Teamwork is defined as the combined effort of a group of people towards one goal in mind. When you participate in teamwork, the workload for everyone is much lighter.
Margaret Polson Murray may have been just one person but she had a vision to create an organization based on patriotism and charity. Her campaign to gather women together under these ideals resulted in thousands of women working together across Canada for a common goal.
The IODE team is composed of members across Canada in primary, municipal and provincial chapters, all combined together into one National organization. In each chapter there are leaders (the president, officers and convenors) and followers (chapter members who comprise the committees in each department and help fulfill the goals of the chapter). One cannot successfully accomplish those goals without the other. Each team member has a significant impact on the success of a project. Maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming the challenges are essential components of that success.
There are opportunities within IODE for the leaders and followers to gain new experiences by taking on different roles within the organization at other levels. This is a healthy way to generate new interest in a department and can provide a new challenge for all members of a chapter.
Another valuable part of the IODE team is the network of community partners and associates that has been developed over years of the good works accomplished in the towns and cities where IODE has played a part in community life. Take the time to express appreciation to those members of the community who benefit from our presence.
Together, as a team, we can continue our founder’s vision for a unique organization, sharing her goals with those around us.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
E. Anne Mason