Born in Georgetown, Guyana |
Troy believes that a lot of people who were born in Canada do not fully appreciate the society that we enjoy here, thinking that maybe one has to live elsewhere to truly grasp how lucky we are.
“No matter where you are from in the world, Toronto has a neighbourhood, street, area or place where you can find people you can relate to culturally.”
Troy’s family did not move to a predominantly Caribbean neighbourhood, instead they settled in the Bathurst and Steeles area, described by him as predominantly Jewish and Eastern European. Even though he knew few Guyanese people while growing up, he never felt out of place because most of the people he encountered were also born elsewhere.
“This allowed us to form strong bonds based not on cultural background but on experiences and interests.”
Many of the friends he made in his first few months in Toronto at the age of nine are still his friends today.
Toronto as Home
“An aircraft brought me to Toronto, and that same industry plays a large role in my life to this day.”
Troy travels often for work, to cities across Canada and the United States, and every time he returns home and flies by Toronto’s skyline he gets a good feeling. Ever since taking his first plane ride from Georgetown to Toronto, he knew he wanted to be in aviation. Today, while working for a great corporation, he is able to help people reach their destinations.
Connection with the Past
This is Troy’s Guyanese Passport – the only tangible object he owns that truly connects him to Guyana. Every time that he sees it, his thoughts go back to Dec 21st 1994, the day he took his first airplane ride and arrived in Canada.