I’m pleased to share with you the summer edition of Connections.
This is a particularly special issue because it features some of the many cultural events and observances we celebrate during the summer. Our communities do a tremendous job all year round celebrating the incredible diversity that exists within the groups of people who live and work with us, but these activities are more important than ever as we continue our learning journey and work to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization where everyone feels a sense of belonging. We are grateful to have our Trusted Partner, Ashanti Leadership and their CEO, Ann Divine, guiding our activities.
In early May, we hosted Great People Parties at every site to celebrate team members and officially launch our “Blue Book” which includes our Guiding Principles. I was honoured to join the team at Northumberland Hall in Amherst, N.S., for their party where the team and residents all had a great time. To date, 90 per cent of our team members have received their copy of the Blue Book which helps guide them in delivering on our principles of Compassion, Honesty, Professionalism and Safety each and every day. You will continue to hear much more about this foundational work in the coming weeks and months.
There have also been lots of opportunities for us to recognize and reward the Great People who go above and beyond every day. Nursing Week, Long Term Care Proud Day in Nova Scotia, and Nursing Home Week in New Brunswick were all held over the past couple of months. We were also excited to celebrate two 20-year milestone anniversaries for our Arborstone and Maplestone Enhanced Care communities and in May, we were thrilled to welcome everyone back to an in-person annual Excellence Awards Gala where we had the pleasure of a very special performance by Bruce Guthro.
All in all, it feels good to be together again and I feel a sense of relief and optimism for the first time in many months. We’ve shared a unique experience together, weathering this pandemic, and I think it’s made us appreciate each other more than ever. As we continue to enjoy this beautiful summer, I hope you find time to do the things that bring you joy and that it involves the people you care about.