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People – Thinking Port

Isaac Garcia-Sitton holds Canadian values of acceptance, inclusivity and multiculturalism close to his heart

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2020 23:42:41 +0000

Isaac Garcia-Sitton is no stranger to moving from country to country, but the comfort with which he navigates life in Toronto is a sure sign that he has found his home in Canada. Yet, this feeling of being at home was not an instinctive one: something a number of immigrants resonate with. But the common […]

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Entrepreneurs Leena and Gustavo Castelar brew the perfect blend

Credit to Author: Lisa Evans| Date: Wed, 05 Feb 2020 01:38:56 +0000

Successful entrepreneurs Leena and Gustavo Castelar run Firebat Coffee Roastery in Oakville, Ontario, sourcing beans from their native El Salvador and selling to cafes and households across the GTA. When Leena and Gustavo Castelar first considered immigrating to Canada, the idea of moving to a new country and chasing another corporate career didn’t appeal to […]

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Entrepreneur Elle AyoubZadeh brings ‘global citizenry’ to fashion

Credit to Author: Rebeca Kuropatwa| Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 22:06:04 +0000

Born in Iran shortly after the revolution in 1981, Elle AyoubZadeh moved with her parents to Dubai and attended an American school until she was 13. They then moved to New Zealand where AyoubZadeh finished high school and attended university, studying business and specializing in luxury marketing. “I always had this desire to see the […]

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Inter-disciplinary artist Sharada Eswar shares her story

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 03:52:34 +0000

Sharada Eswar refers to herself as an inter-disciplinary artist with roots in India. Writer, storyteller, singer and arts educator, her work spans across multiple disciplines and art forms. A graduate in Literature Studies, she has trained to be a writer and a storyteller and has also immersed herself in several styles of music including Indian […]

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Indian-born Dweep Mehta credits professional success to patience and relationships he forged along the way

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 12:42:28 +0000

Though life in Mumbai was comfortable, Indian-born Dweep Mehta’s daily commute to work — the traffic, the crowded trains and the endless chain of buses — had started to take a toll on his health. Reluctant to leave family and friends behind but desperate for “a peaceful life,” he took a leap of faith and […]

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You are never too old to learn: advice from an aspiring Chinese-Canadian writer

Credit to Author: Guest Author| Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2019 11:02:58 +0000

[By Zhenzhen Gu] I have always had a passion for writing. When I was young, my mother encouraged me. So did my junior high teacher. When my first piece appeared in China Daily (overseas edition), I was thrilled, even though it was just the size of tofu. After that, I was hungry for more. I experienced the […]

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Sri Lankan-born author Logathasan Tharmathurai on finding his way home

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:47:51 +0000

Logathasan “Das” Tharmathurai is a man who finds his way. Das nearly failed his grade 12 English literature class and had never thought of becoming a writer. But he decided he had to become one if he wanted to share his story. In July 2019, over three decades after leaving Sri Lanka, Das published The […]

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Creating new worlds: Interview with novelist and playwright Anosh Irani

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2019 15:02:01 +0000

Novelist and playwright Anosh Irani comes from a family of Iranian descent in Mumbai, India, and moved to Vancouver in 1998 as a student to pursue his Master’s degree in Creative Writing. He has published critically acclaimed and award-winning novels including: The Cripple and His Talismans, The Song of Kahunsha, Dahanu Road and The Parcel. His plays […]

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A proud Canadian-Congolese-Romanian believes Canada’s strength is our diversity

Credit to Author: Canadian Immigrant| Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:08:32 +0000

My name is Patricia Marie-Antoinette Mayaza Mwilu Kumbakisaka, and I am a proud Canadian-Congolese-Romanian. How often do you see Romanians with last names such as ‘Kumbakisaka’? You are probably used to see last names like ‘Florescu’ or ‘Stefanescu’. People call me the ‘citizen of the world’, ‘global citizen’ or the ‘United Nations’. When you first hear […]

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Samiya Mirza and her family find warmth in Edmonton

Credit to Author: Nazreena Anwar-Travas| Date: Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:39:54 +0000

Samiya initially came to Canada as a student to study biomedical engineering and returned to India in 2010. Little did she know that three years later, she would return to Canada again — but as a newly married woman with an eight month-old baby. “Everyone felt that since I have already been in Canada, things […]

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