I was fooling around with a statement that defines The Lighthouse today. This is what I came up with and is only a first draft. I borrowed enough from Johnson and Johnson’s Credo that it is getting really close to plagiarism but I needed a starting point. Let me know what you think.
We believe our first responsibility is to our residents, clients and all others who use our services. In meeting their needs everything we do must be of high quality and be focused on the needs of those that need our services. Everyone must be considered as an individual. Respect is the foundation of the everything we do. We respect our clients dignity and respect the merit of their opinions and needs. We value being an inclusive community, one that welcomes anyone on their stage of life and will walk with them through good and tough times. We respect our facilities because it isn’t just a workplace, it is our residents home.
We are responsible to our employees. They must have a sense of security in their jobs. Compensation must be fair and adequate. Our work environment must be clean, orderly and safe. We must be mindful of ways to help our employees fulfil their family responsibilities. Employees must feel free to make suggestions and be heard. There must be equal opportunity for employment, development and advancement for those qualified. We must provide competent management, and our actions must be just and ethical.
We are responsible to Saskatoon. We take seriously the responsibility that we have been given to support those that are struggling, marginalized, and need help in our community. We must be good neighbours, striving to help businesses in the downtown have a pleasant and profitable work environment. We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources.
Our final responsibility is to our donors and funders. They are entrusting us with their resources and have a right to see a return on that investment with helped people and changed lives. We will experiment with new ideas. Study what we have done and learn from our mistakes. From our research, innovative programs will be developed and the results will be shared. Reserves must be created to provide for adverse times.
When we operate according to these principles, we will make our community a better place to live in.