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When I was little I had no idea how lucky I was to have been born where I was. I was born in a small town in the south coast of England called Poole where I was walking distance from a beach with golden sands, a short hike to castle ruins and only a twenty minute drive away from the Jurassic coast, an impressive stretch of coast line which boasts some fascinating history, breathtaking cliffs and ocean views. One of the most relevant claims to fame my hometown has is that it was the birth place of Lush Cosmetic (which explains why, for those of you lucky enough to work with me, there is always a faint scent of Jasmine by my desk!)

The first I really knew of Canada as a place was when I was 9, my family and I went on a two week RV adventure vacation around parts of North America. It was my first time in Toronto and Niagara falls and I was in love! The people, the places and everything about this country made me feel right at home. Thankfully my parents had felt the same and after much debate and house hunting, we set about planning the move from England to Canada.

Our move wasn’t like most other families as we decided, for the sake of my schooling, we would move out in stages. My father in 2008, my brother in 2009 and myself and my mother in 2011. At the time we were living in Prince Edward Island and, despite the amazing landscape of the Island, I was homesick.

I moved back to England in 2012 and began a career back home. I visited my parents, now living in Calgary, once a year and it was finally in 2015 when I decided to give Canada another try…and thank goodness I did! I’m almost at my two year Canniversary and I’ve well and truly fallen back in love with the country that caught my attention all those years ago on that family vacation. Of course some days I miss the beach but thankfully the mountains have a real way of balancing that out.

I’m excited to apply for my citizenship in the next year or so and finally make that promise to somewhere that really and truly is my home!

Zoe S – INLIV

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