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Starting Family Traditions with WorldMark®
December 2010

In December 2009, Shirley and Dick Valeos and their son Shawn Valeos and his family, took a trip to The Canadian and were transported into a winter wonderland of lights at the Bright Nights festival held daily between Nov. 30 and Jan. 3, in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The family was enchanted by animated forest displays, lit with more than a million tiny lights. This event, complete with a children’s farmyard, food, miniature train and entertainment is a holiday celebration not to be missed.

“We booked two rooms last year for us, our son, Shawn, our daughter-in-law, Sarah and our grandchild Cody. We had such a good time that Sarah thought we should start a family tradition — something our grandkids would be able to remember over the years. We agreed and booked The Canadian again for December 2010. This year her parents will be joining us for the day so we will have two sets of grandparents along with a new grandchild, Connor, joining us for the Bright Nights festival.

“Knowing we would need multiple units this year, Vacation Planning Counselor, Jennifer Staley, told us about the Vacation Stimulus Program which allows us to book any resort using cash instead of all of our credits. She was incredibly helpful and we are looking forward to this year’s celebration.”

Hobbies/activities pursued when traveling with WorldMark:
“We love to discover the local attractions and visit the sites the area is known for. We also always do some shopping for the grandkids and take time to relax.”

Memorable moments:
“Meeting my cousin in Branson — we had a wonderful time getting reacquainted and going to the shows. Also, on a trip to Depoe Bay, not only did it snow which is unusual near the ocean, but we also encountered a former colleague whom I used to teach with.”

Favorite resorts:
“Almost any of the WorldMark resorts along the Oregon Coast! We have a place in Long Beach, but have still stayed at the WorldMark Long Beach resort so our grandchildren could use the pool.”

Dick and Shirley Valeos
Vancouver, Wash.
Owners Since: July 1990

PHOTO • Shawn, Sarah and Cody Valeos

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