I learn many things that are very important in Canada, for example how peaceful Canada is with its different cultures. Also I got used to cold weather and how to shovel snow, and I’m a survivor in this life. When I reached level three in ESL, I stopped and I started upgrading at the North Library. One year later, I started the portfolio development course. At the end of 2002, I started at Cunard Learning Centre. I finished on July 18, 2003. I started at Flecs in 2004, to get my necessary credit to graduate and get my high school diploma. I would like to improve my English (both written and spoken). My second goal is to go to community college to get my nursing course.
After that I can have my own income, so I will take care of my own family without being dependent on social assistance. This achievement will allow me to help my community, whoever needs my help. When I finish at the community college, I will go to university to train as a registered nurse. (That is, if God’s willing).
In my conclusion, I believe that anything can happen, but we have to have patience to learn from one another. I’m glad I have this experience at a young age; I didn’t choose to have all this struggle but it happened somehow, and I accept it.
I have been a tutor with the Bloomfield Literacy Program since the fall of 2004. During that time, I have enjoyed the many challenges and rewards of working with adult learners of diverse backgrounds. It is particularly interesting to work with learners from a different culture, as they often have as much to teach you as you do them. The perseverance of the learners as they move forward is always inspiring and helps to put one’s own life and background in perspective. It is especially rewarding to see someone make a breakthrough in the learning process and to know that they are appreciative of your time, patience and efforts. I sometimes wonder who is benefiting more from the experience – learner or tutor?!