As the outgoing type, I often find myself searching for ways to give back to a city that’s given me so many wonderful things. The most recent wonderful thing: the opportunity to be the Communications Manager for the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Coming off such a major project, I recognize I have an incredible opportunity to put myself out there like never before, and this program is helping me do just that.
We met some truly inspiring folk last week – and that’s on top of the colleagues I get to share the room with regularly. A couple of my key takeaways:
- Paul Soubry, President and CEO, New Flyer Industries stressed we are products of our environment, and can be at our best in terms of productivity when no one cares about the credit.
- Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of Sport Manitoba spoke to the opportunities and challenges of servicing numerous client groups and managing each all together in one state-of-the-art facility: the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre.
- Lynda Gunter started her own business, Frontiers North, from the ground up and reassured us though risks do not feel good at first, it’s OK to take them.
- Marie Bouchard spoke about leading from the middle, which tends to be less celebrated as a true leadership style, but yet is essential for many different types of people.
- Gregg Hanson’s grassroots efforts with the Bear Clan came through as some of his most inspiring work. He reminded us we can all contribute on so many levels, and to work from the ground up as a team can often turn over the most success.
- Liz Marr, of Greystone, encouraged us all to get involved, to be socially responsible and to join a community we feel we can make a difference in, to truly connect to the things and people around us.
Feeling thankful and excited, about it all.