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Lawyer Cindy Kieu on Active Learning, Curiousity, and Cultural Intelligence

Cindy Kieu is a lawyer in Edmonton. She is originally from Vietnam and her family moved to Toronto, Canada when she was 10. Cindy has studied, lived, and worked in various places around the world. Until recently, she lived in Nunavut where she was practicing law, notably during the establishment of Canada's newest ...

Architect Jelle De Roeck on Belgium, Cycling, and Fatherhood

Migration Patterns is out of the studio this week and in Ottawa, Ontario! Jelle De Roeck is an Architect from Belgium who moved to Canada in 2015. He and his wife moved to Canada looking for a sense of community that they couldn't find in Belgium. Two years later, their son was born. In this episode, I ask Jelle about ...

Chef Israel Alvarez on Mexico, Tacos, and Being Kidnapped

This week on Migration Patterns, I speak with Israel Alvarez, a chef who grew up in Mexico City and now lives in Edmonton. In this episode, he shares some of his experiences working in Enrique Olvera's restaurant Pujol, what happened when he was kidnapped in Mexico City, and his current pop-up project COMAL Taco ...

Starting Season 2 and I need you!

Season 2 of Migration Patterns is in the works and I'm looking for Canadian immigrants and New Canadians to share their culture and story on the podcast. You can sign up by clicking here. This helps me a lot with the research I do before the interviews. You can also reach me via twitter (@MeredithBratlan), or email ...

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Episode 4: Ulia Bodrug – Ukraine

Ulia came to Canada in her early 20's and it has been both challenging and fulfilling in ways she couldn't have predicted. She arrived in Vancouver and moved over to Edmonton after three months; partly looking for a familiar face and a more manageable cost of living. Since moving here, Ulia has learnt a lot about ...

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Episode 3: Toonna Obi-Okoye – Nigeria

This episode, I speak with Toonna Obi-Okoye, a Nigerian living in Edmonton. He works in IT but what he really wanted to talk to me about were his passions for film and music. I'm confident when you hear his smooth voice and tone, it's no surprise that he has musical talents. During our interview, Toonna describes his ...

Migration Patterns Episode 2 - German - Chile

Episode 2: German Villegas – Chile

In the 2nd episode of Migration Patterns, I sit down with local podcaster German Villegas of the Modern Manhood podcast. German moved to Edmonton when he was seven years old but he's recently been feeling a shift in his identity and the need to reconnect and rediscover his Chilean roots. In this interview, German ...