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Fatima (Pakistan)

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  Born in Karachi, Pakistan | When she was a baby Fatima’s family moved from Pakistan to Dubai but, since her parents were not of Arab descent, citizenship rules eventually forced them to look for a new ‘home’. Canada was the first country to accept them. As a youngster Fatima had the impression that Toronto…

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Clarence (Canada)

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  Born in Whitney Pier in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada | Clarence is a fifth generation Canadian. His father’s family, former slaves, arrived in Canada as Loyalists who fought in the American Revolution with the British Army. He was raised in Sydney until the age of nine when his parents separated and he…

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Renee (Trinidad and Tobago)

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  Born in San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago | With a great grandfather who spent time at Dalhousie University, parents that went to college in Canada, and uncles that went to McGill, Renee’s family has had ties to Canada for more than a century. After vacationing frequently in Canada, her parents moved the family to Mississauga….

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Hassan (Iran)

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  Born in Tabriz, Iran | Hassan left Iran due to socio-political problems and a feeling that he wasn’t accepted there. Coming to Canada was like a new door opening for him, a chance for a new life and opportunities. He currently lives with his brother, is attending school to improve his English language skills…

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Ziphion (Hong Kong)

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  Born in Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong | Britain’s handover of Hong Kong to China in 1997 was a major worry for Ziphion and his family. In a visit to Canada shortly before the handover, Ziphion became interested in the wide variety of creative subjects taught in Canadian public schools, such as animation and…

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Margaret (New Zealand)

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  Born in Auckland, New Zealand | Margaret has called Toronto home for nearly half a century, working for the city’s Social Services and also as a kindergarten teacher. At the age of forty five Margaret married Brink, a Toronto native whom she met at a singles gathering in 1991. Together they established themselves in Don Mills,…

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Amarachi (Nigeria)

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  Born in Lagos, Nigeria | Amarachi grew up always knowing she would venture abroad for her post-secondary education. She chose McMaster University in Hamilton. Later, her whole family moved to Canada in order to experience a better political and social situation. Amarachi likes the variety of activities available in the city and is involved regularly…

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Jennifer (Ireland)

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  Born in Galway, Ireland | While living in London, England Jennifer received the unexpected opportunity to move to Toronto. Although initially apprehensive about leaving the city she adored and being close to her family in Ireland, the ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ spirit spurred her westward. Jennifer currently works as a writer and Communications Officer…

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Jina (North Korea)

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  Born in Pyongyang, North Korea | Jina grew up in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, until after her father was reported for criticizing the government and her family was forced to move outside of the city centre. Due to the poverty there, Jina’s mother encouraged her to leave, saying it was the only…

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Vera (Macedonia)

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  Born in Skopje, Macedonia | Emigrating to the United States in 2001 to avoid the threat of war, Vera’s family’s experience as one of few foreign families in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was difficult. There was a desire to seek a more welcoming environment and this set them on a path to Toronto….

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Enver (Albania)

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  Born in Berat, Albania |  Escaping from civil war, Enver’s family turned to Canada for new opportunities. After failing to emigrate to the United States through their green card lottery system, his family tried Canada’s immigration point system. One of the most sought professions at the time was a veterinarian and his mother met the criteria….

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Hannah (Grenada)

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  Born in St. George’s, Grenada | Encouraged by her mother, Hannah came to Canada to pursue an international education in Business Administration and Tourism Studies at Brock University. Having an older sister already in Toronto helped her decide on her next step after graduation, and Hannah has recently started working as a Quality Control Agent at Thomas…

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Sahar (United Arab Emirates)

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  Born in Dubai, UAE | For Sahar, it was a divorce from an abusive husband that became the catalyst for a new life. Leaving the UAE, Sahar decided to follow her dream and start helping people, specifically women and children. Upon arriving in Toronto, she felt as if she “finally belonged somewhere,” describing her…

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Inna (Bulgaria)

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  Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria | At the age of eight Inna left post-Cold War Bulgaria with her family to come to Canada. It was a time of great instability for Bulgaria and Inna was thankful to be able to complete her schooling in Canada and enter a career in teaching. She is currently teaching ESL…

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Marko (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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  Born in Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Marko was only six years old during the breakup of the former Republic of Yugoslavia. After the war, his family migrated from what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina to Canada. Despite the struggle of learning English and a new school system, Marko remembers feeling welcomed in Toronto. Toronto as…

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