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Happy (belated) Father’s Day!
It seemed fitting to write about my father seeing this week’s blog fell close to father’s day. So this one is for you pops!
Meet Brian Dwyer
My dad is someone I have looked up to my entire life. Being similar in a lot of ways, made getting along quite easy. To paint a picture of my dad, he is a funny, smiley Irishman who makes new friends everywhere he goes. Seriously, spend 10 minutes with him in a grocery store- he will leave with 5 new friends at least. With a contagious smile and a personality that lights up a room, I am proud to call Brian my dad. Brian’s level of compassion is what makes him admirable. His selflessness and his ability to empathize with those around him, make him kind and a joy to be around. I aspire to be like my dad.
Because, why the heck not?
This year Brian and my mum, Kary, decided that they would like to retire out east in Nova Scotia. With endless new opportunities for them out east, I understand their desire to move. I was happy to hear that they fell in love with Nova Scotia, just as I did. It dawned on me though, that once my parents move to NS, I would no longer have a home in Ontario. This was hard for me. I have lived in Ontario my entire life and I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to all my friends here. I go to school out east and I find it hard enough already saying goodbye to friends at the start of each semester. It all became real when our house went on the market. Although I am happy and excited for my parents, I feel the stress of not knowing where I will end up if Ontario is no longer home.
Taking a step back, I am able to see that my dad probably had that same worry when he first came to Canada. My dad left his whole world behind to move here. He put everything on the line to start fresh somewhere new. He didn’t know what it would bring or where he would settle- but he did it anyways. My dad’s resiliency and drive for change teaches me that life is unpredictable, and it is important to be adaptable and seek out opportunity. I also understand this is his dream and he is finally doing something for himself.
Considering a pet donkey? Now that’s not something you hear everyday!
Brian and Kary are hoping to find a place in NS with some extra space for some new animal friends- potentially a donkey. Today we spent father’s day learning about donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC).
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is a refuge for donkeys that have been abused, neglected, or can no longer be cared for by their owners. I was happy to hear the DSC’s mission to ensure that the animals that come to live at the sanctuary are surrounded by love, dignity, and the respect they richly deserve. Spending the day at the sanctuary enabled me to see first hand that their friendly and knowledgeable staff is achieving DSC’s mission.
At the DSC you are able to make donations, adopt donkeys, and explore their learning centers- not to mention you get to hangout with the cute donkeys! I was glad to see that my dad was enjoying his father’s day. If you have not been to the DSC I would highly recommend going. Visitors ranged in all ages and pets are allowed. The DSC is a great place to spend the day with the family. The DSC offers informational lectures as well if you are interested in learning more in depth about donkeys! The DSC is always looking for volunteers! If you are comfortable working with animals I would recommend volunteering here- the location is beautiful and the work you would be doing is making a positive impact and spreading awareness. Sounds pretty awesome to me! For those of you interested in getting involved, here is the link to the DSC’s website! http://thedonkeysanctuary.ca/help-us/volunteer
I am going to end today’s blog with a big appreciation for all the dads out there. Thank you dad for being my role model and for always keeping my best interest at heart. I am excited for what the future holds for you. I would also like to thank all the workers and volunteers at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada who do kind work for a great cause- your efforts do not go unnoticed.
Stay kind my friends.