Featured Canadians

Peace Community: Rebeca Zavaleta Ulch

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Peace Community: Ivana Musich

My name is Ivana and this is #MyCanada. I was born in Serbia; I grew up in Malta, went to college in Victoria, got a full tennis scholarship and did my masters in North Carolina, before I finally settled in Toronto in 2008. All that moving around, as exotic and exciting it seems, can shake you to the core and knock your ass down. That's at least 4 times so far in my life that I've felt like a stranger, and had to start from scratch. Will they like me? Will they think I'm weird? Will I make any friends? Will they think my accent sounds funny? What kind of person do I need to be to fit in? Each...
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Peace Community: Michelle Wong

Hi my name is Michelle Wong and this is #MyCanada. I was born in Jamaica and moved to Canada when I was four years old. I currently reside in downtown Toronto in an apartment which has a beautiful view of the city. Although I sometimes imagine what life would be like if I had never left Jamaica, and lived in warm weather on a Caribbean beach, I still find myself feeling very blessed every day. I am in love with this city Toronto and believe that no matter where you are, you can always practice gratitude; my mantra in life is to expect nothing and appreciate everything. Toronto has been a wonderful city where I can connect with like-minded individuals from...
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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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