Guest Editorial: Thanksgiving Appreciation

By Councilwoman Betty Janik

To Our Scottsdale Community,

Thanksgiving is time to reflect on all the things for which we are grateful.  I am grateful for the wonderful staff, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and our thoughtful citizens. We all work together to make Scottsdale a model of excellence.   It is truly a wonderful place to live, work, raise a family, retire, and/or vacation.  It is through our combined efforts that we have achieved this status.

I want to send a special note of appreciation to our Adaptive Services team.

They provide fun, safe and meaningful social and recreational opportunities for participants with neuro and physical diversities. Adaptive Services hosts engaging activities that promote socialization and life skills. Using art, dance, music, recreation, and sports, the team provides opportunities to grow physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially.

The Special Olympics “Bobcat” Team is the Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) Team representing the City of Scottsdale Adaptive Services.  They have dozens of eager participants and continue to add new sports.  Adaptive Services adds to the richness of the tapestry that brings us all together as one.

A shout out also goes to our Police Department and Fire Department.  You keep us safe at great risk to yourself.  I offer a sincere thank you.

May you have a peaceful Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends.