My mother ? my idol!
By Lynne Bard, Beyond Rewards
My mother stayed home and raised five children while my father worked to support us.? Ann Bard supported my father in his drive for success as Senior Manager for Armco (now Armtec) in Guelph.?
He worked long hours but always with the support of my mom who was at home raising five children, cooking the meals, doing the laundry, sewing new clothes, cleaning the house and still finding time to volunteer in the community in which we lived ? Guelph.
I remember coming home daily from school with all my friends and walking into a house with fresh baked bread, fresh cookies, pies and more. Our house was the hangout in the neighbourhood because my mom always had fresh baked goods after school.
My dad would often call and say he was bringing someone home for dinner. We would quickly be fed before he got home, the dining room table would be set for the guests and we would be sent to the basement to watch TV in the family room while she entertained for my father.
I look at my mother and feel very proud. She was the first female warden at our church when I was growing up (basically unheard of back then). She supported the Archdeacon in his quest to be the best and his initial move to Bishop of the Diocese in Hamilton.
My mom volunteered in the community through our church and with the city, starting the Seniors? Drop-in Centre that was originally housed behind the Court House on Woolwich Street.
Today, she is a successful business woman, having won two awards of excellence for Tourism, successfully running a large resort for 10 years and now running Cape Chin Country Inn, located on the Bruce Peninsula. The inn, with its two licensed dining rooms and licensed patio, was the original log homestead of one of the first settlers on the Bruce Peninsula.
Ann Bard added a continuance to the Bruce Trail on the property a couple of years ago. The extension is called the Bard Trail. Now at the age 76, she has accomplished all this and more.
Mom, I am so proud of you for believing in others the way you do, for inspiring me to be the best that I can be and for the long hours and dedication you provided to others and to yourself to succeed. You never gave up ? thank you for being you.