A child of the street

When Darren was only 13 years old, his mom threw him out. His mother suspected one of his friends when some of her jewellery went missing, so she flew into a rage and told her young son to leave her home immediately. With nowhere to go in his small Prairie town, he imagined the big [...]

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New chef stirs things up

Chef John Lee, our new instructor for our culinary arts training program, Cooking for Life, made sure to poach Theresa some eggs. She had never had them poached before. For Chef John, these little moments matter. “If they want to try something, it’s my job to make sure they can,” he says. “In this kitchen, [...]

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Cast aside

Josh’s mom worked hard to provide for her three kids on her own, but there was love and understanding in their house. When she met her future husband, everything changed. He was a bully to her kids and her, but she could not find the strength to leave.

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Working for her father’s approval

Since a young age, Nadia was forced to work in her father’s Toronto bakery every day until late in the evening while he hurled insults and commands. Her confidence was shattered by his constant putdowns, and she had no time for friends or homework.

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Someone to look up to

Andrea’s parents were often absent and overwhelmed with work and family. She fell in with the wrong crowd and made some of the poor decisions that many young teenagers make. But her mom’s anger and impatience with her pushed her further away until she no longer felt welcome at home.

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