Mentoring Corner: Message from the Chair

By Michael Finnamore

I hope everyone is well.  So much has happened since my last up date, both within the group as well as across the US.  I wanted to first send out my thoughts and prayers to anyone impacted by the hurricanes or the horrific events that took place in Las Vegas, New York and most recently Texas.  As AIHA just recently posted the need for health and safety professionals, in particular industrial hygienist, will be paramount in the coming months as the waters recede and people begin to try and rebuild.  I think this is a time for the industrial hygiene community to come together to support the rebuilding of so many lives.  If anyone needs assistance or is interested in getting involved please contact myself or the AIHA.

I also want to encourage those of you that have been mentors to step forward as mentees.  What the tragedies have shown us is that we all need each other and at times we all need help.  Mentoring is a great way to give back to a profession that for many of us has given us so much.  I know the thought of mentoring can be daunting and I even had a lot of nerves the first time I stepped up; however I can ensure you it has given me some of the greatest experiences of my professional career.  So I am reaching out to all of you who have thought about it, but never taken the leap.  Reach out to me or anyone on the MPDC committee, it will be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

Till next Quarter,

Mike.

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