Another year is coming to an end, and like most of you, I can't believe how quickly 2013 has gone by.
It has indeed been an eventful year and particularly gratifying for me. Four months ago my 23 year old son, Maurice joined the Golden Carers team. Having no experience in the industry he more than made up for it with his expertise in websites and online technologies.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues for the fabulous feedback that has come our way in the past 12 months. We have had a stream of supporters who shared photos, stories, poems, suggestions, and activities. Many thanks!
I would like to say a few words in praise of all Leisure and Recreation workers.
Regardless of what you prefer to call yourselves (the list is rather lengthy!), you all share one common goal: to enrich the lives of those under your care by planning, developing and implementing activities to support their social, spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.
I know many of you will be working throughout the festive season; you will be consoling those who have no family left or lending a shoulder to those who did not get any visitors or have relatives that live far away.
The dedication, compassion and resolve that you show your clients will not go un-noticed; your efforts will loom large in the minds of your clients.
I salute you and all the wonderful men and women in our community, working with patience, empathy and grace and striving to provide normal life pursuits to individuals in our care. You do it with humour and good cheer.