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December 31, 2023

2023 Reflection on Word of the Year: Determination

Category: Senior Living

Author: KayMaree Hader, Executive Director

As we wrap up 2023, we find ourselves reflecting on months past and what lies ahead with our community’s journey. 

If you recall, our Personal and Professional Development Coach, Michael “Buck” Buckley. Challenged us to pick a “Word of the Year” in January 2023. Buck asked us to look inward and consider what we need more of or what might improve our lives. The time has come to revisit our Word of the Year for 2023 and explore its impact on The Westbury Senior Living. Whether you’ve been an active member or are just joining us, this retrospective journey invites us all to celebrate the past year.

Our community Word of the Year for 2023 was ‘determination.’ We achieved many successes throughout the year, living in line with our word and improving the community.

In 2023, the term determination became a cornerstone of The Westbury. Directors are steadfastly committed to fostering a positive environment, implementing effective communication strategies, and embracing innovative solutions. Through their determination, The Westbury navigated challenges with resilience, inspiring residents and staff. 

This year, The Westbury prioritized community outreach by emphasizing support for local small businesses and donating to the community. This initiative fostered a shared sense of appreciation and understanding for the significance of local community support.

I believe we lived out the word. We are building a culture of tenacity, where everyone is motivated to contribute their best efforts, pushing the organization forward and ensuring its sustained growth and success.

As we bid farewell to 2023, we will carry forward the essence of our Word of the Year into 2024. The successes and strides of our community, the embodiment of our chosen word in our collective actions, are not just markers in time but a testament to the strength of this community. 

I look forward to catching our 2024 Word of the Year blog soon!

KayMaree Hader, Executive Director


The Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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