Canada 150: A Way With Words

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Words have a funny way of evoking emotions, catalyzing inspiration, initiating peace, and in some cases, shaping entire countries.

Whether you associate Canada with words like “I’m sorry”, “eh”, toque or hockey, it is the words that paint our country as a united mosaic of people, cultures and beliefs that are arguably most fitting.

Diverse, multi-cultural, welcoming and free are just a few of the words used to describe this great nation that we call home; and,  much like the country where we live, work and play, our very own team here at TeTechS is as diverse as they come.

From Canadian roots that extend beyond Canada’s namesake itself to newcomers in search of a better home for their young families, the unique stories of every Canadian – and TeTechS team member – is a testament to our great nation.

So, in honour of Canada’s 150th , we asked our team to share their own “Canada” stories and tell us in their own words what it means to call Canada home; here’s what a few of them had to say…

Daryoosh Saeedkida, President & CEO

Born in: Iran
Describes Canada as…Free, Tolerant, Respectful

“Canada is a nation built by immigrants and has continued to prove that it is the best place in the world to simply live your life. My wife and I immigrated to Canada from Iran in 2002 in pursuit of continuing education and even though we arrived on one of the coldest and snowiest days in January, we have loved this country from day one!”

Megan Dietrich, Communications & Public Relations Assistant

Born in: Canada
Describes Canada as…Proud  

 “I was born right here in Waterloo and am 4th generation Canadian after my family immigrated here from Europe in search of a better life and opportunities. I am amazed at how diverse and beautiful Canada is from coast-to-coast, skyscrapers to sea-side and every mountain, tree and breathtaking view in between.”

Larysa Shchukina, Software Engineer

Born in: Ukraine
Describes Canada as…Friendly

“After being struck with economic struggles in Ukraine in the 90’s, I emigrated with my family to Canada in search of better opportunities. A very friendly country with very friendly people, to be a Canadian to me means that I can feel safe, secure and optimistic about not only my future, but the future of my children and my grandchildren.”

Alex Strong, Mechanical Designer

Born in: Canada
Describes Canada as…A Community

“My family immigrated to North America from Europe in the 16th century and established deep roots in both Canada and the United States. Even though I was born in Canada and have lived here my whole live, I find that I am constantly amazed at the vast variety of wilderness throughout our country – we are so fortunate to live in such a diverse environment.”

 Jay Bahar, Vice President of Sales

Born in: Iran
Describes Canada as…Worldly

“I emigrated to Vancouver in 1980 after the revolution in Iran. What I love about Canada is the fact that it is a country made up of people – like me – that come from everywhere in the world, with different cultures and histories, yet we all share a common value system and a sense of pride around being Canadian.”


On behalf of all of us at TeTechS, we want to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day! An undeniably great nation, we hope you, your friends and your family can all find the words to describe how it feels to celebrate 150 years and look forward to many more to come.


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