Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to meet people who have the inherent ability to shine a light on an important topic. After I had chatted with Jo for a few moments, she leaned over and grabbed my hand and said, “Honey – Life is for the living – so enjoy!” The power of that phrase and the way she delivered it left a smile on my face for days.
Jo is a living, breathing example of aging well – full to the brim with spirit and quick to use humour to charm everyone around her. We should all be so lucky as to either be a ‘Jo’ or at least, to know one. At SE Health, an exciting part of our refreshed brand challenges each of us to be more like ‘Jo’.
I hope you enjoy and are moved by some of the stories we’ve included in this year’s impact report. It covers a wide expanse of our history, including our 110 anniversary, our evolving digital offerings and the 20,000 care exchanges we are privileged to conduct each day; we have a lot to celebrate.
In the past fiscal year alone, we’ve impacted the lives of 6.4 million people. Well beyond health care, we’ve been invited into homes and we’ve focused on spreading hope and happiness. This mission is one we have taken into our hearts, and we know that having the orientation of spreading these good feelings, has the effect of reflecting them back to us, other clients and our own families, at an incalculable rate.
In her younger days, Jo trained tirelessly to perfect classic dances, but she was always eager to learn new jumps and twirls. Jo’s unique story reminds me that with flexibility, instruction and keeping the beat with the changing times, you’re always ready to take a new spin around life’s dance floor. This is particularly true when you are lucky enough to have the right dance partners – from staff, to clients, to hospitals, our board, and global health systems – well-chosen partners can help us be better, learn more and keep each other standing up during challenging and transitional times.
A common quote that has gained favour in recent years is to “dance like no one’s watching”. I think we can flip that expression and learn from Jo to “dance like everyone’s watching” – because we should be proud to show the world how beautiful and graceful aging can be, particularly if we are lucky enough to take a lesson (or two) from Jo.