Humans of Burnaby

Connecting the community through story-telling.

Inspired by Humans of New York, Humans of Burnaby is a collection of vignettes of the lives of people in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

By sharing the passions, joys, and challenges of different individuals, we hope to create a better understanding between citizens and form a stronger, and more compassionate community.

As advocates for those living in poverty and isolation, we especially strive to amplify the voices of those who often feel 'invisible'.

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Everyone's story is important to us. Please contact Salena at 604-292-3903 / salena@bbyservices.ca if you would like to share yours.

 

 


    • A mother's love
    • Part 4/4:

      “Every day is such a challenge because I know what it was like to be a mom. The love a mom can have for their child is so immense. You won’t understand it until you experience it.

      When I saw Frankie for the first time, I thought, “Wow, now I know what everyone was talking about.”

      It must have been so hard for my parents to see me go through this. My family has been such a great support to me. There’s photos of Frankie all over our house and we visit his grave on his birthday every year..."

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    • The last place where you wanted to be
    • Part 3/4:

      “The kidney doctor came and told us that his kidneys were also failing and he asked us if we’d ever heard of mitochondria. We remembered the term from biology classes but nothing more. Basically, the mitochondria is what produces energy in our cells. Frankie’s were depleting at a very rapid rate. His major organs were shutting down.

      In the final MRI, it showed a lot more white matter in the brain than grey – his brain was slowly dying as well..."

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    • You want to do anything you can to save your baby
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      “Two days after Frankie’s first birthday, we noticed that his eyes were really, really yellow. He wouldn’t breastfeed which was really unusual. His stomach was also getting larger.

      We went to the Royal Columbian Hospital but they couldn’t figure out what was going on. We spent 2 weeks at the BC Children’s Hospital while they did every test imaginable to try and figure out what was going on... "

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    • I was THAT mom
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      “I was an early childhood educator working at a daycare with children from 3-5. It was my passion, and it still is. I love children because they are so innocent, open, and sweet. They also say the funniest things that just make you laugh and realize you don’t need to take life so seriously....I loved being a mom. It was everything that I wanted to be in life.”

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    • Serendipity
    • "...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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    • Workplace bullying
    • "I was bullied at some of my previous workplaces for about 5 years. I didn’t know it was bullying right away, but it made me feel completely alone, like as if I was the only one experiencing it. However, I learned after I left that I wasn’t the only one. I wish I had the support while I was there. I went through severe depression.

      It was an extremely difficult time and when I finally got out, I was too scared to commit to a full-time job, fearing that the same thing would happen again. Because I only wanted to work part-time and casually, I drove myself into poverty..."

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