A Letter to Friends
After the Bush Administration got re-elected in 2004, my husband Mark went to explore the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia as a possible place to relocate. He found this beautiful spot by googling British Columbia and cactus. Mark and I returned in May 2005 and found, by serendipity, Alison’s dream, a small farm. She had walked into the little planning department in the town of Peachland, described what we were seeking, and a man who had walked in behind her said that he was putting that exact piece property on the market tomorrow. We the ended up closing on the farm on Canada Day, July 1, 2005. We applied for permanent resident status, a three+ year process in September 2005.
The saga continued . . .
While I was there for the first time exploring the arts & cultural scene to be sure I would have the arts I need to be stimulated, I ended up being invited to apply for the Executive Director position at the Rotary Center for the Arts and my resume and credentials being placed in the hand of a headhunter for the Kelowna cultural community. The deal for hiring “foreign workers” is the same as stateside. You must first find a Canadian who can fill the position and only if you cannot find the right person for the job can you hire a foreign worker. I was contacted by Diane early this summer to see if I was interested in applying for Development Manager of Ballet Kelowna, the small young professional ballet company that tours throughout the interior of BC. I flew up for an interview met the artistic director and dancers and members of the Board. It was a great fit and they chose to apply for a “Fair Labour Market Opinion” from the BC Foreign Worker Office, which allows me to work and gives Mark an open work permit to move his business. There are many more mini stories about this adventure and how every time we turned around there was an invitation by the universe to walk through yet another door on our path to move to Canada and to nurture a small farm for the benefit of a greater community.
I will begin work for Ballet Kelowna September 3 after driving up with our daughter Caitlin to BC beginning September 1. We are sifting sorting cleaning packing and hosting two garage sales and learning a lot about Craig’s list. The farmhouse is half the size of our current home so we have cut back by 50% of all of our possessions. Or at least we have tried. Caitlin has convinced us to hold onto our lovely home in Boulder for a time, so if you know anyone who wants to rent a great house in a fantastic location with great schools blocks away on a lake with great blue herons and Canada geese gracing Viele Lake, please get them in touch with us.
We are still working on our communications plan. With communications technology being what it is today. Our plan is to transfer our current phone to a cell phone on the Verizon North American Plan so you should be able to reach us at this same number. In the meantime we will also be setting up a land line.
As I say now, “ Be careful what you ask for” because if you are intentional about giving back to the earth or your community in a meaningful way, then the universe makes it happen. I have been blessed and expect that this is another amazing blessing. This has been a journey that is taking a great deal of courage despite the fact that there are no obstacles, still every little bit of support is much appreciated.
July 1, 2007