I am in the process of writing a speech that I’ve been asked to deliver at an upcoming Gala.
In preparation I looked back through previous speeches that I have written and found the following Excerpt from a Groundbreaking Award Ceremony. “We have a lot of reasons to say “thank you” David for all the contributions that you have made over the last 31 years.
The first thought that comes to mind is the extraordinary effort you’ve put into everything you’ve done. You have transformed so many lives through your work, including the time you have dedicated as a volunteer serving on the boards of local, regional and state nonprofits to build stronger communities.
David began his long and dedicated career by playing an instrumental role in bringing children out of the Belchertown State School and finding ways to integrate those children into their community. He worked to get them into group homes, apartments, involved them in public schools, and gave them access to area parks and shopping malls. Although there is more work to be done in this area today, we thank you David, for the ground work you started by being part of this exciting and challenging national movement.
No job is easy all of the time and some people would say your work David as an Executive Director is not easy. But you always have an optimistic outlook on what historically has been done, a vision of what needs to be done, and a strategic plan for what will get done.
David’s famous words around the office are “to be continued”, and David we thank you for all the innovative contributions that you continue to make in our agency and community.”
David has since passed away. He was an inspirational leader who empowered me and all those around him to grow. He was a true change agent that made life better for others.