Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is one of my favourite times of the year.  A time of personal reflection and appreciation.  A time when the earth’s most vibrant colours come to life.  As I work in a profession and with an organization that I innately believe in, I am very grateful for having the opportunity to fulfill my life’s career path with the most exceptional team a person could have the privilege of working with.  At Adoption Options, we are humbled each and every day by those who grace our doors.  With this, I asked each of our team members to share what they value and are grateful for in their work with Adoption Options.  Here is what they shared...

I am thankful for the opportunity to work with a team of incredibly passionate women who tirelessly support clients and each other. It is a privilege to learn every day doing work I love with people I admire. I’m grateful for the challenges and the learnings that have strengthened and deepened my understanding of adoption. And I’m thankful for chocolate!  Happy Thanksgiving to all. Jean

I am grateful for the opportunity to work with prospective international adoptive parents; and am always touched by their commitment and desire to show their vulnerabilities in proceeding in creating their family or perhaps larger family through international adoption.  The children whom join their families through international adoption are inspiring and I feel privileged
to be a part of their journey; it is enriching observing these children as they transition and adapt to their new family, home, and community.  With every placement I learn more about children's resilience, pain, joy, fear, grief, happiness, and pride in the opportunity of a new beginning. These children are truly gifts to their new families and Canada.
 Liz

I am thankful for the privilege entrusted to us in creating families, both domestically & internationally. Barb

I am grateful for all the wonderful people that I am privileged to work with, for all who were part of AO in the past and that after all these years I still feel that I "get" to go to work as opposed to "have" to go to work... Diane

I meet the most amazing people through my work, whether it be co-workers, adoptive couples, or birthparents.  I learn so much about life through the people I have the opportunity to interact with daily, and I am very grateful for that.  There are many generous, resilient, resourceful, compassionate people who are part of the adoption community.  
Happy Thanksgiving!
  Chantelle

I am grateful for the teachings and learning’s that my clients have brought to my life - I am often struck by the tremendous strength of spirit, capacity for love, and resiliency that I am privileged to observe nearly every day in my work.   Watching the creation of family through the open adoption journey is beautiful, and each time I witness those moments, I am struck by a feeling of gratitude for the gift of being a part of it.  I am also thankful for our Adoption Options team.  Each woman here brings a special passion and commitment to this work that I believe is unique to the field.  I love being surrounded by that energy. Erika

I am thankful that I have a job that I love, where I am excited to come to work each and every day and that I am blessed to be surrounded by the most caring and compassionate team members who work at Adoption Options. Darlene

When thinking about what I am grateful for in my work at the agency, I truly appreciate seeing the relationships between adoptive families and birth families come alive. It is a neat experience to see that relationship extend past the agency and for families to remain connected not only for the child, but also for each other. Nathalie

I am thankful to Adoption Options, for allowing me to work in a field I enjoy and to interact with people daily.  I am thankful for the country we live in.  This is often something taken for granted, but I am grateful we have the opportunity to have freedom of speech, religion, and the freedom to choose our own path. I am thankful for the opportunity to learn every day.  Valeria

I cannot add much to what has already been shared.  I am always thankful for seeing children being placed in forever homes with safe, stable, loving and deeply committed families.  To see families come together and the circle of open adoption come to life.  To witness resiliency, unconditional love and a capacity to handle exceptional life challenges with grace and dignity is a great honour that I treasure. 

Thank you to an extraordinary team and those we have the honour of serving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheryl Proulx
Executive Director, Adoption Options