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My father was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when he was 9. My grandma was born in Edson, AB and my mom was born in Red Deer, AB. My mom and dad met through mutual friends, courted and then tied the knot. They settled into the quiet suburb of Sunnyside in Red Deer and then had me; born at the Red Deer General Hospital. Two years later, my sister Julia came along and was also born in Red Deer. My parents decided there were better opportunities in Calgary and decided to build a house in Varsity, a community in the NW quadrant of the city . While they were building the house, we would often make the journey from Red Deer to Calgary to ensure everything was on track and would stay at the Crowchild Inn. I had just turned four when the house was finally ready to move in. We settled in and not too long after… my mom was pregnant with a third! My mom knew the baby was coming soon and had arrange for my Aunt to look after us for a couple of weeks until she could adjust with the newborn. We were on our way up to Red Deer to drop my sister and I off with my Aunt when….. the labour pains started. Yesss, my youngest sister was also born in Red Deer! We are all Red Deerians, but so happy we moved to Calgary and created a community of friends and family here.

Sylvia W – INLIV

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