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TITLE
Drew
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_LEAVINGHOME_004
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ewen Weatherspoon
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11609
KEYWORDS
immigration
emigration
personal stories
autobiography
Drew

"Two years ago we came to Scotland for a vacation and three months later, quite unexpectedly, moved our family to Inverness to take a youth work post in Hilton. Coming from Canada our family did not find Inverness and Scotland that different from our previous home in Alberta. Sure we swapped mountains for hills, and snow for rain and prairie for sea but both countries have a beauty their own.

Our family has never felt far removed from Scotland. My grandmother was a war bride from Edinburgh and my mother spent a portion of her childhood here. I think it is fair to say we consider Scotland home now, because we have made the choice to do so. There have been tough days for sure. We do miss our hot Canadian summers and seeing the sun on a regular basis, but we still play ice hockey and can always import the necessary Tim Horton's coffee!"

This photograph was taken of Drew in Hilton chatting with some of the young people that he works with.

Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.

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Drew

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

immigration; emigration; personal stories; autobiography

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

New Highlanders

"Two years ago we came to Scotland for a vacation and three months later, quite unexpectedly, moved our family to Inverness to take a youth work post in Hilton. Coming from Canada our family did not find Inverness and Scotland that different from our previous home in Alberta. Sure we swapped mountains for hills, and snow for rain and prairie for sea but both countries have a beauty their own. <br /> <br /> Our family has never felt far removed from Scotland. My grandmother was a war bride from Edinburgh and my mother spent a portion of her childhood here. I think it is fair to say we consider Scotland home now, because we have made the choice to do so. There have been tough days for sure. We do miss our hot Canadian summers and seeing the sun on a regular basis, but we still play ice hockey and can always import the necessary Tim Horton's coffee!"<br /> <br /> This photograph was taken of Drew in Hilton chatting with some of the young people that he works with. <br /> <br /> Emigration has been part of the Highland experience for hundreds of years; so too has immigration. Now with over 50 languages being spoken in Highland schools it is clear what a multicultural nation Scotland has become. This is one of a series of portraits of New Highlanders. They have come here for many reasons; to work, to study or to make a new life. They are all contributing to a new Scotland.