As 2021 is winding down to its end, so much has changed and yet so much is still the same. At Laval Families Magazine, we strive to bring you helpful and fresh content that not only educates but also inspires. We especially love to celebrate local success stories.

Our Cover Story is this issue brings you an insider look at what it’s like to be a rising independent singer-songwriter in the modern digital world, and in the midst of a pandemic no less! How did Andria Piperni get her start in singing, and was it smooth sailing from the start? Learn more about her story starting on page 8.

Our other featured story takes you through the rise in popularity of pet care brand Zanimo, a local company specializing in all-nature dog and cat products to keep your furry friends in optimal health! Learn how the founders got their start and how they became one of the most sought-after product line manufacturers in Quebec. Their story is found on the flip side of this issue, starting on page 51.

If you’re an entrepreneur who is trying to grow and scale your business but are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of delegating tasks to new hires or current team members, YES Employment + Entrepreneurship has some impactful advice and tips in their article on page 33.

If you’re on the hunt for employment and live in the Laval area, have you considered getting assistance from an employment counsellor? Groupe Priorité Travail and the Placement Assisté program is there for you! Check out their article on page 24 to learn more about their services.

Have you heard about the Fondation Cité de la Santé and the Ride for LIFE? Learn more about this amazing initiative taking place annually since 2008 by reading the article on page 29. There are heroes among us and it’s important to spread the word!

While the 2021-2022 school year is now well underway, the ongoing pandemic has created new challenges for teachers and parents alike. For those looking for some additional online resources to help students remain engaged in their learning or practice their skills, our article on page 18 offers a starting point.

As we prepare to welcome a brand-new year, please continue to follow all public health guidelines. You can read more on this by consulting pages 40-41 in this issue.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your readership, and to wish you and your loved ones a safe, healthy and joyful holiday period.