I don’t know about you, but the start of every new year makes me a little philosophical. Maybe it’s all the talk about resolutions. Maybe it’s just the best time for me to take stock of all the good things that have happened in the last year, and to make plans for the year ahead.
So much has happened in the past year. I took a leap of faith and left an organization for which I have worked very successfully for 15 years, to take on a brand new adventure as CEO of the Hydrocephalus Association. It was a risk, but one I am so glad I took! Everyone at HA – from the staff to the board to the volunteers and constituents – have been so warm and welcoming. And, for someone like myself who is energized and motivated by a worthwhile mission, there truly can be no more rewarding mission than that of this organization and all of the people it serves!
The good news for me – and for you – is that the Association has a long and distinguished history of serving the hydrocephalus community, and still has much potential for making a difference going forward. There are multiple fronts to our battle – namely, research, support, education and advocacy – and while we have come a long way in each of these areas, there is still so much to be done with precious, limited resources.
While we have a great staff at HA – and each day I walk away more amazed at how much they do and how well they do it – there is no way we could do all that we do without the help and support of the volunteers who work with us in some capacity. There are literally thousands of you who offer your time, energy, support and resources, year after year. You organize and attend support group meetings; you organize and participate in fundraising Walks and other special events; you share resources and information with others in the community; you provide guidance and input into what the priorities of the Association should be. In short, you are the magic multiplier that takes our 10-person staff and turns it into an army of dedicated individuals willing to do whatever it takes to eliminate the challenges of hydrocephalus.
What it all comes down to is that the 10 of us are not what constitutes our Association. It is all of you. We thank you heartily for all you have done, and will continue to do. I am in awe of what you have accomplished so far. I am so looking forward to the year ahead when I get to play a part and work with you!
…we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!
May 2012 bring health, happiness & prosperity,