Lady Sarah, myself, Ann and Gord have been talking for a year or more about hosting a reunion of the staff who we used to work with. This summer we finally put this plan into place and on Thursday night out at Ann and Gord’s, we celebrated with 30 or so friends from our past life when we all worked for the world’s largest humanitarian organization.
It was a wonderful afternoon and evening with friends who, despite the years, continue to have a truly unique bond because of the tremendous and challenging work we did together while there. Folks arrived from Niagara Falls, Owen Sound, Kingston, Ottawa and even Sri Lanka; yes, Pam came all the way from her mission there to join us.
4) Tennis star Suzie chats with Allan while (in foreground) Cindy chats with the ever gorgeous Miss Lucy (a former Miss Trinidad and Tobago); 5) can you spot Mama Joan?
6) in foreground, my former boss, Dennis, chats with Ironwoman Judy and Lynn; 7) there’s another former boss, Maria
The weather we perfect and we swam and drank; reminisced and drank; ate and drank. As dusk set Gord and Mary stood to speak about our collective experience together and the sad fact that one of our team, JM, died unexpectedly on Sunday morning at his cottage.
8) Dennis, Ironwoman Judy and Cindy cooked for us; 9) what a great threesome
Sage advice. And I remain a muller to this day. That adventure also started the adventure which I posted on years ago, How I Ended up Living with Audrey McLaughlin, the Leader of the New Democratic Party.
The evening reinforced the tremendous power the organization had on all of us and the enduring bonds of friendship they wrought.