Looking back at close to 5 years on the Good Foot

December 20th, 2016 Blog

When I started at Good Foot in the summer of 2012, I was nervous and excited about the job opportunity before me.  It was my first foray into the not-for-profit world, and I think it’s fair to say that Kirsten Gauthier and the board took a chance on me when they offered me the job.

I quickly learned that this was no ordinary job and I wasn’t the only one being given a chance.  I was working with people with disabilities (and I quickly learned, an abundance of abilities) welcoming the chance to define themselves outside the usual context of disability, and instead as an important part of a team doing meaningful work throughout the city.

I learned so much about perseverance and integrity from the couriers and support staff.  And the proof is in the pudding: we are on pace to complete over 10,000 deliveries this year, and in 2012 we did about 1500.

The staff is of course what drives our social impact, but Good Foot is supported by so many more who contribute its success. I wish to thank the committed customers, family members of staff, a dedicated board of directors (and past directors), corporate sponsors, private foundations and individual donors for everything they do to make Good Foot possible.

It’s easy to be cynical sometimes but it’s better to give people chances to see what they can do.  I’ve found that almost universally, people rise to the occasion when given a chance and define new limits to what they are capable of.  Unlocking this potential benefits us all.

I am so proud of the accomplishments that we made together here at Good Foot, and I will miss the job and people involved tremendously.  I won’t be far; I am spending the year working on a construction project I’ve initiated just a few blocks away.

I have had the opportunity to spend some time getting to know Ryan Hollinrake, who is the new Managing Director, and I have all the confidence that he as Managing Director and Courtney Ayukawa as Operations Coordinator will continue to guide the organization in the right direction.

Thank you and all the best in 2017.


Greg Kasparian

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