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Born in Guyana, arrived in Canada in 1967
Pam was one of 14 childrenin a close-knit family.
Pam blows out candles on her16th birthday, her last in Guyana.
In the mid-1960s instability and ethnic strifetriggered widespread emigration from Guyana.
Pam's passport photo fromher arrival in Canada at age 16.
In 1967, Pam was sponsored by Tip-Top Tailors to immigrate and work as a seamstress in Toronto's booming garment industry.
Toronto hasn't always beenthe diverse city it is now.
"They looked at coloured peoplein a different way." - Pam
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After decades in the construction industry,Baldev now helps Pam with the day-to-day operations of the restaurant.
For more than 40 years Pam and Baldev have lived in the neighbourhood,just a few blocks from the restaurant.
Even in Toronto, Pam and Baldev’s multicultural,multi-faith marriage was ahead of its time.
A few years after immigrating to Toronto, Pam, who is Muslim,married Baldev, a Sikh from India.
Pam's recipes are well-kept secrets.All her food is prepared on-site, including this goat roti.
After recovering from her stroke,Pam reinvented herself as a restaurateur in the late 1990s.
Pam ran her clothing factory on Spadina Avenue for three decadesuntil a stroke forced her to sell the business.