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Change, bring it on

Sudbury Living Magazine December 1, 2014 Lifestyle, Patricia Mills, Patricia Mills No Comments on Change, bring it on

Start spreading the news, I am leaving

I want to be a part of it, New York, New York.”

One of my all-time favourite songs is New York, New York. I’ve always thought the song was exciting, full of positive energy, catchy and a metaphor for some of the decisions I’ve made in my life, including a recent one.

A couple of months back I made a (some of my staff would say earth-shattering) decision to semi-retire. It wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision or a long-drawn out one, either. I just looked around and thought about the 25 years I’ve been in the publishing business and I knew it was time for a change.

My publisher role included Northern  Ontario Business, the Sudbury Mining  Solutions Journal, the Northern Ontario Medical Journal and the associated events, the Northern Ontario Business Awards, the Community Builder Awards, the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards and the 40 under Forty Awards.

I launched and ran the Sudbury Living magazine division, which includes the magazine you are currently reading and Sudbury Sports, the Parents, Students, Wedding and Neighbourhoods magazines and all of the events associated with Sudbury Living.

It was a huge portfolio that allowed me  so many opportunities for growth and  experiences. All of these publications are housed in the “Northern Life” building on Elgin St. I’ve had an office here for 25 years.

It’s been an amazing journey over the years and I’ve worked with some of the very best people in the business, many of whom are still with the company today.

I’m not leaving town, as the song says, but there are new, different challenges I want to conquer and many new experiences I want to “be a part of” while I still have energy and gumption on my side.

Saying goodbye for good to 158 Elgin St. is not an option. Being semi-retired means I will stay involved through strategic planning and mentoring.

I still get to work with the amazingly  talented team at Sudbury Living and Northern Ontario Business, but I’m not involved in the day-to-day operations. I remain entrenched in the creative process of the Sudbury  Living brand and its events and the strategic role of Northern Ontario Business, the Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal, and the Northern Ontario Medical Journal.

I will still be involved in and host the Northern Ontario Business Awards and the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards, and I will still be involved in the Community Builder Awards and the 40  under Forty Awards.

My semi-retirement paved the way for the promotions of some very talented staff to management roles to move forward our mission and our goals. This management team is full of energy, ideas, enthusiasm and gumption of their own!

I’ll continue to take up space on the back page of Sudbury Living and work with the magazine team on the look and feel of this amazing publication.

I consider Sudbury Living the crown jewel of all of my publishing accomplishments, and will eagerly participate in its future  development.

In my spare time, the rest of my “semi-retirement” will focus on new, exciting initiatives I want to pursue that have nothing to do with publishing.

I feel so fortunate and excited by these changes and for new opportunities that I just want to sing: “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you…

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