“I was born in Russia. When I was ten, I moved to Israel and I lived there until I moved to Montreal with my family in 1996 at age 16. When I moved here from Israel, I was deeply miserable and brokenhearted on the grounds that I was a teenager in solitude, I didn’t communicate in French or English, and every one of my friends lived across the ocean. It was hard, yet my family supported me in every possible way. Thinking back, I’m extremely thankful that my parents decided to move here, but back then, my rebellious mind couldn’t understand it. I now know I would have done the same for my children to be able to live in a relatively peaceful, safe and orderly country.
Now, I try to live by this motto: ‘If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no. If you don’t take a step forward, you will always be in the same place.’”