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After nearly one year, Kieser Barbara returned to Zhanjiang to keep her promise that she had made when she left for Canada to receive rehabilitation treatment in May 2014.
She has got a permanent residence permit in China, what is often called a Chinese "green card".
Born in Canada in 1941, Barbara graduated from Vancouver University. She came to Zhanjiang in 1992 and worked as a foreign English teacher in Guangdong Ocean University for nearly 20 years.
Barbara shows her Chinese "green card". [Photo/gdzjdaily.com.cn]
She was not obsessed with favorable living and working conditions in developed countries. She has an affinity for Zhanjiang instead.
Barbara has dedicated herself to the city's development in education and is deeply devoted to the public service.
She lives a simple life. Yet, she is always generous in helping others. She donates money to the China Youth Development Foundation every year and offers financial help to underprivileged students.
Due to her relentless work for such causes, she was awarded the "honorary citizen of Zhanjiang" by the municipal government.
However, Barbara was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2009 and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in November 2013. Since then, she has been struggling with the illness.
After ten months of medical treatment in Canada, Barbara returned to Zhanjiang this March.
"When I once again set foot on this land, I told myself I'm home! The air here is so familiar to me. I found Zhanjiang more beautiful this time," she said, reiterating her love for the city yet again.
She now lives in a friend's home near Yugang Park and Xiashan Sea-view Corridor. Every day, she comes to the park early in the morning and practices tai chi with senior residents.
Barbara practices tai chi at Yugang Park. [Photo/gdzjdaily.com.cn]