Fostering a Culture of Courtesy at Trinity Woods!

By Bonnie Polak, VP of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

In an increasingly fast-paced and interconnected world, where differences abound and personal space is often compromised, a culture of courtesy is more essential than ever. Courtesy, defined as polite behavior and respectful manners, is the glue that holds a community together. It promotes positive interactions, fosters understanding, and ensures a harmonious coexistence among people from diverse backgrounds. This article delves into the significance of cultivating a culture of courtesy and its impact on society.

In October Trinity Woods Board members, employees and residents gathered together with facilitator Kay Collier McLaughlin to refresh and affirm the Trinity Woods Culture of Courtesy we all agree to work and live by. The day was full of open discussions on how best to be a good neighbor and support a healthy community. Participants walked away with a better understanding of how to disagree with someone respectfully by engaging in a discussion instead of a debate and listening to others point of view.
“The most important legacy that I will leave behind at Trinity Woods is a strong organizational culture,” said Steve Dickie, CEO. “We understand that everyone has different backgrounds and experiences, and it is important to respect that. I want to personally thank everyone who committed the time to complete this important work.”

An important take away along with the eight behaviors of a healthy culture was the addition of Galatians 5:22-23: “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Encouraging each other to reflect these attitudes and attributes was a consensus for everyone. These changes were reaffirmed by the Member Council and Board of Directors.

The Culture of Courtesy is not a mere nicety but a fundamental building block of a thriving community. It is the foundation upon which respect, empathy, trust, and social harmony are constructed. We know this is a collective responsibility to foster these values and ensure that they remain a driving force in our interactions with each other. In a world that is constantly evolving, the culture of courtesy is a timeless and invaluable treasure that we must cherish and preserve.

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