Naturolly is Proudly Asian Canadian Woman-Owned
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, also known as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in the US. Since Naturolly is a Canadian woman-of-colour owned business, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce our founder, Angel He.
“I was born in the city of Guangzhou and I am a first-generation Chinese immigrant living in Canada. I moved to Toronto with my parents in the early 2000s when I was 8 years old. I graduated from University of Toronto with a B.Mus. (Hons.). My love for music stemmed from: my maternal grandparents and great-grandmother who fostered a deep appreciation in me for visual art and music; my paternal grandfather who showed me his love for poetry and song; and my paternal grandmother who played the accordion.
I remember one of the first landmarks we visited when I arrived in Canada-- it was the Bethune Memorial House to pay respects to Dr. Norman Bethune, a Canadian whose altruistic medical contributions in China touched my parents. Since then, Canada has treated me well. Not only does Canada have a rich history, but there is also an abundance of nature. I enjoyed going on overnight camping trips in the outskirts of Toronto and explored plenty of great hiking spots within a stone’s toss away from the city. All these outdoor experiences facilitated my deep connection with nature.
Ever since the pandemic, AAPI in North America have been subjected to escalating amounts of hate crimes. According to @stopaapihate, 3,795 cases of anti-Asian hate crimes were reported from March 2020 to February 2021. These numbers are just reported incidents-- I can imagine the actual number of cases to be much higher. I am infuriated by the wide-spread targeted violence, I feel grief for the loss of innocent lives, and I am heartbroken for people whose lives are permanently changed. The safety of my grandparents who currently live in the US are on my mind more than ever.
My heart goes out to AAPI, to black lives, to health care workers, and to all the people who are marginalized, oppressed, and suffering. I stand with you.”