Brazilians in Hamilton

A CRISE ECONÔMICA E SOCIAL FORÇOU PROFISSIONAIS BRASILEIROS A IMIGRAREM PARA O CANADÁ E HAMILTON É UM DOS DESTINOS ESCOLHIDOS

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By Rosemary Baptista

The Nichele family

Eu tive o grande prazer de conhecer Marta Dams Nichele, durante a Copa do Mundo de Futebol de 2018. Nosso encontro inesperado foi afinal fruto do destino. Como tinham me informado que o Hotel Sheraton Hamilton estava exibindo o jogo, eu passei por lá para assistir. Enquanto caminhava pela Jackson Square, procurando encontrar onde os brasileiros haviam se reunido para assistir ao primeiro jogo da Copa do Mundo, recebi uma chamada no meu celular e parei no recepção do Hotel para atender. Notei uma mulher entrando pelas portas duplas entre o shopping e o hotel, iluminando a área do lobby como um raio de sol. Ela sentou no sofá ao lado de onde eu estava sentada. Confirmando reputação brasileira de sempre se agruparem, ela aproximou-se de mim e perguntou se eu era brasileira. Ela estava numa pausa de seu trabalho e também procurando brasileiros para assistir ao jogo. Fisioterapeuta profissional e certificada no Brasil, Marta era também professora de educação física em Curitiba. Seu marido, Hélio Ricardo Nichele, é formado pela Universidade Federal do Paraná e está fazendo Mestrado em Teologia na Universidade McMaster.

I had the great pleasure of meeting Marta Dams Nichele, during the Soccer World Cup 2018. Our unexpected encounter was destined. As I had been told that the Sheraton Hamilton was showing the game, I dropped by to watch it. I was walking through Jackson Square, looking to see where Brazilians had gathered to watch the first game of the World Cup series. I stopped inside the Sheraton Hotel to take a call on my cellphone and noticed a woman walk through the double doors that led from the mall into the hotel, lighting up the lobby with her energy like a sunbeam. She sat on the couch next to where I was sitting. Living up to the Brazilian gregarious reputation she approached me and asked if I was Brazilian. She was taking a break from her job and also searching for the Brazilian Group to get a glimpse of the game. Marta is a Certified Professional Physiotherapist, as well a Physical Education Teacher from Curitiba, Brazil. Her husband, Hélio Ricardo Nichele, a graduate of the Federal University of Paraná, is working on his Masters Degree in Divinity at McMaster University. She accompanied him with their 3 children and they have now made the Westdale neighbourhood in Hamilton their new home.

Apart from practicing her profession as a Physiotherapist and Physical Education teacher, Marta and her Husband owned a sporting store in Brazil similar to Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC Toronto).

According to statistics, over 22,900 foreign born Brazilians were residing in Canada as of 2011. In 1991 there were only about 2,520 Brazilian migrants lived in Canada.This is a huge increase. The Brazilian population has been steadily growing. Between 2008 and 2015, 18,697 Brazilians became new permanent residents. Brazil and Canada share many commonalities in values and interests, including the promotion of environmental stewardship, human rights, and democracy. They are also important trade partners.

Historically, the reasons immigrants from Brazil have chosen to come to Canada include study, work opportunities, and the chance for a better quality of life. Over 50% of Brazilians in Canada live in Ontario, while 26% reside in Quebec, and 13% in British Columbia.

The Brazilian Canadian community has established various organizations and annual events throughout the provinces that strengthen their community’s presence.

Together as development cooperation partners, Canada and Brazil seek to advance the Canada-Brazil development relationship through, joint policy research, policy dialogue, enhanced institutional links and technical-cooperation activities in third countries. The relationship has been strengthened by dialogue in many areas, including human rights, humanitarian assistance, mobility, health, education, defense and security, agriculture, and science and technology.