|I was delighted this week to see that 11-year-old Madison McRae of Tillamook will soon receive honors from local officials and DHS for her actions last November. You may remember the story -- Madison scrambled along a tree branch over raging flood waters to run and get help for her mom and foster siblings after their vehicle was swept away in a creek.
This act of heroism is a wonderful note on which to end one year and bring in the next. It shows how we never know when the opportunity will be put before us to perform an extraordinary act in the service of others. And it also reminds me of the ordinary and extraordinary acts that DHS employees perform each and every day, which too often go unnoticed.
Thank you to each and every one of you for all you have done this past year to make people's lives better. Thank you for your many contributions and for the creativity and dedication you bring to your work. Thank you for the commitment you bring to Oregon's communities, our organization, our clients and our mission.
We have accomplished great things this past year and I am confident we will continue to lead and bring about even greater change in the coming year.
Next week I'll go into more detail about what we have accomplished at DHS in 2008 and will take a look forward to what 2009 may bring. For now, though, I simply want to say thanks to each of you for all that you do -- both ordinary and extraordinary -- every single day. And may you have a kind and joyous New Year.