Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Senior Thesis Exhibition at the Oakland University Art Gallery where our very own graphic designer, Sarah Lawrence, has her work on display. She is currently sharing the gallery with other student artists who have all put a tremendous amount of work into presenting their art as part of their final projects before graduation.
In Sarah’s case, graduation is this week and she will earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Communication. Sarah and her boyfriend have their own company called Luminous Media which specializes in photography, videography, and small business marketing. We are lucky to have her on staff and to be able to share her talents regularly with our residents, businesses, and visitors alike through her work on producing the city’s newsletter, various brochures, banners, photographs, and more.
Employee safety is of the utmost importance here at the City, and we go to great lengths to make sure our staff and our residents, are safe every time they step foot on our campus. As a local municipality that operates within today’s social climate, anything can happen at a moments notice. Whether it be a work-related injury or a mass shooting, we want to make sure that we are prepared.
Last week, our staff took part in a “Stop the Bleed” training conducted by our Police and Fire Departments, along with guest speaker Anita Barksdale from St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Trauma Services. According to Stop the Bleed, the City of Auburn Hills is among the first municipality to offer and have all of its employees be fully taught within the program as a city-wide effort.
The motto of the day was, “Don’t be a bystander, react.” The entire presentation was focused on how taking action can significantly change the direction of a severe bleeding situation, and ultimately save the life of you or a co-worker.
Members of staff were educated on what to look for in the event of a life-threatening bleed, steps to take during a major event, and how to use bleeding control equipment such as a tourniquet or other resources to be used, if the gear is not available. Most importantly, employees were empowered to help in the event of a bleeding emergency until professional help arrives. As a part of our emergency preparedness and planning initiative, we will be placing “Stop the Bleed” kits throughout our City campus. We value having trained staff during any unexpected situation, and look to accomplish this training for our community as well.
With the holiday shopping season in full force this week, we are encouraging you to support the community and ‘shop local’ on Small business Saturday! November 24, 2018, marks the ninth anniversary of Small Business Saturday – a day conceived to give exposure and support to our community’s small businesses and to celebrate the many establishments that make our community great. Shopping local ensures the prosperity of our community by keeping dollars in the local economy and by building a strong network that enables individuals and businesses within the community to support one another.
Although Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to check off that holiday shopping list, don’t forget to support your community year round! There are so many great local businesses this community has to offer and the one-on-one time spent with the merchants at these local establishments will lead to the continued growth and prosperity we see in our community today.
With all the many great offerings, be sure to shop local on November 24 and check off that holiday shopping list!