A 10 Year Journey Filled with Lessons!

This was a post on my Facebook. I thought I’d share it here on my blog. There was so much I left out of this story over these 10 years that represents courage, persistence, focus and drive. Be sure sure to watch the video at the end and please leave a comment!

The Unexpected Arrival

It was 10 years on December 1, 2007 when she arrived in Canada from overseas.

The journey actually began a year before, as she left the Philippines to spend a grueling year in Hong Kong as a caregiver. Her goal was come to Canada and make a better life for her and her son CJ.

Philippines –> Hong Kong –> Canada

She was hired here in Canada to work for a family here in Moncton (a co-worker of mine) but unfortunately, that family decided a few days before her arrival they would no longer need her, and will not be giving her a job.

At that time, I was traveling frequently in my corporate role and was challenged with consistent childcare while away. So I agreed to pick her up at the airport that Dec 1st day. the plan was to see if she would be open to working for me. She had no idea her job was terminated.

Please call me “Benjie”

On arrival at the airport she was shocked to be greeted by a man with three kids waiting for her. Obviously this was not the family she was interviewed by and expecting to be waiting for her. We introduced ourselves and addressed her as Maria (her real name). She was quick to correct us, “please call me Benjie”.

She and the kids quickly bonded. I was not around much through the weekdays, as my work took me away often back in those days.

My Job was Terminated

A few years later, I learned my job was being terminated through a corporate downsizing and merger. With the prospects of being unemployed, I could no longer afford a full-time live-in caregiver. Even despite this news, Benjie stayed with us and stuck it out through that transition. In fact, we had so many business venture ideas together we created two start up businesses as an entrepreneur.

The story continues….

I guess it’s now obvious how the story unfolded as the years passed. We look back it now is as two worlds colliding, creating a divine series of coincidences.

Our visit to the Philippines

It was four years ago when we all went to visit the Philippines as a family, and CJ returned to Canada with us to live. In December 2015 they both became Canadians Citizens. We then got married in the summer of 2016.

Something to be learned from this Life Journey!

This is a story of stepping out, having grit, being able to face the unknown and the impossible! I’m so proud of her and blessed to have her my life!

Tonight we celebrate a decade in Canada! It’s even more fun to that we get to celebrate with her sister who arrived 3 years ago, and their mom who is also here visiting with us.

[posted on Facebook, December 1, 2017]

A DECADE IN CANADA ???10 years ago today Benjie arrived in Canada from overseas. Long post…but it's a fun read! ??The journey actually began a year before, as she left the Philippines to spend a grueling year in Hong Kong as a caregiver. Her goal was come to Canada and make a better life for her and her son CJ. ???–> ??? –> ??? She was hired here in Canada to work for a family here in Moncton (a co-worker of mine) but unfortunately, they decided a few days before her arrival, they would no longer need her. At that time, I was traveling frequently in my corporate role and was challenged with consistent childcare while away. So I agreed to pick her up at the airport that Dec 1st day. the plan was to see if she would be open to working for me. She had no idea her job was terminated. ?On arrival at the airport she was shocked to be greeted by a man with three kids waiting for her. Obviously this was not the family she was interviewed by and expecting to be waiting for her. We introduced ourselves and addressed her as Maria (her real name). She was quick to correct us, "please call me Benjie". ????She and the kids quickly bonded. I was not around much through the weekdays, as my work took me away often back in those days. ???A few years later, I learned my job was being terminated through a corporate downsizing and merger. With the prospects of being unemployed, I could no longer afford a full-time live-in caregiver. Even despite this news, Benjie stayed with us and stuck it out through that transition. In fact, we had so many business venture ideas together we created two start up businesses as an entrepreneur. ?I guess it's now obvious how the story unfolded as the years passed.??We look back it now is as two worlds colliding, creating a divine series of coincidences. ?It was four years ago when we all went to visit the Philippines as a family, and CJ returned to Canada with us to live. In December 2015 they both became Canadians Citizens. We then got married in the summer of 2016. ???????This is a story of stepping out, having grit, being able to face the unknown and the impossible! I'm so proud of her and blessed to have her my life! ???Tonight we celebrate a decade in Canada! It's even more fun to that we get to celebrate with her sister Nimfa who arrived 3 years ago, and their mom Virginia who is also here visiting with us. Happy Anniversary! ?????

Posted by Doug Collins on Friday, December 1, 2017

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