At a young age of 9, I was one of the first handful of campers that kicked off the inaugural year in 1981. I started as a day camper at the Hollows Camp with my best friend along with 5 or 6 others. We quickly became friends and enjoyed the wide variety of activities the camp had to offer from waterfront boating activities, arts and crafts, archery and drama. However, my favourite was the ability to learn how to ride a horse in the English discipline. It was here at camp, that I fell in love with this sport and continued my development outside of camp for many years in lessons and competing on the trillium circuit with Janet as my coach. Each and every summer I returned to camp which quickly moved from only a day camp to offering residence camp, meeting up with my friends from the previous year and being introduced to new ones every year after. I developed and amazing relationship with Janet and Stephan as if they were my second family, so much so, that they offered me my first job as a mother’s helper looking after their son Morgan in their home one summer. The following summer and every year after that for many years, I was a camp counsellor and working with other amazing staff members, I now had the honour of taking on the amazing task of leading the campers in their daily activities as they experience what I had in my previous years as a camper. I was a riding instructor developing the young minds with a love of horses and teaching them from the basics of horse care and stable management to jumping. Every summer I now looked forward to meeting up with my counsellor friends just as I did as a camper, one in particular stood out....Rob Côté. After many years at camp as a counsellor I had moved away and could no longer be a part of camp but never lost touch of those memories of laughter, friends, campfires and talent shows. I decided to drop in one afternoon around lunchtime with my youngest daughter Jordyn to show her where I spent many summers. After being invited to stay for “Mac and cheese” day, a camp favourite I remember well ...Janet offered myself and Jordyn a tour to show us all the incredible changes the camp has made over the last 30 years. It was after this tour that my daughter was excited to start her camp experience and enjoy all the things (and more) that I had. A proud moment for me to be able to share this with my second generation. It was during this time, fellow alumni Rob Côté was also bringing his children to camp reuniting us again. I am happy to announce that we are now engaged all because of our experiences as young adults at the Hollows Camp. Of course we have chosen the camp to be the venue of choice to exchange our wedding vows. The Hollows Camp was something that created a love of the outdoors and fun as a child, a love of friendships and experiences as a counsellor, and a lifetime of happiness with the love of my life!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.