The sculpture by Bruno Catalano is so powerful as he conveys what it is like to leave your home country to build a life elsewhere.
It is SO true, you leave much of your heart and memories back there. No matter how long we live in Canada, I still think of myself as British. For sure I have a British sense of humour and feel grounded by my childhood, growing up in Scotland and England.
We came to Canada in 1975. We had no jobs and were living with relatives until we could find work and thereby afford an apartment to call home. It wasn’t easy at first, but we made that choice and we chose to emigrate to Canada. It was our decision.
How much harder it must be for refugee families who are fleeing for their safety, leaving behind family and most of their possessions. They, like the sculpture, come with so little, just each other.
That hole in the heart must be so much bigger. Likely they will have witnessed trauma that is hard to forget, those hurtful memories may fade, but they never go away.
While we can never really fill that gap, I think we need to acknowledge that it exists. It is part of the person who stands in front of you.
Hopefully with kindness and acceptance, the hole shrinks and fills with new and happier memories.
Hopefully as Canadians we can reach out and be supportive of new Canadians as they forge new lives for themselves here.
Hopefully we can help them feel whole again.
Company of Women
I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.