By: Merry Canillas, Owner of Hand Strands LLC in Saco, Maine

Merry Canillas is a first time employer of the J-1 Summer Work Travel program in Saco, Maine. Merry had a participant named Anna from the Czech Republic who worked at her sewing shop, Hand Strands LLC.

Anna (left) and Merry (right)

Anna (left) and Merry (right)

It has been a wonderful summer having Anna here in Maine. She has demonstrated such confidence and courtesy and she was just an absolute delight to have working at Hand Strands. Anna showed a sweet sensitivity and intelligence and was a tremendous help to the company. Many customers were excited and curious about her homeland and her life in the Czech Republic and Anna willingly conversed with them often. She is a very talented young lady and will have a very good future in public relations. I would definitely invite her to assist me again next year should she choose to participate in the Summer Work Travel program with CCI Greenheart.

I will truly miss her more than words can say. It has been a privilege and honor to be involved in CCI Greenheart’s Summer Work Travel program.

Thank you so much for making this possible.

Thank you Merry. Cheers to Summer 2013!