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Letter From the Editor

It’s always a wonderful surprise when I get to the drive-thru window to find that someone has already paid for my coffee. To know that a stranger, who could have easily paid for their order and gone about their day, chose to make this impact on my life at this particular moment is heartwarming. First, because there is no way that they truly know how much this life bean sustains my existence. But also, because they have used their hard-earned money to purchase a gift for another that they do not know, and they do not expect anything in return.

Our community is filled with stories of paying it forward; individuals and organizations who give freely of their “time, talent or treasure” to make our city a better place. This issue, our annual Philanthropy issue, is dedicated to all of them; the everyday heroes who choose to make a difference, no matter how small. Today, ask yourself – What can I do to make life better for someone else? Now, take action and go do it.

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated on November 15th each year, to honour the endless daily contributions that individuals and organizations make to countless causes and missions around the world. In Lethbridge, the Southern Alberta Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals will hold a luncheon on November 14th, where the 2019 Inspiring Philanthropy Awards winners will be celebrated. We congratulate all the winners, as well as those who may never receive recognition for the good deeds they continue to do.

Last issue, I asked for nominations for our Community Heroes feature, and I thank all of you who submitted. You can read about some of these outstanding people on pages 32-33. And meet a cool kindergarten class which practices kindness as a daily ritual on page 18.

For our cover story, I sat down with Toby and Bernadine Boulet to talk about philanthropy in the face of unspeakable tragedy. They welcomed me into their home and spoke freely about love, kindness and doing the right thing. Thank you both for letting me into your hearts to share your story. Read about it on page 24.

Due to popular demand, we have brought back a feature on local history. Belinda Crowson of the Lethbridge Historical Society has written the first “Our History” column, which explores little known tidbits of interesting information about our city. Find it on page 28.

On a personal note, this will be my last issue as Editor for Lethbridge Living. It has been an absolute joy leading this magazine in editorial content for the past year. But I will still be around the city, so stay tuned. If you wish to contact me, I can be reached at melissavilleneuve915@gmail.com.

I think it’s time to go pay forward that coffee…

Until next time,

Melissa
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