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Born in Apia, Samoa |

Political tension in the late 1980s forced Karolaine and her family to first go to Fiji from Samoa before  moving to Toronto with hopes of a better life and opportunities. First her father, a well-known business man in Fiji, left to work as a carpenter and then the rest of the family followed. She says she considers Toronto home since she was raised here as a child and has built her life here with her own son and daughter. She takes pride in the fact that Toronto is accepting of people of all ethnicities and religions, and enjoys the city’s diversity. Karolaine still appreciates where she came from.

“The treasured islands of the South Pacific is paradise of friendly people, abundant natural beauty and fascinating traditional culture.”

Currently she is studying to become a medical office assistant as well working as an event/ promotional model.

Toronto as Home

Karolaine has been going to the Eaton Center since she first came to Toronto. When family members and friends fly over to visit it is a primary place to take them, and she considers it a ‘landmark of Toronto’.

“The Eaton Center place filled with diversity, culture, fashion, different foods and entertainment.”

Karolaine’s first few jobs were in the Eaton Center during her high school years and it was a meeting spot for her friends to enjoy shopping, and catching up with relatives.

Connection with the Past

Karolaine is holding the Samoan national rugby team jersey also known as “Manu Samoa“. She says she loves sports and has many athletes in her family. The “Manu Samoa” is in honour of a famous Samoan warrior, where before each game the team performs a traditional Samoan challenge (dance) called the “Siva Tau“. She explains how despite its small population Samoa produces a disproportionately large amount of world class athletes, specifically in Rugby and American Football.

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