December 27, 2013 was the first time I had ever driven into the town of Celebration. The minute I laid eyes on this community I fell in love. When I was offered the position in May of 2014 I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. Of course I said yes, accepted the position and moved my family to Celebration at the end of June 2014.
During my 6 years working here I have run the gambit of emotions. I have been challenged, I have been frustrated, I have been completely in love with the community, I coached your children in Little League baseball and you all helped me raise my children. I can truly say that every experience in Celebration has helped shaped the person that I am today. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to live in and run your community.
I am a Di-rec-tor. My job over the last 6 years has been to Direct and be a Servant Leader. No leader can direct or lead and achieve success on their own. It takes a team of dedicated professionals to make this happen. I have had the honor and pleasure to work with some of the industries finest to achieve great results for this community. I could not have done it without these amazing people.
As I leave Celebration I want to challenge all of you. I challenge you to remember the name of this great community that you live, work and play.
Celebration is the action of marking one’s pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social, activity. It means to commemorate, observe, honor and keep. This is a special place and will require you as residents to act in a manner that is deserving of a special place. Continue to work together, listen to each other’s opinions, collaborate, be innovative, be kind, respect each other and most importantly CELEBRATE each and every day that the good lord gives you to live, work and play in this community.
Over the next month I will be transitioning Neil Bresnahan into the Executive Director role. I will still be very active with Celebration in my new role as Vice President for CCMC and will always be a big supporter of this great community. With that I bid you all not a farewell but a see you real soon!
By Steve Waring
This article also appears in the July edition of the Celebration News