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PORTRAITS OF NEW CANADIANS

October 13 1986
COVER

PORTRAITS OF NEW CANADIANS

October 13 1986

PORTRAITS OF NEW CANADIANS

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LUCY FELDMAN, 38, Winnipeg Birthplace: Kiev, U.S.S.R.

Education: Kiev Institute of Music, diploma in teaching and accompaniment Occupation At Home: head, piano department, Kiev Music School Arrived In Canada: January, 1980 First Job In Canada: accompanist, Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Current Occupation: music teacher and accompanist

Reason For Leaving Homeland: “Jews do not feel equal in Soviet society. I began to feel a spiritual awakening, but all my knowledge of Judaism was gefilte fish and Yom Kippur. It was impossible there. ”

Reason For Choosing Canada: “Although the United States has a reputation in the Soviet Union for being more prosperous, we chose Canada because it is supposed to be much more peaceful and quiet on a political level. And I had heard that Canada was a country where it would be easier to be yourself and to retain your individuality. "

First Impressions: “It was 31 below— Celsius—and it was so cold. I found the city so depressing. I was shocked. But now we laugh about it. My mother said that while we escaped Siberia in the Soviet Union, we found it in Canada. " Regrets: “There is much that I miss about Kiev, especially my friends. They

don’t respond to my letters. I think they fear the Soviet officials. "

Reflections: “In Kiev I could phone the payments of my students and say, ‘She is playing just one hour a day and she should be playing three. ' Here I say, ‘If

she could just play 15 minutes a day, it would be just great. ' Last year I took a holiday away from Canada. When I returned to Winnipeg, I felt I came home. I was very surprised to find this feeling. I didn't expect it would happen so soon. "

GEORGE SAVOIDAKIS, 47, Montreal

Birthplace: Agi Deka, Crete, Greece Education: Ithestos Polytechnic High School, Athens, diploma Occupation At Home: Student Arrived In Canada: October, 1955 First Job In Canada: shovelling snow Current Occupation: vice-president and broker, Midland Doherty Ltd., stockbrokers

Reason For Leaving Homeland: “I remember well the Nazi occupation and the very difficult conditions after the. war. But it was economic.. .to get ahead in life and to bring out other family members. Unfortunately, if you were not from a wealthy family, the possibilities of university entry and getting a job were very limited. "

Reason For Choosing Canada: “My

dream was to come to North America—I had an uncle in Canada—and to be a lawyer. But like many immigrants, I had to survive in my new land and to help support my family at home. "

First Impressions: “Culture is not an important fact when you fi?'st arrive. In the beginning you want only to survive. " Regrets: “The desire to succeed changes your philosophy and your dreams. " Reflections: Savoidakis is an incumbent candidate in Montreal’s upcoming civic election. He has held the seat since 1978, when he was Montreal’s first foreignborn ethnic councillor.

“In Canada there are seven million ethnics like myself. I try to be an example—serious, productive, conscientious, a participant. Economic power is an immigrant's first priority. Now we are interested in attaining our place in

the political spectrums____Immigrants

are Canadians by choice. Their new freedom makes them work hard. They are determined to succeed. Later, nostalgia might make us concerned about retaining parts of our culture and heritage. But we are Canadians first. Our loyalty and our patriotism are here. "

ELIAS ANTOUN CHADRAWY, 27, Dartmouth, N.S.

Birthplace: Accra, Ghana; raised in Haddeth el Joubbe, Lebanon Education: Beshara High School, Beshara, Lebanon, baccalaureate degree Occupation At Home: student Arrived In Canada: December, 1978 First Job In Canada: baker Current Occupation: Manager, Plaza Grocery variety store Reason For Leaving Homeland: Hoped to get a university education Reason For Choosing Canada: Many relatives here

First Impressions: “Everyone was very friendly, especially the teacher at the English course at Harbour View School. I still remember her name—Ethel Crook. It was lonely for me at first. But I have a big family here and lots of friends. They speak my language, they've known me for a long time. Some of them I went to school with for 10, 12 years. So really it wasn't a big problem. ”

Regrets: "It happens sometimes that people say, ‘You foreigners should go back home. ' Or customers accuse me of wanting to make a bundle and return to Lebanon. But I don't want to go back. I am too used

Chadrawy: ‘I’m a Canadian now’

to living in a law-abiding country. ” Reflections: “Canada should be more open. The immigration laws are very strict. They study the guy to see that he's not a murderer or something. That's good. But I have a friend in Lebanon

who has six brothers over here. They 're giving him a very hard time. That's not fair. His whole family is omer here. I became a citizen four years ago. I'm not an immigrant any longer. I'm a Canadian now. "

JOHN McCAW, 46, JEAN McCAW, 43,

Victoria

Birthplace: Cookstown, Northern Ireland; Sheffield, England, respectively Education: Westminster Medical School, University of London; and Uni-

versity of Sheffield, respectively. Occupation At Home: completing medical training

Arrived In Canada: September, 1968 First Job In Canada: physicians, Vanderhoof, B.C.

Current Occupation: physicians Reason For Leaving Homeland: dissatisfaction with Britain’s National Health Service

Reason For Choosing Canada: Curiosity and the availability of a practice First Impressions: John: “We were booked into the Hotel Vancouver. When we ordered two glasses of milk, the waiter brought a silver tray with napkins folded around the glasses and it cost us a pound. And we hardly had a bean between us.'' Jean: ‘‘We knew that Vanderhoof had 120 frost-free days. It hadn't occurred to us that there were 2J+5 days that weren’t. ”

Regrets: Jean: “Our three children hardly know their family. One feels guilty about that. ’’John: “When there are family crises back home, you feel that you are not pulling your weight. ” Reflections: John: “When we arrived just out of medical training, we thought we knew the book. It wasn’t that long before we discovered our inadequacies. The first week we had five kids from an Indian reservation who’d been sniffing glue and popping drugs. We lost two of them. We thought that we would try Canada for a few years and see what happened. ’’Jean: “But after we moved to Victoria we threw away the packing cases. We don't feel like immigrants anymore. ”

MARCO NOLASCO, 33, Quebec City Birthplace: San Miguel, El Salvador Education: National University of Salvador, law degree

Occupation At Home: criminal court judge

Arrived In Canada: March, 1985 First Job In Canada: window washer Current Occupation: singer and percussionist with Son del Pacifico Latin Band, whose members—three Salvadorans, a Quebecer and a Swiss—share a $160 fee for appearances in local community centres and clubs

“It is not much money. And it is not a career. But music is a part of our culture, our life. It is a way of working and of sharing my emotions with Quebec. ” Reason For Leaving Homeland: Political violence, night visits from terrorist death squads, anonymous threats and the assassination of his uncle.

“In 1979, because of the violence, we went to Mexico. We thought it would last only a few months. When things didn’t improve, we applied for protection from the United Nations and I found a job in a law office, but the Mexicans would not grant us residency status. Five years later we realized that the revolution was far from over and that we still could not go home. "

Reason For Choosing Canada: “United Nations officials told us that Canada had programs to help immigrants. We also knew that the United States excludes Salvadorans. ”

First Impressions: “Canada is pretty but the winter was a shock. We are not accustomed to such bad temperatures and having to wear so many clothes. But Quebecers are nice people, with a culture

and a language that Spanish speakers can identify with. ”

Regrets: “It hurts to experience the racism that Latin Americans suffer from time to time. It is true that I was able to bring very little to Quebec and it is sad that I cannot find work other than washing windows or shovelling snow. It is

hard to do nothing. That is one reason I play music—to erase the idea that Latin immigrants don’t want to work. ” Reflections: “Every immigrant thinks that his native country is the best in the world. We are no different, but the days and the years continue to go by wherever we are. ”

VENETTA GOODALL, mid-40s, Mississauga, Ont.

Birthplace: St. Ann, Jamaica Education: Shortwood Teacher’s College, Kingston, Jamaica, certificate; York University, Honors BA, English; Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Master of Education Occupation At Home: teacher Arrived In Canada: July, 1965 First Job In Canada: temporary office worker

Current Occupation: Vice-principal, Clinton Street Public School, Toronto Reason For Leaving Homeland: Travel and university education Reason For Choosing Canada: “I went to England one summer and it rained and rained. I thought then that if I was going to leave Jamaica at all, I wanted genuine changes in the seasons. Then I thought about the United States. I looked very realistically at the racial situation there, and I asked myself, Now Venetta, could you live with that?' The answer was no. I did not

want my being to be damaged by that kind of situation. ”

First Impressions: “It was not as easy to get a job as I had thought. I had $870 and that was shrinking fast, so I found work filing and typing. But I was wasting my education, wasting my skills, doing nothing for children. I wondered if I could remain here. ”

Regrets: “I have none. I chose Canada and I cannot say that I have been denied anything here because I am a woman or because I am black. Maybe I have held myself back sometimes by saying: ‘You’re a woman. Look at the system. It is predominantly male.’ But I have always been treated with justice in Canada. ”

Reflections: “If you come to Canada as an adult equipped to make a living and with a solid sense of who you are, I don’t believe that any experience you have here can erase that self-image. Although I am Canadian, I will always belong to two cultures. ”