Becoming Canadian

New citizen Jessica Gonzalaz remembers when she first arrived in Canada and didn't know English

Jessica Gonzalez was born in Cuba and now lives in Halifax. She became a Canadian citizen on August 17, 2016 but struggled with English when she first arrived.

Jessica reflects on being teased in high school and not having the words to respond

This story is part of Becoming Canadian, a year-long project sharing stories of struggle and triumph from new Canadian citizens.

"It was really hard [coming to Canada]. I didn't understand anybody at all.

I remember I didn't want to go to gym class because everyone was playing and I didn't know how to speak English.

I remember I didn't want to go to gym class because everyone was playing and I didn't know how to speak English. There was a guy that always saying 'Senorita! Senorita!' and I looked at him so badly. If I only knew English, you know?"

— Jessica Gonzalez, born in Cuba. Lives in Halifax, became a Canadian citizen on August 17, 2016.

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