Roseau, Dominica |
When Monique was twelve, her family migrated to Toronto, a city her parents had lived in during the 1970’s. In Toronto Monique completed high school, and went on to study Sociology and Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. She explains how many of her childhood friends from Dominica and Grenada are also living in the area, so she is able to keep in touch. Although she enjoys winter sports and activities she frequently vacations in Dominica and Grenada and on returning to Toronto often finds herself thinking, “It’s good to be back home”. Currently she works as the Site Manager of Assisted Living at the Broadway Avenue Site for the Clarendon Foundation [Cheshire Homes Inc].
Toronto as Home
When Monique drives by Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough she experiences a warm comforting feeling. She remembers all her friends from those days and all the good times they had as part of Mary Ward’s swim team, choir, and class trips. They played soccer on the fields for hours and hours after school. Most of all; she appreciates that like Dominica; many important lifelong friendships were started here.
Connection with the Past
Monique is holding a pendant that she calls her “guardian angel”. It was given to her by her aunt and then blessed by her grandmother at St. Aidan Catholic Church. The pendant will forever represent the morals and values that were instilled in her while she was growing up in Dominica and later at Mary Ward Catholic High School. It holds many special memories of both countries and of her grandmother who passed away in Toronto.