Dafna GodovichEtobicoke, Ontario
Livre d'Or Montgomery\'s Inn
I enjoy learning about history and love going to museums. Montgomery's Inn is a museum in the GTA that has conserved the original inn and house of the innkeeper Thomas Montgomery. I live only 10 minutes away (walking distance) and since I moved to Etobicoke when I was six I loved the building. After I had been on my first tour I promised that I would one day volunteer there and today I do! I started in January 2013 and was fifteen at the time (I am now seventeen.) I have gotten the opportunity to learn about Thomas Montgomery's life and what life was like in Upper Canada in the 1840s. Mr Montgomery was an immigrant from Northern Ireland and I guess that is one of the ways I relate to him, as I am also an immigrant. I came to Canada in 1999 from Israel, and hold citizenships of both countries. Mr Montgomery, like all immigrants, had a hard start in a foreign land but thanks to the opportunities that Canada (back then Upper Canada) gave him he was able to become a very successful businessman. I, like Mr Montgomery, am proud and grateful to live in Canada. It is thanks to the French immersion programme here that I am fluent in French and the reason for which I will be studying linguistics in September. I eventually hope to become a translator or interpreter. Thank you Canada!