Nanako Kaneto, High School Program Coordinator

Nanako Kaneto, High School Program Coordinator

I am from Toyama, Japan and grew up surrounded by the sea, mountains and rice fields. I’ve never left my hometown until I graduate from University. As I have been playing ice hockey for over 20 years since I was a child, and I had a strong longing to visit the place where it is played the most, so I wanted to visit Canada at least once in my life. Thus, I have made the decision to move out from my hometown to abroad, 6 months in the Vancouver and one year in Toronto.

When I got to Vancouver or Toronto for the first time, I was always nervous as I didn't understand English at all, and things were so different from Japan. Rebuilding a life in somewhere new without your family or friends was one of the hardest challenges coming to Canada.  However, looking back now, I have met various people during this time who have helped me, I have helped in return, have shared fun time together, and all these people and experiences are irreplaceable. Even though I have had my hard times, this experience made my life richer.

So I’d like to tell you, if you are leaving your parents right now and starting a new life in a new place, you’re probably feeling a bit excited, yet, uneasy at the same time and that is totally fine. That is why we are here to fully support your challenge so that you can spend an irreplaceable time, including all the hard things and fun things, and making them into meaningful to you, day by day.

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