Michelle Mohammed

Country of Origin:



Adjusting to Life in Canada


  • Browse while you listen: images with relate to audio

show/hide audio synopsis

Toronto Newcomer Story


My name is Michelle and I am from Guyana. So that’s the only English speaking country in South America. But it’s sort of like a dialect, so when I came to Canada I learned to speak English with the consonants.

I have been in Toronto for almost 25 years. When I first came, I came to Toronto to join my husband who had come over here. And I came with my daughter, who was a year old at the time, and we came, we came and it was like a snow storm.

And so when I went out to do the grocery shopping, and we were in a stroller, the snowbanks were so high, and I couldn’t see above – and I’m pretty tall, I couldn’t see the road because there was like a wall of snow and I’ve never ever seen snow like that again in the 25 years I’ve been here.

I love Toronto because it’s so diverse and multicultural and there’s always something going on in somebody’s culture. And you can get to sample different cuisines which is really awesome, and meet a lot of different people from all walks of life, and listen to their stories those who share. It’s just like amazing to be here, it’s an awesome city. It huge! There are really parts of Toronto I’ve never ever seen. Like yesterday I actually saw..

Centennial Park for the very first time. It was opened like 50 years ago, and so it was just like amazing to be able to see that. It’s huge with all sorts of festivities and events that usually take place there. Today I am actually here because the newcomer women’s organization brought down a bunch of women to Nathan Philips square to take part in this wonderful newcomer’s day. I was told that this is the second year of it happening and it’s just a pleasure to be here.

I have gone to a lot of the attractions in Toronto and my favorites are the CN tower, on the top of the CN tower is amazing, and one of my goals is to walk on the ledge. I’m afraid of heights and that’s going to be one – it’s like conquering your fears right?

I love the St. Lawrence market and old Toronto because it’s amazing down there. And old the little sections like little India, Chinatown and it’s just really to get down there and do something. And summertime is the best because really and truly there is so much to do with all the events and the bazaars and all the different cultural events that’s being put on through the summertime.

There’s a lot of support you know if you ask for support. Some people don’t, and I haven’t for a very long time, but now am just exploring. So even though I’ve been here for 25 years, it’s just been about work and school and raising my kid. And now it’s really about exploring Toronto and Canada and it’s an amazing opportunity to do that.