Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Our last Full Day in Jamaica

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

On February 23rd, it was a great day to be a Canadian! Team Canada won Gold in the Mens Olympic hockey game against Sweden. Despite the fact that the game started at 7:00am, the lobby was packed with Hockey fans to watch the final game. I have never seen my roommate Matt Lewis get out of bed so fast in my life, especially at 6:30am. Every time the Canadian team scored the entire place would erupt and could be heard from all across the resort. If you weren't Canadian you probably didn't get much sleep at the resort because the Canadian team scored 3 goals to defeat the Swedish team to take home the gold medal.

Hundreds of Canadian fans watching the Gold medal game

After the game, most of us were busy working on our final reports to hand in to our faculty advisers, Natalya Brown, Linda Piper, and Manuel Litalien. Getting work done was a fairly difficult task because we literally had paradise at our doorsteps. Everyone was also exhausted from getting up so early to watch the hockey game. Once everyone had finished, we headed back out to the beach to soak up as much sun as possible before we were scheduled to head back to Canada and the freezing cold weather the next morning. 

Sunset Grand Hotel, Ocho Rios Jamaica

Sunset Grand Hotel beach front, Ocho Rios Jamaica

At the end of the night, the entire team met for a delicious Chinese dinner to celebrate the amazing trip we have had. Many of us were burnt to a crisp but satisfied with how everything went. We had many laughs as a group and had a great time enjoying each other's company at dinner. There was no better way to end such an amazing experience! 

From left to right: Matt, Zach, Alex, Caitlyn, James, Natalya, Manuel, Kerry Lynn

From left to right: Lisa, John, Brittany, Tyler, Corey, Dana, Tanika, Shelby, Astoria

Overall, the iLEAD trip was an absolute success and will definitely be a major highlight of our university careers. The practical business skills we gained and the enriching experiences we shared while in Jamaica will undoubtedly always be remembered!