letter from the director
It's like your favourite ice cream. You head to the ice cream parlor and say to yourself "today, I am going to try a different flavour". Except, 95% of the time you end up ordering the same choice you always have - and it seems to taste better than ever!
Wondering what the purpose of this opening paragraph is? For the past 10 years, it feels like I've been repeating the same opening time after time, and yet it has no less meaning, but even more than ever.
Everyday, pages are being turned. It may be as literal as someone reading a book, or symbolic like finishing a workday, celebrating a birthday or anniversary, getting a raise or winning a contract. For us, turning the page means signing off this second edition of the Beaches Living Guide for 2013. Another year is about to unfold, and we are moving into our 11th year - the beginning of our next "10".
We are thrilled and honoured to receive, for the 7th consecutive time, the APEX Award for publication excellence. Some say "An actor is nothing without his audience", we are awarded because of our readers, you. Thank you! We have had 10 years of finding our way around – sharing and learning the likes and needs of our readers, community and business partners. It's our hope that what we've published in the Beaches Living Guide and Beaches|life magazines has added joy to your lives and better informed you about the places you live, work and visit, along with the communities around us, the streets that take us from one place to another, the corner stores we shop at and the buildings we pass by every day to and from work.
In 10 years, we have grown from the many challenges and rewards we experienced. Not that we expect it to get any easier, but we know there is so much more we can offer to you, our readers and community, as well as helping local businesses promote and connect with their consumers.
10 years ago, when we set out to produce the Beaches Living Guide, our vision was to create a useful neighbourhood resource where residents could easily find local businesses when they needed them. As years come and go, so do businesses. This year, we were determined to accomplish what we set out to do 10 years ago, and now you can easily find all your local businesses at the online Business Directory at beachesliving.ca/directory. If we have missed anyone, let us know and we will get your business listed!
We are very excited and cannot wait to turn the page, and start another fresh and meaningful chapter in the new year!
From all of us at Beaches Living, we wish you a very Joyous Holiday Season and Prosperous New Year!
Cheers to 2014!
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