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As this edition of CONNECT goes to print, we are about to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Staunch monarchist, reforming republican or indifferent neutral, nobody can fail to admire Her Majesty’s commitment to public service. Her longevity also provides lessons about the benefits of experience.

At CONNECT, we have also been thinking about the theme of experience while planning and writing
this June/July issue, which
includes several features with well-known local personalities whose many years in business, education and the charity sector have left them with interesting stories to share.

In No Ordinary Day Job, experienced vet Dr Les Van Blerk tells us how he went – by his own admission – from spending too much time on the beach in South Africa to running the successful and growing business Vets4Pets in Guernsey.

In Special Report, Martin Winward reflects on nearly 25 years working in education. Of course, we were particularly interested in what he had to say about his six-and-a-half years as Head Teacher at St Anne’s School in Alderney. It was a farewell interview with Martin, who is heading back to England full time to take on a headship in Shropshire.

Unplugged features a hotelier with more than 30 years’ experience. Andy Coleman tells us how he developed La Barbarie Hotel from a two-crown 13-bedroom hotel with 10 self-catering units to its current status as a 38-bedroom hotel with Visit Guernsey and AA four-star grading and an AA Rosette restaurant.

Mary Herve is our Charity Champion. Mary has spent many years dedicating herself to Guernsey Caring For Ex- Offenders, an organisation which does invaluable work supporting ex-offenders and helping them to reintegrate into the community after a period in prison.

We also catch up with the latest at GROW, our Charity Partner, which continues to strive towards its ambitious £3million redevelopment of its premises at Les Petits Quartiers.

And we hear from a range of business leaders in sectors as diverse as electricity, transport, telecommunications and law.

We wish you a celebratory Jubilee long weekend and a great summer and we hope you enjoy reading this edition.

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