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The year of my arrival from Jamaica to Montreal was 1947, and things looked very bleak for me due to a lack of loving parental guidance, after my arrival. The stage was now set for a brutal encounter with the reality of my circumstance, and a new stepfather. A very hard life was inevitable for me at this time. So my story screams out in total openness and honesty, about my deepest feelings in dealing with my struggle towards a better life for myself as a person of African, English, French and Aboriginal ancestry. Now in a new society with its many racist attitudes of the 1940's, I was forced to defend my dignity by any means available. My Jamaican heredity, and racial mix will speak volumes about me as a person who realises early in my life that I will only survive by applying myself to work hard for what I want, and by looking for the best in people, and opportunities wherever it may be. I did not choose Canada at the start as I wassent here, but over time I could see the energy of a young country ready for change and growth, that would allow me to survive as a person. I could also express my feelings as a citizen, creating a willingness in myself to give something back to a society that gave me hope for the future. By taking the challenge to change bad attitudes in my work environment within the airline industry, I was thought of as a sort of radical among some of my co-workers who loved the old racist ways of the past. Being a whistle-blower is not fun but I fought the good fight with success, and the behaviour was forced to change within the airline and the union. Having made this contribution in my area, I took the time in my retirement years to write about my experiences, to help other newcomers to Canada. My book is a multifaceted account of a life, historical facts, family problems, race, and success in the end by keeping my faith in humanity, love and understanding of people from all walks of life, as an average Canadian working stiff. Good reading.
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About the Author
Gerald A. Archambeau was born in British Colonial Jamaica in 1933. Sent to Canada in 1947, he became a Canadian citizen in 1956. This is the first book, describing his failures and triumphs as a young immigrant adapting to a new country. He has a deep appreciation for Canada, and the opportunities it offers those willing to move forward.
"The Human Rights Act came out after Gerry did the pioneering work. Where he originally cut a path it is a four-lane highway now."
-Paul Lefebvre, president, airline central lodge 2323, IAM&AW