Reunited and it feels so....
Not all reunions are happy affairs, and even the joyful ones can have a big effect on how you feel about yourself and your relationships. This week, DNTO visits the reunion and discovers what really lies beneath the name tags.
Who you'll meet on the reunion show:
Sook-Yin Lee hits the streets to ask: "Who have you run into that you wish you hadn't?"
There is one musician I have a reunion with every morning when I walk downstairs
into my living room. That's because years ago, before me, songwriter Jason Collette lived in my house and he painted the floor a distinctive yellow argyle design. Whenever I see it, I think... Jason!
Back in Ethiopia, Ali Saeed's work as a human rights activist landed him several years in a jail cell. But luckily for him Amnesty International intervened, and he escaped to Canada. Reuniting with his wife in Winnipeg, he was all set to start a new life. What he didn't know was that there was another less expected reunion waiting for him. (Also aired on Your DNTO)
You know the situation: A family reunion, esteemed family members from multiple generations gather together for a celebration of your clan.... only things don't go as smoothly as you would have hoped they would. And the next thing you know, you are in a nightmare of a family reunion. But fear not... Joseph Grenny's taken a good look at family reunions, and he has a few tips you can pack into your picnic basket.
Tyler Clark Burke and her sister grew up in a very happy family. Then one day, her parents sat them down and told them they were getting divorced. Their parents never spoke to each other, and Tyler didn't see her mom much. But as the years passed, she started to see her mom a little more... and that led to an even greater reunion. (Also aired on Your DNTO)
Canadian R&B gospel group Krystaal are a trio of brothers with one heck of a reunion story. Michel, Fabian and Aliston Lwamba grew up in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 1990, Michel and Fabian were students at the university...and they took part in protests against the government. The army started shooting and the protest turned into a student massacre. The brothers were separated, running for their lives. Michel found his younger brother, Aliston...and they ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya. They assumed Fabian was dead... but little did they know he had found his way to a different camp. The brothers will tell us how they reunited. (Also aired on Your DNTO)
One of the big advantages of living in a small city like Regina is that you often run into people that you know. Of course, if you're Jean Freeman, that can be a big disadvantage as well.
We tend to think of reunions as positive events. But sometimes they actually make life more complicated. When Jane Edwards was a young woman, she gave up a baby girl for adoption. Thirty-one years later, Jane received a phone call she had been hoping for...and also dreading.
Now if you were picked on as a kid, you may have a fantasy about all the things you'd say if you ever met your bully again. But what really happens when the bully and the victim meet? Holly O'Neill had that experience - but when she was younger, SHE was the one picking on other kids. Holly eventually turned her life around... but as she explains, sometimes your past catches up with you when you least expect it.
Having your beloved pet go missing is very traumatic. Will you ever see Oscar the cat again? Will you be reunited with Peter the budgie? Well, that's when you call Vicky Vaughan - private pet detective. (Also aired on Your DNTO)