Monday, 18 March 2013

Stepping Back to Move Forward

Always welcomed with a wide smile and warm greeting no matter the occasion, Westfield is quickly becoming a home away from home.

I first got in contact with the small family of full time staff in the fall regarding whether or not they would be interested in facilitating an Event Management Post Graduate student from Conestoga College as part of the co-operative learning requirements.

I was nervous getting ready for my initial meeting with them, but as soon as I walked in the door and sat down in the quaint library for our meeting, I knew it was an organization that I wanted to learn more about. I immediately felt the warmth and connection from the team and couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty and jump right in to whatever they wanted to give me.  

The small group of individuals working in the office embodies the ultimate family that is able to accomplish greatness as they work together and feed off the strengths of one another.

Since that meeting I have had the ability to take part in the captivating ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas program and begun working in the office throughout the week. Now that Maple Syrup season has kicked off, March will be an exciting month filled with even more learning opportunities. The behind the scenes interaction that I have experienced has been invaluable on so many levels.  

The many volunteers that dedicate their time and energy into the programs and site are so inspiring. Their ability to bring history to life right before the guests’ eyes and evoke that sense of wonder and curiosity is remarkable.  

As a young girl I frequently visited Westfield for the variety of programs they host throughout the year and I always came away with new and fascinating nuggets of knowledge. This continues into my current work at the village, every time I am on site I love hearing the new stories and learning all kinds of information that would otherwise perhaps never have found its way into my brain.

No matter who you are or what you’re looking for, there really is something for everyone and I encourage people to take a journey through time and rediscover a piece of history.

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