298/365 – people to thank who have had an impact on me. New workplaces are tough. No matter how competent one is, there is still that feeling of stepping into unfamiliar surroundings and being judged because you are the new person. I worked at my old school for a good 16 years getting very comfortable and having my own “place” and not realizing I needed a change until I actually did it. I ended up at UBC for three years and then have been in my current teaching role at McNair Secondary for four years. Being at this new school has had its challenges and rewards as you would have realized from some of these gratitude posts. If not for a select few people that I met and bonded with, I would have found a different work environment. Yes, I absolutely love working with the students at the school – diversity personified but what puts any job over the top for me are the co-workers. My first year, I was trying to find my place with the staff and that is when I met Dave; however, we have become better friends and colleagues as the years have progressed. What drew me to Dave were two things: first off, he is one of the absolute nicest guys I have ever met. He sees/can find the good in everyone and has on several occasions got me to rethink my perceptions as I just have evil tinted glasses 😉 But seriously, he has a perspective that has really had influence on me especially coming into a new environment. The second reason and oh so more importantly, Dave has immaculate fashion sense!! I have never been second to any man when it comes to fashion; however, here I am at McNair and I’m runner up – yup, I feel your pain Miss Colombia! He’s one of the first guys that I have asked about shoes! LOL Yes people it’s 2016 and we metrosexuals (that’s so 1994!! 😉 ) can talk about clothing and I can admit it when a guy has impeccable style and Dave so does. On a serious note though, we have talked educational philosophies and I’ve been enlightened by him on a number of occasions and I am very glad to call him my friend and so glad that I work with him. Thank you Dave for bringing me into the fold, checking in on me, stopping by in my class to share teacher stories and for just being an all around awesome guy! We should all be so lucky to have co-workers like you!