My husband was a paraplegic, so he had been in his wheelchair since he was 16. In the old days, for married couples, if one was on a disability pension, the other couldn’t work. So we had a very limited income, and that’s before I got brain injury. I don’t remember anything about how it…

I had always lived in a ghetto, low income environment. I was always in a drug infested area. My parents both had personalities prone to addiction, so addiction is hereditary. But it was not my parents’ fault that I am like this. It was my choice. I chose to go to my mom’s purse and pull out…

I had ambulances and seizures. Apparently those seizures were what we would get when we drink a lot of alcohol and suddenly stop. Once, I was sitting at the bus stop, and all of a sudden my hands and body seized up. I couldn’t move and I literally tipped over like a wooden doll on…

4 years ago, I approached Louise, the director of development at Semiahmoo House Society, and told her about how I wanted to get more involved. I knew that the recreation and leisure program at this organization was not funded by the government. I knew it needed money and support, and I was really concerned about…

After the war, some journalists, because they knew the government made innocent killings and war crimes, came to get some evidence. I helped the journalists who came to Sri Lanka to move around and gather evidence. To get war crime evidence. At that time I got involved because what the government had done was a…

First of all, it’s not that women literally have “no rights”, it’s just they have “unequal rights”. For instance, our clothing need be a certain way, and our government is really against education for women, they are doing everything they can to forbid us from education. This impacts families and people because it cultivates the mindset…

I was born and raised in the Philippines. My family and I immigrated here 5 years ago. There were actually quite a few reasons why we came to Canada. There are better opportunities here of course, and also because education in the Philippines was not a right, it was a privilege. If you didn’t have the…