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News & Views of Phillips Since 1976
Wednesday June 12th 2024

A Running Wolf View So Proud”¦an Amazing Feeling

By Tanya Boyd


My name is Tanya Boyd. I”'m from Mille Lacs band of Ojibwa. I”'m an intern at Running Wolf Fitness Center. I just wanted to share a little about my experience working at Running Wolf Fitness Center, before I”'m done working here.

I have been working here for 6 months now and I really like it. I never thought that I would get a job! One day I realized I couldn”'t depend on anyone but myself to take care of me and my son. So I was determined to find a job! But how and where would I start? I never had a job and I”'m in my mid twenties! Then one day I went to Mille Lacs Work Force Center to see if they could help me find a job, I met with the job developer Sandra. She told me about a program they have called flex labor where they help you find a job to learn skills.

Then she went on to tell me about Running Wolf Fitness Center and how they needed some one to come and help out as soon as possible. So I decided to go interview with the manager, Connie Norman. I was very nervous and didn”'t know what to say. But I guess I did okay because I got the job! I have never been so proud of myself it was an amazing feeling to have done something good for me and my son!

Since I have been working I met a lot of wonderful new people and learned many new things. I learned how to follow protocols, be on a schedule, enter data in Excel Microsoft, make intake files, meet and greet people, give clients tours of the facility, answer the phone calls, and cleaning when needed., Most of all I learned how to work on my people skills and customer service!

With the flex work program the goal is to complete a certain number of approved hours and then move onto a paid position or go to school.  I”'m upset about leaving, but I know there are more opportunities out there for me! I made a lot of new friends and really learned about what it means to work every day. It has given me direction to move on to what I want to do. I plan to go back to school and help others.

Running Wolf Fitness Center is such an amazing place to have in the Phillips community. One of the best thing about it is the memberships are only 10 bucks! They offer personal training and fitness classes that are included in the 10 dollar membership. Everybody is welcome to join! I hope you can come and see what we have at Running Wolf soon. I plan to come back and work out too, even after my hours are up at Running Wolf and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about the world of work with the Running Wolf Fitness Center.

As the manager of Running Wolf, I am sad to see Tanya”'s time with us come to an end. But she has developed some great skills and has developed a great work ethic and we wish her well. She has no idea how much she has helped Running Wolf grow! Thanks Tanya!

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