Toronto is a city with one of the highest percentages of foreign-born citizens. There’s a Spanish-speaking community, but it’s not the largest one in the city. So there’s a real need to get the community together to empower each other. Unfortunately, in the past, there weren’t many opportunities to do so in Toronto.
This is where Fernando Valladares comes in. He arrived in Canada at the beginning of the 1970s to escape the political regime in Spain. But he felt isolated.
“The weather was cold, and people were cold, too. There was no communication as a community because there were so many immigrants from different countries.”
However, by the time the dictatorship in Spain collapsed, Fernando had decided to stay in Canada to build a platform that would unify the Spanish speaking community.