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Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan |

The reason Liliya chose to leave her country of birth was that she no longer felt that it was safe and wanted to have more opportunities in life. She decided to apply to live in Canada as a skilled immigrant, and has been here for more than two years. Since coming to Toronto she says she has adapted well to the “Canadian way of life”, feels safe in the city, and has met many friends. Liliya emphasizes how she has been fortunate in getting a good job as an administrative assistant, and has a great place to live. She also has met a Canadian man named Tim, who she describes as “wonderful and caring” explaining how they are looking forward to starting a new family together. Liliya and Tim are expecting the first addition to their family in March 2014.

“We are looking forward to bringing up our child in this great city.”

Toronto as Home

Liliya describes Downsview Park as a cute place that is special for her and her boyfriend. Since it is a park they explored together and have grown to enjoy. Downsview Park is a place that’s close to home but it makes them feel like they are outside of the city.

Connection with the Past

This is a traditional Uzbek outfit that Liliya’s sister, who she admires a lot, wore for her wedding ceremony and handed down to her. It reminds her of her family while living so far apart. The hat is called “tyubiteika“, and for Uzbeks it represents a small particle of the spirit. The hat is worn on holidays as well as on funerals, while praying in mosques and traditionally given to honorable guests.

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