Director’s Notes: Engagement… How Can We Get It All Done? Jill Ryan, Executive Director

Director’s Notes: Engagement… How Can We Get It All Done? Jill Ryan, Executive Director

Jill Ryan, Executive Director

This issue speaks clearly to me about the high level of community engagement we have in the Great Lakes region that is focused on ensuring clean water and healthy places to live. Your clear and constant engagement on issues important to your community and our Great Lakes community as a whole are truly what keep me inspired for my work.

My guess is that you have probably had a conversation similar to one I had just a few nights ago. While waiting for someone to unlock the door at my church so I could go in to volunteer and make calls to raise money, a friend said “wow, I can’t believe I volunteered to do this, I am also running an election campaign for my seat as city councilor, I have a 15 year old whose events I need to attend, and my plate was already overflowing.” My response was, “I too feel overwhelmed sometimes, but at the end of the day I would rather show my son that we can achieve a great deal of good things if we are willing to jump in when needed rather than sitting back and waiting for someone else to take care of things.” Ron responded, “you know, my daughter is really proud of me for my work.”

I don’t know what motivates you, or why you jump in and get involved in making the world a better place, but I give you my heartfelt thanks for all you do. While just one of us can’t save the world, I know that together we surely will.

 

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