With a first bold step, a new world unfolded for many people who came to Canada. Yogi left behind a traditional society to openly be himself, but later found ways to push for more progress in his new country. Sheena and Sandro didn’t share a language when they met, but eventually shared everything. Like a ripple through time, sponsors helped Nhung’s family thrive in Canada and now she’s passing the life-changing favour on. Join host Mark Sakamoto and producer Tina Pittaway as they discuss revealing interviews that explore what it’s like to build a life in Canada. From the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Episode 4: Canadian Dreams
In this episode:
* Bostjan Skrlj an adventurist originally from Slovenia who was motorcycling around the world, and stopped in Whitehorse.
* Gaetan Pierrard is a musher from Belgium who also lives in the Yukon.
* Yogi Omar from Indonesia, arrived in Canada as a student, today is a business owner and LGBTQ2+ activist in Vancouver.
Episode 3: Working Life
In this episode:
* Erlinda and Armand Tesoro. Erlinda arrived in 1968 from the Philippines to work in the Garment Industry.
* Musician Yosvanii Castañeda defected 40 years later during a stopover in Toronto from Japan to Cuba.
Episode 2: Love & Family
* War Bride Gladys Merrigan moved to Halifax after the war to join her husband. She still lives in the house he built for her.
* VP Audience Engagement at the Museum, Carrie-Ann Smith speaks about the significance of the war brides who came to Canada.
* Sheena Rossiter and Sandro Silva share their international love story which took them from London to Sao Paulo to Rio and most recently Edmonton, AB.
Episode 1: War & Persecution
* Award winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, whose visit to the Museum’s Scotiabank Family History Centre helped inspire the play Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story about her great-grandparents arrival in Canada from Romania.
* Dr. Nhung Tran-Davies who arrived in Canada with her widowed mom and siblings after the Vietnam War in 1979.
* Museum Curator, Dan Conlin speaks about the Museum’s travelling exhibition Refuge Canada.
Meet the Host: Mark Sakamoto
Mark Sakamoto has enjoyed a rich and varied career. He began his professional career in live music, working with several international acts. He has worked at a national law firm, a national broadcaster and has served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. He is an entrepreneur and investor in digital health and digital media. Mark is the Executive Vice-President for Think Research, an international big data health firm in Toronto. In that capacity, he is responsible for driving all aspects of business development.
Sakamoto’s book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents won CBC Canada Reads and has been a number one national best seller in two separate years. It is currently being developed for screen and theatre. Mark is the host and executive producer of Good People, a CBC television series which explores societal problems and scours the planet for hopeful places and solutions. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two daughters.