Ena Go­quio­lay, Cal­gary

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - VOICES -

When my fam­ily and I mi­grated to Canada in 2001, we didn’t know any­body. A newly im­mi­grated Filipino fam­ily, who my par­ents only knew by re­fer­ral from mu­tual friends back home, picked us up from the air­port and of­fered us a room in their small apart­ment un­til my par­ents could find a base­ment to rent. They drove us to gov­ern­ment of­fices and garage sales. Their kids lent us their toys and showed us around the neigh­bour­hood. Four­teen years later, we con­sider th­ese once strangers part of our fam­ily.

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