Enrique, 79 years
Enrique is almost 80. He was born on December 3, 1924 in the north of Chile, in the province of Tarapaca.
There were over 300 offices in my hometown, but after World War I, almost all of them were shut down. But, life continued. The Depression hit very hard so I couldn't go to school - I only went for four years - no more. I started working when I was 14 or 15 years old. Since then, I kept working and never stopped. I was retired in 1940, that's 56 years of work! I was a lathe machine operator. Later, the military took over the government - my factory and the country. Eventually, the war was over, but I couldn't find a job so that's why I came to Canada with my wife and two daughters. It was 1975.
Music is in me. Although I never studied music, I enjoy composing music; I have more than 20 pieces of music I put together. Music just comes to my mind, especially when I wake up in the middle of the night. I play my electronic piano and I record it. Then later, I write it in a composition format. I go to the ESL class at the Trinity Church on Tuesday morning and Thursday night. I enjoy learning English. The teachers are all volunteers and they are good people. I also wrote two books in my life; they are almost 300 pages long.
The Peel Senior Link Day Service co-ordinator comes once a week. She is very efficient. As soon as you tell her the problem, she solves it. If someone needs to go see a doctor, she drives you there. For me, she brought a walker. I wouldn't have known how and where to get it. It's very expensive, you know, but I only had to pay a portion of the cost. She always looks for a solution.