I don’t usually send emails on weekends, but it’s Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada, and as I was pondering on the things I am grateful for, I felt the urge to send a thank-you note to my clients and supporters. (This was sent to each client this past Saturday, and reproduced here on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day).
You might be a client, a supporter, or someone who has been a source of referrals for my business, (yes, more than 70% of my business come from referrals). Regardless of which category fits you, on this Thanksgiving Weekend, I want you to know I am immensely grateful to you.
When you chose The Wright Career Solution for your career needs – whether it was for resumes, interview and job search coaching, or longer-term career coaching – you wouldn’t have known the rippling effects your investment would be having on people around the world.
For a long time I have supported various charitable causes, locally and internationally, but it didn’t occur to me that I was not doing it by myself. You have been a part of my team and have indirectly made a contribution to the organizations listed below. Some are recognizable brands; others are not well known. You might not know it, but I am a sucker for the ones less known.
Do me a small favour, and click on all the links included. It will give you a sense of some of the challenges some people face, what these organizations are trying to achieve, and have you look back in gratitude for your own circumstances:
Two-Day Cycling Event to Conquer Cancer: Benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five (5) cancer research hospitals in the world.
Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer: Also benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital.
United Achievers Club of Brampton: This organization has been around for more than 30 years in my city, and has been supporting students from the Black and Caribbean communities as they pursue university and college education. Recently, their work received honorary mention in the Ontario Provincial Parliament by MPP Harinder Mahli. Here’s the Youtube video: United Achievers’ Recognition.
Amanda Edwards: Her hope to become a doctor was dashed after an accident in the United States that left her paralyzed. Her story was highlighted in the Brampton Guardian.
Mahima Foundation: My friend’s niece, Monique Gourzong, passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Before she passed, she asked relatives and friends to arrange an annual concert to raise funds for Jamaica’s Hope Institute, the only Cancer Care Hospital in the Caribbean.
Camp Jumoke: This organization provides opportunities for children living with Sickle Cell Disease to attend camp for two weeks each summer.
Help Princess Lila: Through Twitter, I was introduced to this little girl. I don’t know her or her family, but her story tugged at my heart.
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada: One of my colleagues participated in the annual Exile Island Ottawa 2015 event for one day in an effort to grant special wishes to children with a life threatening disease or illness.
The Walnut Foundation: A local men’s health group whose initial focus was on Prostate Cancer, but has expanded to provide a safe environment in which men can seek out healthcare information and support. This one is near and dear to my heart, particularly because of my brother.
Kiva: Since September 2010, I have been a part of this organization supporting women in developing countries to become self-sufficient. This is one of the easiest charities to support as it requires a minimum of $25 to start. Once the loan is paid off, one has the option to re-invest it in someone else. I am on my sixth project. Twenty-five dollars can certainly go a long way.
So, that’s why I am thankful to you ______. You have indirectly allowed me to pay it forward and support these organizations and causes. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, whether or not you are in Canada, and rest well knowing that I appreciate you very much!
To your success,
There you go! My client appreciation letter sent on Thanksgiving!