October 21, 2015

What do you give thanks for?

Thanksgiving cheer distributed for men in service.  New York City turned host to the boys in service today and cared for every man in uniform.  Ca.  1918. Underwood & Underwood. (War Dept.) Exact Date Shot Unknown NARA FILE #:  165-WW-427A-7 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #:  649


With over 12 different nationalities in the TOH office, we’re constantly celebrating some sort of cultural event, and recently we honoured my favourite national holiday of all…

As the resident Canadian in the office, I was the only person recently celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. But one of my favorite parts of working in such a multi-cultural environment is learning all about my colleagues’ family traditions and celebrations, and Canadian Thanksgiving a chance to share mine with them.

I took a ten minute walk around the office to talk to people about what they’re thankful for, while also taking a moment to thank them for their positive influence on my life. Without getting too soppy, team TOH really are an anomaly in the working world. I have never in my life come across a group of people who get along so well and are so supportive of one another.

Canada has been celebrating Thanksgiving on since 1578, and in 1957 Canada’s Parliament declared its official celebration on this second Monday of October, where Canadians gather to give thanks for a good harvest and other good fortunes over the past year. I have been fortunate enough to have spent the past year here in this beautiful country with amazing people, full of positive experiences and lasting memories.

I am thankful for my loving family, my hilarious friends all around the world, and the fact that Bethesda are finally releasing another Fallout for PS4. I’m thankful for pumpkin pie, my colleagues that always know how to put a smile on my face and the Blue Jays making the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. I am extremely privileged and fortunate, and Thanksgiving Day is a great reason to tell the people who mean so much to you that you’re grateful for all that they do.

A small disclaimer before moving onto the sentiments of colleagues, I did in no way bribe, coerce or strong-arm any of my team mates into mentioning me as someone or something to be thankful for. You can’t blame them for listing my name out of their own accord though, can you? #QueenB

Sophie Toh: Amongst a lot of other things, team, family, my husband etc., I’m thankful for my health, which I totally take for granted, but which allows me to live such a fast-paced and richly inspiring life here in Dubai…

Sophie Cooke: I am thankful for my beautiful friends and family, pure and simple!

Louise: I am thankful for my beautiful little boys!

Beth: 1) Bianca, 2) Ines and 3) My soon to be hubby!

Annie: Bianca and Drake.

Razan: I am thankful for being surrounded by such wonderful, hardworking, inspiring, supportive, funny, lighthearted people at my job… #blessed

Laura: My friends and family.

Tamara: Family, love and food. And puppies.

Sivale: I am thankful for my good health, the money (even if it is AED 20) in my bank account, my good friends and my car (Betsy)… and chocolate, definitely chocolate!

Ahmad: I am grateful for my new job and wonderful colleagues.

Omar: I am grateful for fruit, vegetables and cartoons!

Ines: My husband, my family, and Bianca, obviously…

Charlie: Canadian bacon, maple syrup and the Canadian Ryan Reynolds.

Vanessa: I am thankful for the support of my mum and dad, what a lucky girl I am!

Houri: I am thankful for everything – it’s impossible to choose just one!

Brooke: For being among the lucky ones who were given the chance to experience this beautiful life!

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