Stacey’s first impressions of YACC

June 30, 2011


Stacey’s first impressions of St. John’s, NL

Call it cliché, but I had a solid feeling about working for Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) from the very beginning. In fact, after the initial interviews with Geoff and Karine I felt elated at the thought of being a part of something bigger. I am always careful to validate that gut feeling and this one was sending me nothing but positive signals.

Once I was hired, immediate warmth and kindness was extended to me, something I so appreciated. The next step was heading to St. John’s for the planning seminars and orientation. I had never visited the elusive east coast of Canada, so Newfoundland was a remarkable venture for me–a huge bonus, and something I seriously relished!

After meeting all eight employees on “the Rock,” I realized this is the type of team I wanted to play on. Nowhere could you find more intelligent, hilarious, and genuine people. I was happy to find a great group of humans and incredible province to see, even if you have to squint through the fog sometimes! I was even lucky enough to be screeched in; the beer-stained document is posted on my fridge with great honour.

YACC’s cause is something that is truly moving, especially now that I understand the fundamentals of the dynamic programs we provide. I am stoked to explore the many facets of YACC and see the impact we have on survivors as we grow in Alberta. After sampling all the fantastic footage and photos from past retreats I know Retreat Yourself West 2011 will be blockbuster; I can’t wait to partake in these unique events.

Transitions are both exciting and daunting. Fortunately for me, I couldn’t have asked for a more inspiring organization or a more proficient group to work with. I can’t wait to embark on this new mission, and I’m looking so forward to picking up where Mikey and Bonnie left off (with big shoes to fill!) in Calgary.

Cheers to my first official day at YACC!



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