Today’s workshop was centered upon mental health and how it shows up in the workplace. It began with an officer sharing his life long journey with significant depression and his diagnosis of mania. Then the story of the family. It was very moving, very moving.
The stats, the resources, the profiles are unbelievable. Frightening to know how under resourced this illness is. Adjustment disorder, general anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder were in our discussion.
It is clear to me that we need to talk more about this. We need to understand more.
Leadership is a critical matter when it comes to the life of any organization and so investing in leadership means that you invest the people who are the leaders. That is what these days in Winnipeg are about. Today was spent with the divisional youth leaders and tonight was dinner with the new divisional leaders. Tomorrow I’m with the area commanders for the morning and back with the new divisional leaders for the afternoon.
Listening to those working in leadership reminds me of our days in the divisional work and I remember all too well the sense that the problem-solving is complex and often fraught with emotional baggage.
It is exciting as well to see how committed these leaders are to making a difference in the communities where they live. They understand that influence is in their hands and they have opportunity to impact people’s lives.
We are enjoying being in Winnipeg and being with friends too – that’s always a good part of these gatherings.
Last Saturday I happened to be at THQ and wondered out of the building to get a couple shots from the front. We sit on Overlea Blvd. in a rather appropriate spot as it straddles two very different neighbourhoods – one very wealthy and one quite needy.As I was taking this photo I hear the sirens of fire trucks – four in all in the end – coming across the bridge. The EMS vehicles need to pass our corner often due to the valley that is across the street. So I changed my phone to record video and here it is. Why? For no real reason. But it seemed bloggable!