Archive: May 2012


Living life in phases as it presents itself is rewarding and enjoyable though sometimes challenging.

My name is Choice Idonije. I am a Nigerian Canadian since 1990.  I was born in a small town called Sapele in the Delta State of Nigeria, West Africa in the 50s where I had all my education.  After school I worked as a Quantity Surveyor with an oil company called the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.  Quantity Surveyors are known as Building Estimators here in Canada.

I am married with 4 adult children and 3 beautiful grand children.  My husband, 3 of our children and I came to Canada as missionaries and settled initially in St Pierre Jollies where my husband travelled to Otterburne to attend Otterburne Bible College to study divinity and theology.  I travelled to the Red River Community College to study Building Construction.  I later switched into the Accounting profession for lack of work in the building construction industry within small communities.

We relocated to Rock Lake where we worked as the resident Pastors at the Family Enrichment Camp for 2 years.

After we were made aware of an opportunity to work and help people in the City of Brandon, we moved there from Rock Lake. Once there my husband, with the help of the community pioneered an outreach to the less fortunate, addressing homelessness, poverty, and other issues for the next 25 years.

A year ago, my husband and I retired and moved here (the city of Winnipeg) to be close to our daughter, her family and the airport.

I enjoy travelling, good food, music, sight seeing and reading biographies. In 2011 for example, I travelled for 9 of the 12 months.  This year however I have scaled back my travelling because I want to enjoy more time at home with my family, neighbors, church and of course my fellow toastmasters.

Now that I’m retired, my goal is to develop the ability to confidently address an audience and give presentations in a clear and concise manner for this next phase of my life.

Living life in phases as it presents itself is rewarding and enjoyable though sometimes challenging.