“Despite our cultural differences, we connected. He saw a little bit of me in himself and always tried to show me that I could do better. Brian has been my fencing coach, my mentor, my family, and my rock. I never thought I could go far, but he believed in me and helped me go places. I’ve won medals and was even in the top 16 in Canada. Kids like me don’t usually end up in places like this. I wouldn’t have come this far, and become the adult I am, had it not been for him.”