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Chayanika Sonnadara


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.

Downtown Toronto

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.

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