Yes, it’s me. I am back on this page where I began 13 years ago. It’s exciting to be back overseeing the stories you are reading in this issue. As publisher I am always involved in the day-to-day operations of airdrielife and have always had a strong sense of what would appear on each page, but with the departure of Anne Beaty, whom we treasure and wish all the best, and with Wendy Pratt managing all the sales, I am able to take up this mantle and I am quite surprised at how much I enjoy being back in the role. Especially this issue – my favourite because it’s all about arts and culture, something that we at airdrielife have always made it a mandate to promote. When I get to turn an entire issue over to the arts, well … let’s just say it always makes for a more colourful publication.
The cover is so amazing – thank you Wyatt Tremblay. I met Wyatt when he completed his work experience with us as a SAIT student this past spring. Finding out he was a budding journalist and an experienced cartoon artist had me brainstorming from the get-go about how we could collaborate on the arts cover. I think Wyatt did a tremendous job highlighting some of Airdrie’s cultural venues and events, something that placemaking (see page 90) is all about.
I wish we had an extra 50 or so pages to tell more arts-related stories because Airdrie is definitely making inroads with the amount of talent that lives and breathes right here, and the enthusiasm that organizations like SLAM (page 96) and Creative Airdrie (page 92) bring to the table. We found creativity all ‘round us and down the street for this issue – check out the backyard oasis created by a local couple (page 52), the wine cellar of a tasting enthusiast (page 60) and the works of art that give a local spa its “aahhh” factor (page 76).
I am also pleased that we have brought back Rural Roots, honouring our rich agriculture community. Read about the Bilbens and their legacy of generational farming (page 106).
One of my favourite things to hear people say when they meet me and find out what I do is “I had no idea ‘such and such’ was in our city until I read it in airdrielife!” I hope we give you lots of great aha moments this month. And don’t forget to follow us online – we add extra features (and more pictures) from stories on airdrielife.com and we do lots of shout-outs on social media for local events. We even give away some great prizes, so join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #airdrielife in any of your posts and you could be winning gift cards from our advertisers. Enter our #morelife Fall Contests here too.
I hope this issue gets your creative juices flowing!
Editor and Publisher