Lynne Benoit Retires as Canadian Consular Agent in Vallarta-Nayarit

Gerardo Gonzalez - Vallarta Opina
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December 19, 2013

Lynne Benoit has just announced that she will stop working as Consular Agent of Canada in the Vallarta-Nayarit region on January 1, 2014. December 31 will be her last day on the job after 20 years of being in that position. Lynne made a point of thanking her supporters and stated that Puerto Vallarta will remain in her heart.

Lynne states, "I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the authorities and other people I have worked with in Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima. For 20 years, these people have allowed me to do my work efficiently due to their cooperation, passion, sense of humor, support and mutual respect of serving Canadian citizens traveling or living in this region. Without that support, it would have been impossible to resolve many of the consular cases.

Many of you have supported me unconditionally over the years as I organized events to raise funds for worthy causes such as the Terry Fox Runs and thank you wholeheartedly. I grew up with you as a person with all the shared experiences and life lessons learned by attending to Canadians facing difficulties.

I am grateful to have had the privilege of being able to share compassion to help as many Canadians and their families to support them when they needed it. My greatest satisfaction is knowing that most of the time the assistance provided was sincerely grateful and we could help lower stress and pain experienced by Canadian consular cases and make a difference. There will always be people who criticize our work and difficult customers, but these people do not represent a significant percentage and eventually also learn from these experiences.

I could write a book for having seen so many different, sad, funny and sometimes very rare consular cases as well as on the history of Canadian tourism in Puerto Vallarta! I never had time to be bored as these challenges gave me the opportunity to do a job that is very important and that allowed me to give my best every day.

I arrived in Puerto Vallarta in 1986 representing Canada and taking office as the Honorary Consul of Canada in 1993 to continue as Consular Agent.

This year, 2014, will be for me and my daughter Marianick who was born in Puerto Vallarta, to begin a new chapter in our life where  we'll be living in Canada at the beginning of July. We are positive in facing this new challenge and there's no doubt that Puerto Vallarta will be forever in our hearts."

Translated and edited by Team Angels

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