Harry HobsonIt is hard to believe that the Holiday Season is just around the corner.  Thanksgiving is the official day that ushers in this festive time of the year. Thanksgiving also causes us to pause long enough to express appreciation to those who have given of themselves in so many ways, including philanthropically, by making a positive difference in the lives of others. This month I would like to highlight a special act of philanthropy.

Former president of the Residents Association and present member of the Philanthropic Advisory Committee, Jack Denison, recently visited with me to share his desire to sponsor one or more staff members in a career advancement opportunity. The spirit of this gift is to grant someone an opportunity to learn more about his or her profession in a forum off the Plymouth Harbor campus. The immediate goal is to bring new ideas back to Plymouth Harbor. The longer term goal is to produce a “win-win” scenario for both the staff member who grows professionally, coupled with enhanced resident care practices that will ultimately benefit the residents of Plymouth Harbor. I am pleased to announce that because of this gift, Liz Clark, LPN in the Smith Care Center who has been with Plymouth Harbor for 24 years, will be attending the LeadingAge Florida Leadership Academy this fall/winter. The Academy is a collaboration between our state long-term care trade association, LeadingAge Florida, and the University of Florida. It is designed to provide a challenging and engaging three-month learning experience to help aging services professionals at any level in their organization accelerate their leadership development so they are better equipped to serve our field. In essence, the mission of the Leadership Academy is to develop the next generation of leaders who will transform the aging services field and fulfill the leadership needs of our members. As a member of the Advisory Board of the Leadership Academy, I am also pleased to share with you that Brandi Burgess, Smith Care Center admissions coordinator, and Rob Kelly, director of accounting, are both graduates of the Academy. This “Spirit of Philanthropy” by Jack Denison is an illustration of the synergy that exists so often between residents and staff to produce this thing we often refer to at Plymouth Harbor as “The Sense of Community.”