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Chanda Furney lived a happy life. She owned an award-winning restaurant & shared a fairy-tale romance that ended when her partner was arrested for his involvement with a Mexican drug cartel.

Chanda Furney loved her job — so much that it didn’t even feel like one.



She owned and operated an award-winning local diner and approached each day with passion and positivity. When Jeff Kompon entered her restaurant one day, the pair developed a romance that swept Chanda off her feet. Life was even happier and more manageable. They talked about a future together over their two years as a couple.

Then at 5:30 one morning, they were awoken by a raid, with SWAT team guns pointed at their heads. The police had come for Kompon, who was subsequently arrested, convicted and sentenced to life in prison for his alleged involvement with the Sinaloa cartel of Mexico and his role in importing two tonnes of cocaine into Ontario.

In this remarkably raw and honest episode of Chatter That Matters, Chanda Furney shares her story, the severe impact it had on her mental health and how journaling helped start her healing process. Those journals ultimately developed into her self-published book “Forever”, which Furney hopes can offer optimism to others who may be spiraling into despair. “Nothing is forever,” Furney says, recalling that neither good nor bad times last forever. Hers is a story of courage, heart and healing.

Chatter That Matters is hosted by the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Canadian Marketing and PR Hall of Fame Inductee Tony Chapman. Tony wants to counter the storm of negativity and a growing sense of impossibility by sharing true stories of possibility and positivity. Stories of people who make things happen, despite today’s challenging circumstances. In doing so, he hopes their life lessons inspire others to do more and to be more. RBC is the presenting sponsor.

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