Taking time to recognize the work of our colleagues is important. It’s why The Federation devotes time to things like honouring retiring members, thanking outgoing board members, and sharing accreditation news. It’s also why we created the Award for Excellence all the way back in 1995.
The work we do in this sector is hard, often thankless, and people hear more bad news stories than good ones. That’s why we believe it is important to shine a light and celebrate the caring and dedicated people who do this hard, important work day after day. These are the people who lead their teams through difficult times, who build strong relationships that foster good work in the community, and who remain creative and thoughtful even though doing so keeps getting harder and harder. You know who I’m talking about.
The Award for Excellence recognizes and honours these people, the ones who don’t often get recognized; it encourages our members to hold each other up and support one another in their work. And to me, taking time to honour the work of one person in this sector also honours the work of everyone in this sector. It gives us a moment to reflect on what makes for great social care leaders and allows us to truly see the people working with us and the contributions they make.
Nominate a colleague today!
I encourage you to reach out and tell someone how their work has inspired you, how they helped you, or how they taught you something valuable. Our sector is full of exceptional and caring people and this is a time to honour them. Yes, the people in our sector are often more humble than others, but I believe that there is space for appreciation and thankfulness within that humility.
So take a moment to consider nominating someone you know for The Federation’s Award for Excellence. The application deadline is March 29th. The nomination form and more information (including past recipients) can be found here.
Rebecca Ataya Lang
Director of Programs and Services