Marcel spent three long solitary nights in a downtown Toronto park when he first came to Canada. He remembers assuming that this would simply be what life was like in his new country. He recalls gazing at the stars overhead–their beauty and constancy in contrast to his own uncertainty.
Before Nathaniel was old enough to understand why, he was tormented for being gay. He grew up in a large family on a small Caribbean island. From a tender age, he was verbally abused and spoken to in an explicit way. Everywhere he went, he was called “anti-man”, the local gay slur. Before he could [...]
Marco’s dad was never a father to him. His dad lived in Toronto, while Marco grew up in Ecuador, immersed in the love of a large, close knit family–his mother, grandmother and three siblings. But at 18, he reluctantly left them to join his father in Canada in pursuit of a better life.
Growing up in a large family, Shanae sometimes disappeared into the shadows. Although there was a lot of love in her family, Shanae’s parents were proud and traditional. When she told them about a traumatic experience with a trusted adult, they were not able to give her the emotional support she needed. She was expected [...]
Every day, I walk in through our main doors not knowing what lies ahead; but I do know one thing for certain – I will learn something new today. I am astonished by the immense diversity that is represented by the many youth who access our services. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be whisked away [...]