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John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer

Posted November 21, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
From November 24th to December 1st the world recognizes AIDS Awareness Week.  This is a time to remember those who have passed on, and to contribute to efforts that fight for the dignity, support and care of those living with HIV/AIDS.
Posted September 16, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.My life has proven this to me time and time again.The one time of course that I questioned this scenario was the day I found out I was HIV+.
 
It still baffles me today when I think of how my life has shifted so dramatically from where I thought I was heading. 
Posted September 5, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
I have been struggling this past while with such things as rejection, an example of this is having been denied a spot at camp this year. I applied to go as a staff volunteer and found myself sending the camp an apology letter for my abruptness when I initially got the news. Others were seeing this behavioral change and suggested the following:
Conflict Check In:
Point 1Take five deep, slow, long breathsJohn’s take on it - Helps to relax, withdraw momentarily from the situation, and helps keep composure
Posted September 5, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
Last year I received my 15 year Ontario Service Award for Volunteers, as well as, the Gretchen Sangster Award for Education presented by Gretchen and ACCKWA. I would like to share a couple of scenarios that keep me moving forward through words of respect and appreciation:
Kitchener RecordManulife FinancialJune 9, 2012
Applauding our community volunteers
Posted September 5, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
What a life lesson…………………my Mother tells me to check in with seniors living in our neighborhood to assist with any chores they needed to be done. These were not just complete strangers however, although it wouldn’t have mattered anyhow. These were customers of my Mother’s, as she was a Leading Avon Representative, not only in London but for Southwestern Ontario. Prizes that she obtained for top sales included a new car. Certainly not the kind of prizes they give nowadays that I know of.
Posted September 5, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
You must be gay…………….I lived with this statement for years growing up………………..the answer is YES. Some would then suggest that you must be gay because you were labeled as such? The thought crossed my mind different times, till such time as I became attracted to the same sex. I was around girls endlessly, to say the least. Some guys were even jealous, but you still must be gay. There was no evidence to me that hockey players considered the possibility that dance lessons could enhance their own skills in the 60’s and 70’s.
Posted September 5, 2014 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
Living a life of a normal child, till the age of 10 that is... my life course changed before my eyes. I came home from school one day after seeing a production performed by a touring group with the National Ballet of Canada at our Elementary School. I announced to my Parents (adoptive Parents), that I wanted to become a ballet dancer. My Mother passed me the phone book and said, look up some dance schools and give some a call. I grew up in London, ON and the first place I called was Dorothy Carter’s School of Dance Arts, later to become known as Victoria Carter’s London Dance Centre.
I eventually moved from my hometown to Kitchener, Ontario and found myself at the doorstep of the local AIDS Service Organization, and over the course of 17 years I obtained support from this agency. Support was strongly needed to help me overcome the stigma that came with an HIV diagnosis. ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area) became my second home. As the blood started to flow through my veins again, so did my desire to connect with the outside world.
After 10 years of training to become a Classical Ballet Dancer, it was now time to venture away from the nest to start performing professionally. I left Ontario to settle in Halifax Nova Scotia, joining a very young dance company. The first year came and went by so quickly. And then came the news that funding would not allow the company to exist the following season. It was devastating. However, I was young and full of energy and my career soon took me to the other side of the country to Edmonton, Alberta.
It seems like yesterday when my Mother sat at the kitchen table across from me and told me that I was adopted.
“Whatever you decide to do, know that we love you very much and will not hold you back,”is what she  said to me.
Of course I felt that I had to say something in return. The first thing that came to mind was simply that they are my parents. And there is no need to be concerned that I will want to search out my biological parents.
I had only been dancing for 2 or 3 years when I decided to attend Vorp’s Summer School Dance Program in Toronto. I had the privilege of being taught by the Artistic Director of Dance Detroit who offered me an opportunity of a lifetime. He pulled me aside one day and asked if I would consider dancing in his production of The Nutcracker that winter!
Posted December 11, 2012 by John Henry Rombough-Davie aka The Dreamer
I just returned from doing another talk to a small group of 13-15 yr olds. The questions they asked following certainly indicated to me that they were listening rather intently. This is exactly what I love to see, as it means it's become an educational tool for sure. They will undoubtedly take this information and apply it in a variety of ways to further educate themselves and others. They were just finishing up lunch when we arrived and it smelt like we walked into a restaurant not a church.
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