Not sure if you know this about us, but, Chris and I serve as Wardens for the Canadian Embassy. A warden is someone who acts as a liaison between the Embassy and it’s citizens in country. Most often it’s a system in place in case of emergencies, but it can also be useful for passing on information and just having a good tap into the expat community. We love that we can serve our country, Embassy and fellow Canadians in Haiti this way.
Today we spent the morning at a joint warden conference put on between the US and Canadian Embassies. It was hosted at the American Ambassadors home and it was meant to be an opportunity to find ways for our warden systems to work together.
First off, the American Ambassadors home is beautiful. I *may* have taken advantage of the long table cloths and taken my shoes off for most of the meeting so my feet could enjoy the squishy, spongy grass that is so much nicer than ours.
Second, I’m so proud to be a Canadian in this country. Im proud of my country and the reputation that we have abroad. The conference was open to wardens all over the country, and even though it was technically hosted by the US Embassy, us Canadians had a bigger showing. I’m proud of that. Some wardens came down from the north and others from the south western tip of the country to be present.
Thirdly, I’m proud of my Embassy. Because Chris is a dual citizen, we’ve had experiences at both embassies. The Canadian Embassy has always treated us as a valued part of the community here and truly demonstrates that their role in country is to serve their citizens. I could list off countless ways that’s been demonstrated to us over the years, but that would take a lot of time. Their staff in country truly love being in Haiti and often request for extended postings because they enjoy their jobs. Our experience at the US Embassy, sadly, has been not so great. And even sadder is that it seems to be a common theme. I am proud of our Embassy for always demonstrating such a high level of ethic in what they do, even in times of crisis. Post earthquake, after the roof of the embassy caved in, many staff without homes, and working round the clock for days on end, we were still treated SO WELL when we were needing assistance with our adoption.
Often Chris and I just go about our days here and we don’t share the ins and outs because it’s just our normal here, but sometimes this stuff is pretty cool. I have also come to realize that I need to get some better clothes. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I have clothes… it’s just that bleach stained tank tops and shorts and skirts don’t really hack it for the Amassadors residence…