Rising above hate

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 [...]

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Far from home

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.

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Finding her own way

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 [...]

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Bridging cultures

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 [...]

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A moving day

Jason had no idea how he was going to find a place to live and manage on his own. With entry-level wages and no family support, he worried that an independent life would be impossible.

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