For many immigrants, Toronto’s airport has become both the gateway and departure point for a new way of life in Canada.

Over the second half of Kevin Veerasamy’s life, the one that started the day he arrived in Canada from Mauritius, one place has loomed larger than any other: Pearson International Airport.

It’s where he first set foot on Canadian soil, and the place he now considers his community.

“I never dreamed of working at the airport,” he says. Yet, “I’ve been here for 11 years — it feels like my home. I spend most of my time here. I met my wife here.”

For thousands of new Canadians like Veerasamy, who is now a pre-boarding terminal manager, Pearson isn’t just the gateway to a new life, it’s what sustains it.

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Source: Toronto Star