I grew up on a farm in Listowel Ontario. For 10 years my parents taught me work ethic, family values, and how to work the fields with a tractor at age 10. What they didn’t teach me was how to crash it. I learned that on my own. I joined the Army at age 17 and went on to help people around the world including Bosnia, Croatia, Rwanda, and Afghanistan. I was an Operating Room Technician which involved assisting in surgeries, treating the sick and injured. After 25 years of dedicated service I decided that it was enough of being transferred every 4 years, settling down with the family was a priority. It was definitely a rewarding experience. We take life for granted. After experiencing the diverse lifestyles abroad, I began to appreciate what we we have here in Canada.