Yansie was born in San Marcos, El Salvador and is the oldest of three children. Yansie’s father and mother both practiced law in El Salvador as they had a passion for supporting people. They went out of their way to always help people. Coming to Canada changed the family’s lives, but one of the things that never changed was their love for helping others – a quality that rubbed off on Yansie. Yansie and family arrived in Canada in September of 2000. The first thing they noticed was that Vancouver was a big city compared to what they had seen before. The family faced a lot of challenges but have decided to make the best out of it.
Yansie is currently studying at Invergarry Adult Education in order to pursue post-secondary education. Yansie is grateful to be part of the YAT because it enables young voices of immigrants and refugees to better understand their issues and how to overcome them through systemic change.
10 years after arriving in Canada, immigrants still face poverty rates twice as high as Canadian-born people. It takes 20 years for the poverty rates of immigrants to equalize with the poverty rates of persons born in Canada.