Featured Canadians

Peace Community: Katie Shim

My name is Katie and #MyCanada is finding greatness in everyday moments. It's not about having one awesome thing happen and then you thrive off that energy for a bit, perhaps experience a high, come off of it and wait for it to happen again. It's about cultivating that creative energy, that consciousness in a sustainable way so you can live your life fully, truly, patiently, and authentically, everyday. "What you seek is seeking you." What you seek is seeking you. I've been having a lot of consistent blissful days filled with heart-to-hearts and soul talks. Yoga and climbing. Good food and good friends. I looked back in my journal and on the first day of August, I wrote out what...
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Peace Community: Kiefer Ortouste

Hello there! My name is Kiefer Ortuoste, pronounced or-toos-tay, (just because it's always mispronounced), and this is #MyCanada. I’m 18 years old and I was born in Toronto and raised in Markham, and my story begins around five years ago when I got my first camera phone. I always had an interest in art and graffiti and cool photos, then when I got my first camera phone, I was quickly introduced to photography and documenting, and I was immediately hooked. I constantly took photos of everything that inspired me; it was like an addiction. Recently, I’ve become a lot more serious and it’s something that I am truly passionate about. "The more I find myself in Toronto the more the...
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Peace Community: Jordyn Bashford

My name is Jordyn, I am 23 years old and I am one month away from starting my career as a Registered Nurse, this is #MyCanada. During my time in university I worked part time along with my studies so that I could save enough money to fuel my passion of backpacking around the world. I recently came back from a 2 month tour of Eastern Europe, finishing off in the Middle East. In the years prior I have had the privilege of backpacking South East Asia, attending a yoga teacher training in Nicaragua, and camping through the South of Europe. I have met so many kind strangers from all over the world who have gone out of their way to...
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Peace Community: Ave Abellanosa

Hi my name is Ave Abellanosa and this is #MyCanada. I am a small-town Aussie girl finding her way in Toronto. Just over two years ago I moved to Canada from Australia. I left with zero savings, a large increasing debt and only one suitcase to start a whole new life. This made the first two years in Toronto financially difficult but I was determined to make it work. I fell in love with Toronto; the people, the diversity and the indie lifestyle I have created for myself living downtown. Moving here has helped me reconnect with my passion for art and design. It started with the architect inside of me, wanting to draw the skyline of Toronto on my...
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Peace Community: Kaja Jean

Hi everyone! My name is Kaja Jean, and this is #MyCanada. I was born and raised in Strathcona, East Vancouver- a neighbourhood mixed with artists, families, and many people living below the poverty line. I was lucky enough to spend a good portion of my youth travelling, including a year long immersion in Sicily when I was 16. This, mixed with my upbringing in a super diverse neighbourhood, opened my eyes to so many different walks of life. I was shown on a daily basis how lucky I was to be born in a country and family that, for the most part, encouraged me to follow my dreams. Even in the "western world", not everyone has the encouragement to pursue...
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Peace Community: Kelly Stinziano

My name is Kelly Stinziano and this is #MyCanada My journey starts in a small town called Keswick, just North of Toronto. Ever since I can remember, I was always creating things – from drawings to Lego sculptures to chronic daydreaming. My gravitation towards the arts came from trying to cope when my father passed away when I was really young – creating things and daydreaming made me feel closer to him. As I grew up, my sense of creativity grew with me. In high school, I always excelled in my art and mixed media classes. I was so in tune with my artistic side that I was even asked to help design and paint a mural in my high school...
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Peace Community: Florencia Laurenzano

Hi, I'm Florencia Laurenzano although my actual full name is Maria Florencia Laurenzano. I've been going by Florencia for all of my life except in two instances, 1) When I moved back to Uruguay, South America from Canada and 2) At my current job where it's easier for people to pronounce Maria instead of the "mind-boggling" Florencia. Currently 18, I recently graduated from art school with a diploma in Computer Graphic Design as well as a certificate in Social Media for Business.  Since I can remember, I've always had a passion for the arts, especially drawing and as I've grown older, that passion has expanded into many other forms. I love photography, illustration, digital art, sculpture, cinematography, graphic design, interior design,...
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Peace Community: Ryan Antooa

Salut, my name is Ryan Antooa and #MyCanada revolves around doing the write thing. Writer by trade and obsession. South American background. Born and raised in the quaint-but-lively city of Guelph, Ontario, and spent almost 2 years living in Vancouver, working as a writer/photographer/dancer. For me, my work has always involved words on paper. The smattering of ink onto the white space of blank pages has turned from passion and pastime, to passion that pays the bills, and allows me to create further with photography and design. My current work and musings can be found at ryanantooa.com - whether it was valedictorian speeches, Def Jam-esque poetry, short stories or essays - I was always putting pen to paper for maximal...
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Peace Community: Kathryn Sebastian

My name is Kathryn Sebastian and this is #MyCanada.  Becoming a nurse wasn't a dream I had always had. Initially, I was not at all passionate about nursing, or what being a nurse had to offer. It wasn't until I did my pre grad consolidation placement at Sick Kids, did I then start to see the opportunities of what being a nurse could and would mean. It was then, where I felt the passion to strive for the opportunity as a paediatric nurse. Being a nurse at Sick Kids doesn't always just feel like work. It's invigorating; it's fun. But many would think, how is a job fun? I've never looked at 'my job' as a job. I've always looked...
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Peace Community: Chris Ambedkar

My name is Chris Ambedkar and this is #MyCanada Currently, I am pursuing a Masters of Digital Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. My research specializes in YouTube culture, social behaviours online, and a lean methodology to becoming a successful YouTube influencer. We asked asked Chris, what does the concept of chasing your passion mean to you? As for what I'm passionate about, I have a little YouTube channel where I post comedy sketch videos every so often. The videos range between ranting videos, comedy skits, and challenge videos. Posting weekly on my channel and monitoring results is also apart of my research. I started this channel because I really didn't have any confidence in myself. I felt that I...
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