CEO Weekly Newsletter - December 6, 2021

AVENS Operation Looking Glass Town Hall 

 On Thursday December 3rd, 2021, many staff, some Board Members and the entire Management Team came together in a form of a town hall to take a moment to reflect on our past year and naval gaze into our future. 

 This annual event is just one of the many communication tools our administration uses to share important information about our operation and to get important feedback from our most valuable resource … our people! 

We were very pleased to see so many of our dedicated volunteer board members, especially our AVENS Board Chair, Mr. Matt Spence, who even shared a few thankful remarks. 

 Some of the opening slides of the power point used for this town hall. You can find the entire power point in each of our facilities’ lunchrooms and on our CTV AVENS channel 

As each Director reviewed their department one by one, it is remarkable to think what amazing things we achieved together in 2021 and especially under the blanket of an ongoing pandemic. 

Many of our successes in 2021 are attributed to our solid governance foundation in our strategic pillars. You have seen these posters located throughout the campus, which showcase what our strategic plan will be for the next 3-4 years. 

It is these strategies that help navigate this ship, we call AVENS. 

And like any big ship, you always need to verify your course heading and sometimes you need to do some course adjustments to reach your destination. 

Operation Looking Glass is just another tool that gets us to our destination 

AVENS Director of Care, Frances Bower speaking about Care for Operation Looking Glass 

For those of you who were not able to join us, the entire slide deck will be available in each of our staff lunch rooms, the slide deck will be playing on our CTV AVENS channel and the Zoom recording link will be emailed to you personally. 

We want to hear from you, so if you have any questions or follow up from Operation Looking Glass, let us know. 

AVENS Holiday Spirit Is Alive

This is by far my favourite time of year. The magic of the holidays always takes on different meanings each year and this one is no different. 

My congratulations goes out to the Wellness and Recreation Department, the Administration Department and the Management Team for going the extra mile in making the holiday season at AVENS extraordinary. 

Let ‘s take a moment to look at some of the excitement around campus: 

Our “Tree of Giving” program proudly welcomes all to AVENS. “Wishes” from our seniors have gone out to our community and the tree will be coming alive soon with heartfelt gifts 

Time to get your holiday attire out from the back of your closet and look for those family cookie recipes from your grandmother 

December 3rd, 2021 some AVENS folks with their ugly (some not so ugly, in my opinion) sweaters 

Finally, back after a last years Covid hiatus. I have it on good authority Santa will be stopping in! 

Holiday Gala 2021

Something magical happened this year in celebration of the holiday season. Under the leadership of the AVENS Social Committee, our AVENS family of Board Members, Management, Employee’s and all our spouses were invited to attend a Holiday Gala on Saturday December 4th, 2021. 

(L to R) AVENS Board members, Ron Allen, Debbie DeLancey, Bronwyn Watters and President/CEO Daryl Dolynny 

Last week, I showcased the generosity of a number of Secret Santa’s that paved the way for 14 lucky employees to attend. 

This week I just wanted to capture some of the fun and excitement had by all. 

Again, thank you to the hard-working AVENS Social Committee for truly coordinating a wonderful event. 

Did I Just See Santa?

Santa and Mrs.Claus just happened to be flying home after their mandatory travel Covid test, when they did a quick pit stop at the Baker Centre on Sunday December 5th, 2021. 

To their surprise some 40 seniors from the YK Seniors Society were there in celebration of the holiday’s. 

A few smiles and selfies with the “youngsters” took place, before Santa and Mrs. Claus had to quickly remove their double parked sleigh before it was ticketed by that mean Mr. “CEO” Grinch. 

Santa with some of Yellowknife’s Beavers and Cubs, alongside Executive Director of the YKSS, Kim Doyle