4 FOCUS MARCH 2018 Kiezebrink drew up the architectural plans on a scratch pad. “He designed every elegant pil- lar and peak. The building was de- signed with curves and angles and archways around the trees.” There’s “secret” doors and staircases, so the Kiezebrink family quarters are totally private. What was supposed to be a one- year project, took three and a half years to complete, with Erik, his father Harry, and local craftsmen, all pitch- ing in. You may remember Harry, “a big man with a bigger heart.” He was a popular principal in Port Perry, and there’s an award in his name at S.A. Cawker School. Sadly, Harry passed away a couple of years ago, but his memory lives on through a photo- graph at the reception desk. During construction, which began in 2005, the Kiezebrink family was “winter camping” — sleeping in their clothes, under leaking tarps in the basement, in -30º temperatures. But they persevered toward their goal. The historic first guests booked a family reunion at the inn, in August of 2008. “Volunteers came out in droves” to help put the finishing touches on the building prior to their arrival. Showers needed caulking and furniture assembly was required. The result was a glowing testimonial: “This is not a five star inn, it’s 7 star!” Annually, 5,000 to 6,000 guests from all over the world enjoy the Nestleton Waters Inn experience. It’s a popular venue for special events hosted by businesses and families, plus hundreds of couples have been married there. “I must acknowledge Claudia Kent, our wonderful wedding coordina- tor,” said Deborah. Before retiring Claudia mentored her protege Helen Hutcheon who has taken over this important role. There are 10 suites, each decorated in a theme based on the Kiezebrinks’ international travels. One is the Mapenzi Suite, which means Beloved in Swahili. It’s a tribute to Deborah’s childhood, growing up in Kenya with her missionary parents. Her father Charles still makes regular visits to Africa to deliver much needed medi- cal supplies, eyeglasses and clothing. Proudly displayed in the board- room are bronze statues awarded to NWI for their annual donation towards providing water wells in developing countries. They also sup- port local charities like the skateboard park and Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham. “My parents exemplified a selfless lifestyle, devoted to family and hard work, and recognized that the big- ger world was their responsibility as well,” Deborah commented. “There’s such joy in giving.” This attitude is the touchstone for all of the NWI staff. Their motto is “Five Star High Level Love.” “There’s an essence around the way people do something,” Deborah noted. “It’s an attitude, with heart, and it speaks to people, even if there are no words.” It’s not just about the supe- rior amenities — the ironed sheets, the homemade jams served for breakfast made by Erika with love, and the warmth which makes guests feel like family…. The attitude of truly caring Nestleton Waters Inn (continued from page 3) Eric’s parents, Harry and Erika strolling the grounds. 1 Bahandi Suite The Cameo Suite Blinds - Draperies - Shutters - Shades Great Selection - Stylish Colours Superior Service - Satisfaction Guaranteed! Superior Service - Satisfaction Guaranteed! A style for every point of view. Signature Series™ Window Coverings Solutions for Every Room in Your Home Joe & Cathy Gibson, Blackstock 905-213-2583 www.budgetblinds.com/portperry Free In-Home Consultation series series