Nick Lees is a journalist, an adventurer, and a philanthropist, whose insightful writing has been a cornerstone of the Edmonton Journal for decades. In his new column, “Man of a Certain Age,” he tells it like it is—after two hip replacements and approaching 70—as he continues to travel to exotic places, run marathons, and cycle over mountain passes, more often than not in support of one charity or another. Lees also writes a weekly column called “Business Buzz” for the paper’s Business section, and a charity-focused human interest piece for the weekly City section.
Lees got his start in journalism on London’s Fleet Street, where he worked for a news agency and then several British newspapers. In 1967 he hopped onto a cargo boat and came to Canada, where he did a short stint at the Edmonton Journal. He left to roam the globe, but eventually returned to Canada. The Journal invited him back. That was in the early 80s, and three decades later he’s still pumping out stories that readers love, and he has no intention of stopping.
Keeping up with changes in technology is something Lees has taken in stride. He posts his own pieces on the Journal’s website and filters through 100s of e-mails that he receives daily. In fact, many of his stories come to him through e-mail. He applauds the power of social media to keep people in touch with what’s happening around the world, and admits he should be “tweeting” more; it’s on his agenda to speak to his bosses at the Journal about upgrading his museum-piece cell phone.
A glass of wine at the end of the day, good food . . . Lees says he loves life and derives fulfillment from helping others. A perfect balance for this “man of a certain age.”
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