Thank you for mak­ing it all pos­si­ble

The Victoria Standard - - Commentary - FROM THE EDI­TOR

Pro­duc­ing an is­sue of The Vic­to­ria Stan­dard week after ev­ery-other week can be a chal­lenge, but it is also the great­est job I’ve ever held. With a few staff and a small le­gion of con­trib­u­tors, we ven­ture off ev­ery day to find the sto­ries, hear the sto­ries, write and pho­to­graph the sto­ries and fig­ure out a place for them within these pages. Like many in a pro­fes­sion that serves the pub­lic, we fre­quently won­der if our con­tent is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Is the news hit­ting home? Are mes­sages reach­ing an au­di­ence?

When we re­ceive words from our ad­ver­tis­ers that their ad has made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on their sales, we feel good know­ing that read­ers are not only see­ing dis­plays from our lo­cal busi­nesses, they are also go­ing out and sup­port­ing them.

Per­haps most heart­warm­ing is the re­cent re­sponse Bad­deck Academy re­ceived after we ran the story about their break­fast pro­gram. Sev­eral read­ers not only took in the news, they re­sponded in the most self­less of ways.

Thank you to the women of Mid­dle River who phoned us in panic that time the com­mu­nity cal­en­dar didn’t run. Thank you to the nu­mer­ous peo­ple who stop us on the street to give words of en­cour­age­ment and as­sur­ance that we’re headed in the right di­rec­tion. Thank you to those who have taken the time to tell us when they dis­agree with con­tent or be­lieve we should have cov­ered things dif­fer­ently. All of your feed­back is vi­tal in mak­ing a com­mu­nity news­pa­per that re­flects the com­mu­ni­ties we live in, and that we can feel good about pro­duc­ing. Thank you to all the peo­ple who bring us a story and put their trust in us to tell it.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who plays a part in get­ting The Stan­dard to the stands on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. A spe­cial thank you to our Busi­ness Man­ager Ali­cia Macisaac who is go­ing on ma­ter­nity leave as of pub­li­ca­tion of this is­sue. Ali­cia has been in­valu­able to the run­ning of both the news­pa­per and our print shop. We wish her all the best over the next year. Our colum­nists are the pil­lars of our pub­li­ca­tion and we are grate­ful for their steady con­tri­bu­tions. A heart­felt thanks to the press in Pic­tou, Canada Post staff who de­liver the news­pa­pers around the cor­ner and across the coun­try, and the re­tail­ers through­out Vic­to­ria County who carry copies. And of course, you, the reader, who we work for ev­ery day of the week.

Merry Christ­mas to all those who cel­e­brate and the very sea­son’s best to all else.

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