Publisher's Commentary

Mar 1, 2017

Commentary

Dec 1, 2016

Commentary- Celebrating Excellence in Long-Term Care

Jun 1, 2016

Putting self-care into practice

It’s late May and I’m sitting in my office, down the hall Wednesday morning yoga is happening for staff that wants to take part. Another co-worker just popped their head around my door to see if I’m joining in, “not today!” I reply, “I forgot my workout clothes.”

Another co-worker has just texted me wondering if there are any orders for iced coffee this morning. She’s picking up a box of goodies on her way into the office and going to be a few minutes late: “fine by me you’re bringing treats!” I text back.

We’ve started into our summer hours schedule just this week, which means we all chop an hour off the end of our Monday to Thursday work days and Friday we work a half day; an extra nice perk when it comes to long weekends.

Mar 1, 2016

Clear out those cobwebs. It’s spring!

Spring is in the air! Have you started to do your spring cleaning?

Naturally you’re thinking of all the Christmas lights still on the house, and the piles of dust bunnies collecting in the corner, but I’m talking about your on the job spring cleaning.

The other day I was at a meeting for an event organizing committee I belong to. It’s for an annual event that has run every year for 20 years, which, in the grand scheme of events being run by a volunteer group, is pretty impressive.

Dec 1, 2015

Commentary: Thanks for inspiring us

This past winter Social Media Editor Lindsey Patten and I do what we do best; dream up ideas for this magazine.

Usually the ideas arrive in the middle of something completely unrelated to work or even the conversation at hand. One of us will be talking about the West Wing and the other of us will be plotting world domination through cupcakes.

I’ll let you figure out which might do what.

Oct 1, 2015

The pie is ready!

It’s been an exciting year around the offices.

We’ve been putting a lot of renewed effort into our design, editorial content and how we go about providing the senior care industry with a valued resource.

Sort of like making a pie, magazine publishing is the coming together of a lot of really great ingredients.

Jun 1, 2015

An Ode to Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan.

Oh rectangular, middle of the country province, with your lovely fields of amber coloured grains, and small town hockey heroes.

Home of the Roughriders, and melon headed fans; world champion curling skips and the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

Mar 1, 2015

Person-Centered Care

A new restaurant opened up in my town the other month and so as you do with new places, you give it a little while for the “new place” hoopla to settle down. It’s one of those new trendy places: decorated by someone from HGTV, with a locavore menu dreamed up by someone from Food Network that loves Southern BBQ; basically a vegan’s nightmare. My mouth was salivating just reading the menu online. It didn’t disappoint.

Dec 1, 2014

Life ain’t over at 65

Fall and winter is birthday season in my family. Right from the beginning of September and well on through to March there’s a birthday or two happening every few weeks. Some of those people are reaching major milestones, 65, or as us Canadians unofficially call it “Happy pension cheque day.”

It’s supposed to be the sunset time in life; you hang up the suit and dress shoes, pull out those investments and start “retiring.”

But what if you’re just not ready to hang up the suits and withdraw from working? Well, there’s always volunteering.

Sep 15, 2014

With Eager Anticipation

At one point this summer I had to meet some wonderful new family and friends. Being recently married there’s a whole nother side you have to be introduced to and with so many family and friends now living all over the world it’s going to take some time to meet them all.

Invariably conversations turn to “so what do you do?” and then I of course have to pull out a bunch of fancy sounding titles like “publisher” and “editor,” at which of course everyone goes “ohhh” and “ahhh” or “wow that’s cool,” expecting to have just met someone who works at Maclean’s, Forbes or Vogue.