Backfit’s General Manager, Michelle Lyons, will be saying goodbye. Here are some reflections from Michelle as she begins a new chapter…
Almost six years ago I saw the opportunity to live out one of my dreams. I walked through the doors of Backfit and, as many people experience, I just knew there was something profound about this place. I also knew I had to be part of it. My dream was about creating an environment where people had the opportunity to embrace their health and unleash their potential. I felt the world needed a space that brought together the many facets that create healing and wellness. In my mind, I had named this place – “Collaborative Health” and that is exactly what I found at Backfit.
I have had the opportunity to be part of this team for nearly six years and now life has called me in a new direction. I will be returning to my home town of Calgary in May. I am excited to be closer to my family and friends, albeit nervous about the weather! As I prepare to move on to my next chapter, I find myself in a reflective state. I tried to think of how I could sum up my experience at Backfit. A few words pop through my mind in vibrant colours:
Life changing – Rewarding – Impactful
This is interesting to me because I have also heard our community of patients and team members use these words to describe their Backfit experience. I absolutely love the collaboration and passion that weaves through our education, coaching and treatments every day. This has been a-m-a-z-i-n-g – not just for me, but for so many of our community members!
In 2008 when I found myself agreeing to work behind a desk again, I have to be honest – I was afraid! In fact, it was something I swore I’d never do again. I am happy to say there has not been a day that I have regretted sitting in this chair behind the scenes. Being part of Backfit achieving its mission – having a small part in our patient’s stories, their healing and their commitment to health has been very meaningful for me.
It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I move forward. I often tell people that my time at Backfit has grown me into a better Michelle. The team here has encouraged me to push my limits, step outside of my box, and have a greater purpose in this world. It is with much gratitude that I say farewell and wish you all a long and fulfilling health journey!