Ukrainian-born Andrey immigrated to Canada with his parents at six years old. Later, his love for traveling brought him across the globe to Georgia, where he spent six months working as an election observer.
“I fell in love with the culture, the people and the magical country. While working in Georgia, I met the love of my life, Natia.” Just as the relationship was blossoming, Natia’s career took her to Kazahkstan.
“Life changed dramatically for me. I was rushing home every day after work so we could Skype. As I got to know Natia more and more, I realized this is the person that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. No borders could keep us apart.”
After Andrey’s contract expired, he reunited with his love. They went on to have a traditional Georgian wedding in Batumi where they first met.
"A year later we had our first child, the joy of our lives.”
“We debated the merits of living in Canada or Georgia. In the end we decided to open the first English-based kindergarten in Batumi. Natia and I really wanted the children of Georgia, the future of this beautiful country, to have an opportunity for a first-class education. Our mission at our kindergarten, Elmo's Club, is to provide an academically challenging and stimulating environment for all children, and to enable them to realize their full potential.”
“I have reached a very fulfilling point in my life. I have an amazing wife, who is very supportive and understanding. I have a beautiful daughter, who gives us our greatest pleasure. I am an owner of a thriving business that I hope will make a positive impact on the world. I live in a semi-tropical paradise by the sea, surrounded by beautiful people and culture. Of course, life is not without its challenges, but I hope to continue to grow, learn and make a positive impact.”