#MyCanada - Maggie

 

“My parents decided to leave everything they’d build back in Taiwan — friends, family, careers and all — just so their daughters could have a higher chance of success. My dad took the dive first and moved to Canada by himself to scope out opportunities and make sure there was a place for his family to live.


A year later, my mom flew down with my sister and me, and my family had officially moved to Canada — my sister was 12 and I was 7. I still remember my first day at school in Canada — it was a complete shock. I was immediately thrown into ESL to learn English. For a while, I struggled to communicate with others because of a language barrier. There was also a cultural divide because I couldn’t understand certain cultures references. Because of that, I was always bullied. In grade 5, I started playing sports, and that’s where I first found connections with a lot of “local” Canadians. That’s when it all sort of came together for me.

Having travelled to other cities and other countries as an adult, I’m forever grateful to be a Canadian. We’re so open and diverse compared to other places, and racism is definitely not something that’s tolerated here.

If you live in Toronto, take a look at the riders the next time you’re on the subway. It’s truly diverse and such a good representation of all the stories that make up Canada. But sadly, that diversity is not represented in the workplace. Visible minorities make up around 20% of the Canadian population, and yet workplaces are rarely representative, and minorities are almost non-existent in leadership roles. We also see this same problem with female-representation. I’m proud to be an immigrant, a visible minority, a woman; and member of the LGBTQ+ community, because it gives me a unique lens on how to define Canada.” — Maggie, Toronto / Treaty 13