Giving Thanks


The days are winding down until I start my six-month PULSE assignment at Bethell Hospice. Before I start my assignment I wanted to take the time to share my gratitude with the folks that have made this adventure possible.

First, my thanks to my Directors, Adela and Cynthia; without your support this would not have been possible. Thanks for allowing me this opportunity even though I will be absent for the upcoming audit – not good to be out of Ethics & Compliance during an audit – but both of these leaders put my development opportunities first. You ladies are rock stars. Second, to my team – Patricia and Derek – words cannot express the gratitude I feel to you for supporting my role for the next six months; I know this places a heavy burden on you and I appreciate your willingness to pick up the load while I am gone. I promise to work really hard when I get back to try to make this up to you. You both are my rocks in E&C. Marie-Claude, welcome to the team and thank you for taking on some of my obligations; I know you will be a great help to the team.

To the PULSE team, thank you for choosing me and matching me with such as great organization. Your kindness and willingness to support the PULSE volunteers does not go unnoticed.

To my co-workers – I don’t even know what to say. Words cannot express the feelings that you brought out in me over the last few weeks. So many of you stopped me in the hall to wish me well, to ask about my assignment, to give me hugs, to tell me that I’ll be missed and offer up any resources that you have that could benefit the hospice I will be working at. A few times I was close to tears with the kindness that was shown to me. To me this is the most important part of what makes GSK a great place to work; outstanding people that want only the best for others. Thank you for your amazing support and to those who have offered up help to me, stay tuned for the email or phone call.

To my friends, you listened to me as I debated this opportunity, provided your feedback and constantly asked me for updates on the status. You celebrated my good news when it was decided I was joining this program and have encouraged me every step of the way. I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

Lastly, but definitely, not the least, a huge hug and thank you to my family for your support and words of encouragement as I went through this process and as my journey begins. Examples of their support came from my Mom sharing her kind words of support, my sister telling me that I will shine in my role and that the hospice is lucky to have me, my husband’s excitement of me doing something new and worthwhile – he is a man of few words but I hear the pride in his voice as he shares my story with others – to my son telling me how proud of me he is for doing this; not often that a son tells his Mom that and it means a lot to me – I love you all and thank you for being my family; I am so lucky to have you all in my life.

Some of the PULSE volunteers say that this is like starting a new school year – checking that you have your supplies ready, your new clothes ready to wear, etc., but I liken it to the week before a wedding. I have lists of things to do; have I finished everything at work I committed to, have I done everything to prepare me for my move to the hospice, have I told all the right people that I will not be available for work for six months, etc.

With time running down I think I have done everything possible to leave my job in good shape and prepare for this new adventure. Stay tuned for future blogs as I become immersed in life at Bethell Hospice, where I hope to make a difference in people’s lives.


  1. Debbie,

    I am inspired by the journey you are about to embark on. You will be the rock star for Bethell over the coming 6 months and beyond.

    Wishing you an experience of a lifetime.


    1. Thanks Adela. You played a big role in me being able to do this. Looking forward to sharing my experience when we meet up again in 2014. Hope all is well with the boys.

  2. Thanks Deb for including me in the distribution of our blog, I think what your doing is amazing. I will look forward to reading about it.

  3. Hi Debbie,
    Best wishes on your journey and thank you for representing GSK! I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures and the work that you are doing.

  4. I wish you all the best Debbie and so looking forward to hearing all about your experiences.

    Best of Luck

  5. So excited for you Deb – and what a touching first post! I can’t wait to read the next one. Until our next coffee…..

  6. You have been so excited about this opportunity right from when it was only an idea you bounced around. YOU made it happen!

    You are a great example for others!
    Enjoy your adventure.


  7. Hello Debbie,
    I look forward to reading all about your journey! …also looking forward to reconnecting next year!
    Thank you for including me. Wishing you all the best!

  8. Wonderful first entry! Looking forward to hearing and reading about your experiences. I know you will do a great job while there and that you will come back with lots of new and innovative ideas for us.

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