Chayanika Sonnadara was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Canada when she was four years old. She's in Grade 9 at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate in northwest Toronto. She joined this project because she has always wanted to be a journalist.
If you've spent any time wandering the streets of this city, you'll know why Toronto is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.
Whether you are from China, Guinea, Jamaica or Ireland, you will meet other Torontonians who share your cultural experience. One of the easiest places to find that mosaic is in one of Toronto's many culturally-inspired restaurants.
Toronto continues to grow, due mainly to immigration. The downtown core is one of the fastest growing parts of Toronto, thanks in large part to the city's recent condo boom. At times, life in this fast-paced, big city can feel overwhelming. Finding your way can be a challenge.
Student reporter Chayanika Sonnadara brings us the story of Verma Ramkhalawar. He moved to Toronto from Trinidad. He found himself at a large downtown high school. He felt isolated, alone, just a number in the crowd. He knew he had to do something. Today, Verma is in a more supportive and rewarding school environment.
- en françaisToronto, la mosaïque
- Pour voir les récits des participants francophones.
- in depthToronto's Mosaic: A Reality Check
- In March 2008 we brought you our first series on Toronto's cultural mosaic.
- special thanksSony Canada
- Cameras for Toronto's Mosaic were provided by Sony Canada.
Meet the Participants
- Christine Diep
- Christine Diep is a Grade 9 student who lives in the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.
- Danusha Jebanesan
- Danusha was drawn to the story of a classmate who won't allow challenges to get him down.
- Chayanika Sonnadara
- Chayanika joined this project because she has always wanted to be a journalist.
- Drexler Reuben Ogbeifun
- Drexler Ogbeifun brings us the story of Zya Browne, who has lost friends to gang violence.
- Atsede Tadesse
- Atsede is an ambitious and outgoing Grade 12 student at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute.
- Deshawna Kitson
- Deshawna is happy in Rexdale because people are working hard to make it a safer place.
Three of our French-speaking students also prepared English versions of their reports. More reports in French are available at http://www.radio-canada.ca
- Nadine Tkatchevskia
- Nadine is a quadrilingual vegetarian who wants to do some good in the world.
- Alison Vicrobeck
- Alison has a passion for journalism. She is the editor-in-chief of a student newspaper.
- Charlotte Débois
- Charlotte was born in Switzerland. She loves music and making people happy.