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In honor of Activities Professionals week, Special Tree spotlights our Activities Team.

Activities Professionals Make a Difference
By: Jessica Bahny
Activities Assistant NCC

One of the questions that almost always comes up in a conversation is “what do you do for a living?”.  When people ask me this question, they’re usually puzzled by my answer.  They want to know what an Activity Assistant is.  When I explain my job, they usually say something like, “Oh, how nice to play games for a living”, or “It must be nice to have a job you actually like”.  Well, yes on both counts.  Although I do have to say that we do a lot more than play games!  I am, however, very aware that I am fortunate to have a job that I truly love.  I love my job for so many reasons.  The biggest reason that I love what I do are the clients themselves.  It is a great feeling to know that you are brightening someone’s day.  For everything that I give here at NCC, I get back tenfold from the smiles on the clients’ faces, and the laughter we share every day.  So many times it’s the simple things in my job that make me the happiest.  Going out to a movie with a client, and watching them laugh.  I can’t help but laugh myself.  Even just having a cup of coffee with them every morning.  People also ask me if its difficult working holidays.  I say no, not at all.  It’s a privilege.  Coming in on Thanksgiving morning, I saw a handful of clients in the dining room waiting for me.  I had the revelation that I was what they were looking forward to that day.  A huge responsibility, sure, but also an overwhelming feeling of joy that I was spreading some cheer to them.  I’m also lucky to work with such great people.  My supervisor Amy, and my co-worker Kari, are so dedicated to their jobs and to the clients.  I hope they know how they not only inspire the clients, but they inspire me too.  Its truly a rewarding job.  I come home from work every evening knowing that, even if it was only in a small way, I really did make a difference to someone that day.  I hope all Activity Professionals, wherever they are, feel the same way.