June 14, 2004
This week, we have a story written by Helen Giesbrecht, from La Crete, Alberta. Helen is very much interested in becoming a pharmacist. She emigrated to Canada from Bolivia with her two sisters, and 5 months after they had arrived, one of her sisters passed away. The remaining sister works in a long-term care facility. In Bolivia, they did back-breaking work. Helen now works at two different restaurants, even when she attends literacy classes.
My sister and I came to Canada on April 12, 2003.
We lived in Bolivia for 35 years. We had 12 cows that we milked. We had 30 pigs, 200 ducks and 35 hens.
We sold eggs on weekends and milk every day. Sometimes we made cheese.
After mom and dad passed away, my sisters and I started planning to go to Canada.
When we came here, the snow was almost gone. This year, I see lots of snow.
This summer, I will try to pass my driver's test. We have our own car.
[This story was taken with permission, from English Express, April 2004, a free newspaper for adult learners, published by Alberta Learning.]