Day 322 – Take a Hike!

Day 322 – Take a Hike!

Day 323 - Take a Hike

November 17, 2016 – Today’s theme for the 116 Photos challenge was “Take a hike”, which seems oddly appropriate given that today at work I found out that I would not be receiving that much hated annual (or more frequent) letter at the end of a term thanking me for my service and telling me that my term may or may not be extended. Today, after more than five years of term extensions on top of five years of contract work, I am finally being appointed permanently to my position; paperwork to follow of course, not truly official until I receive the Letter of Offer and sign it, but according to the emails I saw today, it is coming and should be all completed within two weeks.

The road was paved with frustration, anger, and more than one case of me openly criticizing and challenging the system in such a way that could have seen me kicked out the door.

But they didn’t, and they tried new avenues to push the system to work for me instead of against me.

It took a new government and a lot of time, but perseverence finally paid off.

And so of course I cried.

I work with amazing people, in an amazing Program, and where I would normally have thrown in the towel, it was so worth hanging on for something I am passionate about, something I believe strongly in.

But what felt better than receiving the news, was how it felt to receive the heartfelt congratulations of those in the office.

Today was a very good day.

No hikes shall be taken today 🙂

But wine is being poured.

Happy Thursday!

116 Photos in 2016 – 17. Take a Hike Day (17th Nov)


  1. Mary Osborn November 17, 2016 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Paige

  2. Lori Stene November 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Congrats Paige

  3. Valerie McIntyre November 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Way to hang in there girl!

  4. Susan Anderson Behn November 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    about time!

  5. Hans Pannerup Rasmussen November 17, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Wooooooooo hooooooo, your are legitimately eating the government cheese!

  6. Rosalind Leggatt November 17, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Waaaaaahhhoooooooo! It is about freakin’ time! Well done paddling through the s**t creek to get here!

  7. Krista Sandberg November 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Sad that your story is so common. I know your excitement! Congrats 🙂

  8. Hans Pannerup Rasmussen November 17, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Wait, does this mean you are not subject to Phoenix?

    • Paige Ackerman November 17, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      So far I’ve slipped through the Phoenix crack, I’ve been one of the lucky ones….we will see if that continues to hold true or if I become a casualty …

  9. Kim Currie November 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply
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  11. Anne Todgham November 17, 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Outstanding news Paige! Hooray!

  12. Teri Conrad November 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm - Reply


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  14. Marne Birch November 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm - Reply
  15. Rae Ackerman November 17, 2016 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Well congratulations
    Paige. You are like a lot of
    adhesive tapes; “bond improves with age”.

  16. Carol Davidson November 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Congratulations! Now you can just worry about the work, not if there will be work!

  17. Ross Bligh November 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Congrats Paige!

  18. Mary Louise Fletcher November 17, 2016 at 9:45 pm - Reply
  19. Margot White November 17, 2016 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Big congrats!

  20. Johnny Kamooks November 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    So you have a full time, permanent job with SEP now? Really? That is amazing news, well deserved and as you know way too long in coming. Congratulations and a celebratory beer is in order next time our paths cross!

    • Paige Ackerman November 17, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      Paperwork in process of course, but word this morning that approvals for appointment have been formally received. Presumably finalized within a couple of weeks…..but yes!

      And thank you for the congratulations, and for providing a shoulder to cry on too often…

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  23. Betty Stafford November 18, 2016 at 5:57 am - Reply

    Good on ya!!!

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  26. opal c November 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Paige! Breathe now.

  27. Free 2 Be November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    [] Deeply 🙂

  28. Erick Groot November 18, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Fantastic news Paige! Perseverance always has been one of your numerous attributes. Congrats and beer’s on me next time. What no video of the “happy dance”?

    • Paige Ackerman November 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Erick, and the same sentiment to you that I expressed to John; thank you for your support and for an all too often needed shoulder to cry on.

      I’ll let you both know the next time I’m on that side, I’ll intentionally take a later ferry home.

    • Paige Ackerman November 18, 2016 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      And did you mean “stubbornness”?

  29. Missy2004 November 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Dancing shoes!

    Seen in
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  34. Hans Pannerup Rasmussen November 17, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Have you been paid yet?

  35. Mel Sheng November 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Happy to hear it’s worked out…… about !&$@“ time lol

    • Paige Ackerman November 19, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

      I thought about walking so many times, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t

    • Mel Sheng November 19, 2017 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      They are lucky to have you….. the brain drain in SEP will continue to be a problem over the next few years

    • Paige Ackerman November 20, 2017 at 12:20 am - Reply

      Thank you, I appreciate the sentiment, though I think some probably disagree 😉 Unfortunately there is a lack of decisiveness that is stalling some important choices at the moment, and we have lost at least one really good option recently >:(

    • Mel Sheng November 20, 2017 at 12:56 am - Reply

      Just stay positive and enjoy your job and the folks on the ground…. life is too short 😁

    • Paige Ackerman November 20, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

      I do enjoy it, it’s why I’m still here doing it 😀

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