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Born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan |

Laleh’s parents decided to move to Canada to give their children and family better opportunities. Living here since she was thirteen, Toronto is where Laleh feels at home. She enjoys the fact that within one day, you can be in a quiet suburb, and then in a busy urban space.

I think it is probably the only city that feels like Italy in one corner of the town and China when you are in another. It lays the world under my feet.”

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Queen’s University, Laleh is now studying at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College working towards a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. She hopes, in the future, to use her interest in health promotion and disease prevention along with her degree, to run her own clinic.

Toronto as Home

Countless hours have been spent in this BMV Bookstore, looking for authors she used to read back in Turkmenistan. On the shelves she finds authors such as Rumi, Edmondo De Amicis and Leo Tolstoy. This bookstore provides comfort and warmth, and reassures her that she will never run out of reading material.

Connection with the Past

Laleh is wearing a traditional Turkmen scarf. The design is familiar for Laleh and she has seen many older Turkmen women dressed in similar ones. Wearing it allows her to hold onto a small piece of her past.

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