Hi there, we are Thom and Nina.
We are a couple of fun, creative, brainy game-loving nerds. We grew up with computers before the internet, and we still enjoy playing games like Dungeons and Dragons with friends from university. We can’t wait to be there for your child, every day, through the good and the bad times.
Ethnicity: East Asian
Profession: IT Manager
Education: Bachelor Degree
Interests: Computers and electronics, computer gaming, cooking, roadtrips, running, reading, spending time with our dog, and our extended family, travelling
Profession: Freelance Arts Professional
Education: Bachelor Degree
Interests: Crochet, gardening, cooking, reading, playing music, dancing (tap, ballet), travelling, enjoying nature, running in charity runs, sewing, going to the family cottage
Years Together: 27
Other Children: No
Pets: Dash, a miniature pinscher mix
Age: Up to 2 years
Gender: No Preference
Ethnicity: Open to all
Special Needs: Open To Discussion
Type of Adoption: Open
Thom was born in and spent his childhood in Hong Kong, China. He spent his formative years in the fishing village of Aberdeen, where he would tinker – and developed a lifelong passion – for computers and electronics in his father’s home appliance store.
Thom’s family immigrated to Mississauga, Ontario in 1990. As a new Canadian, he persevered and raised above language barriers, discrimination and bullying, through the support of his strong family connection. He will stand up for your child and be the strong pillar your child can lean on to help overcome adversities, build strong character and gain self-confidence.
Thom became an IT professional and has been working in the field since 2003 at progressively senior positions. He has been the IT Manager at one of Canada’s most prestigious universities since 2010.
He looks forward to sharing his passion with technology and education with your child and will take an interest in their education and help them realize their potential and passions. He wants to let their talents shine through. Thom is an avid life-long gamer, has a black belt in karate and is a runner. He can’t wait to play video games with your child, teach them their first kata and run as a family in a charity fun run.
Nina was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She spent summers at her family’s cottage with her grandparents and younger brother, and when she was older, she helped her parents care for her older disabled sister, who has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic.
Today, Nina works as a freelance arts administrator, preparing grants and funding proposals for artists and small arts organizations across Canada. She bit the arts bug early in life and has been involved in the arts in one way or another ever since.
She enjoys gardening, crocheting blankets, stretching her mind by learning languages (she’s at 5 and counting!), cooking, playing music, dancing, attending arts events, playing games, spending time exploring outdoors, travelling and running in charity events and she is looking forward to sharing these moments with a little one.
We met in high school and became fast friends. We were both nerds that loved fantasy stories, sci-fi movies, alternative rock music, playing with computers, video games and RPGs. Our friendship blossomed into love and we dated through high school and our undergraduate and postgraduate years.
We married in 2007, and during the next 14 years, we moved to Japan for a short while, bought a home, adopted a dog, travelled the world, celebrated with friends and siblings as they welcomed spouses and children into their families, and grieved as close family members passed away.
With us, your child will have a tight-knit family that they can always turn to. They will be loved and celebrated. And when they need a shoulder to lean on or someone to talk to when they are sad, we will be there to help them understand and process.
Our Home & Community
We’ve made Toronto, Canada, our home, in picturesque and historic Bloor West Village. We live in a condo in an area once called “The Carrying-Place” by the Wendat, Onondawahgah and Mississauga First Nations peoples. The land our home was built on has been inhabited for more than 12,000 years, and our family friendly neighbourhood is home to a diverse ecosystem which includes opossums, red foxes, white-tailed deer and salmon, as well as some really beautiful parks.
We live in a mature condo building in a quiet neighbourhood full of families. Our home is near playgrounds, splash pads, and parks full of wildlife. We are within walking distance to elementary and secondary schools, libraries, daycares, music, dance and karate schools, STEAM maker camps for children and a community centre. Nina’s family lives 20 minutes away, and two of our close friends live down the street with their children.
Your child will grow up in a family friendly neighbourhood with friends their age and resources to give them the best opportunities to succeed.
Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption
We have always pictured ourselves with children and we are considering adoption as a way to grow our family. We are excited about our decision to adopt.
As we are sharing our journey with others, we are learning that more and more of our friends and family have been touched by adoption. It feels like everything that we have experienced during our lives has prepared us for this adoption journey.
Our travels, our experiences with special needs, our grief, and our awareness of feeling like “the outsider”. We have been there, we have learned, and we have persevered. And we know that we can provide unconditional love, support and guidance to your child.
We both had happy childhoods and were raised by responsible, loving parents who encouraged us to be the best people that we can be.
We are well adjusted, smart, independent and family oriented people as a result. We want to bring this experience to your child. We will show them every day that they are loved.
We will be there for your child, every day, through the good and the bad times.
We believe in treating people from all walks of life with honesty and respect, and working diligently and smartly are always the right things to do.
We will parent by being good role models, by setting good examples, and support your child on their life’s journey.
We want your child growing up knowing where they came from and who their birth families are. They will grow up knowing their history and their roots. When your child joins our family, by extension, we join your family and you join ours as well.
We are open to maintaining a relationship with you and your child’s birth family through visits, participating in celebrations together, phone calls, pictures, emails and letter correspondence, as you feel comfortable.