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John (South Korea)

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  Born in Incheon, South Korea | At the age of eleven, John’s family left South Korea, in search of “better opportunities” for him and his brother. John explains how South Korea at the time was still a developing nation with limited opportunities. He says growing up in the city he has been heavily influenced…

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Melvyn (Botswana)

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  Born in Mochudi, Botswana | Melvyn grew up in Botswana with his aunt, cousin, and brother who provided him “a shoulder to lean on”. He lost that comfort when his brother, who suffered from epilepsy, died suddenly at age 24. Melvyn was left with a broken heart and a home that didn’t feel the…

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Lis (Denmark)

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  Born in Svendborg, Denmark | Lis was fourteen years old in 1957 when her family left Denmark by ship to meet her father in New Brunswick. After WWII ended, steady work was not always easy to get in Denmark so many Danes left for North America. She eventually married and then got divorced, after…

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Nadia (Bangladesh)

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  Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Originally from Bangladesh, Nadia explains how Toronto is home “because it’s the first place [she] called home.” Her family moved a lot as a child, her father as an engineer took her to Botswana and the United States before arriving in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park.  Nadia says that she knows…

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Bruno (Belgium)

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  Born in Brussels, Belgium | Thirteen years ago, Bruno moved his family to the Greater Toronto Area to have a better future viewing it as a place of many possibilities. Bruno appreciates the space, freedom and natural beauty in Ontario. He likes having his home in Pickering as it is as urban as can…

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Ava (Germany)

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  Born in Cologne, Germany | Ava’s mother and father, of Iranian background, had been living in Germany for study and work. After briefly returning to Iran at the age of four, her parents decided to leave again, this time to Canada, hoping to find better educational opportunities for their then ten-year-old daughter Ava. In…

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Jenny (China)

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  Born in Lanzhou, China | “There are very few places in the world where diversity is as cherished as it is in Toronto. I feel as if most Torontonians take for granted the social acceptance that comes with being a part of this city.”  Prior to arriving here, her family moved around quite a lot….

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Tjidzani (Zimbabwe)

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  Born in Harare,  Zimbabwe | Tjidzani first left Zimbabwe on exchange to Switzerland – part of an educational program that aimed to maximize tolerance and minimize conflict. It was then that she decided to see a different country every year for the rest of her life.  After university, Toronto was her first stop. “I…

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Alex (Norway)

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  Born in Oslo, Norway | Alex left Norway to pursue his post-secondary studies as he wished  to improve his second language skills  and satisfy his craving for travel while getting his university degree. “By fluke” he started in Victoria, BC, but transferred to York University to be with his wife who is a graphic…

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Valeria (Argentina)

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    Born in Cordoba, Argentina | Valeria followed her heart to Canada. As much as she misses her family back home, her happiest moments, as well as her most difficult challenges, all happened here. She says it would be hard to picture her life anywhere else. This is where she brought her son “the…

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Paivastun (Afghanistan)

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  Born in Kabul, Afghanistan | Paivastun’s family fled to Uzbekistan from Afghanistan at the beginning of the war. He then lived there for 23 years, with the status of ‘refugee’, but not as ‘citizen’. He explains that he and his two brothers never had a chance to go elsewhere until they arrived in Canada…

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Ysh (Philippines)

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  Born in Mandaluyong City, Philippines | Ysh is still trying to figure out what exactly a “Torontonian” is. He arrived here, with his mother who came to Canada as a caregiver. She was planning to get their family out of debt. “While Canada may be more economically and politically stable than the Philippines, life here…

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