Our Journey to Canada

A blog highlighting stories of people who have immigrated to Canada as well as their children and grandchildren.  

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Our Journey To Canada

Meet Darleen Schiavo, a proud Lebanese-Canadian. She is the Director of Operations at Shway Shway Cafe, the Director of Community Relations at Cris Kambouris Realty, and is a huge advocate of supporting local. Darleen speaks two languages, is a University of Windsor graduate, and volunteers for a number of Windsor-Essex charities. When reflecting on her family's immigration story this is what she had to say: My mother, Samira Rizkalla, was born in 1936 in Eitha, Lebanon. She completed some schooling but did not graduate as the family did not have enough money for their daily necessities. Her father had moved to Brazil to start a new life, with a plan to eventually send for them. At the age

Our Journey to Canada

Meet Kawmadi Abeytunge, a proud Sri Lankan-Canadian. She is entering her 2nd year of Medical School at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry - Western University (Windsor campus). Kawmadi is the local officer of Global health education for the CFMS, is a member of the Schulich political advocacy committee and an executive for the Teddy Bear Hospital. Kawmadi also participated in an outreach trip to Guatemala with Uwindsor's SOS. When reflecting on her family's immigration story this is what she had to say: The greatest gift my parents gave to me was in 1999, when they left their life in Sri Lanka to bring our family to Canada. It couldn't have been an easy life to leave behind. My dad

Our Journey To Canada

Meet Sarah Mushtaq. She is a proud Pakistani-Canadian. Sarah is a recent graduate of the Odette MBA program, speaks three languages, and is a huge community advocate in issues relating to the rights of women, newcomers, and access to education. She has recently been appointed as the Patient Education & Information Coordinator at Windsor Regional Hospital's Cancer Program. When reflecting on her family's immigration story this is what she had to say: . " I think most people understand the sacrifices immigrants make but in general terms. It's been in recent years that I am really understanding and appreciating of the sacrifices that my parents made to move to North America. My dad grew up o

Our Journey To Canada

Meet Constable Neil McEachrane. He is a proud Trinidad and Tobago-Canadian. Constable McEachrane is the Diversity Officer for the Windsor Police Services, a University of Windsor graduate, and is committed to celebrating Windsor's multiculturalism. While reflecting on his immigration story, this is what he had to say: . "At the age of 14 I emigrated from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada with my brother. We lived with my uncle and his family in Windsor, as my father passed away when I was 9yrs old and our family had some financial struggles. . To say I was in culture shock here in Canada is an understatement. I really knew nothing about Canada but always associated it with the U.S.A. I remember

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