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Born in Thimphu, Bhutan |

Thirteen years ago Tsheltrim’s mother came to Canada alone in search of better opportunities. Without much of a plan, she managed to find a job at a pizza restaurant. After being apart for more than a decade, she was finally able to bring Tsheltrim and his brother to Toronto to live with her. Tsheltrim’s brother is three years older and after a severe accident in Bhutan, is still suffering from a form of paralysis but continues to fight this difficult challenge. In Canada, Tsheltrim says he finds people happy and friendly and he loves the weather. He recently received his high school diploma from the City Adult Learning Centre and is currently helping out at the pizza restaurant that his mother owns. One day Tsheltrim hopes to be a successful businessman.

 Toronto as Home

The first place Tsheltrim went when he arrived here was Mimico Waterfront Park in Etobicoke. Since then he has spent a lot of time sitting by the lake thinking about all of the memories and people he left in Bhutan. The country itself is something he misses, but he especially misses his father.

Connection with the Past

Tsheltrim is holding a small dish made of bamboo sticks. It was commonly used for travel purposes or to eat food with, and is still used in many villages. He says his mother just uses them for decoration in his house. Seeing this reminds him of home and of old Bhutanese movies.

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