The fights between the staff members were getting worse. Some were great, some terrible. Many times, I felt like just firing the next person that walked through my door and complained about their salary. I had still not been able to pay myself anything. Borrowing from here and there was becoming more frequent. I was bringing in so much money I couldn’t understand why. Every time I talked to Serena about it, she would flash papers at me saying it is what it is. Serena began coming to me saying these people or those people did not take checks. Only cash or money order payments. When bills had to be paid by check she would fill it out, bring it to me to sign it and all was done. Serena had four staff members receiving their full salaried with nothing taken off for taxes. She had convinced me that out accountant told her to write them off as subcontractors and make them pay their own taxes. The staff were all for that! Slowly, I began to notice the staff members not really talking to me anymore. I would have the feeling that there was talking going on behind my back. Owen would soon find a way to get in on the action coming around very often. The society was so busy that I ended up offering him a piece of my Americanadian company. Selling off the skilled worker division so he could open a company and take that part over. I helped him think of the perfect name and talked him into hiring Serenas sister to run it for him. She was looking for work at the time and I was told she was a quick learner. I even ended up getting her the salary she wanted, to work in his new company. If someone had a problem, I was always great at fixing it. In my lifetime, I had become the master of fixing everyone’s problems. It seemed natural and there was always a simple solution that they themselves, never saw. I was always very able to make almost anyone’s problems, disappear. It’s funny, I still have the knack to do this today. Always able to fix anyone’s problems but my own.
I ended up selling a third of the shares to Owen. He wanted to be a part of everything including the society. In the contract, all I was willing to give up for the society was him being able to attend out meetings and provide input. He seemed happy with that when almost a year earlier, he had offered me two million for the presidency. He was always a little pushy but a smart businessman. Owen was an all around great person. When he went to Nova Scotia, he knew I loved lobster and brought a cooler full of them back for me. He attended our marketing events in the malls to gain the public’s awareness of who we are and what we did. Naturally, when it came to people finding jobs, we did not only cater to the foreign workers, we also catered to many Canadians looking for work as well. When an employer needed employees or good workers, they didn’t really care where they were from. They only cared that the job would get done properly and efficiently. Whatever the job was. For us, it was certainly easier to give them Canadians workers. No paperwork involved. We let everyone we could know that if they needed a job, to please come to us. The more applicants in our database with diverse talent and trades, the better. An employer could come to us and say they needed twenty landscapers immediately and we could fulfil their needs. We had some wrath from Canadians time to time thinking that we only catered to foreigners but were they ever wrong! Hiring Canadians just made sense. No hassle with government and papers what so ever. It was not only just about business. I was so talented at helping people and my companies did just that, all the time. A simple idea from so long ago would turn into such a success. I ended up meeting and working with a lady in Taiwan. She was so similar to me. Our hearts matched. She had quit a company she was working for because she couldn’t take the harassment they did to their clients. Gauging them for high end dollars with promises to work in Canada. She ended up flying to Canada to meet me with the high interest of opening up the same society in Taiwan. We hit it off. She was great! It would have been a pleasure to work with her. We both had the same care and compassion for people. I wish she lived in Canada. I would have made her a partner in a heart beat! Before she left back to Taiwan she agreed on a handshake that we would work together and start branching out this amazing society which would in turn begin to help people all over the world.
In all that time being in the new office, I had heard that the Japanese client I was told of in our old office was wanting to start the process of staying in Canada indefinitely. She was all alone with just her daughter. She had fled Japan after her father passed away. She had gotten pregnant by a gang member in Japan and he was high up in the list of this huge gang feared by all Japanese people. When her mother found out she was pregnant, she told her daughter to escape. She was one of two daughters. Her sister was always very mean to her and they were not close. Her sister was very money hungry and stole from her any chance she would get. She told me when they were little, her sister would steal money from her piggy bank and offer to take her out for icecream. Her sister ended up marrying a prince. A real prince! They lived in Paris. When their father died, they were given twenty million, each girl. Her sister left to Paris with her prince and my friend fled Japan touring different countries in hopes of finding a place to settle. The tour ended short. She was now about to have a baby and didn’t know where to go so she went to Paris. To her sister. The baby was born in Paris. A little girl. After the babies birth, she had a huge fight with her sister and the prince and ended up fleeing once again. Same travelled some more with a baby now in tow. She went to India searching for a place to live. While in India, she went to see a medium. They would tell her things no one would have known. This man told her to go to Canada. He even specified Calgary and not Edmonton. She would soon apply for a study permit to learn English as her entrance to Canada because her English was so bad. She never cared to learn it but if that was her ticket into Canada, she would have done anything. The medium also told her that devastation was coming to the world. The safest place she could be in the whole world was in Canada. Particularly Calgary, Alberta. After much more travelling, she landed in Canada when her daughter was eight years old. A study permit was also issued for her daughter so she could attend school. When she landed in Canada, she met a man who was an immigration lawyer. He helped her to settle and do all the paperwork for her. They would soon fall in love with each other. Only when their relationship got intimate, did she learn that he was an abuser. He loved to hit women. He truly had no respect for a woman and treated them like walking meat. He even abused her in front of her daughter threatening her that if she didn’t listen, she would be next.
When this woman came to our office, I did not know any of this. My associate came to me and asked me if I remembered her and confirming that the Humanitarian and Compassionate package was the best one for her. After running it through our lawyer, that was all agreed upon and the process began. My associate gave her a to do list, to gather all the proper documentation for the appication including passport photos for her and her daughter. After about a week of her process she was introduced to me in my office. We sat for a few hours chatting about her life and she would do nothing but thank me and tell me how much she admired and loved the association. She told me about a huge Tsunami that had hit Tokyo Japan recently and the air was all full of radiation. She had friends there and was so worried about them. They were not returning any of her emails. She would soon start to come by almost everyday, bring me snacks and cinommon rolls. We had much in common. Our both daughters were the same age and had the same name! We had both gone through abuse. Different types of abuse but still, abuse is abuse period! I had never really told her too much about my story. In time, we would become great friends. Talking always, I would just tell her bits and pieces. She would tell me at one point, that she cursed her sister. She was always so angry with her! The only blood she had was so evil, her both parents had now passed away, she would tell me. She would also get the courage to finally break it off with her immigration lawyer lover. We would meet plenty of times for dinners and lunches. Our daughters would play together and have sleep overs. We became great friends. While visiting one of our staff one day, she again was admiring the business and wanted to be a part of it. My staff member told her that she could buy shares. To talk to me about it. The following morning, my staff member told me she was on her way to discuss shares with me. It was at the same time I had the people from Taiwan in my office learning about our society as they were wanting to open one in Taiwan. She came with some pop and a huge box of cinommon rolls for me. Everyone got to meet everyone! We chatted about the Taiwan office and now about my Japanese friend wanting to open up an office in Japan. Three offices to be exact, she said! Everyone was excited about this new venture coming up. We immediately went online and started reaching out to the Japanese consulate for further information about rules and regulations in Japan.
We chatted, all of us for the rest of the afternoon. We were all ready to start this new chapter!