As 2014 comes to an end and 2015 begins, we leave 2014 with joy, sorrow, accomplishments, achievements, and always strive to improve each other’s paths in life, may I take this opportunity in wishing each and everyone of you, your family, friends and loved ones, a year of Health, Happiness, Peace, Love, and Prosperity in 2015.
This has been an extremely painful and emotional filled year for me. After being in a profession I loved so much, I have taken one of the toughest climbs ever one has to do in life; to go back to school and retool myself after not stepping into a class for 30 years into a completely different career has posed many challenges. I am taking a Certificate Program in Human Resources Management.
I met some really wonderful people who have really made me feel at home as well as my professors at the university. I am immersing myself in the university culture and have been proud to be associated with their university radio station which I volunteer there as much as I can. I return to my studies after my Christmas / New Years Holidays on Monday January 5, 2015.
I also volunteer at another radio station Sunday evenings thanks to a long time close friend and former work colleague from the radio station I used to work at.
I also would like to thank you all of you who reached out to my family and I, when I lost my father on the first of December of 2014. The outpouring on my Facebook page as well as the many calls my family and I received, as well as the many people who personally came to the Shiva House (the House Of Mourning for people not familiar with the term “Shiva”), who shared their stories with my family and I and have lend us their shoulders to cry on and consoled us, we all could not thank you all enough. Included in the people who came down to the Shiva House were people at the Palative Care Unit of the Montreal General Hospital who were family to us, and treated my father with the utmost respect, professionalism, sincerity, and emotion. They also respected the family in everything they did. To me, this shows the real definition of being really “human” and showed why these people do what they do every single minute of every hour, every day around the clock. There were many other people who my brother knew from the hospital who visited from other departments, as well as from other hospitals in Montreal.
There were also many people that we knew from the camp my family and I used to go when we all went back in the day. It was like a camp reunion, however this was an unbelievable testament to my family that they came and paid their respects.
There were many people who came from afar stemming from my family from the United States to a couple that drove all the way from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pay their respects for a few hours in Montreal and drove all the way back home!
To my partner CK, my Sons, my close friend and wonderful stepfather – Sam Kuperman, my mother, my sister Donna and her wonderful soul mate and partner – Ray, Michael, Amy, my brother Gerald, his wife Karen, my nephew Howard, his wife Karen along their beautiful daughter Olivia, and my niece Kimberly, we have jelled and became even closer. I love all of you with all of my heart and soul?!
Finally last but certainly not the least to all of you who showered me with words of encouragement, hope, and support from the time I had lost my job and felt that I was a failure without any hope, words cannot describe on how much I have been comforted and supported, you lifted and strengthened me. I have truly been blessed by an absolutely amazing support system and I know that I am truly not alone!
May I close out this by saying that I sincerely hope that 2015 bring you all Health, Happiness, Peace, and Love. May this year bring you all healing both physically and mentally. May there never be any more bloodshed, violence, and the many evil acts of the raking of innocent lives. May people from all walks of life, all faiths, all races, be respected and be allowed to live in Peace. May the word “war” live in the past and never be repeated. May there be no such thing as being negative, however be the word positive. May people who have suffered financially (whether or not it was in was not any fault of their own), get back on their feet and have other opportunities to be able to provide for themselves as well as for their families. People have the ultimate right to live with their heads held up high with success and achievements and not down in shame or failures. This can all be done. I urge each and everyone who are in hiring positions to allow people their opportunities to excel and benefit your organizations. I also urge companies to allow people who have been in the workforce for many years to open up their minds and hearts and hire these very valuable and experienced people. Their contributions would be extremely invaluable to you.
HEALTHY, HAPPY, PEACEFUL NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU. ALL THE VERY BEST IN 2015! TAKE CARE AND BE WELL!!!!