Born in Niamey, Niger |
Jesse first came to Canada as a United World College scholar to study at Pearson College in Victoria, BC. He subsequently was granted scholarships to complete his undergraduate and graduate studies in Ontario. After he completed a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Guelph Jesse came to work in Toronto. As he had studied in a small town near Toronto, the ‘big city’ had always been a place for going to concerts or for enjoying an eclectic mix of cuisine from around the world. Now it is the place he calls home. Jesse works as a Program Manager at the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation. He loves sailing and is happy, especially in the summer, having Lake Ontario nearby. Becoming a Torontonian has been an easy transition for Jesse.
Toronto as Home
Jesse is an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and has not missed a single game this season. Jonathan Bernier, a newly acquired francophone goaltender from Laval, who has worked his way to becoming the number one goalie, is his favourite player. As a volunteer for the Right to Play 50/50 campaign, he has been able to volunteer at the Air Canada Centre and this allows him to see every game.
Connection with the Past
This important photograph taken a decade ago, sits on Jesse’s bedside table. It is of the day he left Niger for the first time when he was on his way to Canada. In the photograph he is shaking hands with his grandmother, as she bids him farewell. Jesse’s father managed to capture this precious moment, and created one of Jesse’s most valuable possessions. His grandmother’s house is always his last stop when he leaves Niger and his first stop when he returns.