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Stories of Immigrants of Toronto. Aiming to open people’s minds through real stories of immigration.

Stories of Immigrants of Toronto. Aiming to open people’s minds through real stories of immigration.

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Stories of Immigrants of Toronto. Aiming to open people’s minds through real stories of immigration.

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English


Episodes

The last episode

4/3/2022
Hello everybody! It has been a while since the last time I released an episode. So to be clear from the start, this episode is the last one I’m launching, at least for a while. I launched the first episode in August of 2019. But I started working on it earlier that year, which means that I’ve been technically working on it for three years. It’s not easy to make the decision to put the podcast on hiatus because it’s an essential part of my identity. But at this point in my life, I need to...

Duration:00:04:26

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #2 – Escaping your country: Karla Medina (Venezuela)

1/14/2022
This episode was originally broadcast on August 10, 2021. Karla Medina moved to Canada from Venezuela worried about her life. She didn't know when she arrived that she had a case to apply as a refugee. She talks about resources that people in her situation should know and use. And also how, after everything she went through, she was able to get a job that she loves. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google...

Duration:00:26:11

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #3 – Getting to know Canada: Gunjan & Farhan Kafil (India/Dubai)

1/12/2022
This episode was originally broadcast on May 18, 2021. In this episode, I chat with Gunjan and Farhan Kafil. Originally from India, they met in Dubai and decided to move to Canada. But before establishing in Toronto, they took a fantastic road trip across the country. Today, they share with us their journey of immigration. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you...

Duration:00:34:43

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #4 – The struggle of immigration: Mariela Gutierrez (Mexico & USA)

1/10/2022
This episode was originally broadcast on September 21, 2021. Mariela Gutierrez was born in Mexico but moved to the USA at a very young age. Later in her life, she decided to move to Toronto. She talks about the struggles of the immigrant journey as she saw it from her parents, moving to the United States from Mexico. The challenge of starting a new life in a different country to provide a better life for her family. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t...

Duration:00:26:30

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #5 – Helping minorities: Dean Lobo (India)

1/7/2022
This episode was originally broadcast on July 20, 2021. Dean Lobo moved from India to Toronto in 2018. He took a bridging program that helped him adapt and find a job in his field. He talks about the microaggressions that sometimes we, as immigrants, face and how was able to get a job at a non-profit that helps minorities. Listen to episode 59 as well if you want to hear more about microaggressions. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe...

Duration:00:26:02

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #6 – From a small island: Melanie Anthony (Mauritius)

1/5/2022
This episode was originally broadcast on May 5, 2021. In this episode, I chat with Melanie Anthony. She's my first guest from Mauritius, and she shares her journey of immigration. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. And make sure to follow the show on Instagram and LinkedIn. Lastly, if you’re an immigrant and you want to share your story on...

Duration:00:32:24

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #7 – One year later: Laura Stürmer (Brazil)

1/3/2022
This episode was originally broadcast on June 8, 2021. Laura Stürmer, my guest from Episode 24, joins me one year later. Her life has changed quite a bit since the first episode we did together. First, we talk about how she switched jobs when the lockdown started, then how she bought a home, and finally about mental health. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your...

Duration:00:27:06

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #8 – How do you measure success as an immigrant?

12/30/2021
This episode was originally broadcast on June 22, 2021. Today I'll be talking about how we, as immigrants, measure success, as well as sharing a few tips to avoid comparing our life with people who didn't move to a new country. Three tips on how to avoid comparing your success with others Be careful with social media. We all share the good things that happen to us there, but we rarely share the bad ones. So, don't compare your real life with a social media profile.Understand that getting a...

Duration:00:08:25

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #9 – Helping newcomers start their businesses: Ryan Hollinrake (Canada)

12/29/2021
This episode was originally broadcast on October 19, 2021. Ryan Hollinrake joins me today to talk about how Access Community Capital Fund helps newcomers with no credit history in Canada fund and succeed as entrepreneurs. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. And make sure to follow the show on Instagram and LinkedIn. Lastly, if you’re an...

Duration:00:28:35

[Rebroadcast] Top 10 of 2021: #10 – Experiencing discrimination as a child: Meera Bala (Sri Lanka)

12/27/2021
This episode was originally broadcast on June 29, 2021. Meera Bala moved from Sri Lanka to Canada in 1988 due to the civil war when she was only a child. When Meera and her family arrived, they didn't speak English, and there were very few South Asian immigrants where she lived. It was a challenge for her as she faced discrimination and bullying at school. Experiencing that discrimination as a young child just because she was different had made her a better teacher. She has zero tolerance in...

Duration:00:28:10

One Hundred Episodes & The Top Ten of 2021

12/22/2021
Hello and welcome to the immigrants of Toronto podcast. Today I’m launching episode one hundred and what better way to do it than by announcing the top 10 episodes of 2021. For the next few weeks, I’ll be rebroadcasting the 10 episodes that had the most downloads over the year. Some of them were obvious winners, some others were happy surprises. But, whatever the case was, the list is final and it goes like this: Number 10: Experiencing discrimination as a child: Meera Bala (Sri Lanka) Meera...

Duration:00:05:59

International Migrants Day 2021

12/18/2021
Today is December 18, 2021, and do you know what we are celebrating? Today is International Migrants Day (https://www.un.org/en/observances/migrants-day)! We hear many things about migrants, and today I want to share what it means to be an immigrant for me and some of my guests. What does it mean to be an immigrant? In my experience, being an immigrant means taking risks knowing that you cannot fail. It's taking a leap of faith aiming to land on your feet. I look back at myself setting foot...

Duration:00:11:21

Becoming an anti-islamophobia advocate: Mifrah Abid (India)

12/15/2021
Mifrah Abid moved to Canada from India a few years ago. She always believed in social justice. When the pandemic hit, she faced a challenge in her career as a teacher, so she pivoted and started a podcast called Across Her Table, where she interviews immigrant women. Due to her podcast, she gained the experience she needed to apply for a job as an anti-racism/ anti-islamophobia advocate. Now, she doesn't see herself doing anything differently. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed...

Duration:00:33:11

The importance of Self-Advocacy: Monica Rojano (Mexico)

12/9/2021
Monica Rojano moved to Canada in 2013 with her family. After looking at other options, like Australia, she decided to move to Canada because she wanted her children to experience this country’s diversity. In this episode, Monica shares his experience and talks about the importance of self-advocacy. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. And...

Duration:00:31:10

The Value of Mentorship: Alan Middleton (England)

12/2/2021
Alan Middleton has been mentoring immigrants for quite some time. As an immigrant from England to Canada, he identifies with the struggles that newcomers face. In this episode, Alan shares his experience as a mentor as well as some valuable advice for new Canadians. Note: Due to issues with my microphone when recording, the audio on this episode is below the standard quality. I apologize for it; I hope you enjoy the episode. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode,...

Duration:00:39:31

Seeking a better life for my kids: Maria Martinez (Peru)

11/25/2021
Maria Martinez is my first guest from Peru. I’m very excited to have her as a guest. She moved from Peru in 2017with her husband and her two children. She came as a student at Humber and, to force herself to practice her English, joined a Toastmasters club. Even with all her professional experience, she found it challenging to get the job she wanted. However, she joined a bridging program at Rottman and was able to get that job in just a couple of months after starting. Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:31:42

Improve your English by engaging in authentic conversations: Jessica Beck (USA)

11/18/2021
Jessica Beck, host of the IELTS Energy podcast, joins me today to talk about the importance of preparing for the English proficiency test. She works at All Ears English Education, and today she shares excellent advice on how to improve your English by engaging in authentic conversations. Jessica featured me in her podcast as well; you can listen to it here: https://www.allearsenglish.com/ielts-energy-1079-life-after-ielts-oscars-3-tips-to-thrive-in-canada/ The best advice she gave is: Be...

Duration:00:28:26

Remembrance Day: Four immigrant soldiers who fought for Canada in WWI

11/10/2021
Today is Remembrance Day. And to commemorate the occasion, I'm joined by Rodrigo Königs. He's a good friend of mine and also a WWI enthusiast. We recorded this episode at Prospect Cemetery while visiting the tombstones of four immigrant soldiers who fought for Canada during the Great War. This episode aims to honour the memory of the soldiers who, even though they weren't born in this country, decided to go to war for it. Here are the four soldiers that we mention in this episode: Captain...

Duration:00:23:55

The world seemed brighter when I set foot in Canada: Vadim Lidich (Ukraine)

11/4/2021
Vadim Lidich joins the podcast today to talk about his experience of moving to Canada at a very young age by himself. His family saved enough money to send him here to give him better opportunities. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoyed listening to this episode, don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. And make sure to follow the show on Instagram and LinkedIn. Lastly, if you’re an immigrant and want to share...

Duration:00:23:35

Where does Halloween come from?

10/29/2021
I want to talk about Halloween. It may be a common topic, but in the last week, I had conversations with three different newcomers who not only don’t celebrate Halloween, but they think it’s just an American holiday. I’ve always loved history. And I find ancient cultures fascinating, especially the Celts. And that’s why I decided to make this episode. Basically, the Celts were a collection of tribes that shared a similar language, tradition, and culture. It’s believed that their civilization...

Duration:00:05:10