I first heard about NRC IRAP during my co-op interview and I thought, “I want to work here. I want to be part of a program that really makes a difference for Canada!” Thankfully, I was able to join this talented team which has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. I remember giving my first presentation at an NRC IRAP regional meeting; I was so nervous that I was reading from a piece of paper. It turns out that those nerves were unwarranted as, when I looked up everyone in the room was smiling back at me. I could feel the warmth of my new colleagues; I put the paper down and began to speak. I realized in that moment that this was my team, they were rooting for me and they were here to support me. The more I began interacting with NRC IRAP colleagues across the country, the more I realized that there is a genuine passion for supporting each other. I believe it’s this passion that sets our program apart. At NRC IRAP, not only are our people passionate about what we do within our own roles, we are passionate about the team and supporting each other so that we can grow, thrive and better support our clients as a program. As the project lead for NRC IRAP’s 75th anniversary, I knew that honouring the people behind the program was going to be an important part of our story and our celebration.