Journal of Law and Social Policy

Document Type

Voices and Perspectives

English Abstract

I left Grenada in December of 1980 to visit Canada. Like many other Caribbean immigrants, when I first came up to Canada I was shocked by the cold and unsure of what my life would look like. Forty years later, I look back at the life I’ve built in Canada and see how my community experiences led me to be a community leader.

This is my story, but it is the story of many others as well. I reflect here on the role of women as leaders, the difficult conditions for immigrants, the history of domestic work, and on housing as a human right. I hope my story will explain what policies and actions I have seen that actually help support families, and how we can learn from this for the future.

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