On being an immigrant on Canada Day

The Maple Leaf
photo credit: MatHampson

For all practical purposes, I am Canadian. I say “eh” at the end of my sentences. I write “colour”, not color. I am addicted to maple syrup, and some of the people I love the most in this world are Canadian. I have found incredible success not only in the academic world but also in the online realm. I completed my graduate degrees here (Masters and Doctorate), I teach at the university level here, I educate Canadians, I am part of the Canadian academic community.

But more importantly, this is my home. This is my life. Canada is the country that I chose to live in, not forgetting my roots, but building my future. As I have written before, I fell in love with Canada. I fell in love with a Canadian. And I am in love with the idea of being a Canadian myself.

I would like to believe that my work furthers the progress of Canadian society. Several of the research projects I am currently undertaking focus on Canadian environmental issues (mostly water). I collaborate with other Canadian institutions within a Canadian university and a Canadian research think tank.

More importantly, I have grown to appreciate Canada because living here makes me feel safe, welcome and successful. I have amazing friends, many of whom are, like me, immigrants to Canada. We all chose to live here and we are proud of the nation that has adopted us.

On your birthday, Canada, thank you again for adopting me. Because every time I fly back from whichever country I went to visit (Mexico included), whenever I talk to the border crossing agent, I always say the same “I am coming home”. Yes, Vancouver (Canada): you ARE my home.

Happy Canada Day.

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Comments (2)

MinnaJuly 1st, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Great post!!! I think it can almost be a commercial if you have some background music!

isabella moriJuly 1st, 2010 at 9:10 pm

happy canada day from a fellow immigrant! i’ve been here for almost exactly 28 years now, and i don’t regret a minute. i fell in love with canada within the first 10 hours of arriving here and still love it. the silent, mysterious majesty of rural ontario, the over-the-topness of vancouver, the delightful ordinariness of edmonton, the fairy-tale beauty of places like hornby island … how very lucky we are to live here!

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