Like hundreds of thousands of other immigrants, my dad and his parents first set foot in Canada at Pier 21 in Halifax. For pretty much my whole life I’ve tried to imagine what it was like for them to disembark in this strange country, so far away from their village in Southern Italy, and so very different. And pretty much every single day, I think of how lucky I am to have had the opportunities I’ve had, all thanks to the hardships endured by my grandparents and parents as immigrants in search of a better life.
Today, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is located in the spot where nearly one million immigrants landed in Canada from 1928 to 1971. This year, it was an immense privilege to be invited to host Season 2 of the museum’s podcast, Countless Journeys. The podcast celebrates the incredible resilience and creativity of immigrants, connecting you to personal and inspiring stories of immigration. To my mind, the people featured in the podcast are Canadian heroes. They’re extraordinary people, each and every one – from household names like Moses Znaimer and Wally Buono, to local heroes like Dr. Lalita Malhotra of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I did.