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to build relationships with her clients, and feels this is a crucial aspect of what she does. It is knowing where a client is in life and in business, as well as where they’d like to be, that allows Lawrie to help that client achieve his or her goals. “Building strong relationships with clients is very important to us,” she says. “You’re better able to serve your clients and make sure they’re having all of their needs met. Even if a client is not necessarily certain what steps to take next, by having that background and knowing them and their families, as well as what their future hopes are, gives us insight to help guide them.” Being able to work personally with clients is one of the benefits of working in a firm the size of Wilkinson & Company, Lawrie expresses. Wilkinson has the knowledgeable experts clients require in areas such as tax, business valuations and forensic accounting, and provides the face-to-face experience every client wants and deserves, she says. “We have a lot of resources, and are large enough that we can help our clients with everything they need,” she says, “but we’re small enough that it’s still very personal.” It is through being able to provide the best of both worlds that Wilkinson & Company has been able to help the communities it serves grow and flourish. This is something both partners in Kingston are passionate about. “Seeing the success of the community and its businesses is very important to us,” Lawrie says, noting that the local community has seen an influx of start-up companies in recent years, which she hopes continues to be a trend. With the various post-secondary institutions in Kingston, there are future entrepreneurs, and professionals for whom they are able to provide resources so clients don’t have to go to a big city for their accounting business and tax advice. “If we provide opportunities in Kingston, they will stay. Right from the beginning, the firm has been community-based, but we want to give back to the community,” says Fisher. Indeed, in keeping with Wilkinson’s initial vision, those with the company give back to not-for-profit, charity and athletic organizations throughout the Kingston community by lending both their time and knowledge to worthy causes. OPPOSITE L-R Julie Gelok, Colleen Lawrie

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