“The disparity between rich and poor in the Dominican is unbelievable,” said Bob Tisdale, President and COO of Pembridge Insurance. “You see the big all-inclusive resorts in one part, and impoverished citizens living in deplorable conditions in rural areas. I was really happy to participate in spreading the reach of BTCC to help these residents realize hope and improved lives.”
Bob was joined by fellow staff, brokers and friends, who split into two groups to build sturdy houses for deserving families. What they all agreed upon was it was an experience of a lifetime.
“Being part of a group of people who come together for the good of the cause to help others always leaves you with a great feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction,” recalls Barb Newington, Pembridge Provincial Underwriting Manager. “Although the conditions in DR were quite different than what we experienced on our last trip with BTCC to Nicaragua, there was still lots of laughter and friendships made, as we came together over a week of hard work.” Barb already signed up for the next Pembridge trip in March 2020.
While the most rewarding aspect of the experience is seeing the result of the finished homes and overwhelming gratitude of the recipients, the trip is also an opportunity to bond with other insurance professionals. As Bob recalls “Travelling with such a dynamic group of volunteers made the work not feel like work. I forged relationships with my colleagues and the participating brokers in a new way. We shared living accommodations, shared every meal together, and worked together through challenging labour, language barriers and weather conditions. There were so many laughs, stories told and created, and powerful bonds made that will never be broken.”