Entries from ''

Brenda (Gabon)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Libreville, Gabon | Brenda has difficulty remembering Gabon, and mostly only knows what her parents have told her about her place of birth. After living in Roosevelt Island she moved at age 7 to Cameroon, a place she remembers much more vividly. With help from her parents, Brenda came to Toronto to…

read more →

Mladen (Montenegro)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Cetinje, Montenegro | Unable to find work at home in Montenegro, Mladen came to Canada to do his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting Studies at York University, and then decided to stay. As he was already married when he got accepted into his master’s program, he and his wife spent their…

read more →

Stephanie (Madagascar)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Antananarivo, Madagascar | As Stephanie was growing up, one of the things her mom passed on to her was her passion for the English language. When she was a child they would always discuss her future, her studying hard to get excellent marks at school, applying for scholarships and graduating from a…

read more →

Vytas (Lithuania)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Vilnius, Lithuania | Vytas appreciates the city’s diversity, but still believes that for most immigrants a “sense of home comes only when they start creating that ‘home’ around themselves. Like birds, building a nest.” This is what he and his wife continue to do, transforming their home and yard into their “very…

read more →

Niya (Bahrain)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Manama, Bahrain | While many aspects of Bahrain are ‘thriving’, for expatriates like Niya, there are few opportunities for post-secondary education. Since her parents didn’t want their children living away from ‘home’ for university, they decided to move the whole family to Toronto.  Niya appreciates the intellectual, political, social and economic independence…

read more →

Atif (Sudan)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Khartoum, Sudan | Having a friend in Toronto, Atif was told about his life here and he knew he had to go to Canada.  In Sudan, Atif no longer felt safe. As a member of a political opposition party he was blacklisted from opportunities. When he received official permission to come live…

read more →

Marta (Poland)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Szubin, Poland | Marta has fond memories of her childhood in Poland. But with a suffering economy and businesses closing, “life in Poland was far from great”. She remembers standing in line for hours, taking shifts with her father, just to get a bag of sugar. Seeking a better life for their…

read more →

Soupie (Laos)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Vientiane, Laos | After fleeing communist Laos, Soupie’s family spent seven years living in Thailand in two different refugee camps before her family was sponsored to come to Thunder Bay. Her parents believed that coming to Canada would give their children a “better life”. Landing in Thunder Bay at age nine was…

read more →

Corina (Moldova)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Chisinau, Moldova | Like many immigrants, Corina says her parents wanted to live “The Canadian dream”. They had heard that Canada was a place where “Dogs walk around with round bread around their tails” (A saying she says gets a little lost in translation).  After moving to Canada at the age of…

read more →

Killi (Estonia)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Tallinn, Estonia | For Killi, what started as a short visit with a friend to Toronto over twenty years ago, ended up morphing into a life changing decision. Having grown up behind the Iron Curtain in Estonia she found herself in friendly and free Toronto. Although coming from “a privileged life in…

read more →

Claudia (El Salvador)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in San Salvador, El Salvador | After two years of planning, Claudia arrived in Toronto a few months ago to pursue her Postgraduate Degree in Children’s Media.  She found, after a lot of research, the one program that was the perfect fit.  Claudia quit her job in El Salvador and moved to Toronto….

read more →

Gloria (Angola)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Huambo, Angola | Gloria left Angola filled with many “sorrowful memories” caused by more than 25 years of civil war. It left her birth country devastated with millions dead and many more disabled. From Angola she arrived in Portugal where ‘race’ was always an issue. Gloria now considers Toronto home and appreciates…

read more →

Paweena (Thailand)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Phrae Province, Thailand | Paweena lived and felt alone in the city of Bangkok for almost twenty years before moving to Canada to be with her husband. One of her friends had signed her up on a dating site without her permission.  She received many emails, and some were from her future…

read more →

Amra (Sri Lanka)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka | After her marriage ended, Amra made the most difficult decision of her life: she decided to remain in Canada. She left Ajax, and in the two years that she has now been in Toronto she has made wonderful friends and has had the “opportunity to follow her dreams”.  …

read more →

Chaker (Lebanon)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • LinkedIn
  • StumbleUpon
  • Add to favorites
  • Email
  • RSS

  Born in Beirut, Lebanon | Chaker was born a stateless Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, growing up in Beirut’s Bourj El Barajneh Refugee Camp. He received the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from York University and this sponsored his four years of undergraduate education. Chaker says he “came here alone and grew up with the diversity…

read more →