Born in Budapest, Hungary |
In 1956, Eva was one of thousands of Hungarians who became refugees after fleeing the Communist state. Her parents chose Toronto because they knew someone who knew someone. Eva grew up in the safe haven of Canada, went to school, and then started her career. She met her husband in Toronto, and they have two children who both reside in the city. Eva loves to travel and has been fortunate to have visited many different places; from Europe and the Middle East, to Kenya and Thailand. All this travel has confirmed her love for Toronto and her belief that this is the best city in the world. Currently Eva works as a fitness trainer and is also the creator of the not-for-profit publication called Good News Toronto.
Toronto as Home
Eva is an outdoors person. She enjoys walking her dog every day through the beautiful parks and as she feels drawn to water, she especially loves inline skating at The Beaches.
“My favourite place is coming around the bend at Ashbridge’s Bay and seeing the city skyline.”
That stretch she thinks, is a perfect example of how you can feel as if you are not in Toronto but at the same time be part of it.
Connection with the Past
Whenever Eva visited Hungary, her grandmother made “the best chicken paprikash ever” in her tiny kitchen. Since her grandmother passed away Eva has not been back there and that delicious dish has not quite been replicated – although her mother’s is a close second. Eva is holding a bag of paprika, something she always brought back for friends after visiting Hungary. The fact that the bags are decorated with Hungary’s colours – red and green – makes her reflect on her roots and her strong ties to her country of birth. For Eva, paprika will always represent generous nurturing, spiced with humour and passion.