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Aya Darrouba

Aya's Story :

Hi, my name is Aya Darrouba.

I’d like to start by introducing myself.  I’m a 14 year old student at Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute.  I’m just starting high school as I am currently in grade 9. I have one sister and three brothers.  We live with our parents and we are a very happy family.

We don’t have any relatives in Canada since we are originally from Syria.  Before my family came to Canada we lived in Lebanon.  My sister and I are both blind so we used to go to a private school in Lebanon for the blind and deaf. When we came here, we started going to public school with sighted people and it was a very big change for us.  Thankfully, I’ve made a lot of new friends here.

When I first came to Canada, I had a really hard time leaving all my family and friends.  It is much easier for me now.  I will admit that I miss my family a lot but I’m starting to get used to it . I really do love it here.

Canada has definitely changed me a lot.

Before I lived here I didn’t talk to people who were my age unless they went to my school.  All of my friends were blind or visually impaired.  Now I have friends who are sighted.  I also stayed overnight at my old school and now I’m only at school six hours a day.  These are a few of the changes I’ve had since moving to Canada.

I love seeing people happy.  Every time I find someone sad it really makes me feel bad even if I didn’t have anything to do with it.  I always try my best to make people around me smile.  It makes me so happy when I make other people happy.  I also love helping others if I can.