Couple, now engaged, overwhelmed by community’s generosity and support
I am writing on behalf of Paul Thomson and Carla Henderson. They would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to Evan Seal for writing such a heartfelt and touching story about them on Feb. 14 (“We don’t need luck. We’ve got each other.”). The article is a wonderful keepsake of their very special day.
On the evening of Feb. 14, Paul asked Carla to marry him at the Semiahmoo House Society’s Acquired Brain Injury Program in Newton. Paul and Carla became engaged in front of family, friends and their support network. Carla happily accepted Paul’s proposal, and there was not a dry eye in the room as everyone watched Paul slip the ring on Carla’s finger.
José Latchinian and Debora Dent of José & Co. Custom Jewellers were also present, as they delivered two chocolate hearts and a ring that was custom-made for Carla by José. The ring fit Carla perfectly and looks absolutely beautiful.
The certificate of appraisal for the ring states it is appraised at $1,600. Paul says “José is an angel,” and gave José $310 and a bottle of wine in appreciation of his generous donation. The was money raised by friends and Paul’s support network.
Paul and Carla have expressed how grateful they both are for the support and generosity that everyone has shown them. They often say “we still can’t believe it.”
The generosity continued after the article appeared in The Leader on Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 15 a White Rock resident donated a beautiful wedding dress to Carla after reading their story. It will fit her perfectly.
We have received numerous messages that this was such a wonderful story to read.
Sylvia Hoeree, Program Coordinator
Semiahmoo House Society
On behalf of Paul Thomson and Carla Henderson