From time to time, I think it’s a healthy exercise for our own spiritual and mental well-being to take a brief pause to reflect and get our bearings. It’s this time of year when we crave the indulgence of some quiet moments to look inward and assess whether we are on the right path for what we aspire to achieve. The same can be said for our organization.
Now is the time to reflect on how past accomplishments have enriched us and how some of the challenges we’ve faced have empowered our position as a lively and effective organization that can anticipate and respond to constantly shifting demands. This can only arise from our relationships and deep understanding of our stakeholders’ needs.
I am particularly proud of the fact that, through our collaborative efforts, CCOHS has become an institution where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. We are blessed with a knowledgeable and engaged staff that has responded to challenges with resilience and drive to improve the well-being of working Canadians. At the same time, looking to the future allows us to reach beyond our grasp. It permits us to have a vision of the future that defines who we want to be and what we want to look like.
Building on our foundation of success, I look to that future and envision our evolution into an aspiring organization – always seeking excellence by leveraging our greatest attributes, those being trust and credibility, to build enduring relationships, expertise and value throughout Canada. Our success here will lead to what I perceive as one of the critical purposes of the Centre.
We will achieve our mission to be a leading workplace health and safety organization by staying focused on our collective vision of success, helping working Canadians across the country and using our collective occupational health and safety experience to provide tomorrow’s solutions to today’s problems.
I look forward to seeing what 2015 brings, and I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year.