I want to start this off by saying thank you. Thank you for being such a resilient and supportive community. I’ve had the honour of meeting many of you since I started on March 9, 2020, but the setting has been predominantly virtual. It seems so odd for me to meet most of you on Zoom first and not really know when I’ll get the chance to meet you in person. Even though many of our first meetings were virtual, I have felt a deep sense of connection, raw emotion, and a surprising amount of comfort in being vulnerable during our interactions. This is a testament to small business owners and entrepreneurs – a group of people I knew little about before, but now have a deep and profound respect for.
During my time getting to know the community, I’ve had unique opportunities to make some great one-on-one connections. Alice and Brian Reimer have acted as the spirit of Red Mile on the second floor. When I arrive at Red Mile each morning, they are already hard at work, having sanitized the place. When I would pack up and leave at the end of my day they have continued to work on their business. Alice, Brian and the rest of the Fillip team, thank you so much for being an example of getting stuff done, you have shown me that when the going gets tough, the tough truly get going. Tara McLaughlin and Rob Simmons have proved the same on Red Mile 3, demonstrating similar outpost ownership and drive to get things done in their creative field. Soon, I will meet more of the community, in person, and know that each of you has your own way of demonstrating your care for the Work Nicer outposts.
I want to give a special shout out to is my new team at Work Nicer; Alex, Sarah, Phoebe, Jenn, Bob, Sean, Renae, Parker, and Justin. What stands out the most to me is the absolute love you have for the Work Nicer community. Your dedication to do the right thing and maintain the integrity of Work Nicer and everything it represents is an inspiration. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing team and be part of a positive and vibrant community. In closing, I recognize that personal and public safety is paramount during a pandemic of which there is currently no vaccine. My promise to everyone here is to do my best to support and introduce safe practices to ensure a proper balance between community safety and the economy. I promise to leverage my eight years in public safety and specifically my time managing the Occupational Health and Safety committee at the Calgary International Airport to serve the Work Nicer Community in the best way possible
See you soon,
The Deputy and member