Hello. It’s nice to meet you. Thank you for having chosen to read our profile. We’re Olivier and Dimitri, and we hope you’ll like what you’ll read. We wish we could have this conversation in person, but for now, we’re happy to be able to share a little bit of our life story with you.
We are both high school teachers and we live and work in beautiful Vancouver. Dimitri teaches English literature and Olivier teaches French. On a regular day, we speak English at work and French at home, and we will bring up our child in this exciting bilingual environment.
Our home is roomy and safe. We have a welcoming outdoor space large enough for kids to play, and a bright bedroom ready for a child. Our house is in an ideal neighbourhood for families, close to beaches and parks, schools, community centers and the always fantastic Stanley Park. BC Children hospital is just a few minutes away.
We met in Switzerland, over 10 years ago, in a small town where we both lived for most of our lives. Very early on in our relationship, there were two things we talked about: our desire to expand our horizons and find a place of our choosing that would become our home, and the strong desire to have children. Switzerland is a beautiful country, but its centuries of history and traditions are holding it back somewhat, especially when it comes to gay rights. As a result, we knew that our dreams of founding a family would probably never happen there. When our sisters and brothers started having children of their own, it reminded us ever so strongly that there was something missing in our lives.
When we set foot in Vancouver several years ago, we knew that was the place where we wanted to dig our family roots. We made new friends, became permanent residents of Canada, moved to a large and comfortable home, and both found a good and permanent teaching position in excellent schools, where we are looking after what sometimes look like over a million students, and we truly love our lives here.
We cannot believe our luck and our excitement that you have decided to read this letter. Since we only have two pages to describe what our life looks like, and what our values are when it comes to raising a child, we wanted to focus on words that we think define us well.
When spending time with family, friends, colleagues or students, we strongly value trust and respect. We always like to look at the bright side of life and have built around us a network of like-minded people. When surrounded with kind and optimistic people, you can’t help but feel happy yourself. We were lucky to both be raised in loving and supportive families, and we’re now inspired by these positive values in our relationships, especially with our nephew, 5 nieces, and goddaughters. Probably thanks to his values, Olivier has developed a caring bond with his first goddaughter, who was adopted herself, and who is now a brave and confident young woman.
Curious and Open-minded
The world is an amazing place, and keeping our eyes open to the extraordinary is what drives us everyday. It is this desire to know more that made us want to become teachers, and when we can share this thirst for knowledge with our students, we feel happy and proud. We are fortunate to speak multiple languages, and this has opened many doors for us and allowed us to meet unique people. We would, therefore, raise our child in a bilingual French and English home, benefiting from both Canadian and Swiss citizenships.
We both love to read, and in our home, books are hard to miss. Dimitri can’t fall asleep until he has read at least a few pages; he can’t wait to start reading bedtime stories to our child. Whether it is when Olivier is playing the piano or discovering new music, when Dimitri is cooking his favourite recipes, or when we are both enjoying a night at the theatre, we always find a way to satisfy our curiosity.
We would like our children to share this love for inquiry, and we’ll make sure that they are comfortable to talk to us about absolutely everything, feeling supported and loved.
How lucky are we to live in a place like Vancouver? There are so many things to do here, that it is sometimes hard to decide if we should go hiking, biking, snowboarding or stargazing. These are a few of our favourite things. We are very excited at the idea of exploring the province with our child, telling them campfire stories, and learning the names of stars together. Being in the outdoors is wonderful, and it is even more meaningful when you get to share those moments with friends and family. We love having people over, and Dimitri is famous for his Sunday brunches, which have become a weekly tradition. Many of our best friends have young children, and since they visit us often, we’ve made sure that our home is a safe place for them to play. Since we are both teachers, we are incredibly lucky to have long breaks in the summer, in winter and in the spring. This gives us many opportunities to travel and to spend valuable time with our family and our child.
As teachers, uncles and godfathers, we recognize that forming strong and lasting bonds is essential for the development and happiness of every child. There can’t be too many people who love a child, and we hope that you’ll be part of their life as well.
All personal stories we have heard or experienced ourselves have convinced us that an open adoption is the most beneficial kind for the child. We believe that children benefit greatly from keeping in touch with their birth mom, and possibly their extended family. We look forward to working together to create a plan that is comfortable for you, which, we hope, includes visits a few times a year and regular contact via email or text. We understand that circumstances may change for you and that you might want to adjust how and how often we touch base. No matter what, we will make sure that your child knows where they came from and that they are loved.
Thanks again for taking the time to read our letter. We sincerely hope that you liked what you read, and we would be thrilled to get to know each other. We appreciate how difficult this time must be for you. Be assured that if you choose our home, raising and loving your child will immediately become the most important thing in our lives. We know that there are great prospective parents (we’ve met many of them), so whatever decision you make, we are certain it will be the right one for you and your child.
Dimitri & Olivier