearing aids with a telecoil to 'tune in' directly to the instructor's microphone and bypass the speakers.  As far as I know, Panorama is the first rec centre in Greater Victoria to install this system. Well done!  Suzanne M.

March 2014 - Many thanks for the gift certificates which I picked up this morning. They are on such lovely paper that they look special but we know that the fitness benefits for those who buy them will be a double bonus---helping ORCA and themselves. A great combination!  Brenda W (Sidney by the Sea Rotary Club)

May 2013 - As cliché as it may sound, Be Your Best has changed my life. I've been a dedicated participant since fall 2012. Since I started, I have lost weight, inches, and transformed body fat into muscle. I feel great, I have more energy, and everything just seems easier. With the support of the instructor (Michelle Bourgeois), and the other participants - I've gone from being intimidated of being in the weight-room, to feeling right at home. 8 months ago I could barely sit through a 45 minute spin class for beginners, now I look forward to the challenge and enjoy every minute of it. Be Your Best isn't about losing 10 pounds in a week, it's about being a better version of yourself, through baby steps of education, exercise, and eating right. I love the program, and my enthusiasm for the class must be contagious, as my boyfriend, brother, and Mom have all join the Be Your Best team! Gillian B

May 2013 - I use to look at people that went to rec. centers as just totally different DNA than I had. I liked to read, cook and play music not get sweaty and hot, yuck. Well, through encouragement from my daughter I started BYB after noticing/complaining as I got older that I was markedly losing strength and needed help to move furniture around that I use to move with ease before. I started BYB with great trepidation but oh, my how that has changed. The first few sessions I gave it my all (and that wasn't very much) but I soon was able to work with heavier weights. I felt stronger, I actually worked up a little sweat and I liked it. Some of the first things I noticed, I didn't have to do a lot of self-talk to get myself to the gym. I had a routine that was made for me, I had tried it and perfected how to do it under Michelle's supervision and encouragement. I was then encouraged to try other drop in activities from kettle bell, TRX, and step classes. Some of these I liked and some weren't for me, but I tried them! There was nutrition advice and recipes to try. I may not look any different from the outside but inside I feel stronger, slimmer, and more positive in my outlook as I am in control and getting better in every way, not just older. I now consider myself a BYB lifer. Wendy

May 2013 - I joined Be Your Best this year in February, since then I have lost 18 lbs. and feel great! The combination of better eating habits and exercise worked . I've cut down on my carbohydrates and replaced them with healthier choices, and the variety of exercise routines offered by the BYB trainer have kept me interested in working out. I've registered for a second session mainly because the first was so successful and I feel this will encourage me to keep this lifestyle going. The trainers are always available for questions and suggestions and, also, a lot of fun. Highly recommended. Ilona

November 30, 2012 - The Team 4 Hope 2012 would like to thank you so very much for your generous support o this year's fundraising campaign! With your help, out little team of 12 women was able to raise a whopping $106,253 for the BC Children's Hospital Foundation and Neuroblastoma Research! Melissa D, Colette H, Lisa K, Terra M, Lisa H, Tracey P.

November 29, 2012 - This week, my 15-year old son and I completed the Swordsmanship for Beginners course. The instructor, Dave Grabowski, said that he didn't have any evaluation forms to hand out, so I'm contacting you directly instead.

We thoroughly enjoyed taking the course this fall and will recommend it to other teens and adults we know. Dave was well-organized, had a well-thought-out instructional program, and tons of technical mastery. We really hope that Panorama will coordinate further offerings of this Beginners course, and also continuing studies at an Intermediate level.

Thanks for the excellent course offering, Jim K.

November 29, 2012 - Thank you for sponsoring the Fit for Life 1 with Joanne on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings. I had a great time with her and she is an excellent motivator and teacher! I am not a really fit person and was worried before I came that it would be way beyond me....but after six weeks I feel better than ever! Lorraine D.

October 22, 2012 - Thank you very much for today's session (A Walking Miracle with Peter Mason) with Elder College. I enjoyed very much your presentation. I think it could have easily lasted another hour! I left the session full of joy and hope.

I did something I cannot remember doing today: amidst the business of my day, I put on my walking shoes and went off for my walk all alone. I first opened the box of my new pedometer and taught myself how to use it. Today I clocked 4,250 steps and 30 minutes of PA. For me, that is great! Normally at this time of day, I feel disappointment in myself for another day of little physical activity! So I feel great and look forward to tomorrow.

Thank you again for a very motivating experience. The day I reach 10,000 steps, I will send you an email. Diane B.

October 24, 2012 - I just wanted to thank you, Michelle B, and Panorama Recreation Centre again so very much for sponsoring the 2nd Annual Spin Cycle Class PECSF Fundraiser! All of the participants had the most excellent time. I am so glad that Tora agreed to be our instructor again this year - our class was mostly newcomers to Spin (7 of the 9 participants) – she is excellent at explaining the drills so that everyone can follow along and get the best workout possible individually.

Again this year, you and Tora have helped to create several new Spin Class enthusiasts; one participant sent me a note the next day that she is planning on taking more Spin Classes and here is a quote from her: “I’m doing another drop in Spin class this Sunday and I just signed up for spin classes starting Nov 4th every Sunday...I don’t know what is happening to me.” Also, one of the participants from last year (new to spin) is now a regular at the Friday night PRC spin class with her husband so it seems that one spin class can change people’s lives, which is very cool.

Thank you again – the generous sponsorship of Panorama Recreation Centre made this PECSF Fundraiser event a success and I truly appreciate your kind support. Corinna

September 16, 2012 - I have been meaning to write and thank Panorama for their wonderful treatment when I came to the pool this summer with my Commonwealth Place pass. The pass was honoured with no questions asked. I enjoyed a summer filled with great water fit classes and great company in the pool. Thanks so much for everything. Lydia

August 11, 2012 - Aug 11th kayak trip to Sidney Spit. I wanted to write to say that it was an awesome first kayaking experience for me. I was really looking forward to it and it was a great intro to kayaking. I appreciate that the Panorama organized this with Seaquest Adventures in Sidney - I hope more trips are planned in the future. Many thanks. Stephanie B

May 5, 2012 - After a swim I looked through the glass doors at the 'rink' where an advanced group of guys (19-24 maybe age group?) were having a lacrosse game. Referees and crowd....it was great to watch....the referee's were great...It was hard running the whole time and I appreciate the effort the teams and ref's were putting out! An appreciative member of the area.

March 14, 2012 - Hello! My name is Maryanne P. and my friend and I took several squash lessons from Rick Lineham at Panorama Recreation Centre a year ago. We had a blast and learned tons!

December 31, 2011 - On behalf of Our Children’s Centre,we would like to thank you for helping to make our 2011 on-line auction a great success. With the help of your generous donation we were able to raise over $4,000. Rebecca. Our Children’s Centre Society

October 29, 2011 - I have cerebral palsy and am in a wheelchair. I go swimming at your pool. Every time we go swimming at your pool your staff are so helpful with us! They are friendly, very accommodating, and ensure that I have everything I need. I just wanted to say that I have been to a lot of pools, but the staff at your pool are simply amazing and deserve a huge round of applause. Could you please make sure you pass this along to your staff as I would love for them to know how great of a job they are doing. Ashleigh D.

October 11, 2011 - I enjoy my Panorama facility.... its well kept grounds and all my fitness instructors. Place is run very well and fun to attend. Renata R.

September 26, 2011 - I've recently become a regular visitor to Panorama and find it to be a truly outstanding community asset. The facilities are excellent and the staff are even better. I'm delighted to learn that the issue of public access wi-fi is already in the planning stages and the news of cardio equipment with the tv built in is also very exciting. I'll very much look forward to seeing both developments come to fruition. Cindy P.

August 26, 2011 - We would like to tell you how super our experience has been with our golf lessons. We registered through Panorama for the classes in August at Island View Driving Range. Hyu, the instructor, was a remarkable teacher. Kind, patient, very knowledgeable and he broke the learning down into manageable pieces. He is an exceptional teacher and we would highly recommend that you retain him for any future golf classes. Maggie & Bob S.

June 23, 2011 - I just wanted to let you know how grateful I was to be a participant in the Wedding Warriors. Joanne and Michelle were incredible trainers who motivated all of us to work at our personal best. My health and fitness haven't been this good in many years! The additional 6 months we received will allow me to take advantage of the great new equipment you have in the gym; and of course I love the pool area - the best in the city in my opinion. So once again thank you so much for offering this great program, wonderful trainers and outstanding facility. Gaye M

May 18, 2011 - Thank you so much for supporting the 2nd annual cc350 biking relay and eco-fair! All 100 bikers finished the race and with your support we managed to fundraise over $8,000, enough to have the solar panels installed this September and to upgrade the system! We really appreciate all that you have done to make this possible. The cc350 organizing team

April 28, 2011 - Further to Deb's note as below, I also wanted to express my "passion for pottery "and really hope the classes and drop ins will continue to run. Whilst this program has not run before, I presume it takes a little time for classes to get established and for word to get around how fantastic it is- Barbara has truly been great, we have learned so much from her. Thanks again for your support of the program- I thoroughly enjoy the classes and drop ins and feel have learned a lot in a short time- please thank Barbara also. Sara

April 25, 2011 - The (Pottery) studio itself and the tuition from Barb are wonderful. It's been a great opportunity to learn something new alongside others, whether they have experience to share or are complete beginners like me! I am enjoying the drop-ins every week (at least once!) and hope they will continue throughout the summer months and beyond. Thanks very much for all you do to support the pottery program. It's very much appreciated by those of us who enjoy it so much. There is great potential for a wonderful pottery community at Greenglade and I hope it continues to flourish in the future. Deb H.

March 7, 2011 - On behalf of the Beacon Community Services Youth Employment Program, I would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Second Annual Youth Job Fair. Your donation has helped to support youth of all ages in the community and has certainly contributed to the success of the annual event. Sarah

February 4, 2011 - ZUMBA™ Teacher Sandra who teaches Wednesday and Friday mornings from 11am - 12pm is fantastic! fun! energizing! and give off such joy! What a good choice you have made. Karen L.

January 29, 2011 - I went to Joanne's spin class this morning and I was so impressed with the way she lead the class. She was so in in-tune with all of the participants' she was constantly encouraging us and pushing us to our limit; she was always on us about our form; her music was great...I could go on. Claire.

December 16, 2010 - Fitness/weights area is excellent lots of space, well planned out and with all the equipment ie. bands, foam rollers, med balls & machines . Extra space above pool is great! Marcy

December 13, 2010 - I have just completed the Power Yoga course with Kirsten at the Shoal Centre. I was also in her class a couple of years back at Panorama and also at the Shoal. I wanted to express how much I love the class but more importantly I want you to know what a terrific instructor you have in Kirsten.

She is everything I want in an instructor - friendly, welcoming, non judgmental, extremely knowledgeable, passionate about what she does, and skilled at teaching. She is genuinely interested in her class, and in the individual's experience. She makes the class so enjoyable and she is warm and caring and inclusive. She has a way of making you feel like you 'belong', which is not always the case with fitness classes. She is an asset to your team,and I hope she stays on for a long time. Linda

October 14, 2010 - Please pass on to your maintenance department that we truly appreciate their efforts and that Panorama courts are the best maintained in the city. Rachelle M.

September 27, 2010 - I am writing to you to express my thanks, admiration and appreciation for a member of your staff, Emily Watts. A few weeks ago my son was hurt while playing hockey and required immediate attention for a suspected neck injury, a parents worse fear. Thankfully he is fine. We wanted to tell you that your employee, Emily Watts, has impressed us as well as those that witnessed the incident. We are comforted knowing people of her calibre are there to help our children and for that we thank those involved in her employment placement and especially thank Emily for her commitment to gain the knowledge and her expertise in using that knowledge. L.

September 26, 2010 - In recognition of Michelle D. In addition to thoroughly cleaning the machines in the weight room, I have observed Michelle cleaning baseboards, window ledges, nooks & crannies & on one occasion she dismantled a fan so that she could have better access to clean the dirt that no doubt had accumulated over a long period of time. When I complimented her on a job well done, she simply said that cleaning was really maintenance's job, but she liked to keep busy & she liked to see the weight room looking at it's best. As you can see, I was impressed. Lorraine M.

September 25 - 2010 - Debbie was fantastic. Excellent customer service. She went out of her way to help me out. Very knowledgeable and has great leadership skills. R.K.

August 2010 - I have participated in the Take Heart and Maintenance Program for five years and I am very grateful for the benefits of this program. I was the poster person for the program and heartily recommend it to anyone as it’s a wonderful program. It gives you energy. Emmy S.

July 13, 2010 - It is with great pleasure that we offer Management and Staff at the Panorama Recreation Centre a warm and heartfelt thank you from the volunteers of the Peninsula Celebrations Society. Your support for our festivities is paramount to our success. Without your support, we at the Celebrations Society would not manage as easily in providing the citizens of our community opportunities to celebrate during Canada Day, Sidney Sparkles, and First Night Celebrations. We appreciate your commitment to community and our volunteers look forward to continued relations in the future. Lloyd Gale, President, Peninsula Celebrations Society

June 2010 - The Saanich Peninsula Piranha swim meet this past weekend was a huge success!! We were very thankful to your staff for all the extra work they did to assist us in hosting this event. Your staff were outstanding from the front desk people to the maintenance people. The guards were wonderful and had their hands full with 250 swimmers plus families and coaches trooping around. Cathy was very accommodating and a great asset to your team. The other clubs visiting the facility commented on what a wonderful new facility and a great place to host a meet. We are very pleased with the way the weekend went and how hard everyone worked to make it a success. Michele Bramley,
President, Saanich Peninsula Piranha Swim Club

June 2010 - Thank you very much for your support of the Cardiovascular Health Initiative for Prevention (CHIP) pilot project on the Saanich Peninsula. The project was a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, the Vancouver Island Health Authority and Beacon Community Services. You allowed us to provided access to blood pressure monitoring clinics to the residents of the Saanich Peninsula. Over the past four months, we held approximately 80 blood pressure monitoring clinics and over 1400 visits in the communities of Sidney, North Saanich and Brentwood Bay. Isobel Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Community Services.

June 2010 - Thank you so much for making a donation to the auction at the 2nd Annual Butterfly Ball. Your generous gift helped us raise over $30,000 for the Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children. Organizing Committee - Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children.

June, 2010 - In two weeks of participation in Danielle's rehab pool program, I have experienced a decrease in my pain level & ability to sleep. Thank you Danielle for your expertise and patience with a challenging group. Jo-Ann

June 2010 - This is the best pool I have ever seen. Merv

June 2010 - I participated in Aqua Joints in January & February & started again today. I am remiss in not writing about the incredible instructor, Daniella. She works very hard and is so cheerful to explain the exercises and reasons behind the moves. Her efforts are much appreciated by all. It's great to be back. Wendy

May 2010 - Panorama Recreation presented a complimentary month's pass to two lucky Garden Club Winners. That was considered one of the best awards ever. We all appreciate what you do to continually serve people of all ages. The new pool is fantastic and everyone love it. The improvements were truly well done in every way. Joyce, Coordinator, Peninsula Garden Club.

May 2010 - Thank you for your help to make Ecole Keating Elementary School Winter Fair 2010 such a success. Our goal was to raise $14,000 but with generous donations we were able to raise $20,000. This will be used to benefit the Keating student body with much needed technical improvements. We couldn't have done it without your support. Thank you, form all the kids (and grown-ups) at Keating School! Winter Fair 2010 team.

April 2010 – Cheers for Julie. First-Class aerobics instructor Fri- 9:40am. We loved her. Great workout and easy to follow. Besides being so pleasant. Cheryl, Suzanna & Roni.

April 2010 – “The staff @ PRC are the best! Our cashier helped the kids with goggles. The pool deck staff were friendly, helpful and pay attention to us and the patrons. And the building is clean. We love it here.” Morgan

April 2010 – “On behalf of the Parents of the Graduating Class of 2010 , we would like to thank you for your generous donation toward our Silent Auction.” Stelly's Grad Class 2010

April 2010 - Christine says that the saltwater makes her skin so soft and would never go back to chlorine. She also said that her kids love our pool because it is a couple of degrees warmer and not as cold as the other pools.