We leave today and it's raining. But the sun came out yesterday here at Riu Bachata on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. OHBA members and their families took a much-deserved day to relax and enjoy the beach and the pool and the other amenities on offer. As for me, I'm trying to get caught up on some work, but will head to the beach now before 4 p.m. check out. There' was a party tonight – a farewell dinner – and many of the participants let their hair down.
Sunday was a day for farewell, and many tears were shed, as this experience has touched us all. I'll follow-up with some of the participants and let you know exactly how this trip has changed them.
As for me ... I am changed, too. My priorities will be different and, although I already knew it, I am blessed to live in Canada. After witnessing this poverty, where children run through sewage-laden streets in bare feet, where nourishing food is the exception and not the rule, where clean water is privilege and not a right, where in this resort maids work 12-hour days and earn $60 a month, where people do hard manual labour without proper work equipment or shoes, and squatters are currently living on the garbage dump, how can I not love Canada?
So, this is my message to you: Love Canada, try to make a difference in your community and remember how lucky we are to live in Canada.
A few pictures before I leave, but I will be posting a photo blog later this week of some of the amazing people I have met, as well as some feedback from OHBA members on what this trip has meant to them.
Come on back!