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Colette Reid

Interviewed by Liliana Wiklanska/ Photographed by Sharon Smith

Lilianna: How long have you lived in the area?
Colette: 64 years.

Lilianna: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Colette: Some fond memories I have are playing with children from the block, being able to come in unwelcomed without looking like a robber, and being able to stay out till late without the parents worrying.

Lilianna: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Colette: Yes, I’ve seen a lot of differences. It is more luxurious now then back in my days. But we didn’t think it was “hard times” while it was happening.

Lilianna: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Colette: Going back over old photos comforts me.

Lilianna: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Colette: Community means looking after children. I was a credit union worker and helped old folks in the past.

Lilianna: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Colette: I hope all are there for each other and help each other, and if I am in need, people will help me.

Shown below is a drawing Lilianna made in response to her interview with Colette. It depicts a family photo album.

Colette Reid

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