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azithromycin There is more to a community than homes, roads and shopping districts. The character of a town or city is defined by the legions of caring and giving people in our midst. Whether it is donating time or money or both to a food bank, a youth centre or cultural organization, people in Burlington and Oakville have demonstrated year after year their generosity.

click here I’m proud that the Dan Cooper Team can be counted among our generous citizens by providing support for local organizations, services and programs. The contribution by every member of the team is a testament to our commitment to give back to the community. We are not simply in the business of selling properties and helping buyers find homes. We are your neighbour, our children go to school here and we shop in the same grocery stores. This is our community and the Dan Cooper Team is proud to play a part in shaping its character and its success.

One such worthy organization that will become one of my charities of choice is the Oakville Hospital Foundation, which has launched a major project – the New Oakville Hospital. This much needed facility will take health care in our area to a new level. Situated at Third Line and Dundas Street, the New Hospital will more than double the size of the current facility and will meet the urgent needs of Oakville and east Burlington.

The Foundation’s goal is to raise $60 million for a state-of-the-art facility that will offer a warm and friendly atmosphere, have the latest technology, offer new and expanded services and set a benchmark for health care services in a community hospital. With your help and support, we can build and equip a remarkable hospital that will respond to emergencies, mend broken bones, administer cancer care and promote all aspects of health in our local community.

I have made a commitment to the Oakville Hospital Foundation to donate a portion of my commissions towards this incredible cause. And I encourage other business leaders in Oakville and Burlington to put their support behind a facility that benefits us, our families and our friends. There are few organizations that provide such a valuable and critical service to the community and we need to support those things that shape our social fabric.

The New Hospital truly is a landmark event for our community and there are many ways you, your family, your organization or company, school or local community group can become involved. Contact Sheilaah Guthrie at the Foundation at 905.845.2571 ext. 6382. Tell them Dan sent you.

The OHF is just one of the many great organizations that the Dan Cooper Team has chosen to support. Other organizations that have a significant impact on our quality of life are the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, Comic Vision on April 28, a fundraiser for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and Appleby College Gala Auction on May 15, which will have some incredible prizes that I will talk about at a later date. All I can say is, you don’t want to miss it.

The Robert Cray Band performance at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on October 24th was outstanding. The five-time Grammy Award winner thrilled a packed house with his smoking guitar playing and unique vocals. There is little wonder his concerts are quickly sold out wherever he performs.

I was proud to be the sponsor of this concert. It was a solid and well-received performance. Cray has assembled a group of superstars in their own right and they had the theatre rocking with songs from his new CD This Time and great singles from the past. At age 56, Cray is only getting better.

It is the ability to bring artists like Cray to Oakville that helps to elevate our cultural fabric. The arts are such an important element to complete a community’s personality. Live performances, dance and music feed the minds and souls of its citizens and that is critical for a well-balanced and culturally rich community. One of the most active and influential organizations in our town is the OCPA.

The Centre has been providing an important stage for local theatre and concerts and professional performances by artists from across Canada and around the world since 1977. The mission of the Centre is to provide Oakville residents with a place to learn about themselves and the world around them through dance, music, storytelling and theatre.

I’m proud to be associated with this wonderful organization by bringing a number of top shows and performances such as the Robert Cray Band each year through the Dan Cooper Concert Series. The desire by The Dan Cooper Team to provide support for the arts is a testament to our commitment to give back to the community in which we work and live. We are not simply in the business of selling properties and helping buyers find homes. We are an integral part of this terrific community and The Dan Cooper Team is proud to play a part in shaping its character and its success.

We are involved in a number of good causes in Oakville, and our support for the Oakville Centre is just one more example of our commitment to help build a better community.

“Corporate sponsors like Dan Cooper help the Oakville Centre meet our mandate of bringing world class artists to Oakville,” says Ronnie Brown, marketing coordinator for the Centre. “With The Dan Cooper Concert Series we have been able to present some of the best Canadian and international artists.”

Check the Centre’s website www.oc4pa.ca for an update on upcoming concerts that you can enjoy in one of the most intimate theatres in Canada.

Featured in this photo from left to right are Lars Melander and Dan Cooper.

Featured in this photo from left to right are Lars Melander and Dan Cooper.

I would like to congratulate Lars Melander and Oakville Today for 25 years of success. I first met Lars when I started my real estate career more than 20 years ago. Lars had only been in business for four or five years, but I was impressed by his integrity, his commitment to the community and the quality of the newspaper’s content.

Oakville Today is a Metroland Media Group publication and Lars is general manager, but in those early years Lars was founder and owner and it was his approach to serving his community and his dedication to quality and interesting content that convinced me to be a major advertiser from day one.

Lars describes our first encounter this way, “Dan was just starting his real estate business but was thinking big all the way. Typically a new business will start with a small ad and go from there. Dan took out a full page ad right out of the gate and has taken a page ever since. We are alike in that respect – thinking big.”

Oakville Today doubled its circulation in North Oakville over the past 25 years and is a successful community publication because of its investment in good staff, ability to listen to its readers and to deliver solid local content that its audience expects.

This philosophical approach is important for a real estate Broker when selecting strategic publications in which to advertise. I do a lot of advertising; it’s a strategy that has provided more exposure for the homes that are listed with my team. But I am also very selective, choosing publications that reach a desirable demographic, provide optimum penetration into key neighbourhoods and are well received by the consumer. Oakville Today is among the few that I have used consistently over the past 20+ years precisely because of its growth, its market reach, its longevity and how well it is valued by a loyal readership.

Successful businesses must be attuned to their customers’ needs and go the extra steps to keep those customers loyal. At The Dan Cooper Team, we have one of the best and most knowledgeable real estate teams in the area. We understand that hiring good people is simply good business. Evolving and improving our business has been paramount in order to stay ahead of our competitors.

I’m immensely proud of some of the industry leading initiatives we have launched in the past few years. We have been among the pioneers by introducing streaming video tours of homes on the Internet – taking home viewing to an exciting new level by allowing you to tour multiple properties in the comfort of your own home. We have also posted on our website living profiles of local business owners who help to make Oakville a culturally rich and vibrant community. These mini profiles give you a glimpse of what this great community has to offer. I invite you to take a tour on my recently improved and relaunched website DanCooper.com.

I am also pleased to announce my upcoming quarterly magazine Oakville Living. The publication will feature some outstanding Oakville homes, builders, designers and local businesses. And each issue will follow a local celebrity through town, stopping at his or her favourite shops. But I don’t want to give away our first celebrity just yet. You’ll just have to wait for the launch of Oakville Living this fall.

Location, location, location. It’s an age-old piece of advice that is often heard when shopping for a new home. The question, however, is what location is right for you? That is an extremely subjective decision.

I’m often asked about a specific location and how quickly the home will appreciate. The person asking is looking at value and if their purchase is a smart one from a financial point of view. That’s a loaded question. Unless you are an investor and your sole purpose for the purchase is to maximize your investment over the next few years, a better question might be, is this a good investment for your lifestyle. Is this the house and the location where you will be the happiest? And that is why this decision is so subjective.

For example, a young couple with children likely wants a home close to schools, parks and other recreational amenities. More often than not, they want a newer neighbourhood or an area that is being rejuvenated with young families like themselves so their children grow up with friends close by. In addition, the parents are living in an area with people who have common interests and desires. Being conveniently located near public transit is also a high priority, especially for couples relying on one car.

Single buyers or young couples might find a downtown location is ideal, perhaps in a condo or a home that is close to the action – entertainment, restaurants and nightlife. This kind of lifestyle also appeals to some Baby Boomers who are empty nesters but want to recapture those active days of their youth and also want to be within walking distance of fine dining, live performances at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts and upscale shopping.

And yet, other Boomers want the quieter pace of a lifestyle community, a secluded pocket of exclusive homes or a more idyllic setting close to nature. For these buyers, walking trails and manicured back yard retreats are more important than having amenities close at hand.

The key to finding the right home for you, or finding the right buyer if you are selling, is to work with a Broker who is knowledgeable about the area, who knows the market and can eliminate a lot of guesswork for you. At The Dan Cooper Team, for example, we have a team of multi-disciplined professionals with more than 40 years of combined experience. I alone have more than 20 years of experience in the Oakville market and have had the distinction of being the top Broker in Canada for Royal LePage.

When you work with the best you are assured of getting the best deal and the home that fits your lifestyle.

The arts are an important element in the cultural fabric of a community. Live performances, dance and music feed the minds and souls of its citizens and that is critical for a well-balanced and culturally rich community. One of the most active and influential organizations in our town is the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Centre has been providing an important stage for local theatre and concerts and professional performances by artists from across Canada and around the world since 1977. The mission of the Centre is to provide Oakville residents with a place to learn about themselves and the world around them through dance, music, storytelling and theatre.

I’m proud to be associated with this wonderful organization by bringing a number of top shows and performances each year through the Dan Cooper Concert Series. The desire by the Dan Cooper Team to provide support for the arts is a testament to our commitment to give back to the community in which we work and live. We are not simply in the business of selling properties and helping buyers find homes. We are an integral part of this terrific community. We are your neighbour, our children go to school here and we shop in the same grocery stores. This is our community and the Dan Cooper Team is proud to play a part in shaping its character and its success.

We are involved in a number of good causes in Oakville, and our support for the Oakville Centre is just one more example of our commitment to help build a better community.
“Corporate sponsors like Dan Cooper help the Oakville Centre meet our mandate of bringing world class artists to Oakville,” says Ronnie Brown, marketing coordinator for the Centre. “When the community can experience various cultures through the performing arts, it provides each individual a chance to grow and learn more about themselves and people around them. Inspiration, creativity and participation go hand in hand for those who enjoy the arts and building abetter community to live in. With the Dan Cooper Concert Series we have been able to present some of the best Canadian artists like Holly Cole, Jann Arden, Colin James, Randy Bachman and international artists like Johnny Winter, RobertCray, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and Tower of Power. Dan’s support has helped bring families and friends together to share special concert memories that will influence their lives in many ways.”

I invite you to watch for upcoming performances that make up the summer portion of the Dan Cooper Concert Series. Please check the Centre’s website www.oc4pa.ca for an update on these and some of the other terrific concerts that you can enjoy in one of the most intimate theatres in Canada.