November 5, 2008: In a crowd of 4000 students, a small 19-year-old girl is waving a banner and shouting in protest against rising tuition fees. That's me.
My name is Nadine Tkatchevskia. I am a first-year student at Glendon College majoring in International Studies. I am a Franco-Ontarian born in Russia, I am passionate about the environment and our educational system. I'm also quadrilingual and a vegetarian. I like making my voice heard, walking on the beach barefoot, travelling and reading poetry. My biggest dream is to do some good in this world.
North York is one of the seven former municipalities that amalgamated into the City of Toronto in 1998. The area comprises the north-central part of Metropolitan Toronto and has a population of 650,000.
Until the 1980s, North York had the flavour of a suburb, with many residents commuting to the downtown core each day. But North York has since developed its own city centre and attracted many business and corporate headquarters to the area. Immigration has also increased, particularly from China and parts of Europe.
As of 2006, the overwhelming majority - more than 87 per cent - of residents spoke English as a first language at home.
- 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.