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Fatima (Mauritania)

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  Born in Nouakchott, Mauritania | Fatima’s father works for the World Health Organization so, at only nineteen years of age, she has already travelled and lived in many European and African countries. After graduating from high school in the Burkina Faso, Fatima knew she wanted to study in a place she had never been…

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Gebhard (Liechtenstein)

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  Born in Vaduz, Liechtenstein| Gebhard’s older sister had moved to England, married and, in 1956, decided to move to Canada with her husband. Gebhard, still in high school at the time, waited until he graduated and moved to Toronto to join her in 1959. “Canada was a wonderful destination for a young man.” In…

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Enriqueta (Equatorial Guinea)

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  Born in Bata, Equatorial Guinea | When Enriqueta’s husband was transferred to Toronto for work she came along, and when he left the country she decided to stay. Today, she works as a personal support worker and feels free and well connected. Her friends and family here are very close to her heart and…

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Yasser (Maldives)

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  Born in Male’, Maldives | Yasser left Maldives at the age of sixteen and, after a brief stint in Metchosin, arrived in Vancouver. While living there, Yasser never truly fell in love with the city, but he did fall in love with someone. During the final year of his Master’s degree, he had his…

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Rafael (Puerto Rico)

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  Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico (USA) | Rafael first came to Toronto after his mother and Canadian stepfather married. Leaving a tropical island with beautiful warm weather wasn’t easy for Rafael, but opportunities and safety were more promising in Canada. He arrived the same year Mel Lastman called on the army because of the…

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Tsheltrim (Bhutan)

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  Born in Thimphu, Bhutan | Thirteen years ago Tsheltrim’s mother came to Canada alone in search of better opportunities. Without much of a plan, she managed to find a job at a pizza restaurant. After being apart for more than a decade, she was finally able to bring Tsheltrim and his brother to Toronto to live with her. Tsheltrim’s brother…

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