Being a Foreigner
When Lesley first arrived she found that people in the community were very friendly. When people noticed her accent it led to conversations about her immigration, allowing people to share commonalities with her.
A Sense of Belonging
To manifest a sense of belonging to the community Lesley connected to the local theatre. Connecting to something you love is a great way to meet new people and build up your social network.
When Lesley first decided to move to Elgin County she did research on the area to find something she would enjoy. St. Thomas and Elgin County have social opportunities like book clubs, sports teams, and theaters; there is something for everyone to get involved in.