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VI. School
I decided to excel in whatever I was doing. I went to Point Grey High School and I won every award that was around in sports and music. I decided my accent didn't make a difference in sports and music. I even got the lead part in a school play. I did thirteen grades in seven and a half years. I found all the Jewish refugees were excluded by the other children. It was a very bad time for me there. Canadians were not as accepting of newcomers then, as they are today.

When I left high school I went to a business school. I took secretarial courses and trained to become a dental nurse. After I got married I worked with my husband who was a furrier, who later went into the building business.
VII. A New Life »    
Mariette's Map
I. Childhood
II. Into Hiding
III. Orphanages
IV. Journey to Canada
V. Becoming Canadian
VI. School
VII. A New Life
Refugee
Someone who flees their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a social or political group.