Ela Hefler

Born and raised in Toronto, I now study History at Davidson College, where I am a McGaw Scholar and a Terry Fellow. I am a proud alumn of UWC Pearson College, and I carry the UWC values of personal and mutual respect, responsibility and integrity into everything I do, from conducting archival research for my honors thesis to baking (and breaking) bread with friends.

20 December 2015
I text my parents saying I am on the plane
and I’ll see them in 25-hours. Dad replies:
“So happy your journey has begun. Enjoy
your trip, see you soon.” Even though it feels
weird, I like thinking of this "going home" thing as a journey, as a beginning.

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When I sit on the sinew seats of my grandfather's cedar strip canoe, I feel I am resting within his ribcage.