Dear readers,

We are thrilled to present the summer edition of Laval Families Magazine, an issue that shines a spotlight on inspiring individuals, stimulating educational initiatives, and attractive business opportunities in Quebec.

Cover Story: Sona Lakhoyan Olivier, Member of the National Assembly for Chomedy.

Of Armenian origin, Sona Lakhoyan Olivier is a passionate and committed individual bringing valuable influence to Chomedey. She has launched a sports program in collaboration with INI-SPORTS–Sports Laval, and INI-Athlétisme with the Club d'Athlétisme Dynamique, allowing children to explore various activities over an eight-week period.

With a focus on two major concerns—access to inclusive and equitable education and the preservation of Chomedey's riverbanks—Sona is a strong advocate for fair educational policies and actively engages in awareness and clean-up campaigns to protect these natural spaces for future generations, while providing the community with environmentally-respectful leisure areas. Learn more on page 8.

Get an inside look at the exciting summer camp offerings at Centre du Sablon and Centre Leonardo Da Vinci. These camps provide children with unique opportunities to explore their interests and develop new skills in a fun and engaging environment.

Science is everywhere, from the depths of the oceans to the farthest reaches of space. Yet, as students grow older, they may perceive science as difficult or dry. In this article on page 12, we explore how introducing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education through fun and experiential activities can change this perspective and make learning engaging for children of all ages.

While doing business in Quebec may present certain challenges, particularly for those who do not speak French, it also offers several unique opportunities for entrepreneurs. Discover seven key benefits that make Quebec an attractive place to do business on page 14.

You'll be delighted by the wide range of free activities offered in Laval parks this summer. If you're looking for ideas for family-friendly activities, could become your best ally. With just one click, you'll have access to over 300 free, quality sports and cultural activities close to home. Learn more by turning to page 15.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. Happy summer, and happy reading!