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”. Here she has a network of socially active Sri Lankans, keeps connected to her faith, and is involved in many causes she feels are important. She says she appreciates the simple pleasures of living in Toronto and describes the city’s diversity as a “beautiful human patchwork quilt”. A Life Skills Coach in training and currently employed at a reputable charity in Toronto, Amra also holds leadership positions in two Non-Profit Organizations.
Toronto as Home
When Amra first decided to stay in Canada, she made the decision while at Toronto’s St. James Park. She first noticed the park when she was on her way to enroll at George Brown College. It was there that she took time to reflect on the heartache and disappointments as well as the happy and good times she has had in this country. The park’s social atmosphere and natural beauty kept Amra positive and provided her with hope for her new life here as an independent and confident woman.
Connections with the Past
Amra is holding a photograph of the ocean view from her old house in Sri Lanka. It was an old colonial building by the sea with a view she describes as “simply stunning”! She says she has many wonderful memories of living there, growing up in a house with five cousin sisters. Looking at this photograph reminds her of the feeling of seawater and the fresh breeze, the sound of the waves crashing, the colours of the sky at sunset and the coconut trees.