2020…a year that we will likely remember for a very long time to come. I’m certain no one anticipated the challenges, the grief, the lessons and the experiences that 2020 offered us.
While I recognize that my 2020 was filled with similar themes to others, 2020 also represents the year that a vision, a dream that I held close and dear to my heart, became my reality: Sööma was built, developed, launched.
And I want to take a moment to acknowledge some of the people that have guided me, supported me, trusted me and believed when there were moments when I did not believe myself.
Sapna Doshi for your example of leadership
Sapna, I’ve always believed that one can learn so much by watching, listening and mirroring the people they respect and admire. Your generosity, openness and humility as a leader have taught me so much about the type of woman, boss and business owner I want to be. Thank you for your gentle and subtle support.
Eric Besso for your grit and unapologetic hustle
Eric, you have always been unapologetically and uniquely you. In little time, I have learnt so much about business, finance, marketing, and web design. Thank you for countless hours spent encouraging me, gently (and sometimes not so gently) guiding me and above all, listening and understanding my vision to build the backbone on which it stands. I never knew how hard you worked before this year.
John Lofranco for consistency and unity
John, while you’ve been a mentor and friend in a coaching capacity for years, this year you became a professional ally and a trusted resource and reference. Thank you for providing a space to discuss and question running from various angles and celebrate small and big successes. Thank you for also providing opportunities that wouldn’t have been available to me without you.
Fiona Sutherland for wisdom and guidance
Fiona, my supervisor; wisdom doesn’t seem great enough a word to describe what you have brought me this year. Thank you for providing clinical guidance with cases and questions that often didn’t have a straightforward answer. Beyond your professional knowledge and experience, thank you for providing a safe space where I could completely expose myself and trust that I would be met with compassion.
Jamie Lee for belief and trust
Jamie, my first ever employee, with whom I’ve already lived so much in the three months during which we have worked together. Thank you for giving me such a rich opportunity to develop as a leader, for trusting my vision and for seeking to understand this work and all the beauty it can offer. Thank you for also believing in me, despite my imperfections.
Francois-Xavier Tellier for remaining steady, solid and strong, even when it feels hard to bear the weight of this dream
François-Xavier, the foundation on which I continue to grow, learn, develop and soar. Thank you for being the steady and constant voice of reason when emotions cloud my judgment and impact my decision making. None of this would be possible without you and it feels surreal to share a dream with someone I love so dearly.
There are too many people that have been pivotal throughout this process to name you all. That being said, your support means the world to me nonetheless.
May 2021 bring you hope and may we remember how much is possible when we unite rather than divide. Happy New Year.
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