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Rooted articles share stories about the people and places that make us proud to call our community home.

This section is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.


 

Melanie Gainforth creates avenues for celebrating  special moments

Melanie Gainforth creates avenues for celebrating special moments

'The community is remarkable, generous, and kind'
Gil Pharand connecting people to what they need

Gil Pharand connecting people to what they need

"There are a lot of great causes in this community so its important for people to get involved and get behind them.”
A sense of belonging drives Harriet Madigan to community cleanliness

A sense of belonging drives Harriet Madigan to community cleanliness

"That feeling of ‘I live here, this is my home’ and everyone here has an opportunity to be a contributor.”
John Whittet dedicated to excellence in community coaching

John Whittet dedicated to excellence in community coaching

"The longer I’ve been around the more and more I appreciate the people that have come before us that have done so much"
Barbara Wellard finds accomplishment and community pride through volunteerism initiatives

Barbara Wellard finds accomplishment and community pride through volunteerism initiatives

“There’s so much to do and this city has so much to offer."
Childcare providers staying connected during COVID protocols

Childcare providers staying connected during COVID protocols

'It is great to know that people are recognizing the need for childcare providers and to know the economy can’t really reopen without us there'
Providing opportunities through PADDLE

Providing opportunities through PADDLE

'We want them to feel empowered with who they are and proud of everything they do'
Gateway Heritage Festival holds lasting impression upon Gateway City

Gateway Heritage Festival holds lasting impression upon Gateway City

'There were in excess of 25,000 people that were at that concert and we brought in Stompin’ Tom Connors twice, and again those numbers were above 20,000 for those shows'
Sharon Fung makes sure Hockey IS for everyone

Sharon Fung makes sure Hockey IS for everyone

“I was actually scared to death, because I had this amazing idea, and I knew I was going to do it, but I didn’t know anything about hockey or how to start a community program.”
Taking Pride in all that Summer Challenge has to offer

Taking Pride in all that Summer Challenge has to offer

'Some of them come in with almost no experience, having never been on stage, and they just fall in love with it either through the show or through their friends or just the actual experience of singing and dancing and stepping out of their comfort zone in a very safe environment'