I want to thank all the people that have been in my working career.  It has be a long and rewarding journey.   I have been in the work force for 45 years and all of my work experiences have given me so many diverse and enlightening way to be in the world.

I have had the opportunity to work with the elderly, people with disabilities, women of diverse backgrounds, children and youth, people living with AIDS, sexually exploited women, indigenous people, refugees and people who have been abused.  This opportunity gave me the gift of respecting and valuing diversity.

Of the 45 years, the past 20 years, I have been given the privilege to work at Wolseley Family Place.

Wolseley Family Place, as the sisters from Misericordia would say, it was my calling.

Wolseley Family Place fulfilled my career and life ambitions more than I could imagine.  I got the opportunity to be a visionary and apply the values that I think of the utmost importance to any human being.   I could work with passion and compassion.  I was a rebel with a cause.

Nothing succeeds like success, and Wolseley Family Place has been a wonderful success story. I’m privileged to have been part of that success, along with the people in this room, and other people no longer with us or not here today.

I was given the opportunity to use many of my talents, abilities and skills. I was always interested in learning, personal development and social justice. I was able to learn, develop and apply social justice every day that I worked at WFP.

Another reason why I’m grateful for my career at WFP is that I got to work with the Sisters of Misericordia. Their values of working with the women where they were at was so aligned with mine.  I never had to do anything that even remotely compromised my values.  I hope that I have supported and strengthened the Sisters values.

Another important part of my time at WFP is the people that I have worked with over the years.   The participants, the boards, steering and advisory committees, other community organizations, government colleagues, and all the people that I have met over the years.

I could have never been able to do it without all of these people that have been there though my career.

I also want to acknowledge all the wonderful colleagues I’ve worked with over the years, who gave me great personal and career support. We had lots of fun and some heavy and light conversations and most of all you listened patiently to my stories!

What we did, we did together, it was your energy, enthusiasm, and the will to find new and better solutions.   WFP would not be what it is today without you.  I wish you well, I enjoyed working with you and I am proud of what we have done.  I know that you’ll continue to do what is best for WFP and I will check in from time to time to see what is new.

I am not retiring it is just a new adventure with a focus on learning to relax with a focus on family, travel and whatever the day brings.

Thank you for sharing this celebration with me and thank you for the support and friendship over the many years.

I believe that WFP will continue to grow and prosper and I trust that each one of you will be happy and fulfilled here. Keep up the good work; you’ve been a wonderful group of people to work with.

Thanks for everything, I shall miss you. Sharon Taylor

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