2020 has been a year full of challenges. We have faced an unprecedented year of change and uncertainty. Globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt many of us loss, grief, fear and unimaginable changes to both our personal and professional lives. There has been political unrest and conflict that has kept many of us up at night.
 
But 2020 has also shown us some things worth celebrating. The words of Fred Rogers – Mr. Rogers to most of us – come to mind:
 
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
 
The healthcare community around the world – our community - have been the ‘helpers’ the whole world has seen rise to an unthinkable challenge. Individually and collectively the healthcare community have been the leaders we needed, guiding us through – and are continuing to do so.
 
This past year will be one we never forget.
 
In looking back, what will you be happy to leave behind in 2020?
 
Despite all the turmoil, there were also many bright and sometimes unexpected lights. A reminder to be grateful for the good in our lives – family, friends, pets. Technology that allows us to work from home and stay connected if only virtually. Fresh air and nature. The opportunity to help those in need.
 
Helping others is both one of the good things to come out of this difficult year, as well as the spirit of the holiday season that is now upon us. Reaching out and offering support is one of the best things you can do – both for others, and yourself. Donate to causes you believe in if you’re able. Write a letter to an isolated senior and become a pen pal. Drop a meal off to someone you know who could use the help. There are so many ways to contribute.
 
Here are two of our favourites: 
 
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As we enter the final days of 2020, we at Tall Trees Leadership are so grateful for our wonderful community, and so proud of the work you have done, this year more than ever. We wish you a peaceful holiday season, and a bright and promising 2021.