Reflections on 2016…

I cannot believe that we have already come to the end of another year! This marks the end of my 4th full year here at Normanview. Looking back on all that has been accomplished by our team here fills me with an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness and if I am being honest, I feel more than a bit proud of all that we, not me but WE, have done here.

I am first of all, incredibly thankful for our families here. For those of you who have been here for the whole 4 years or more, you have seen us go from buckets of toys on the floor to a beautiful, rich environment that is full of intriguing materials and educational experiences for your children. We went from quite the odd shade of pink literally everywhere (if you miss it, come to the office anytime haha) to a calm, natural space where we can relax together during the day. You have all stuck with us through some very uncertain and trying times, and for your patience and care throughout learning how to run this ship I will be eternally grateful. I have appreciated your presence at all of our teas, BBQs, and big group events.

I am thankful for my staff, my team, my work family. I have never worked with a group of people that have gotten along so well. I am well aware that we sometimes drive each other crazy, but I have also seen us grow to hold each other accountable to be not only better educators but also, better people. I have seen real growth from each of you, and a willingness to take responsibility for the role that you play in the success of our center and the futures of the children here. So many of you even have brought your own children to be with us, and we are so glad we get the chance to know them as well as we know you.

I am thankful for my own personal lessons that I learned this year. I learned how to find a renewal of my passion for my career and to channel it into doing good for our profession of Educators. I have had the experiences of meeting with members of our provincial and city leadership in an effort to work towards ending high property taxes for childcare and early learning centers across Saskatchewan. I hope to see Early Learning and Childcare eventually become a formal part of our Education system, and I hope to see Educators recognized across our province for the hard work and vital role that they play in the future of our province. I look forward to seeing Early Learning across our province become more unified and professional. There were definitely high points during my year here, and there were days that ended in frustration and tears. Through it all, I learned more about the kind of woman I want to become, the kind of manager I want to become, and how I want to treat those around me.

Now, we are definitely not perfect, nor have we even come close to reaching the pinnacle of excellence. Like most other centers, we have days where we miss the mark, and days where we shine. But we all have work to do! We have children who need love, learning, and a good laugh or two everyday. We have families to care for, and a community who needs our services. In 2017, we promise to keep doing our best. We hope that if we can do something for you that you will let us know. We want to hold ourselves to the highest possible standard and to continue to enjoy and be proud of our work.

I am looking forward to another year of growth, happiness, and learning! All the best to each one of you this Holiday Season, and if you have any reflections to share we would love to hear them. Happy New Year!