Sonia Herregods-Blair arrived to Canada in 1960 and like an owl, she flew into Hope in 1996 to pursue a risky project. Determined to succeed, Herregods-Blair gave seven years of her life in rebuilding the Holiday Motel, nine years to the board of directors of the Hope Chamber of Commerce and helped initiate the Flight Fest event that continues today.
In 2003, her passion for creating menus, food and catering became real in building the Owl Street Cafe in Silver Creek. Herregods-Blair is not afraid to take risks. Her tenacity and passion for Hope is real and is being recognized by all who meet her or visit her restaurant.
Her message states a truth: “We must do everything we can to bring more people into Hope and encourage everyone to work together. No idea is too small.”
– contributed by Johanne Losier