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Born in Dressikie, Saint Mary, Jamaica |

In 1965, Angel’s family left Jamaica looking for a better life and educational opportunities in Canada. She explains how they viewed education as the foundation for economic and social advancement.  Angel attended high school in Hamilton and then, unlike her other family members who all went to McMaster University, she decided to go to Ryerson and the University of Toronto where she completed a Bachelor of Business Management, and Master of Adult Education. She is currently completing a PhD in Higher Education at OISE. For over 40 years she commuted on the GO Transit between Hamilton and Toronto.  Although living in Hamilton, Angel always knew that there was lots happening in Toronto and after she began volunteering her increased commitments required her to move here permanently. That was three years ago and she now lives in a Condo by the lake, and hopes to remain in Toronto. Currently, aside from working on completing her PhD, she is a busy as a consultant, entrepreneur, and grandparent.

“Toronto is a city with something for everyone and I love that.”

Toronto as Home

Angel is standing in one of her favourite fruit markets on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto. She loves to walk, and regularly walks from her home to OISE a trip that takes her about forty minutes on the way there, but sixty returning home, as she usually stops to shop for produce along the way.

Connection with the Past

Tropical fruits such as guavas, mangoes, papayas and cherimoyas are important reminders of Angel’s past, and are something she enjoys in the present. As a vegan, fruit is an important part of her diet, and something she purchases year round. Luckily in Chinatown she is able to find all of the fruits she remembers eating while growing up in Jamaica.

Angel is also a speaker with the Passages Canada storytelling initiative. Check out her profile here.

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