THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR
I am always proud of this publication, issue by issue, year by year. I’ve been involved with Exchange magazine for a very long time. And we’ve consistently done important work, covering the economic ecosystem of our unique communities.
But each year, this particular issue means just a bit more to me, because I know that this one can make the biggest difference of anything we do.
Because in this issue we don’t just focus on economic prosperity – we focus on what it means to be a genuinely successful community. We focus on “intelligent philanthropy” – people supporting other people through donations of time, money and expertise. And that’s what “community” really means.
I enjoy writing or editing the stories about successful business people like Mike Lazaridis and Ted Livingston who have figured out the importance of giving back.
But just as much, I enjoy meeting people like Judy Nairn of Hospice of Waterloo, Kelly-Sue Oberle of Food4Kids, and Machelle Denison of Strong Start, who not only work in the not for profit field... but love doing so. Their level of commitment to people who need the help of their agencies and their volunteers is absolutely inspiring.
We’re all part of this community. Many of us are prospering, but some of us are struggling. It’s nice to cover the success stories, but it’s even more important to cover the genuine community stories, the examples of how people who are doing fine reach out to help those who aren’t.
In this issue, you will meet those people, who devote their time and money to agencies created to feed, clothe, educate, comfort, support and rescue others. Where would we be without them? Hopefully, you are one of them.
Like many news organizations, we know we need to find a way to keep journalism available and accessible. We have to grow and build every year, which means we need to ask for your help. We need you to buy a subscription, to continue to enjoy the content our community deserves. Through a subscription you provide support for the development of great local stories, receiving great value in return. Exchange strives to continue to pursue the great contextual stories Waterloo Region and Guelph develop. Stories that inspire us during challenging times. Factual and honest profiles of some pretty spectacular people. Exchange Magazine is editorially independent - with your subscription, we can continue to bring Exchange Magazine's independent journalism to you and to the other engaged individuals who believe in the pursuit of prosperity and who need to understand the lay of the land, before they help change it for the better.
Thank you for your continued patronage,
Exchange Magazine for Business Editorial Dept.
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