Mariana was born and raised in Crimea, Ukraine. A keen interest in languages and music led to a career as a translator and stage presenter of musical performances. She speaks Russian, Ukranian, Romanian and English.
She met Rob while on vacation in Yalta, Crimea in 2002. Within three years they married in Cuba and in 2015, she celebrated her tenth year as a citizen of Canada.
Rob’s parents were born and raised at Christina Lake by immigrant parents. Consequently, raised here as well, he has a wealth of knowledge of the area. As many young people do, he left the rural life to pursue education and a career in the food and beverage industry.
This journey kept evolving over the years and eventually led him to the management, design and construction of golf courses. He returned in 1993 to Christina Lake to build his home and retired in 2013.