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Born in Merida, Venezuela |

Andrea left Venezuela hoping to improve her standard of living and to be able to offer the children, she hopes to have, a better future. She says over the last five years the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela had been getting worse, which has made the country less safe. Andrea says that Toronto has given her the opportunity to feel safe, comfortable, and like she has lived here “for years”. In August 2013 Andrea completed the Financial Planning program at George Brown College.

Toronto as Home

Queen Street West is one of Andrea’s favourite places to go. She enjoys walking down the busy street and says it is something about her culture, which is very social, that draws her to this area.  She says jokingly “it would be very hard to socialize in a desert”. Here on Queens Street West you can find people selling handicrafts, something that is very common in her hometown.  Many people walk their dogs along this street and she enjoys seeing them there.

Connection with the Past

Andrea is holding a cross necklace that was given to her by a dear friend just days before she left Venezuela. She had seen it in a mall, commented on it, and then he surprised her with the gift. Venezuela is largely Catholic and so this gift represents Catholicism, the people there she loves, and it helps her remember to be stronger everyday no matter what the circumstances are.

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