With summertime at our doorstep, it’s time to get out and enjoy seasonal activities in and around the city. In this issue of Laval Families Magazine, our Cover Story features the 55th Finals of the Jeux du Québec, hosted by Laval! Starting on page 8, learn why this event is so special to young athletes. You’ll also hear from Olympic medalist and spokesperson Alexandre Despatie, who shares fond memories of participating in this event as a youngster.

Also sharing fond memories in this issue is Jean Rousselle, MNA for Vimont & Auteuil. He reflects on his long-standing relationship with the residents of his riding, shares some of his proudest moments, and looks to the next chapter of his life. Learn more on page 10.

If you’re a bike riding enthusiast or simply love a good entrepreneurial success story, be sure to check out our Feature Story on page 27 to discover the story behind Atelier Olympia, a bike shop owned by young entrepreneur Isaac Bonequi. His story will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful for the future of entrepreneurship.

On the subject of entrepreneurship, if you are struggling with the launch of your business, YES Employment + Entrepreneurship’s article on page 16 can help. Learn the importance of a solid business plan or how their various programs and workshops can guide you through the many facets of owning a business.

If, on the other hand, you are looking to get back into the workforce and don’t know where to start, be sure to read Groupe Priorité Travail’s article on page 23 for information on how their Job Search Club has helped job seekers find and keep their dream job, even in these trying times.

Planning for retirement? Alex Lallitto at Scotia Bank has got you covered. Details on page 11.

As you step out and enjoy the summer months ahead, check out what’s new at Société de transport de Laval (STL) on page 22. New features are rolling out each month in June, July and August. Did you know? All summer long, up to five children can ride for free on the bus with an adult who has a valid fare!

Speaking of summer fun, be sure to check out our article on page 18 outlining plenty of ways to stay entertained locally all summer long, rain or shine! For seniors looking to keep active during the summer months, our article on page 20 provides plenty of suggestions to do just that! Check out our Laval Activities listings on page 24 for even more ideas!

If you want to head out of Laval for a day trip, there’s never a dull moment at SOS Labyrinthe in the Old Port of Montreal. This season promises to be more surprising and exciting than ever! Learn about the new treasures and intriguing stories added to the lineup along with a slew of fun themed activities for the whole family! Details on page 12.

Wishing you and your loved ones a sunny, happy and healthy summer period!