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ClackCoKids – Winter All Staff 2024
By Danielle Martin, Human Resources Director |
On January 5th, over 200 ClackCoKids employees came together for our annual winter All Staff Event and it was a success! The purpose of these events is to bring our employees across all services, locations, and programs together to reflect on where we’ve been, focus on what’s ahead, and to learn something new… all while we have a little fun too! This year our annual theme is a quote from the well-known poet and memoirist Maya Angelou: “If you are going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” We focused on this theme as we explored topics like: equity in our strategic plan, sharing our impact in our community to get more people involved in our mission, creating inclusive and trauma informed spaces in our programs, and continuing to ensure children in our services are safe and feel cared for at all times.
We also enjoyed an inspirational presentation from our keynote speaker – Chastity Lord from the Jeremiah Program. The messages Chastity shared will help us all to remember as 2024 unfolds that we are brighter together in our ‘constellation’ than as individual stars, that the little things we do can lead to an ‘epic’ impact, and that a team of ordinary people – is capable of extraordinary things. Thank you Chastity for spending time with us!
This year, we also held our first Shining Stars awards ceremony! The Shining Stars program is a peer-recognition program, where employees can nominate their coworkers for recognition for their delivery of services through our core competencies: dedication, compassion, inclusion, trustworthiness, and professionalism. Nominees receive some Shining Stars swag and a cash award, and at the end of the year, one staff member will be named ‘the Shining Star of the Year.’ The program was launched in September, and we had over 75 nominees to celebrate at our event! A big congratulations to the nominees, and a big thank you to their peers who took the time to complete the nominations.
Lastly, we want to give a special shout-out to our vendors for participating in our event! Thank you Spruce IT for coming to share about the latest IT updates and for bravely asking a room of 200+ employees ‘how you can help’. Thank you to OneDigital for closing our day with a benefits presentation to help us understand what our options are and for making what can feel complicated a little easier. And thank you Crave Catering for the DELICIOUS food throughout the event… and we look forward to your delicious soup at our upcoming Souper Bowl Supper on February 3rd (get your tickets here!).
Looking forward to our next All Staff Event this spring!
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