When I started out, I thought I could be best friends with my leadership team. I didn’t see the need to set any boundaries. My thinking was “if we’re real friends, we’ll succeed at this”. And that approach seemed to work really well for a while. Until one of those friends left.
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I’m a different person than I was six years ago. And though our core mission has stayed the same, Spark is, in many ways, a different organization than it was six years ago. And we’ve reached what feels like the right moment to reflect on who we are, what we stand for, and how we’ve changed for the better.
For the first few years of his life, Cooper developed normally - sleeping through the night, and walking (running, actually) early. He loved dinosaurs (like his dad), danced regularly (already better than I did) and often brought me to tears with his generosity and compassion. Everything was great. But as time went on, we noticed more and more challenges that he was facing.
I did not appreciate growing up in a small town. Now that I’m older and I’ve been away long enough, I’ve realized I need to make it up to my hometown. So I’ve penned a sort of love letter. To Kapuskasing, and to small towns everywhere.
Like my father and his father before him, I’ve battled anxiety all my life. I learned early how important it is to talk about it. It’s taken some time, but I’m finally ready to share my story.