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How a Mexican Citizen Established Roots in the Region
by Oriana Familiar, Development Advisor - CLD de Brome-Missisquoi | 16 March 2019

Why would a Mexican citizen leave her warm and sunny country and its spicy foods to come and shovel snow and eat poutine???

That’s the question that people would ask me every week since 2002, the year of my arrival in Montreal, to complete a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences at the University of McGill.

And, since my arrival in Brome-Missisquoi, in 2013, people also ask me the following question: Why would a girl from a big metropolitan city, such as Mexico City, decide to come live in the country, in Cowansville?

In fact, I was acquainted with both Sutton and Bromont for quite a while because I love to go snowboarding. Ah! Yes, this also surprises people! However, I truly learned a lot about Brome-Missisquoi while I was interning at the CLD when I was completing my master studies in environmental management at the University of Sherbrooke. That was when I discovered this rich natural area with its landscapes, its mountains, rivers and lakes. I also discovered its numerous activities, such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, rowing, golf and snowshoeing. I was amazed to find such a wealth of history, culture and gastronomy in the region. My ancestors come from Spain, so visiting cathedrals, museums, vineyards and cheese factories are an essential part of my education!

As I was falling in love with Brome-Missisquoi, the love of my life waited for me to return to Montreal every weekend. We finally decided to move to Cowansville in December 2014.

Today, we have a lovely home with a brook and a forest in the background. We’ve found a fine quality of life here for our 2-year-old son and our 9-year-old dog.

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