Des­ti­na­tions

A fa­ther-daugh­ter duo en­joy qual­ity time to­gether and pro­vide den­tal as­sis­tance to lo­cals in need

More of Our Canada - - Content - by Sally Snethlage,

We have the joy of hav­ing three amaz­ing kids and my hus­band Jo­hannes agreed to take each one on an ad­ven­ture of their choice. Our youngest daugh­ter Melinda, a nurse, wanted to com­bine her ex­cur­sion with a mis­sion trip to help oth­ers—as well as have a joint ad­ven­ture with her dad.

It was de­cided that they would go to the is­land of Zanz­ibar, Tan­za­nia in Africa to as­sist in a den­tal mis­sion trip. The team came from a va­ri­ety of ar­eas, in­clud­ing Ot­tawa and Cam­bridge, Ont., and to­gether brought with them an ar­ray of skills and tal­ents, not to men­tion en­thu­si­asm! While they were there, they helped many lo­cal peo­ple with their den­tal and health needs. Melinda took their vi­tals and pro­vided in­struc­tion on good health habits, while Jo­hannes helped in a non-med­i­cal way—san­i­tiz­ing the in­stru­ments and mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing worked and ran smoothly. With­out him, things would have likely fallen apart.

While in Zanz­ibar, Jo­hannes and Melinda de­cided to take a copy of Our Canada on a wee

snor­kel­ing ad­ven­ture. As you can see from the photo I sent along, the mag­a­zine was safe in a plas­tic bag. Since they were al­ready in Tan­za­nia, they thought that go­ing to the main­land for the ad­ven­ture por­tion of the trip was a great idea. They went on a few sa­faris and then climbed Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, where they brought their copy of Our Canada to the top (see photo on page 54)! As a sur­prise for Jo­hannes, I wanted this story to be pub­lished for his birth­day this year—and here it is! ■

Dear Jo­hannes, sur­prised I hope you are gift! and like your I love you! Sally

Above: Sally’s hus­band Jo­hannes and daugh­ter Melinda got cre­ative with a copy of Our Canada mag­a­zine!

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