Researchers are discovering that gratitude can boost confidence, happiness, success, and even our health. This Thanksgiving week, as I near the end of my tenure as President and CEO of Operation Lifesaver, Inc., (OLI) I want to express my deep gratitude for having been a part of this organization.
As the nation’s leading national rail safety education nonprofit, Operation Lifesaver brings together public and private resources to work with volunteers and state programs on a shared goal of fewer deaths and injuries from vehicle-train collisions and rail trespass incidents. In leading OLI for the past three years, I have met so many wonderful, dedicated and passionate people who are truly making a difference in their communities across the country and around the world.
I am grateful to our government funding partners, railroad safety partners, board of directors, national advisory council and state coordinators for their hard work supporting OLI’s mission. I am grateful as well for our volunteers and coaches who take so much time to spread the word about how to be safe near tracks and trains. I am thankful for the staff and consultants at Operation Lifesaver, Inc. who go above and beyond in their dedication to this organization.
I want you all to know how much I have valued our time working together. You are all consummate professionals who reflect the passion to make a difference and help change – and save – lives. As I continue my career in transportation safety, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have served with you.