By Debbie Weaver, Alaris Owner and CEO
Gratitude is such a simple term, yet it holds so much meaning—especially during this time of year. Gratitude evokes feelings of thankfulness, positivity, and hope. When I think of all the challenges Alaris has faced during the last nine months, I feel proud.
As a company, we have been proactive, providing safe environments for employees and clients. We managed to innovate and differentiate ourselves from the rest, pivoting with the times to work smarter, offering more virtual solutions, like videoconferencing and legal video services. We have developed streamlined processes to work more efficiently for our clients, and to eliminate unnecessary paperwork. We have adopted an improvement mindset to continuously find ways to better serve our clients.
With all of this in mind, here are just a few things I am thankful for:
Making old traditions new.
Traditionally at this time of the year, my husband and I cook Thanksgiving dinner for our staff. This year we are unable to do that; instead the Alaris family will be receiving gift certificates. We wish we could show our team in person how much we appreciate them, but as with most things, times have changed.
To the Alaris team, I thank you. You have all managed to keep the Alaris culture and vision alive, despite the many changes and challenges. We are a leaner, more efficient company now than we were at the start of 2020, but we are just as strong, hardworking, and talented. Your flexibility has meant more than you know.
Giving back to the community.
Left: Hon. Michael David as Santa and Debbie Weaver.
Right: Adam Weaver and Almedina Besirovic as Santa's helpers.
I am grateful of our continued community involvement and long-term support of charities, something that I am passionate about and goes to the heartbeat of Alaris. We started in April of 2020 with our In This Together Project, whereby we supported the purchase of masks which in turn supported small restaurants and various front-line workers and charities. In December, as we enter our 26th year of supporting this cause, we are continuing our work with Motion for Kids, albeit differently than we normally do, supporting the annual holiday party and Santa Station. We are fortunate enough this November to host our Women in Transition breakfast, supporting women who were recently released from incarceration and providing support to them as they re-enter society. We will also continue our support of the Let’s Start program through holiday meals for the families impacted by parental incarceration.
And, of course, I am grateful for our loyal clients and employees. It is our people who make us who we are; people who have helped us grow and change, proving that we can move forward and succeed in both the best and worst of times. When it comes to you, our clients, our focus remains on you. We strive to make an impact, enable your success, and provide you with high-quality services. Our dedicated employees offer full-time attention and never-ending premier service, understanding that our clients may not work usual hours, especially this year.
As we near the end of the year, I’d like to personally thank each and every one of you for allowing us to serve you and to be a part of your lives as we navigate through these uncertain times. You are Alaris, and I am so grateful for you.