“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Helen Keller.
On the 19th of September, 2016, New View Society celebrated its first Staff Appreciation Day. We recognized our colleagues for their incredible efforts supporting individuals facing the challenges of mental illness. Kay Swalwell, who is one of our founders, and a current member of the Board of Directors, felicitated those of our colleagues who have served New View Society and its members over the past 10, 20, and 30 years.
The following individuals were recognized for their services to New View Society for over 10 years:
Emma Arthur, Nicole Boivin, Jayne Boyer, Lynne Grierson, Margaret Murphy, Diana Sinclair, and Glenn Smith.
The following individuals were recognized for their services to New View Society for over 20 years:
Randy Nilsen, Loretta Novak, and Darrell Roemer.
Louise Jolicouer was recognized for her service to New View Society for over 30 years.
We also conducted a few Team-building activities to further enhance our ability to work together to effectively support individuals who face the challenges of mental illness in their daily lives. Our colleagues were first divided into teams and then sent on a two-hour scavenger hunt in the Tri-cities area. This activity was designed as a fun team-building activity that would strengthen our ability to problem-solve and effectively communicate with each other. We then participated in a “Jeopardy”-style quiz game where we were given the opportunity to learn more about each other’s hopes and experiences.
This Staff Appreciation Day was about strengthening our work environment of support, appreciation, and laughter. We were given the opportunity to step out of our comfort zones, and the opportunity to learn more about our colleagues. By the end of the day we had all learned new things about each other as well as about ourselves. Our first Staff Appreciation Day was an immensely successful endeavor, and we are grateful to Chantelle Burga for her meticulous efforts designing the activities of the day.