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.By Christine Hamelin with photography by Randy deKleine-Stimpson

Captain Ryan Carter’s years of questing have finally come to fruition. After spending his youth trying to discover his calling, to learn how to be a visible minority in Canada and to land a decent job, he became a much-loved chaplain and a respected imam, a source of comfort and togetherness in our community.

A second-generation Caribbean-Canadian, he grew up in Scarborough with two older brothers and a younger sister. His father, John, was an accountant, and his mother, Yasmin, worked for the City of Toronto. “Scarborough wasn’t very diverse back then,” says Ryan. Racism “was common, and you remember those comments for the rest of your life.” Once, in a kindergarten playground, he approached some of the children, wanting to play. “Only white kids,” said one child. “Later in life,” says Ryan, “my mom told me I always used to ask, ‘When will
I be white? How come I look different?’ These aren’t uncommon questions. It made me acutely aware of difference at a young age.” His dad talked about racism periodically but didn’t make it a focal point. . . .

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