Peace Community: Rebeca Zavaleta Ulch

Written By:
Amanda Schroeder

My name is Rebeca and this is #MyCanada

I moved to Toronto from El Salvador when I was 18 and only had $80 in my pocket.  I was 5 months pregnant and my mother who was living here was working as a nanny. I struggled for years as a single mom, cleaning houses, babysitting, working as a receptionist for years and sadly my mother passed away from cancer. 4  years after I moved to Canada. I realized I was truly alone and had to work many jobs at a time in order to keep food on the table for my daughter and I.  My mother always told me to go to school and pursue my dreams so I could be a great example to my daughter. That is exactly what I did. I enrolled in Fashion school and right after I started working as a merchandiser, then a buyer, marketing manager, and so on. I kept moving forward and now we are happily living with my husband Gavin, my two dogs and my daughter Paula is a young lady who wants to study law and has had a life that only existed in my dreams.  

"I have accomplished so many things because of all the opportunities that were presented to me in this beautiful city."

Nowadays I work as a freelance creative strategy director and blogger. I have accomplished so many things because of all the opportunities that were presented to me in this beautiful city. I am proud to call it my home, where I became a citizen, where I gave birth to my daughter, where I was given a chance to succeed. For all these reasons and many more, I am so proud to be Canadian. 

 

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