Oral Histories: Arriving in Canada

Shane Teper

FROM: Pretoria, South Africa

Shane Teper immigrated with his family to Canada from South Africa when he was eleven years old. The eldest of four siblings, he grew up in Waterkloof, a suburb of Pretoria where drop-ins were common and a strong feeling of community prevailed among neighbours and within the local Jewish community. Despite having a good life in South Africa, Shane’s parents made the decision to uproot and transplant the family to Canada. They were motivated by their desire to provide better opportunities for their children and also to prevent them from being conscripted to serve in the military, defending apartheid, a policy they did not believe in.