3. Jordan Mercier. The music personality with Extra 90.5 and Oldies 96.7 established himself as an influential figure (on and off the airwaves) in the community by showing up at countless events and showcasing all that is good about this city.
Mercier knows what time it is
4. Eileen Kimmett. A HUGE community ambassador, she opened herself up to the community about her battle with depression in a courageous way—helping to further change the conversation and stigma related to mental health.
9. Terry Guiel. The executive director of the DBIA has been a terrific public ambassador/advocate for all things downtown, believing in experimenting with new ideas and approaches to the downtown. Oh, and he discovered—and embraced—Twitter this year. Watch out Twitterverse.
10. Citiots. If you have not experienced this improv troupe playing their monthly shows at the Gordon Best Theatre on Hunter Street, you are missing out on a bucket list moment. They are rays of light and their roots are in bringing great joy to all.
18. The 2015 TMAC (Travel Media Association of Canada) Conference & AGM showcased Peterborough and the Kawarthas to travel professionals from around the world, and was a major success with tweets being sent out to all parts about how beautiful it is here.
26. PUC's Twitter account. Informative and funny—and always keeping us up to date when the lights go out.
27. Pete Dalliday. The radio (100.5 Fresh Radio) and sports (play by play guy for Petes and Lakers) personality is a great ambassador to the community, promoting countless causes and organizations.
28. Peterborough Entrepreneurs. 2015 was a breakout year for entrepreneurs, start-ups and entrepreneur programs (e.g. FastStart)—empowering youth and adults building innovative businesses in tech and beyond.
38. Paul Bennett. The entrepreneur/developer/co-owner of Ashburnham Realty has emerged as a leader in the downtown. He helped spearhead the launch of Startup Peterborough, joined the DBIA board and is involved with many other initiatives.
40. Trent Valley Archives. Noted historian/writer Elwood Jones and his team at TVA work tirelessly to archive local history, recognizing that "without archives, there is no history." Indeed, to know where you're going, you have to know where you've been.
41. The magical PRHC balloon that spread joy and kindness after travelling hundreds of kilometers, and again showed how amazing this community is.
44. Fleming College (which turns 50 in 2017) and Trent University (which turned 50 in 2014). Both institutions attract students from around the world by continuing to innovate and evolve each year—and developing global citizens.
45. You -> Our growing number of readers and advertisers. We have experienced a tremendous year of growth and reach to our locally owned, independent media company. Without you, we're nothing. You rock. Community.