Time to be thankful: A Christmas Story


I am thankful that my mother is visiting my family for the first time to Canada and last week she decided she wanted to go to church. I must confess I haven’t been to church in ages so it was kind of hard for me to swallow. At first I made arrangements for a family friend to come pick her up and take her to church – after all, they go to the same church. The look in her eyes said it all, she wanted to go to church with her one and only son whom she had conquered her fear of flying and flew thousands of miles to come and see.

Oh what the heck, Sunday came and I took her to church. Walking in seeing those familiar faces I hadn’t seen in a long time with huge smiles from ear to ear made it worthwhile. I now understand how the prodigal son felt when he returned home after squandering his father’s wealth from the welcome that I received. Everyone was happy to see me, I had my son with me, whom they had last seen when he was a year or 2 old, now 6 years old. I must say everyone made me feel comfortable and I could see the twinkle in my mother’s eye as we went around greeting people. The sermon was based on being thankful and the young man who was leading the congregation asked that we dedicate the day to any one person who has done good in our lives according to us, he asked us to pray for that individual and be thankful for the good/impact they have had in our lives. The message of the sermon has stayed with me till today and as I reflect I know realize how blessed I am to have so much to be thankful of:

  • Right now Canada is welcoming in refugees from Syria, Mainstreet Equity Corp. has pledged up to 200 suites for the refugees throughout western Canada. I am thankful first to the Government of Canada for the continuous generosity they show to people in need, and as a former refugee myself to Canada I couldn’t be happier to be a part of Mainstreet Equity Corp.
  • I am thankful that my mother finally conquered her fear of flying and is in Canada … experiencing a white Christmas for the first time with me and my family … she hates the cold already!!
  • I am thankful for each and every individual that I work with at Mainstreet Equity Corp., as a team we support each other in our day to day work. I might have not taken the time to show my gratitude to my fellow work mates, be assured I am grateful for the time that we spend together at work.
  • I am thankful to Sheena, Johnny and Bob for giving me an opportunity to be a part of their great organization, and that I have a job in these tough times.

To everyone reading this I say a merry Christmas and wish you a prosperous 2016.

Mainstreet Equity Corp. is a publicly traded (TSX: MEQ) residential real estate company in Canada. Mainstreet currently owns and operates properties in Surrey, BC; New Westminster, BC; Abbotsford, BC; Calgary, AB; Cochrane, AB; Lethbridge, AB; Edmonton, AB; Fort Saskatchewan, AB; and Saskatoon, SK.

Mainstreet provides affordable, renovated apartment suites to Canadians, and is committed to creating real value without diluting shareholder interests.

About the Author
Tawanda Nzara

Tawanda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Mainstreet's Calgary property portfolio.

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