500,000+ people eating & living better, thanks to Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney

Bruce Sweeney, Founder, Simply for Life

Bruce Sweeney started Simply For Life (SFL) in a personal quest for optimal health based on a family history of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Bruce’s personal heart condition motivated him to seek options other than surgery and medications. He began researching alternative ways to stay healthy and became inspired by using exercise and the power of food and nutrition. He also knew there was no magic pill. Read the rest of this entry »


How to become more professional, more promotable

Jim Kokocki

Jim Kokocki, past President of Toastmasters, International

As the President for Toastmasters International, an organization that has 16,000 clubs in 142 countries, 345,000 active members and over 5 million people who have been through their program, Saint John’s own Jim Kokocki was living a dream as he embarked on a whirlwind tour travelling the world visiting Toastmasters conferences and companies interested in bringing Toastmasters in-house. Read the rest of this entry »


If you build it, they will come

Scott VanWart

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott VanWart has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. Photo: Colin McPhail

The social dividend of Saint John’s pro basketball team valued by group

Keeping minor pro basketball alive and well in Saint John is a big job. Luckily, a group of 21 passionate and dedicated residents have stepped up, with Scott VanWart as volunteer leader, to ensure the community has great pro basketball and role models in their midst.

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. I started our conversation by asking Scott about the origins of the team and the new ownership structure.

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Young leader from KV thrives in SHAD, a summer program now coming to UNB

Kyu Bin (Sam) Jang

Kyu Bin (Sam) Jang is heading into Grade 12 at Kennebecasis Valley High School with a 4.0 GPA and a long list of additional achievements. Photo: Colin McPhail/Telegraph-Journal

Kyu Bin (Sam) Jang is the youngest leader I’ve interviewed for this column – and what a leader he is. Sam is heading into Grade 12 at Kennebecasis Valley High School with a brilliant 4.0/95 per cent GPA and a long list of achievements so far: great attendance, numerous academic achievements, volunteering awards, he plays guitar in the Korean Youth Orchestra and percussion in the KVHS jazz and concert band, and – if you can believe this – he looked after 30 milking cows during the spring of 2016.

Sam speaks both Korean and English and has worked at his family’s popular Riverview Convenience Store & Gas (Wilson’s) in Quispamsis for the past three summers scooping ice cream. Read the rest of this entry »


‘I’d never do anything else’: Wealth adviser

Bob Manning

‘We’re very fortunate that we get to work with a clientele that are generally very engaged in the process and are looking to have a significant impact, either with themselves and their families, maybe with a business that they operate or, potentially, in the community if they’re planning on being philanthropic at any point in time,’ says Bob Manning of the Owens MacFadyen Group. Photo: Chris Donovan/Telegraph-Journal

Bob Manning has an impressive track record of business experience that he has carried forward into his wealth adviser role at Owens MacFadyen Group; executive-level business planning, operations and marketing experience in the information technology sector, consulting and management for startup companies in Atlantic Canada.

The knowledge he gained while working in multi-national, national and regional organizations – helping them deal with the challenges of growth through disciplined planning and effective management – has served him well in his wealth advisory role at OMG Wealth.

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