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Born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia |

Oyu’s family waited six years to be approved by the Canadian Embassy in Beijing. As she already had an uncle who had settled in Toronto, moving here made sense. Oyu feels a sense of belonging in the city.

“Despite Toronto’s enormity and hustle and bustle, this city has a place for everyone.”

While studying accounting at the University of Toronto she has made many close friends, and cherishes knowing that her parents and younger sister, as well as her uncle’s family, are all here together.

Toronto as Home

Oyu stands in the office building where she works as the Accounts Payable Coordinator at a public Canadian real estate investment trust corporation. She is young and ambitious, and it is here in this office that she is pursuing her dream of becoming one of the Greater Toronto Area’s next generation of accountants.

Connection with the Past

Oyu purchased this Buddha statue for her parents at a Tibetan and Nepalese handicraft store on Bloor Street West. She explains how the teachings of The Buddha continue to inspire her family to find inner happiness and satisfaction in life.  Since the predominant religion in Mongolia is Tibetan Buddhism, growing up, Oyu saw the Buddha statue present in every house, usually alongside a picture of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. Seeing this statue triggers memories for her of her childhood, her relatives, and the many visits she made to the Buddhist temple in Ulaanbaatar.     

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