Born in St. George’s, Grenada |
Encouraged by her mother, Hannah came to Canada to pursue an international education in Business Administration and Tourism Studies at Brock University. Having an older sister already in Toronto helped her decide on her next step after graduation, and Hannah has recently started working as a Quality Control Agent at Thomas Cook Canada. Hannah appreciates things in the city that offer a “warm Caribbean vibe” like Caribana, as well as the Guyanese announcer and steel pan player she sees regularly at her subway station.
Toronto as Home
Hannah wanted to be photographed in Kensington Market at Caribbean Corner, a small grocery on Baldwin Street. Here she finds mangoes, plantains, sweet potatoes, spices, and roti skins, all key ingredients for the stew and curry dishes of Grenadian cuisine. You can feel the warmth and colour of the Caribbean inside this small shop.
Connection with the Past
Hannah holds a painting of nutmeg that a friend from home had given to her. Grenada is known as the ‘Spice Isle,’ something Hannah is proud of. One particularly unique spice is nutmeg, which is featured on the Grenadian flag and is crucial to the economy as Grenada is the second largest producer of nutmeg in the world. In 2004, Grenada felt the wrath of Hurricane Ivan that severely damaged nutmeg trees. Luckily, Canada has been helping them recover and 2012 was named the “Year of Nutmeg”.