The long-awaited summer has finally arrived and I’m not sure about you, but I am over the moon. There is so much to share with all of you in this exciting summer issue. Laval is has a lot going on and so do we!

If you glanced at our cover, you know this issue’s cover story focuses on an amazingly talented young couple: Samantha and Adriano. They have made a name for themselves in the world of salsa dancing, bringing home international titles and awards. Read the amazing story of how these two lovebirds manage their own dance studio, compete all around the world and still make time for each other. It’s a truly heart-warming story of love, hard work and much success!

We also have some exciting news: Festival Laval Laughs will be coming back for the second year in a row, this fall. From October 3 to 6, you will get the chance to attend some pretty incredible comedy shows, hosted by some of the most popular names in the industry. Head to page 12 to get to know the talented comedians performing this year - like Franco Taddeo, Pino Pirillo, John Cotrocois and Darren Henwood who will be part of the Ethnically Correct show - and find out how to get your hands on tickets, too.

This issue also includes a feature by the wonderful Sophie Thibault, journalist and news reporter for TVA, on page 32. With a passion for animals and a talent for wildlife photography, Thibault supports a cause that is particularly close to my heart and I’m sure to yours, as well. Centre Refuge Nymous is a rehabilitation centre for wounded or endangered animals. Thibault sells her amazing photos to help support this wonderful cause and we encourage you to browse her collection and read up on her passion for saving animals. We are so grateful this Quebec reporter took the time to share her story with us and all of you in this issue.

We also have a lovely feature on Embassy Plaza. Find out how you can host the most perfect event right here in Laval at this swanky, upscale reception hall. From food to décor to event planning, the experts at Embassy Plaza will guide you from start to finish.

I’m also very proud to share a story with you of a young Laval man who made a commitment to change his lifestyle and then actually did it! Flip to page 24 to find out how Luciano Cifelli dropped over 75 pounds and is continuing on his path to healthier living every single day.

We also have another section brought to you by the Fondation Cité de la Santé, starting on page 36. Find out how their annual event is helping cancer patients and how you can be a part of it all.

And of course, we have another instalment of our summer camp guide for parents preparing to send their children to camp. Find out how to keep your children safe and make sure they’re adequately prepared for the summer camp they’ll be attending.

The summer can be a busy time, but I know I’ll be making time to enjoy the warm weather and the beauty of the great outdoors. Whatever your plans, we wish you a safe and wonderful summer!