This Foundation was his Dream. It lives on in his Memory.
Gregg started his travels to the Dominican Republic in 2001 when he and his wife, Giselle, visited Puerto Plata for a two week stay. They quickly fell in love with the country and its children, and continued returning each year. He did not realize at that time that this would be the start of a dream to help the underprivileged children of the Dominican Republic. Eventually, he became involved as a member and Director of Beyond the Beach Childrens Foundation, along with several other dedicated people who shared this dream. Over the years his passion to help these children led him to be involved in several local charities such as Mustard Seed, Dream Project and Sosua Kids on the North Coast through the Foundation. He eventually furthered that dream to the East Coast in the Punta Cana area. Gregg was also involved in the annual Dominican Fiesta which began 2004 in Blenheim, Ontario and was fortunate to attend each year until his untimely death in 2010. Gregg will always be remembered as the guy who brought over 200 jerseys for the childrens ball teams in Punta Cana. In essence, Greggs dream was to see the less fortunate children have a true smile on their faces and to bring a little joy to their life. Gone But Never Forgotten!
We first met Rachel at a Beyond The Beach Children’s Foundation Dominican Fiesta in 2005 in
St. Catherine’s Ontario. From the moment we all met her, we felt like we had known her for years – she made everyone she came in touch with, feel so much at ease. Beyond the Beach Children’s Foundation asked Rachel to become a Director in February 2008 and we were so honoured when she accepted. In 2010, Rachel became our secretary and held that position until her resignation in August of 2012. Little did we know that just 6 months later, only her memories would remain. Rachel loved the children of the Dominican Republic and worked so tirelessly with helping them in so many ways for many years, even before becoming involved with our foundation. I read this recently and the memory of Rachel immediately came to my mind – “ One of the best feelings in the world is knowing that both your presence and absence both mean something to someone."
“RIP” Rachel – we have all benefited from being so fortunate to have known and worked with you. Olive Thompson, President