We all have many communities of which we’re a part- family, friends, churches, civic groups, work groups, and more, and these communities are often in a state of flux; we are joining new communities, leaving others, and others are changing beyond our control.

By joining PULSE, I’ve added another community, and I met some of those community members this week at our PULSE training days. All I can say is that I’m so proud to be a member of this group! The other PULSE volunteers I met were, without exception, motivated and motivating, fun, open, supportive, adventurous, insightful and giving. And the PULSE alumni that we met were simply amazing! Linda’s stories of listening, learning to appreciate the local context and the power of a brown bag lunch were so instructive and welcome. The list of accomplishments from these alumni was long and impressive- and, I must admit, a little intimidating!

I can’t forget to about the central PULSE team, too. They have been so helpful and inspiring. I’ve got to hand it to Ahsiya- emailing Andrew initially was a stroke of genius, and what gumption! Becki, Manu and Lucas, you’ve been great and so helpful, and I look forward to staying in touch. Finally, Andrew was a true inspiration! Your experience was key to helping us understand the historical and present context in which we’ll be working, and I feel so much more prepared to hit the ground running (or perhaps, walking and listening, in time to the local pace…)

I’m proud to be a part of this community and I look forward to sharing our adventures as we embark on this adventure and join more and different communities.

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