Working at Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada has its share of happy, positive times but there are tough emotional moments too. It’s not unheard of to find someone tearing up at their desk (usually me) and there are days when it seems that an investment in stock of Kleenex would be a sound financial plan. All staff receive obituary notices, so that even those who are not speaking to brain tumour patients and their families on a daily basis are aware of goings on in the brain tumour community.
But I have to say, this is not an unhappy place to work. I am surrounded by amazing people who are 100% motivated to see a change in the future of this disease. And, in December, our team’s certainly motivated to celebrate Christmas! I can honestly say that I have never worked anywhere that takes the holidays quite as seriously as this group! There’s even a holiday committee to plan the festivities!
This year’s activities include ‘Wrap it Wednesday’ when the boardroom is allocated space over lunchtime for gift wrapping; Christmas BINGO; Amazing Christmas Race; staff volunteering at the local mall wrapping presents (funds designated to support local schools) and, being a philanthropic bunch, we recognize our chance to also give back. This year’s chosen charity was WAYS; our staff collected funds for a WAYS Christmas dinner, and essentials for those in residential care, like blankets, toothbrushes and laundry detergent.
My personal favourite activity has been the decorating of our office spaces. The winner has yet to be determined (we are awaiting judging) but the spaces so far have included the Brain Train, another office with an actual working train!, a fireplace (where the laptop provides crackling flames, complete with sound), a Christmas Tree with presents underneath for our staff, a Christmas tree on a door with candies as baubles, a gingerbread office with gingerbread men hanging from the ceiling, and more. Which is your favourite? Leave a comment below and let us know! ‘Til then, enjoy the festivities!