By the time I left my job at the CBC in May, my daughter was in her first year at school.
She was just two.
In June, I told her about the CWA.
She hadn’t been to one yet, but I asked her to go for a ride and talk about it.
She didn’t have the energy to ask me why, and she was too scared to ask.
The next day, I brought her to a CWA meeting.
It was a big event, packed with people from around the country.
I had told my wife to keep a lookout for my kids when we got there, but it seemed like everyone was doing a lot of talking and joking.
I’d never seen anything like it.
A couple of months later, my family started going out for dinner with friends.
I was the only one in my family who was there.
The CWA has grown into a global organisation that employs more than 1.8 million people in more than 70 countries.
At the end of every year, it awards a grant of up to $50 million to local and regional businesses and organisations, and the winners make a contribution to the CCA.
I’ve always been proud of what I do, and it’s hard to imagine any of us doing what I’m doing.
For the first time in my life, I have my own children.
I’m still in love with my wife, who is a teacher.
I am also still the only Canadian at work.
It’s a pretty good day when we can all be together.
I still get up at four o’clock and drive back to my office and my office is empty.
I know I won’t be able to make it to work tomorrow because of my children, but the CBA says they’re still going to give me $5,000 for the first week, and then they’re going to cut that down to $2,000 per week.
I feel so relieved that my life is back to normal.
I don’t feel like I’m the only person with the flu or a person who can’t eat or drink.
When I go to bed at night, I still feel sick.
But I’m not too worried about the next flu.
I just know that I have a long way to go.
The real challenges are going to be around work and family.
The CBC has a lot to offer to Canadians who want to make a difference, and for me it’s really about getting the best out of my job, but at the same time being part of the bigger conversation about how we can make Canada a better place.
My son is six, and I’m going to miss him so much.
But even though he’s six, he’s still my child.
I hope he’ll grow up to be a great man who’ll help others and be a role model for us all.