Monday, February 16, 2009

Who would have thunk it?

I wasn't there, so this story comes to you third hand, but as I know it, about 35 years or so ago a brave man named Remberto Navia took the incredibly courageous and loving decision to move his wife Gelma and their young family of 3 boys and 3 girls from Ecuador to what he hoped would be a better life in a land far, far away known to him as Canada. Remberto passed away three years ago, but his youngest boy has grown into a man named David. Had David stayed in Ecuador, it's hard to imagine what course his life would have taken, but I often wonder if he would have taken up snowmobiling, motorcycling, horseback riding, long distance running, hospitality and marketing. My family and I have had the pleasure of having David as a part of our lives for the past 17 years and have come to know him as a happy, caring, thoughtful, sensitive and giving man. This past week he moved into his office at the spa in his role as Director of Operations where he will return to a role he loves, and where he is loved by the thousands of spa divas who visit the Ste. Anne's every year looking forward to his warm embrace and his heartfelt greetings of "Hello Honey", "Hi Sweetheart", in hopes that they will hear his big laugh echoing through the halls. David turns 39 tomorrow. Happy Birthday my friend! (Pictured above, David on his trusty stead, Noche Luna, who has been his most recent partner in mastering English riding).

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