By Dori Tyau
Director of Human Resources
It has been almost twelve years now that I have been out of the program side of the agency and there are moments when I think back to the first thirteen years of my employment at Hale Kipa, to when I was directly involved with the services we provide to youth and families, that I find I do miss that work. It is sometimes hard to stay connected when you work out of the Business Office and do not get to see, hear and touch the work that is being done by the rest of you on a daily basis. However, having said that, there are still moments of exposure that I am privileged to have, when I get to meet youth who have been in our programs and hear their stories.
I was recently a part of an event that Hale Kipa put on, that involved bringing in a youth to speak to our Board Members and various folks from the community. Not only did it remind and rejuvenate my sense of purpose of why I am here, but as I looked out into the audience, I saw our Board Members, those who give so generously of their time to support Hale Kipa, being moved once again by the work that all of you do. I may not be privileged by being able to work with the youth, but I am honored that I have the opportunity to work with others who, like you, are key to the success of this organization.
Over the last few years, for a variety of reasons, I have had the opportunity to interact and work with many of our Board Members, more than I ever had since being in a Leadership position at Hale Kipa. I have to admit I used to think that the Board Members were like “Gods” and felt somewhat intimidated by them. I’m not really sure why, perhaps because of positions they held at their jobs or because I had never really had previous opportunities to actually get to know them. It certainly wasn’t anything that any one of them did, just my own perceptions about who I was in comparison to them. Well, as I stated, I have been able to interact with many of them over these last several years as I have participated in a couple of the Board Committees and I have found that my feelings of intimidation were so far off the mark! They are regular people, not “Gods.” Each of them, in their own way, has found their way to Hale Kipa and although they may not do what you do on a daily basis, they certainly care deeply about the youth and families that we serve. That is obvious, not only by what they say, but what they do. They give generously of their time and support the agency in a number of ways…and different from the rest of us, they are volunteers. They tirelessly work “behind the scenes” with Punky and Leadership, and as I mentioned, all in an effort to support the agency so that we can continue to provide the valuable services to our youth and families. There is a humbleness about them and they don’t like to be recognized, so this article might be going out on a limb here, but I felt it important enough to take that chance!
I share this with all of you because I want you to know that there is another entity in Hale Kipa that believes in our mission and supports the work that all of you do, every single day. Most of you only have the chance to see them once a year at our Annual Meeting and they may seem like a “mystery” group of people and you’re not quite sure what they do and why they are a part of this agency, so I wanted to take this moment to tell you a little bit about their purpose. This doesn’t really do justice to the magnitude and significance of the work that they do throughout the year, but I hope it at least provides some insight and information to you about a group of people, who like you, shares a passion for the population we serve.