Notary’s New Bionic Ears

Recently I became the proud owner (and wearer) of my new bionic hearing devices aka hearing aids. For months my husband was delicately (or not so delicately at times…) commenting on my hearing. For the sake of a happy marriage, and to prove him wrong, I set up a hearing test with audiologist, Christine Stangeland, of Oak Bay Hearing Clinic. To my surprise (and not my husbands) I had hearing loss that required me to get hearing aids.

Luckily I shared with a client the fact that I was getting my hearing checked. Her immediate response was sage advice — if I needed hearing aids to not hesitate to get them. She said there is a direct connection between hearing loss and decline in cognitive functioning and dementia.  Given that my mom had Alzheimer’s disease, and my grandmother likely had it too, this information piqued my interest.

To the audiologist’s surprise, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to getting my new ‘bionic hearing devices.  I recognize that it’s incredibly important in my work as a Notary to hear what my clients tell me. Now I can hear everyone clearly, I realize what sounds had faded away.

My new hearing devices are modern, sleek, and almost invisible.  They are easy to put in and most of the time I forget about them even being in my ear. They are custom to my unique hearing loss and have Bluetooth capacity, so I get any music or podcast or phone calls direct into my ears.

Being an active member of the greater Victoria community, I wanted to use my influence and share some health awareness / insights to all my friends and clients.  There is a stigma for many people regarding our hearing.  It is a deficit that can be corrected.  In the same way we think about our eyes and making sure we see …we need to get our hearing health checked to make sure we can hear.

I quickly realized that hearing impairments big or small are very common among people across all age demographics. The important thing is to get your hearing checked and if needed address any irregularities, as untreated or neglected hearing problems can have a large impact on your life. Even mild hearing loss has been shown to affect understanding and processing; and is linked to a decline in cognition. Limiting the negative stereotypes behind hearing aids, my goal is to share how a small health adjustment such as a hearing device can improve your health and day-to-day life.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recommends that adults get a hearing screening every 10 years up until age 50, and after that, once every three years. Consistently staying on top of your hearing health is the best way to prevent future hearing loss or deprivation. The common saying of “if you don’t use it, you lose it,” applies for your hearing health. As without assistance, neuro pathways can become inactive or unreceptive because of the lack of auditory stimulation. When dealing with hearing loss, a hearing aid can help alleviate strain, gradually rebuilding and repairing the necessary neuro pathways. Especially with new innovative hearing technology, there are a variety of different device options available. New hearing aids are discrete, wireless, and can even be connected to your phone through Bluetooth!

Audiologist Christine Stangeland from Oak Bay Hearing Clinic shared a great article with me, to help me better understand our brains role in hearing: Click Here

St. Andrew’s School – Hosting International Students

The St. Andrew’s International Student Program is in need of host families for September 2022. If you have room in your home and would be willing to support a young person on their international high school journey/experience, please consider welcoming one of their international students into your family.

• Length of stay 2, 5 or 10 months.
• Students range in age from Grade 8-12.
• Monthly homestay fees $1050 per month.

More info available at or contact Hilary Parker : / 250-886-5596

Saanich English Language Summer Academy (SELSA) is also looking for host families for 3 or 5 week summer programs in July, with students mainly from Quebec. Two students can share a room, but separate beds required.

5 weeks : Sunday, July 3rd – Friday, August 5ᵗʰ          $1000 / student

3 weeks : Sunday, July 10th – Saturday, July 30th      $750 / student

If interested, please contact Jaime McFarland: / 250-213-8575

Travelling With Children

When traveling with a child outside or within Canada, certain considerations should be made to alleviate unnecessary travel stress or limit additional travel issues. Having the proper documentation in order when traveling is very important to demonstrate your travel intentions and your authority on traveling with / caring for the child while they are away from home.









A child consent Letter demonstrates that the child has permission to travel abroad, away from parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who are not accompanying them. It is recommended that a child has a consent letter when traveling abroad alone, with friends and family, or with only one parent/guardian. Within Canada a child is defined as anyone who is under the age of majority in that province, being either 18 or 19. Although a consent letter is not a legal requirement in Canada, it is highly recommended when traveling to provide transparency for immigration authorities regarding the safety of any Canadian child traveling. A consent letter may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or exiting a foreign country, or by Canadian officials. Generally speaking, the consent letter declares that the child is being permitted by their parents or guardians to travel and are being accompanied by the right individuals, most commonly family or friends. In addition to having the consent form signed by the child’s legal parents or guardians, it is also recommended to have every non-accompanying person or organization with legal right to make decisions for the child also sign the document. Additionally, the name, address and telephone number of the adult(s) who will look after the child should be provided for emergency purposes. The Canadian government strongly recommends that child consent letters are witnessed by a notary public, as border officials will be less likely to question the documents authenticity.

For more information on traveling with a child, please click the link below to be directed to the government of Canada’s travel tips.

Traveling With Children – Canadian Government

Carter Notary Local Business Highlight – April 2022

Congratulation to Stratos Performance Nutrition on being Carter Notary’s Local Business highlight for April 2022!

Beverly Carter Notary Public is pleased to support local businesses that are positively impacting the Greater Victoria community.

Locally owned and operated, Stratos performance Nutrition uses cutting-edge supplement ingredients to produce a variety of Vegan-Friendly products. Along with New Zealand Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate, Stratos offers a Vegan Pre-Workout and a Vegan Super Greens supplement to provide “Game Changing Nutrition” for their customers.

Wesley Wood is the CEO of Stratos Performance Nutrition Ltd. and founded the company in 2020 amidst the world-wide pandemic. Having all races and events cancelled, Wesley discovered a newfound motivation and time to jump-start his supplement venture. Using his vast athletic experience and expertise, Wesley has developed a supplement performance structure to improve nutrition and increase overall athletic performance. As a small business operating in Victoria, I have seen Stratos positively grow, impacting our community through the promotion of healthy living. Not only does Stratos make great tasting supplements, but their products are also naturally sourced and sustainably managed. Being tentative on the nutrients you consume and your overall diet, a person can better manage their lifestyle and facilitate a healthy body, mind, and community.

Please consider Stratos Performance Nutrition when next purchasing your supplements. Their amazing products and great team have established Stratos Performance Nutrition as a fantastic addition to the greater Victoria community. In recognition of their positive contributions, Stratos is this March’s Carter Notary’s Small Business to Watch.

Stratos Performance Nutrition

February 24, 2022 – Thank You To Our Amazing Clients!

Our office was thrilled today by a thoughtful gesture from one of our clients!

At Beverly Carter Notary Public we strive to take care of our customers day in and day out, providing you exceptional notary services. On days like today we feel a gratifying sense of acknowledgment for the effort and support we provide our clients.

Thank you to our amazing clients for your continued support! And another side compliment to a fellow local Victoria business, Crust Bakery well done on the pastries, you make delicious treats. The office enjoyed a great snack today!

2022 BC Assessments Published

2022 BC Assessments 

The 2022 B.C. Assessment are now out, assessments will be received through mail in early January. If you disagree with your assessment value being too high, you have the option to appeal the assessment. The appeal process has a tight deadline of January 31st, 2022. Generally people appeal their assessment if they believe the assessed value is too high and in-turn increasing their taxes. However, this is not always true, as a higher valuation does not necessarily mean higher taxes. Many different inputs such as the associated municipality, property value, home value, and community amenities are considered when determining an annual BC Assessment.

Assessment Information 

BC Assessment maintains real property assessments in compliance with the Assessment Act which requires that properties be assessed as of July 1st each year. To do this, BC Assessment produces assessment information annually to provide tax authorities with a tax base and other information collected about property.

Assessment Information Uses

The assessment information is the product provided to local governments and other taxing authorities containing all the information on the individual assessments, including classification and value, found within that jurisdiction.

The Purpose of Property Assessments

January 6, 2022, Snow! Notary Office Open For Business!

Snow Cleared In Notary Parking Lot. Our office (and Abby) are welcoming clients !


Our notary office is open today!

Beverly Carter Notary Office on 2950 Douglas Street near Mayfair Mall is open this morning! As the winter conditions continue to change here in Victoria, our notary team wishes everyone safe travels in the snow.


If you have an appointment and need to postpone due to your ability to get here… we understand. We want our people and clients to be safe! Please call and leave a message 250-383-4100 or send an email to

Planning Your Estate Over the Holidays

The awkward financial topic your family should discuss this holiday season – The Globe and Mail

The holiday season is an excellent time to connect with family and friends and relax. Many of us relax and step back from work, school, or other obligations.

This time of year is also a great opportunity to sit down and have a chat with your loved ones about estate planning. Talking about estate planning allows for an opportunity to clarify your wishes, and to speak with your executor and beneficiaries. It also helps to understand if your will is up-to-date, or if you need a new will.

In the long run, it is far more uncomfortable and stressful to deal with the estate of a loved one if they left no instructions or information behind. That’s why it is important to set aside time to plan and organize your information.

Please see the attached article from The Globe and Mail (Rob Carrick) and follow some of the great thoughts provided by Mr. Edey about estate planning during the holidays.


Happy holidays from The Carter Notary Team!

Holiday Hours

Holiday hours and available drop-in hours:

**Please call our office beforehand to confirm documents and book an appointment**

OR Visit our online booking page to view available times!

December 24th – CLOSED

December 27th – CLOSED

December 28th – 12-2PM

December 31st – CLOSED

January 3rd – CLOSED

January 4th – Normal hours! (8:30AM – 5PM)

December 2021 Notary News

Click HERE to view our December 2021 Notary Newsletter!

There were some great tips on efficient vaccine passport access, and our local charity feature: KidSport.

Our Think Local section featured 3 amazing businesses in Greater Victoria. Thank you to Iron & Wood Golf Simulator, Malahat Skywalk, and Butchart Gardens!

Wishing you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday season!

– From Beverly & The Carter Notary Team