Born in Berat, Albania |
Escaping from civil war, Enver’s family turned to Canada for new opportunities. After failing to emigrate to the United States through their green card lottery system, his family tried Canada’s immigration point system. One of the most sought professions at the time was a veterinarian and his mother met the criteria.
“You did not need luck to get into Canada, you just had to demonstrate competence.”
Toronto is where Enver went to school, found love, works, and now where he resides. His two-year old daughter calls Toronto home and soon so will his son.
“Toronto has taken me in with open arms, allowing me to build a life here, and I hope to find a way to return the favour.”
Toronto as Home
A recent graduate of Seneca College, Enver works as a surveyor for the town of Richmond Hill. He wanted to be photographed at the yard on Eastern Avenue where he started his career during his co-op with the City of Toronto. Having working all over the city, Enver has always found a connection to the CN Tower, visible from the roof of this building. That “needle in the sky” helped him orient himself and even though he now works in Richmond Hill, he can still see the tower from there on a clear day.
Connection with the Past
Enver wanted to hold a Çifteli, a traditional Albanian string instrument. The word translates into “double stringed” and it is often used in weddings, concerts, and folk music. The distinct B and E notes, similar to the top two strings of a guitar, are unique to the North and Central region of Albania. For Enver, the music triggers memories of his upbringing and reminds him of his roots.