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Faces of Calgary

A photo project taken on by MRU journalism students, inspired by the Humans of New York project (http://www.humansofnewyork.com). These are the people of your city and their stories. Share your photos and stories using #YYCFaces
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“My children would have never gotten the education they did if we had not moved here,” said Sum Wong, who left a warring country in search of a new home. “I love the weather in Canada. Once you get used to the cold, this great country becomes perfect.” #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB #chinatown (Translation by Michael Chan, Photograph by Danny Luong and Michael Chan)

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“The freedom,” said Henry Chan, who left his home of Chaozhou, China because of repression. “That is why I came here; and also for my children to have a good education.” “The people here are very loving and helpful,” Chan said. “You just don’t get that everywhere.” #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB #Chinatown (Translation by Michael Chan, Photograph by Danny Luong and Michael Chan)

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Bill Picken and his family have called Calgary home for generations. He says his antiques shop – Heirlooms: Antiques Calgary – serves as his largest passion in life, other than his wife, Bente. #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB (Photograph by Nicholas Aviles)

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“The love and respect from the people around the city is what I love most,” Rosetta Lee said, who moved from Vancouver to Calgary to open Try Again Beverage’s House. “Calgary has a very different personality compared to other cities like Vancouver and Toronto; it is peaceful here.” #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB #Chinatown (Translation by Michael Chan, Photograph by Danny Luong and Michael Chan)

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“What’s up with Calgary being unaccepting to bikers?” Lindsay Sorell asks. A 23-year-old artist, Sorell pedals downtown Calgary streets while commuting to work. #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB (Photograph by Amanda Taylor)

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“I’m not a great gardener,” Wilson Wong admits with a grin. In fact, he inherited most of the plants in his large garden when he moved into his house, and has spent a lot of time trying to keep them under control. “I’ve been maintaining it,” Wong says. “Some just started growing this year. I’m thinking it’s because of all the water -- we’ve had a lot of rain.” #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB (Photograph by Madison Farkas)

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“Some of my family was excited I was moving to Canada,” Zena Beth Smith says. “Some of them were a little apprehensive.” Originally from Arizona, Smith’s decision to relocate to Canada came a year ago when she married a native Calgarian she met in her hometown. “I love the Midwest and the States,” Smith says. “But I like Calgary a whole lot more than I thought I was going to.” #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB (Photograph by Madison Farkas)

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Doug (left) and TJ (right) Anderson are huge supporters of Calgary charities, attending various events around the city. The YYCharity masquerade fundraiser is where they helped raise awareness and support for Pulmonary Hypertension, Calgary Health Trust and Leukemia/Lymphoma. #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB (Photograph by Skye Anderson)

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Helping guests and smiling all day at the Marriott can be tiresome, which is why Charles Dundas often comes to Prince’s Island Park to relax. From Toronto to Edmonton and now Calgary, he finds the overall energy of this city more positive than most places he has lived in. #YYCFaces #YYC #Calgary #AB (Photograph by Allison Badger)

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