I am from Dublin, Ireland, now living in Canada where my late parents came to retire. I was married but now single. Lived in Kenya for 10 years and found my heart and soul there!! I recall getting off th plane in Nairobi on Sept 8th, 1973 and feeling like I had come home! My husband (also from Ireland, had lived most of his life in East Africa and wanted to return). We found that our lives and belief systems were just too different and we parted ways in Kenya. My husband, aftr a few years being in Kenya died in an aiprlane crash. I carried on living in Kenya. I applied to the Kenyan Government to work a a nurse. They offered me employment but on local terms which meant that I would receive the same salary scale as a Kenyan nurse did. It wsa an eye opener to discover that my colleagues who were educated abroad, were expected to lived on next to nothing. Somehow they survived and I learnt to live frutiallly and simply. Life became easy and was wonderful.
After 10 wonderful years living and working in Kenya until I because seriously ill and had to return to Ireland for medical treatment. Upon my return to Ireland, I felt lost and alone as if I was walking in a desrt alone without any direction.
I decided to emigrate to Canada to look after my elderly parents who were ill. I nursed and cared for them until they passed away. I continued to work as a nurse in oncology department of our local cancer hospital. I reitred from nursing as a home visitng nurse with the VON after experiencing a heart attack. I live alone with my golden retrievers that I have bred for many years as a hobby and took the first three goldens out to Kenya in 1973. My dogs are my love and life line. I have since longed to return to Kenya but the occasion has just never arisen. Somehow I pray that God might show me the way home to Kenya where I long to live out the rest of my life in the country and with the people I love so dearly.
I have been asked to write a book about my life and experiences in Africa , which I am in the midst of doing presently. I am actively involved in Grief Counselling Office in our city of Welland of which I am presently the President as well as a facilitator for those seeking help with unresolved grief.
I am actively involved wit the Women's detox and as the head Group of the volunteers committee for the same.
I am a member of the Irish Cultural Society and involved with the Toronto Irish Emigrants to Canada. Involved and enjoy being a part of the Irish Celtic Music Society of Toronto both as a member and as a musician of Celtic Music.
I have always had a love and passion for music of all sorts. I I would say that despite how hard my father was on me, he did instill this passion for music as well as my passion for people and life. He taught me early on in life that anything worth doing must be done well.
I have always sang in a choir and then when I got involved with the Celtic Society in Toronto, I began singing to entertain people. I have always regretted not pursuing my career in music but I heard Michael sing in S.Africa on his first trip there. I fell in love with his music and admired his passion for music and people. I was in S.Africa the second time he performed there as I was doing some relief work with the UN. and was fortunate enough to be invited to Michael's second concert in S.Africa.. I have lost track of the number of times I have seen him but it would be safe to say that I have now seen him perform on 4 continents now. I saw him in Dublin and at the Royal Albert Hall and several times he has performed here in Canada. Each time I've heard him sing he just seems to get better and better with age. I felt very badly when he performed in Niagara Falls, because I could see he was not well and the friends that I brought to see Michael sing had never heard him sing before and enjoyed his concert. But it was not his best but after hearing how ill he was. It is a miracle that he is still with us today... I have tried desperately to bring our dysfunctional family together by buying tickets to bring my two brothers with me to see Michael perform at the Living Arts Center in Mississauga, Ontario. Neither of my brother had seen Michael perform before and they both were in awe of what a fantastic concert this was. I too much say it was the best ever! I loved his arrangements of songs and duets with Kelly Leveque with her amazing voice and with Sandy??? (from New York City). Both beautiful women with matching voices. It was the best concert ever that I have seen of Michael's. I have purchased tickets for his concert in Montreal, March 11, 2015 on my way to to Ireland and then on to Czeck where I have been asked to speak at the Women's Conference of Violence and abuse to them and their Children under the umbrella of the UN. I just pray that I stay well enough to make the entire trip to Montreal to Michael's concert, then home to Ireland for 2 weeks and then on to Czeck Republic.
So all I can say is "Michael please stay well and take good care of yourself, as I do look forward to seeing you one more time in Montreal in March of next year"
To any of you who have not had the great fortune of seeing Michael perform live. It is a must to do!
After hearing Michael sing in June 3rd in Mississauga, He inspired me to carry on living and live my life to the fullest and never give up hope.. So after his concert, I made the decision to try to go back to Kenya sometime next year to live my life there and help a young man and his wife who have opened an orphanage for children. They are at capacity or overflow with some 342 children and not enough trained staff to help them. So with the proceeds of the sale of my home, I intend to go back and help them train staff to carry on this great project to provide a new life and hope to these orphaned children. What I saw when I lived there for 10 years has haunted me over the years and I have felt this pull to to return there.As well as my passion and love for music, and nursing and caring for children and the dying. I have always had a passion for my beloved Goldens who have been my soul mates as I have walked my journey in life in Kenya, Ireland and in Canada. I used to raise Goldens as a hobby and then trained them as therapy/service dogs and donate some to the agencies who provide such dogs for children (especially)with special needs.To me my Golden Retrievers personify my belief of a God who loves unconditionally and never judges. And this is exactly how my dogs have always been with me. Loving me unconditionally, never judging me when I get angry with them and just always there for me.... What more could one person ask for than that in life.
Here is a link to my website about my golden retrievers call Lueo Golden Retrievers: http://www.lueogoldens.com Pay my site a visit and enjoy the music and picture on there.
I look forward to chatting and contributing to some of the converation threads on Michael Bolton's website.
With Love & Best Wishes to All,