Precious time with my host families and friends
During my Rotary exchange in 1995-1996, I have lived during one year in 4 different host families, each time for 3 months. Most exchange organisations send you off for a full year in the same family so you become a full part of that family. I prefer Rotary's approach because I've learned to love 4 totally different type of families which gave me a much more nuanced all-round image of life in Canada. And I get to visit so many more great people on my returns!
I am very fortunate that all of my families have remained living in the Kootenays and even some of my host sisters have moved back to the area. So my week in the Kootenays was filled with precious reunions and also too many goodbyes and too little time to get in touch with all school friends that I could have contacted. I apologise to all who find out later on that I was in town and didn't visit... Please reach out online to reconnect and next visit, I'll try to book in more time.
With my 4th family in their residence at the lake.
and with their daughter. I had seen her brother in Calgary before.
With my 3rd family
With my 2nd host family
and their daughters and families
An important yet emotional visit to my first host family for whome I returned one year too late. RIP Rusty and Mona
In the remaining time we made some quick stops to friends Rotarians, to church choir friends, to RYLA camp friends, ... The stops were sometimes a bit rushed and there weren't enough, but we keep coming back and this time we reconnected with people that we had not seen previous times so next time I'm sure there will be opportunities to find back some more long-time friends. And I'm so greatfull for active social media users that help keep the contact intense even at great distances.