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Born in Tunis, Tunisia |

Yousser arrived in Quebec City to pursue a university degree. Right before finishing her last semester at Laval University, her then fiancé (now her husband) was offered a job in Mississauga. Yousser was ecstatic and encouraged him to go as she had visited Toronto a few times and had already fallen in love with the city. After completing her degree she packed up all of her belongings, moved and never looked back. Yousser says she felt welcome from the moment she set foot in Toronto, feeling a sense of belonging in this vast cosmopolis. She explains how as a family they enjoy strolling in the parks, walking by the lake, going to the downtown core and feeling the city buzz. Living in the suburbs allows her to feel relaxed.

“Toronto is our home because home is where the heart is.”

Currently she works as the Director of Business Development for an import-export company called Tucan International Inc.

Toronto as Home

Yousser is particularly fond of Yorkville and enjoys walking along its narrow streets and cherishing its European touch. She explains how her family regularly visits “La Maison de la Presse” to buy French books and magazines. This place brings back memories of the time when they lived in Tunisia and read “Jeune Afrique” or “Paris Match”.

Connection with the Past

Yousser is holding a Tunisian Mosaic. She believes that art is something that can connect all human beings and is a medium that allows us to understand each other on so many levels. This particular art demonstrates Tunisia’s glorious past and its deep history. Yousser explains how even though things are “rocky” in her country of birth right now; she knows Tunisians will rise above the adversity and the opportunistic political climate. They will never give up fighting for “Justice, Equality and Freedom” and a better future for their kids.

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