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Born in Bobruisk, Belarus |

Anya’s family came to Canada from Belarus looking for a better life. They initially moved to Waterloo, and then Anya headed alone to Toronto to attend York University’s Glendon Campus where she studies Psychology and French. Living in Toronto she appreciates not only the big city locales, but also the smaller less obvious quaint pockets in different neighbourhoods. Anya says this variety of sights, sounds, foods and events keeps her on her toes and never bored.

“It’s a pleasant sight to see the world coming together.”

Toronto as Home

Anya never gets tired of seeing the view of Lake Ontario. She wakes up to every morning in her downtown condo to enjoy it and at night she enjoys the brightly lit sky rises around her. Although it is nice to have the “hustle-and-bustle” of the big city when she wants it, it is here at home where she gets to have her cherished “cozy downtime”.

Connection with the Past

Anya is holding a collection of Russian nesting dolls. As a child she remembers them as play toys, but now they remind her of her birth place. With recognizably Russian patterns and colour, Anya explains how they are symbolic of her physical and mental growth. In Belarus it seemed as if every household had these dolls on display. In a sense they were easy to overlook there because they were so common but now that Anya lives here she finds them quite meaningful.

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