There are very few times in life when you can truly say that someone said “Thank You” for something meaningful that you had done for them. Sure, sometimes the lady at the drive through at your local Timmy’s says “Thank You” when you get your daily fix of java. What she really means is “Thank you for your obvious addiction, and we will feed that addiction again tomorrow!” That isn’t the kind of “Thank You” that I am talking about. Sometimes your significant other will thank you for taking out the garbage or cutting the lawn, but what they really mean is “Thank you for not making me tell you to do that again!”. That isn’t the kind of “Thank You” that I am referring to either. Every once in a while, you will get a “Thank You” card after a wedding, a baptism, a shower or other occasion, which really means “Thanks for the gift”. That is nice, but it is not the kind of “Thank You” that really touches your heart.
Recently, I was honoured by my peers in the Condominium industry, by being awarded the F.C.C.I. designation from the Canadian Condominium Institute. The Fellowship of the Canadian Condominium Industry is awarded to individuals who have attained their A.C.C.I. designation as a Professional Associate, who then go on to make a difference in the world of Condominium through their volunteer efforts. I was extremely honoured to be recognized. I was picked out from among hundreds of people who have spent thousands of hours trying to make Condominiums a better place to live. It is extremely humbling to think about all of the contributions that all of these individuals have made. In fact, it was somewhat awkward for me to receive this award while surrounded by so many of these individuals who have given so much of their time, and their hearts to the betterment of Condominiums both in their own provinces and all other provinces in Canada.
Now, let me explain the kind of “Thank you” that I meant at the beginning of this article. Over the years that I have been involved in CCI, I have gained so much knowledge, and understanding that have helped me keep things in perspective every day. I have won the lottery with all of the friendships that have been freely given to me from those that I have served with. They have driven me to be better, gently corrected me when I was wrong, had the confidence to give me responsibility and authority to try the untried, and gave me their trust and respect long before I had a chance to earn it! They have given me so much, and lifted me up on their shoulders, and then recognized me for my achievements! I can think of no better time, no better reason, than to say “Thank You” to every individual, and to the group as a collective team for their sincere help and friendship. That is the kind of “Thank you” that I mean. I have enjoyed every second of the experience and look forward to having a chance to actually earn the honour that you have given me.
Bill Thompson BA, RCM, ACCI, FCCI