At first blush, Jennilyn Morris, 46, seems the quintessential immigrant success story.
Morris came to Canada in 1998 from the Philippines under Canada’s live-in caregiver visa program.
She married a Canadian, the father of a boy for whom she had been a nanny. Together, they had a son and a daughter. She fought and beat breast cancer. And through it all, she built two successful businesses: a restaurant, Smokey Joe’s Hickory Smoke House and Demot Cleaning, which offered housekeeping, janitorial and kitchen staff services to local hotels, including the Nisku Inn, Executive Royal Inn and Wingate House.