“How do you say “thank you” for sunshine or health…for clear days or gentle rains…for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.”
~ Thomas D. Willhite
As fall settles in, the nights get longer, and Christmas sparkles not-so-far ahead, it’s a great time to think about, and be thankful for, the many blessings experienced by SIRCH. I am truly honoured to play a part in the history and the infrastructure of this county. I was in a contemplative mood this weekend as the clocks gave us an extra hour, and was reminiscing about the 2+ decades that SIRCH has been providing programs and services. What a lot I’ve gained from the experience!
SIRCH has employed well over 100 people! Some have gone on to other jobs, or back to school or to do something else. They, and those who currently grace the offices of SIRCH, have given us their expertise, insight, words of wisdom and their hearts. It’s not all one way. When they leave we refer to them as “SIRCHlights,” because they take with them the philosophy of focusing on strengths and abilities, and of looking for solutions, knowing any problem has many options and answers. I know that this has affected people’s lives — some of the university students have literally changed their career path after a summer with SIRCH.
We’ve had hundreds of volunteers help us with everything from governance to program delivery to raising the funds necessary to keep our programs running. I’ve had the privilege to see the joy on their faces when they realize what a difference they make! There’s a volunteer who has been with us for 18 years! What amazing dedication! How fortunate we all have been to have benefited from their caring and giving spirits.
I’m thankful for the many, many people who have been “clients” of SIRCH – we probably learn the most from them … about grace in the face of adversity … about the determination to protect your family and rise above your struggles … about how illness doesn’t define who we are … about how “success” means different things to different people and it’s all good … about how generous people can be when the chips are down.
So as the days get shorter, and I set the clock back, I feel grateful that I’m a part of a community that is generous, giving, and supportive. And glad for all the lives that have touched mine. Thank you!