Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic |
Arturo’s wife brought him to Canada from his native Dominican Republic – the place where they had met and married. Shortly after his son was born they moved to Canada in order to be able to give him the best possible future opportunities. Soon his family grew again with the arrival in 2006 of his daughter.
“The Greater Toronto Area is a wonderful place to live and thrive.”
Living in Mississauga he says he enjoys the best of both worlds: urban and suburban. Here they have a wonderful library system and great parks but he finds that traffic can still be an issue. Currently Arturo works as a Spanish lecturer in the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto in Mississauga.
Toronto as Home
Arturo is standing inside Victoria College at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus where he completed his degree in Spanish Literature. This place represents his lifelong dream of teaching literature and languages at the University level. He says he will never forget coming in to audit Professor Sarabia’s course in the fall of 2003 and being fascinated by the changing of colours of the ivy surrounding the building.
Connection with the Past
Arturo’s brother and mother are his only remaining connection to the Dominican Republic. This picture was taken on his wedding day in 1999. When looking at this photograph he is reminded of a much missed person, his father, who passed away in February of that same year. Both his mother and brother still live in Santo Domingo.