“I was born and raised in Edmonton. My parents came separately to Canada in the mid-1980s, and were married here on Christmas Day, 1986. But, members of my family can trace their lineage in Canada to as early as 1906. I only realized this a few years ago and it really changed my sense of Canadian identity. I hear the phrase “new Canadians” often used for my community, but in reality, we’ve been here for over a hundred years.
My dad is a Red Seal journeyman welder, who now owns a trucking company that operates across northern and central Alberta. I began working with him while in university. Over the past decade and a half, I’ve been able to travel and work all over Alberta, and the most rewarding aspect of it has been the fascinating Canadians I’ve met and learned from along the way. The relationships I’ve cultivated have made me realize how much in common we have in this country despite how different we look or how vastly different our stories are. I’ve learned that regardless of how and when we got to where we are right now, we share a common purpose: to build strong communities, to work hard, and to ensure that it is a prosperous and inclusive place for everyone. — Arundeep, Edmonton