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Abdel Raouf (Palestine)

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  Born in Silat El Daher, Palestine | Abdel Raouf was born to parents who had lead difficult lives. His father sold gasoline and his mother picked fruits and vegetables. When the occupation was at its height he decided to leave Palestine. Although he was only fifteen, he wanted to pursue an education with the…

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Aidarous (Djibouti)

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  Born in Tedjourah, Djibouti| In Djibouti Aidarous worked as an accountant for a food company. One day his sister told him that the Canadian government was looking for skilled workers who could speak French, so he applied for the position. The fact that he already had family living in Toronto (aunt, cousin, sister) made…

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Sayra (Honduras)

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  Born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras | As she no longer felt safe and was experiencing constant discrimination, Sayra knew she needed to leave Honduras. She remembers how, on arriving in Toronto, she immediately experienced a sense hope. Before coming here Sayra had researched as to where the largest LGBT community in Canada was located,…

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Lynsay (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

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  Born in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines | Lynsay prides herself on being both Vincentian and Canadian. Lynsay’s Canadian mother Susan was exploring St. Vincent when she met a man and fell in love.  They got married and opened a tourism and scuba diving business and Lynsay and her older brother Vincent were…

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Adrian (Belize)

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  Born in Belize City, Belize | Adrian knew the moment he arrived in Toronto that there was something different about the city. He had previously lived in other cities but something about Toronto felt like home. Like most of his friends, Adrian left Belize at nineteen to finish his education abroad. His parents had…

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Maisam (Kuwait)

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  Born in Kuwait City, Kuwait | Maisam and her family were vacationing in Turkey when they heard on the news that the Gulf War had begun. The family of seven decided not to return, leaving behind both their professional careers and all their possessions and, after spending some time in Spain, the family migrated…

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Mohan (Nepal)

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  Born in Mamankhe, Nepal | Mohan describes how over the years the drought of honest, far-sighted and independently functioning leadership in developing Nepal has been very frustrating for the people. In spite of this, he is proud of the country’s rich cultural heritage and the fact that it is the birthplace of Buddha and…

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Ida (Mauritius)

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  Born in Port Louis, Mauritius | In 1988, Ida and her fiancé seized the opportunity to leave their home in Mauritius to live in Toronto. Her late father had always dreamed of having a successful son or daughter living in Canada so that he and his wife could go and visit. One of seven…

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Michele (Cameroon)

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  Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon | Michele grew up in Cameroon, part of a bilingual family. She wanted to study overseas, and headed to France to do so. One day, after living there for twelve years, she decided to quit her job and pursue her dream of residing in an English speaking country. She first…

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Stan (Malaysia)

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  Born in Muar, Malaysia | Stan left Malaysia hoping to ensure a better future for his two sons. He saw no place for non-Muslim/non-Malay people in a country where there was no distinction between ethnicity and religion – a country where Malay people are automatically Muslim. It was, he believed, a country that was becoming increasingly discriminatory….

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Zahra (Kenya)

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  Born in Nairobi, Kenya | Zahra’s parents left politically unstable east Africa for Canada hoping to find prosperity and to give Zahra and her brothers more opportunities for success. Since then, Zahra has lived in a number of Canadian cities while pursuing her education, but she says her spirit resides in Toronto. There is no…

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Suzana (Slovenia)

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  Born in Postojna, Slovenia | Pregnant with her son, Suzana was invited to follow the child’s father whom she had met in Slovenia, back to Canada. They decided to stay in Toronto and married. The relationship didn’t last so Suzana finished high school and later completed an Engineering degree at the University of Toronto….

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Troy (Guyana)

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  Born in Georgetown, Guyana | Troy believes that a lot of people who were born in Canada do not fully appreciate the society that we enjoy here, thinking that maybe one has to live elsewhere to truly grasp how lucky we are. “No matter where you are from in the world, Toronto has a…

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Amanie (South Sudan)

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  Born in Kaya, South Sudan | Amanie’s family left Sudan for Canada in 1992 fleeing from the civil war. “We settled in Regina, Saskatchewan…pretty much the exact opposite of Sudan.” When she turned sixteen, Amanie wanted to pursue a career in music and knowing Regina was too small, she set out for the big…

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Dario (Italy)

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  Born in Molfetta, Italy | April 21st, 2012 is a day Dario will never forget. He had always loved Italy, but after finishing his studies in Hotel Management, he knew his future wasn’t there. His parents had both moved to Toronto in their early twenties with plane tickets and nothing else but had then…

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