Tuesday, April 07, 2009
It was a very busy day... I worked non-stop, eating my salad through lunch at my desk all the while continuing to work on my project (due tomorrow). The demands kept coming, distractions kept happening, and then our team meeting.
The only male colleague on my team started the meeting by laying out huge cookies on the table to 'brighten' the meeting and everyone raved (well I cringed and thought - this is really a nice gesture but not so great for the waistline, but I accepted it gracefully).
After my meeting, I went searching for files required to finish my project and when I came back my boss was coming around the corner saying, there you are (saying 'here I was telling Malorie you were working overtime tonight and I thought you had left'). Malorie is a co-worker on our larger "Communications" team and she came to present her nomination for me to receive an award. Here is the message:
"I would like to nominate Hélène for the Core Value Award of the "Beaver". The Beaver represents dedication, integrity and one's ability to put in extra effort when necessary. I had the opportunity to work closely with Hélène when she first arrived at the CFI and when there were many demands on her and her team. From the very beginning, Hélène put in extra effort into her ork and handled the sudden work-load with grace and humour. She showed great dedication to her team through her eagerness to learn everything she could from her peers and by passing on her years of administrative knowledge to others, including myself. Hélène continues to show her commitment to fostering a strong and supportive environment within the CFI and is a great pleasure to work with."
Well what a difference a DAY makes! All of my frustrations and moodiness have been lifted with this great gift. I am so grateful to be at a workplace that recognizes their staff for really putting in the effort to meet the organization's Values (as stated in our Mission Statement). I never felt appreciated in past workplaces and here I am only 4 months into the workplace, still on probation and receiving this award!
We all work so hard at trying to reach our goals in life. Be it at work, in family life, and here on SP as we work hard to reach our fitness/health goals. SP is also amazing for allowing us to recognize our achievements through goodies and nominations of those members who have moved into the category of "SP Motivator". I feel priviliged to be friends with many of you (Kim, Brenda, Caz to name a few). YOU truly are a tribute to what SP is all about!
So CHEERS to all who are dedicated and continuing on this great journey of life - giving it all we GOT! Life is a gift that we should not take for granted!
Tim McGraw's song, Live like you were dying and Nickelback's If Today was your Last Day mean a lot to me ... because you just never know! So today I take a moment to thank my lucky stars for the blessings in my life... for my amazing workplace, for my angels (my daughters), my sister, my friends ...
Wishing you all a great night! Keep the spirit alive! Always!!