Danusha Jebanesan is in Grade 12 at Scarborough's L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute. Her parents are from Sri Lanka, but Danusha was born in Canada. Her favourite subject is science, and although Danusha studies for every test she always wears her lucky socks, just in case.
Danusha was drawn to the story of her classmate Stone Qi because she admires how upbeat he is, even though he works much harder than most of the other students. Stone is a visa student from China and speaks English as a second language.
Although the community of L'Amoreaux has a French name less than one per cent of the people who live there speak French as a first language. Situated east of Victoria Park Avenue, south of McNicoll, west of Kennedy Road and north of Huntingwood Drive, the area is named after Josue L'Amoreaux, a French loyalist who settled there.
L'Amoreaux is an extremely diverse neighbourhood. Less than half of area residents speak English as a first language, and the Chinese and South Asian communities are now the two most predominant ethnic groups.
There are several low-rise public housing projects in L'Amoreaux, which struggle with issues including gang violence and youth crime. A recent proposal to expand the Bridlewood Mall and build eight new multi-story residential buildings has residents concerned about the strain on existing services and resources.
But the community can also be described as a mini United Nations. The local high school, L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, boasts a diverse student body coming from over 70 countries. They proudly display the flags of those students in the main hall.
- 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.