Johanna Gronlund's RYES Year
Posted by Colin Heggie on Jul 05, 2016
Johanna Grönlund, our incoming Rotary Youth Exchange Student (RYES) for 2015-16, comes from Sweden. She arrived Aug 14th, 2015, following a grueling flight through Chicago & Seattle, & will be leaving next week. Her parents arrive shortly & will take her to Calgary before heading home. Johanna believes this was both the best & worst year of her life – coping with homesickness, & missing the birth of her god-daughter, but also making many new friends. She got very involved in WL Seaton’s theatre program, enjoyed being a gypsy for Halloween, made the “Honor Choir,” had a family dog for the first time, & really appreciated her host sister Lakin. She believes social media will keep her close to her many new RYES friends from all over the world, & leaves us with many thanks for a wonderful year. “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to leave sight of the shore!” Our club owes a big round of thanks to Geordie & his family, who really took Johanna under their wings.