Don Patterson LLB, MBA
Broker / Managing Director Commercial
Royal LePage Kingsbury Realty
Over 30 years of commercial real estate experience including senior management & executive roles with TD Bank, Ontario Realty Corporation and the brokerage industry
Vice Chair of the TREB Executive Commercial Council, Chair of the Mississauga YMCA Advisory Committee, Member of the Launch Committee for Royal LePage Commercial
2011 and 2012 YMCA Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Volunteerism
Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his 2012 cross Canada bike ride to raise awareness on the importance of physical activity for our youth.
There are huge economic advantages with having healthy, active kids: billions in savings for health care that is being spent fighting child obesity & diabetes, lower costs for social services as active kids have much lower rates of juvenile delinquency & teen pregnancies.
The other significant factor is that these active kids are helping to build a stronger economy. Study after study show that active kids do better in school even when you isolate socio-economic factors (e.g. using the same group of kids, they performed better in soccer season compared to their off-season despite having all this extra time). As a result, they acquire the education and high end job skills that are in demand.
That was the basic theme of Don Patterson’s MBA study 10 years ago: Active Kids > Higher Academics > Skilled Jobs > Stronger Economy. Businesses today totally understand this: they want healthy employees which results in less absenteeism and higher productivity. If our kids can excel in school, they’ll fill the skilled jobs where there’s a talent shortage. Companies look to set up and expand where they have access to a healthy, educated workforce.
With healthy active kids, everybody wins!