Immigrants of Toronto

Immigrants of Toronto

Stories of Immigrants of Toronto. Aiming to open people’s minds through real stories of immigration.

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December 2, 2021 39 min

Alan Middleton has been mentoring immigrants for quite some time. As an immigrant from England to Canada, he identifies with the struggles that newcomers face.

In this episode, Alan shares his experience as a mentor as well as some valuable advice for new Canadians.

Note: Due to issues with my microphone when recording, the audio on this episode is below the standard quality. I apologize for it; I hope you enjoy the episode.

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Maria Martinez is my first guest from Peru. I’m very excited to have her as a guest. She moved from Peru in 2017with her husband and her two children. She came as a student at Humber and, to force herself to practice her English, joined a Toastmasters club.

Even with all her professional experience, she found it challenging to get the job she wanted. However, she joined a bridging program at Rottman and was able to get that job in ...

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Jessica Beck, host of the IELTS Energy podcast, joins me today to talk about the importance of preparing for the English proficiency test. She works at All Ears English Education, and today she shares excellent advice on how to improve your English by engaging in authentic conversations.

Jessica featured me in her podcast as well; you can listen to it here: https://www.allearsenglish.com/ielts-energy-1079-life-after-ielts-oscars-3-...

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Today is Remembrance Day. And to commemorate the occasion, I’m joined by Rodrigo Königs. He’s a good friend of mine and also a WWI enthusiast.

We recorded this episode at Prospect Cemetery while visiting the tombstones of four immigrant soldiers who fought for Canada during the Great War.

This episode aims to honour the memory of the soldiers who, even though they weren’t born in this country, decided to go to war for it.

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Vadim Lidich joins the podcast today to talk about his experience of moving to Canada at a very young age by himself. His family saved enough money to send him here to give him better opportunities.

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October 29, 2021 5 min

I want to talk about Halloween. It may be a common topic, but in the last week, I had conversations with three different newcomers who not only don’t celebrate Halloween, but they think it’s just an American holiday.

I’ve always loved history. And I find ancient cultures fascinating, especially the Celts. And that’s why I decided to make this episode.

Basically, the Celts were a collection of tribes that shared a similar language, ...

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Mustafa Ansari joins me today to talk about how volunteering helped him to build a network in Canada. It not only helped him to find new friends but also to find job opportunities.

He also shares his experience of living in a community where, some days, he didn’t even have to speak English. And how later he moved to Kingston, Ontario, to study for a Master’s degree.

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Ryan Hollinrake joins me today to talk about how Access Community Capital Fund helps newcomers with no credit history in Canada fund and succeed as entrepreneurs.

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Inna Figotina was born in Russia. Her family moved to Canada when she was just a child. She didn’t speak English or French and, today, she shares her experience as a seven-year-old who only spoke Russian in Canada.

She also shares how she adapted to her new country, learned both languages, and wrote a children’s book called Trilingual Me! Moi, trilingue! that celebrates her journey learning her second and third languages.

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Mariela Gutierrez was born in Mexico but moved to the USA at a very young age. Later in her life, she decided to move to Toronto.

She talks about the struggles of the immigrant journey as she saw it from her parents, moving to the United States from Mexico. The challenge of starting a new life in a different country to provide a better life for her family.

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Pragya Diwan moved to Canada from India to pursue her career. As she says, things were just too good, so she looked for a change. In this episode, she talks about her journey as an immigrant in the media field. And how her decisions helped her to host a radio show and, later, create her own initiative called The Student Ally. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Ap...
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Karla Medina moved to Canada from Venezuela worried about her life. She didn't know when she arrived that she had a case to apply as a refugee. She talks about resources that people in her situation should know and use. And also how, after everything she went through, she was able to get a job that she loves. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts,...
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July 29, 2021 2 min
In Canada, every year, we celebrate a holiday on the first Monday of August. It has different names according to the province. Most people just refer to it as Civic Holiday. But in Ontario, this holiday is called Simcoe Day, named after the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe. He founded York, which later became this fantastic city we all know and love, Toronto. But you may be wondering, who is John Gra...
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Komal Faiz arrived from Pakistan in 2015. She came to study for a master's degree and, even after some rejections, she was able to land a job in her field. She talks about the self-criticism that she faced back then and how she overcame the challenge. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your f...
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Dean Lobo moved from India to Toronto in 2018. He took a bridging program that helped him adapting and find a job in his field. He talks about the microaggressions that sometimes we, as immigrants, face and how was able to get a job at a non-profit that helps minorities. Listen to episode 59 as well if you want to hear more about microaggressions. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t ...
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Shelly Cerrelli moved from Jamaica to Canada in 2004, landing in Montreal. A few years later, in 2009, she moved to Toronto, where she now lives with her family. She describes herself as a serial entrepreneur and has been working in the tech industry for years. As an immigrant, she knows the challenges that we face when moving to a new country, and she provides sound advice for anyone who just landed or is about to come: M...
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In this episode, I talk to Clarence Paller and Alexander Braverman. Clarence is a first-generation Canadian; his parents immigrated from Russia before he was born. Alex left Russia after the U.S.S.R. collapsed and, after moving to many other countries, he established himself in the United States. Together, they run the Russian Heritage Network, an organization that aims to promote hockey and Russian culture. Subscribe to the ...
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Meera Bala moved from Sri Lanka to Canada in 1988 due to the civil war when she was only a child. When Meera and her family arrived, they didn't speak English, and there were very few South Asian immigrants where she lived. It was a challenge for her as she faced discrimination and bullying at school. Experiencing that discrimination as a young child just because she was different had made her a better teacher. She has zero ...
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Today I'll be talking about how we, as immigrants, measure success, as well as sharing a few tips to avoid comparing our life with people who didn't move to a new country. Three tips on how to avoid comparing your success with others Be careful with social media. We all share the good things that happen to us there, but we rarely share the bad ones. So, don't compare your real life with a social media profile....
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Peter Hernandez moved to Canada from Chile in 1975, a year and a half after the military coup that deposed President Salvador Allende. He tells the story of his Chilean upbringing in Canada and how living in small towns at the time was so different than living in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto that we now know. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Go...
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