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Stories of Love & Friendship


I have a confession to make... I'm a hopeless romantic!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, I interviewed couples and best friends.

Here are their stories:

Normand & Thérèse

As told by Thérèse

How long have you been together?

"We have been together for 67 years, and will celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary this spring."

How did you meet?

"We met at a party at a common friend's home. At the time, we were both there on a date with other people. Afterwards, we would run into each other around town and enjoy chatting. One day, Normand asked me to go skiing with him on the hill in our village. We had a lovely time!"

How did you know your partner was the one for you?

"I knew my husband was the one for me from the beginning. I had no doubt in my mind! How did Normand know that I was the one for him? Because he felt completely at home right away with my family and I. Also, he said I was the most beautiful brunette he had ever seen in his life!"

What makes your relationship work?

"We have been laughing together everyday since the day we met! It's important to never forget to have fun and play with your partner. They are your family."

Alena & Julie

As told by Alena

How long have you been together?

"To date, we have been together for a little over 2 years. We have been married for just over a year."

How did you meet?

"We met at CHEO (Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario). Julie had worked there for about 5 years and I was just starting to work there as a student. Julie trained me in June and it is safe to say I fell in love with her at first sight! We didn't date until December, I had some chasing to do! When you know what you want you have to go get it, right? :)"

How did you know your partner was the one for you?

"In the strangest of ways, I knew Julie was right for me the second I met her. Because we didn't date until later, I had the privilege of knowing her as a friend and ultimately, it was her humour and smile that got me. As soon as we went on a date, the rest was history. Julie knew I was the one after we were driving home together and we belted out a Taylor Swift song. She says she liked how open I was!"

What makes your relationship work?

"It is a good mix of trust, commitment and communication. We also try to meet each other half way, when we do not agree on the same thing. Forgiveness and always seeing the other's perspective is also very important to us! Last but not least is humour. We laugh till we cry at least once a day."

Josée & Mario

As told by Josée

How long have you been together?

"19 years! We feel so blessed to have met each other so young."

How did you meet?

"We met in the cafeteria at University. Mario was taking his French university class as part of a summer camp. I was a councillor for the French immersion camp for anglophone teenagers. We would see each other often during mealtime. One day, he asked me out but I declined since he was younger than me (I was 21 at the time, he was 18). I found him oh so handsome and charming! We stayed friends and 8 months later, when he turned 19, he convinced me to go out on a date with him. As they say, the rest is history!"

How did you know your partner was the one for you?

"I knew Mario was the one for me and the one I would marry, when forever and a lifetime did not seem long enough to spend with him. I still feel that way after 19 years. I love his sense of humour and his kindness. He knew I was the one for him because he felt how strong our bond was right away."

What makes your relationship work?

"I think what makes our relationship work is teamwork and laughter. You've got to have a sense of humour."

Lindsay & Liane

As told by Lindsay

How long have you been friends?

"We met 9 years ago."

How did you meet?

"I first met Liane on a Sens themed Boat Cruise Fundraiser. She was one of the lead organizers, manning the mic and introducing all the games like a boss. Right away, I knew I liked this girl. It was not long after this initial meeting that we started hanging out together. She became the other token girl while out with my husband and all his guy friends - my wing-man, err or wing-woman!"

How did you know you would become such great friends?

"I loved that she could hang with the guys and wasn’t a girly girl! Having grownup with an old