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Born in Mochudi, Botswana |

Melvyn grew up in Botswana with his aunt, cousin, and brother who provided him “a shoulder to lean on”. He lost that comfort when his brother, who suffered from epilepsy, died suddenly at age 24. Melvyn was left with a broken heart and a home that didn’t feel the same. This pushed him to move from Botswana to live with his mother in Toronto. Melvin says he feels at home here now because he is with his mom, a woman who fought for him to come to Canada after he lost his brother. Currently Melvyn is studying, and wants to pursue a future in the fashion industry.

Toronto as Home

Melvyn lives in his mother’s apartment in Thorncliffe Park and this is where he went immediately after arriving in Canada. It is the place where he was able to be closer to his mother. He says he is grateful knowing that each morning when he wakes up she is around. Also it is wonderful because it is big, comfortable, and he has his own room.

Connection with the Past

Melvyn is holding a photograph of his brother, who was never able to visit Canada.  According to Melvyn, Gert “was the most loving, caring and protective brother.”  He was more than a brother to Melyvn, he was his best friend.

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