Host Cecil Aaron anticipated that Chris Caithness’s presentation might have a number of references to her recently departed son, our Rotary Youth Exchangee Connor Ovens, and so it turned out!
But before we get to that, Chris grew up in Esperance, the daughter of a Rotarian, and the youngest of four children.  Chris trained as an Occupational Therapist at Curtin but not before spending a year in Finland as a Rotary Exchange student, during 1995.
After returning from Finland she continued dating Connor’s father Paul and they married in 2000.  Connor was born in 2002, and soon after Chris’ marriage ended in divorce.  She added a Masters degree in Occupational Safety and Health through distance education and worked for WorkSafe for some years.  Chris married Brent in 2010 and after Bailey was born in 2011, she started working with Brent in their window tinting and signage business.  Jackson (Jacka) arrived in 2013.
Early last year, Chris met Associate Member Kate Zappa at the school their children attend and they bonded over their shared RYE experience.  Kate encouraged Chris to pursue the possibility of RYE for Connor, which brings us back to where we started! 
As a Rotarian, Chris is looking forward to hosting our inbound RYE and also taking the family to Germany via the USA and London, to see Connor later this year.  Connor will be hosted by two families in Willich, and will soon start year 11 at a private catholic school, before moving to year 12 in August after the summer holidays.
If you or someone you know is interested in RYE, please make a point of coming to the special dinner meeting we’ll be hosting on Tuesday evening, 3 March, at the Brentwood Karoonda Sporting Association building in Booragoon.