Giving thanks

by Rita Nguyen

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving and a good enough time as any to reflect on the past and look towards the future.  Those of you who know me, know I am not much for looking in the rearview mirror but sometimes it’s necessary to do so that you don’t miss out on the lessons.

I’m so incredibly grateful to the new friends, mentors and advisors I have in my life today – you know who you are.  You have all had a big part in pulling me out of the darkness and back to the (sometimes overwhelming) spotlight.

I’m happy to have removed the toxic people from my life. Those who lie, cheat and betray have no place in my professional or personal life and they are *finally* all purged. One of the good things about the darkness is that you can more clearly see who belongs there.

I have a job and a team that keeps me excited and motivated and insanely proud every day.  I wake up and know that we are doing amazing things that are going to make a lasting impact in this country.

And last but not least, my incredible family for whom I can not begin to express my gratitude and love.  I would never have survived the past two years without their unwavering support and unconditional love.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends around the world!