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Marta Guzik

Marta Guzik, photography by Monika Grzelak
 

Marta Guzik was born in 1979 in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Poland. She only got to live in her country for 7.5 years, as the winds of change swept her family up. In August 1987, packed in their orange Zastava with a trailer and a Wigry bicycle, they went for a vacation in Jugoslavia, only to later settle in the Italian town of Lido di Ostia, where a Polish refugee camp was established at the Castelfusano Country Club. They waited to be able to go further, to Australia, USA, or Canada.

In December 1989, Marta and her family got to Toronto, Canada. A little luck, smart decisions, tremendous amount of work, and a strong spirit made this move a good one.

In Canada, Marta eventually graduated from York University, Glendon College in Toronto, and continued her education at McGill Universty in Montreal. When she was 23, she found work with one of the biggest musical festivals which allowed her to travel around the cities of North America for 8 years. Today, Marta works as Head for Training Programmes with the Canadian civil service.

She lives in Toronto with her husband and 7-year-old son. She visits her family in Poland at least once every two years.


Interview by Joanna Gierak-Onoszko in May 2017 in Toronto.

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Leaving in secret
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Like long holidays in Italy
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Flight to Canada on birthday
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"I've already learnt one foreign language, leave me alone!"
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Counting down the days to departure
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Different relations with peers
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One has to adopt to emigration
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Outsider vs Canadian
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