“Whatever You Do You Have to Keep Moving Forward.”

November 24, 2021 12:07 am

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Whilst the year of 2021 draws to an end, I think we can all agree we did expect something different, an improvement this year compared to the previous one. It certainly started out with that intention.

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those things we’ll tell our grandchildren about – on par with the way life changed during world wars or the Great Depression.

It’s been bigger than a lot of previous social shifts, not only because of its tragic outcomes, but also because it’s affecting so many of us at once and changing every aspect of life from the most significant to the mundane.

Anything this big creates the opportunity for new thinking. If the size of the crisis is associated with the amount of new learning it can generate, surely our brilliance will be magnified manyfold as we emerge in the new normal.

As an organisation we have learnt lessons in resilience and response. Lessons in adaptability where we are constantly having to reset and re-orient and forcing us out of our typical routines has enhanced our creativity. We have embraced new ideas, systems and processes and leveraged our expanded perspectives for the new days ahead.

We have learnt lessons about our communities where nothing is automatic anymore. We’ve learnt just how important friends, family and co-workers are. Being grateful for everyday things and people has become critical to our daily happiness.

The good news is, these hard times can be the catalyst for new habits, behaviours and lessons.

At times it amazes me when I reflect on 2021, just how far we have come even through all the adversity. Our organisation continues to grow and I am grateful to have an experienced and passionate team to help implement the services we are able to bring to our clients and residents next year.

Our leadership team have held strong in the decisions we have had to make to protect the lives of our residents and clients. Keeping our residents physically apart from their loved ones was one of the toughest decisions of all.

Across the organisation our people have not wavered and to their credit, we have stood together to ensure we all came out on the other side to face whatever was to come next.

Through all of that and just when you thought we had given it all, we were still recognised as an award winning organisation that I am extremely proud to be part of.

I for one am looking forward to less turbulent times across our world in 2022 and to keep moving forward, embracing all the new norms and whatever comes our way.

May the happiness of this festive season fill you with new inspiration, new smiles and new dreams. Wishing you good times with your loved ones over the holiday period!

– Sue Thomson, Chief Executive Officer