RUN ELVIN: The Rising of a Rejected Stone

Dedicated to my son Elvin Gabriel Jr. And my father, a man I never knew. CHAPTER 1 Son, When you were born, I could not have begun to imagine how on earth I would manage being a parent. Now I cannot imagine my life without you, my loving and remarkable son. I named you ElvinContinue reading “RUN ELVIN: The Rising of a Rejected Stone”

Don’t Lose Your BALANCE

That said, my journey in Canada wasn’t exactly easy. I had to manage my time with unbending rigor to be able focus on studies, volunteer for causes close to my heart, and still earn money to support myself and my family back in the camp. While other students spent late nights out with friends orContinue reading “Don’t Lose Your BALANCE”

Canada Here I Come

In August 2016, I left the refugee camp. It’s still incredible for me to say that because it’s so surreal. Do you remember when I told you about that one evening in the bar at the camp – when my teacher caught me in there and scolded me for giving the   impression, I was throwingContinue reading “Canada Here I Come”

it never really crossed my mind that perhaps, before, I wasn’t really alive

Up until we received this news, it never really crossed my mind that perhaps, before, I wasn’t really alive. I mean, of course I was living, breathing, walking and eating. But, when I realized what I had achieved, it felt like my lungs finally fully expanded for the first time. The sense of relief almostContinue reading “it never really crossed my mind that perhaps, before, I wasn’t really alive”

John Wycliffe (The aka Shakespeare)

I rushed home to tell my grandparents. Amidst the celebration, my grandmother reminded me to thank God for this incredible blessing and for answering the prayers we had stood together and made that fateful day in our kitchen. While writing this out, I can hear the echo of Mathew 21:42, ringing in my ears –Continue reading “John Wycliffe (The aka Shakespeare)”

way back

But, way back then, there wasn’t enough time to mourn the loss of their opportunity; I had to prepare for the most important interviews of my life. Thanks to the JC: HEM, I was able to print my study resources for free, so I could read through each of the trickiest interview questions, over andContinue reading “way back”

The WUSC head office, in Ottawa, responds

The letters were delivered and the application dropped off, so now, I would wait to see if the lady of fortune would choose to be cruel or kind. I know I’ve already talked to you about patience, my son, but let me tell you, the more you want something, the slower the moments drag by.Continue reading “The WUSC head office, in Ottawa, responds”

to the past and the far-off future

I am writing this book, looking all around me – to the past and the far-off future, influenced by my current circumstances, memories and yet unrealized plans for tomorrow. As I type this, I have no idea what kind of boy – or man – I am writing to. I don’t know who you, myContinue reading “to the past and the far-off future”


The school years I had so earnestly coveted came to an end. As soon as graduation was over, I realized I had been irrevocably torn from the place that had nurtured my mind and character for the past several years. No longer would I be permitted time to grow within the safe haven that transformedContinue reading “Changes”