Humans of Burnaby


"With the world moving faster and faster, it can be a challenge to develop a strong community and support system.

Because my work is a family business, I feel a strong sense of connection at work. It has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I work with many people that I have known for more than 30 years and am building new connections all of the time. I joke that coming to work sometimes feels like going to a community center which makes it very rewarding and a feeling of being part of something bigger.

It helps to smile and acknowledge strangers and strike up casual conversations wherever you go. 

I went to Ryerson University in the early 90’s and the first person I met was at the airport on the way to school. Actually, we are now married.

I was sitting at the café and her dad took a table near me. I told him I was going to Ryerson. He told me that his daughter was going there as well and introduced me to her. I was on standby so I didn’t get on the flight until the next day whereas she left that day. We just left it at, “I’ll see you at school!”

After I arrived at my residence, she was the first person I saw on campus, standing right outside. Our friendship grew from there."

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