Our next entry really takes me by surprise.
I only came upon Ricardo’s blog post a week or so ago; months after which it had been written!
This is all for the best, as I am in a better place than I was at the time, and so am better able to field his carelessness.
In doing so, I asked friends I am currently working with to write their reflections on Ricardo’s blog post, based on their experiences.
The following contributor is a recently found friend, the relationship being less than three months old.
Mind you, we were introduced through one of my dearest friendships, which has been held for near three decades by this point.
There is little for me to hide; or from another perspective, I’ve also felt more enabled to be my individual self, and actualize the aspirations in my heart as processed by my head.
Though I digress, save to say, some names have been changed to protect identities.
I was initially impressed with Canin’s communication skills and professional demeanor when he and I connected through Aardvark Charlie to work on a project which helps children that have a parent gone, due to incarceration. He exceeded my expectations with passion, empathy, tenacity, and pride.
Canin’s commitment to his work stands out from the service our employees give to the guests. As a leader, he has empowered others effectively and efficiently to satisfy his communities needs.
Of particular value to me is his communication skills and ability to get others on the same page with ease. He has developed communication boards and team huddles to effectively distribute information.
Along with his undeniable talent in music, coding, activism, and teaching, Canin has always been an absolute joy to work with on projects. He is a real team player and still manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out of people.
Without a doubt, I confidently stand by Canin as he is dedicated and an all-around great person, I know that he will be a beneficial addition to any organization as he stands for the people. To hear someone speak ill of him is hurtful and not right. As an African-America woman, I understand the importance of diversity and culture. It’s important to stand together and work to make our communities stronger. Canin is deeply analytical, frames vital and important arguments which help elevate him to speak on issues that concern the minority. He is a valuable contributor to push issues other people may be reluctant to discuss, but he does so in a way that is non-threatening and inviting. Canin is exceptionally talented at bringing people together and seeing the world through the eyes of others. He is an influential leader now and will continue to be in the future.