HOK #49: Etienne Cuerrier

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Meet Etienne Cuerrier.

“I grew up in Kitchissippi, near the Bagel Shop. My family is French-Canadian and I attended school at Lycée Claudel… can’t get more French than that! When I was 8-years-old, my mom put my brother and I in Elmdale school, at that time I couldn’t speak English at all: yes, no, and that’s really it. It was a sad time for me at first, not understanding a word from anyone! But one teacher, Mr. Cambell, stayed with me at recess and after school to slowly teach me vocabulary and by Christmas I was able to make friends and have actual conversations in English!

“Kitchissippi is home to me, I grew up learning to play hockey and soccer at Fisher Park, played tennis late at night at Elmdale Tennis Club with my dad, learned to drive in Tunney’s parking lots! Now, 30 years later, my kids are doing the same, taking dance class at Hintonburg community centre, making friends on the street like Tuls from the fish store and Vicky from Rochon at Parkdale Market.

“What has really struck me in this past year while operating a business in Kitchissippi, is the strong sense of community help from other businesses and the loyalty of residents. From other businesses helping out promoting or even lending a hand when I needed it, to neighbours helping me with renovations, decorating and lending their tools and knowledge! Without them, I wouldn’t be as proud and happy about my restaurant.”

Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. View our collection of humans right here.

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