DEAR FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF ENLIVEN,
Today I drove through the snow into Huntsville to witness many folks readying themselves for the New Year: the stores were busy, parking was limited, and there was a general sense of preparing now for what lies ahead. That preparatory energy is with me while I share what’s in store for Enliven in the month and year (even the new decade) that is about to begin.
I do my best goal setting after I’ve thought about where I’ve been. Our future accomplishments rest on all that has come before and in this, my goals for Enliven in 2020 are the same. For an organization that was a wonderful idea in the winter of 2016 to one that has captured regional interest, Enliven is on a solid trajectory for increased impact in 2020. I’m proud of Enliven’s capacity to meet people where they are at, to grow via the new ideas and opportunities presented by its community and to respond to needs as they arise. We are a nimble organization and that’s the joy of being a part of something new.
Last month I wrote about connection. Connection is the positive anchor to everything we do at Enliven. Facing Cancer is difficult, facing it alone is more so and no matter how many people we have in our circle we have times when we feel alone in it. Enliven aims to sand the edges from this feeling by letting everyone in Muskoka know that there are places for connection during cancer. My hope for this year is that Enliven will be even stronger in sharing this message and that participants, volunteers, and supporters will get to know us even better. With this in mind, I have 3 areas of focus for this year.
The first is engagement. Cancer is the one common theme for people engaging with Enliven, but there are an infinite number of challenges to participation in events, programs and offerings. Connection comes about through engagement. And so, in 2020, I hope to listen more, to take action on methods to remove barriers to participation and to create non-traditional ways for our community to become even more involved.
The second area of focus for me is appreciation. There is a quiet army of supporters, volunteers, board members, and friends who make Enliven’s work possible. My goal is to celebrate them more, to seek their input more, and to ensure that they are fully acknowledged for the gifts they share and how those gifts help grow our organization.
My last (and certainly not least) priority for Enliven in 2020 is sustainability. Like many not-for-profit organizations in Muskoka, our operations depend on grants and donations. In 2020, we will be focusing on sustainable means to ensure Enliven’s foothold of connection during cancer is secure for the future.
We look forward to connecting, celebrating, and growing with you in the year ahead.
Jackie Riley, E.D. Enliven Centre for Well-Being in Cancer