At 5 years old, my favourite song was “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch”. Though it certainly didn’t feel like it, that loneliness and sense that I didn’t fit in was a gift that helped shape who I am and how I interact with the world. I zero into the heart of the issues and the hearts of the people dealing with the issues; I can’t do otherwise. The amazing people I’ve worked with in communities, organizations, and teams around the world, have helped me learn that as we journey through life, each of us at some point feels like a lonely little petunia. It’s working from inside those feelings, beginning with values, beliefs and sense of purpose, that we’re able to transform our visions into actions that make this world a better place. I’m never more thrilled or touched than when I’m able to contribute a question, a comment, a hug or a cheer to that transformation. There is an especially warm place in my heart for my husband, four children and four little grandsons. They remind me daily about what really matters.