Here we are at the end of another year. 2015 will be remembered by many for the unprecedented flow of refugees that streamed into Europe from war-torn countries. They arrived full of hope for a better life for themselves and their children. Watching the tv footage and images one can’t help thinking how fortunate we are to live in peaceful countries.
Some of you will be retiring after many decades in the workforce. Mind you retirement, has as of late been redefined; retirees are now going back to part-time work, or volunteering or getting busy working on their Bucket Lists. A ‘Bucket List’ is a list people make with all the things they aspire to do when time allows such as countries to visit, dreams to fulfil, friendships to rekindle, and life’s thrills to experience. Have fun!
For those starting out in the industry: don’t be too worried; listen to senior staff and ask for help when you need it. Remember that your colleagues and Management have a vested interest in ensuring you do a good job because your work will be a reflection on the facility’s standard of care. Best wishes!
For all the Leisure and Activity Professionals that have been working in the industry for many years… Cheer Up! Don’t let the relentless and excessive paperwork and high expectations lower your Christmas spirits. If you find yourself a little jaded and disillusioned remember that being close to your clients is a privilege and an honour. Even if it is not always acknowledged, your empathy and understanding can work miracles. Enjoy the Festive Season!
On a last note, thank you to all contributors of our fabulous forum. It is really wonderful to see so many Leisure and Activity Professionals bonding and sharing anecdotes, jokes, activities, resources, and advice with one another.
I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year! We hope you will find lots of time to rest, read, play and be merry!
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