In Grade 7, we decided as a family that we would move to Toronto, I guess maybe for a better life and more challenges. Since then it’s been amazing. There are more opportunities, you meet more people, you see a lot more people from your country here.
In high school I wasn’t the best athlete, but I joined every team. I would be on the bench or playing a little bit but I was on every team you could name it. So, it’s funny, in Grade 10 my coach made a sports leadership award just for me. He knew that I wasn’t the kid that was the best at the sport, but I’ll be the kid that will always try, that will always give my best no matter what the case may be.
So, besides the team, he made me run intramural sports, organize sporting events, because he knew that I was good at bringing people together for a purpose. I was pretty heavily involved in and around sports.
So, that was a trigger that made me realize that this is the strong suit that I have, that I can start things and help people. I wanted to be that support for other people. So this is why I work in the community that I grew up in. I saw young people struggling and there is no help, there is no support! All they do is turn to drugs, turn to gang violence, and hang out with negative friends. It was just natural for me to understand what people needed help, why people needed help and where I could be of use.