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Counsellor, Beaver Lake
“Many kids home lives are difficult and it’s not their fault, but hopefully this camp will have them looking forward to school and camp.” – Counsellor, Beaver Lake
 
Volunteer @ LSS, Accueil & Flora House, MB
“I played mad libs at Accueil Francophone and the people there really enjoyed it! That was one my first times there when there was a lot of laughing, so it was memorable.  I enjoyed my time volunteering, and I think I'll keep volunteering depending on my exam schedule and summer job.”  – Volunteer @ LSS, Accueil & Flora House, MB
 
Volunteer @ Millennium Library and Flora House, MB
“Being a student with the University of Winnipeg I had not had the opportunity to have had spent many hours with kids in that type of environment. I have learnt from this experience how to become a proper volunteer and better educator. I will take all my skills I have learnt in the program and use it for my future knowledge. I enjoyed working with Frontier College very much and wish to continue in the future. I would recommend anyone looking to work with kids and adults in a literacy environment.”  – Volunteer @ Millennium Library and Flora House, MB
 
Intesar Saeed, tutor to Ryan Trail, Gr. 11 student with multiple learning and developmental challenges, Fredericton, NB
“I have been tutoring Ryan in math for two years now and I am very proud of him. He has passed his Grade 10 Math class after several failed attempts and his average for Grade 11 Math, including assignments, tests and quizzes, is 80%. A problem that he has is submitting work after the deadline, which has cost him some marks. He is an excellent boy and I enjoy working with him. It is nice to know that hard work pays off.” – Intesar Saeed, tutor to Ryan Trail, Gr. 11 student with multiple learning and developmental challenges, Fredericton, NB
 
Jianfang (Jennifer) Chen, Fredericton, NB
“It is an amazing experience to tutor in Barkers Point Elementary School. I work with Mr. Rogers, who is quite experienced in education. Last Thursday, I was told by the vice principal that there is a quiet boy who doesn't like school and needs extra help. So I first watched him a few times while I was helping another child with writing.

After I saw Mr. Rogers assigned the class five words to copy, I quickly went up to him. Seeing him at a loss, I knelt down and greeted him with a smiling face. He became relaxed and I offered my help to him. I encouraged him to copy the word "snake". At first, he wrote the wrong symbol for "S", then I held his hand and taught him how to write "S". He made it quickly and I praised him. He got excited and tried another "S". He kept on trying and I taught him to write the letters "Y" and "T". He finished copying five words in a short time. I kept complimenting on him for his hard work. Then he was asked to read a book by himself. I asked him to read first, but he didn't know how to pronounce the words, so I read first and he followed me. I asked him to repeat what I read sentence by sentence. He learned to read little by little.

Sometimes he stopped and asked me questions about the sentence. I explained to him what was happening and he was excited to read on. With my help, he was ready to learn and he worked hard at learning. Seeing him smiling at me confidently, I was deeply touched. My help paid off.

While driving home, I kept thinking of him. As long as I continue to help him with writing and reading, he will catch up with the other children soon.
Working with children really makes me excited and feel my work is rewarding. Thank you for providing me with this chance to work with kids. I will keep on tutoring at Barkers Point Elementary School.” - Jianfang (Jennifer) Chen, Fredericton, NB
 
Heidi Hoffman, OT, Halifax
“Tutoring with Frontier College for me is more than numbers and words and helping children understand concepts; it has been a life changing experience.  My experience volunteering with Frontier College, a respected organization in the community I volunteer in, has allowed me to seek out new opportunities within that community.  It has allowed me to gain more responsibility, more volunteer opportunities and even paid work opportunities in the summer and throughout the year.  Without the initial step of first volunteering with Frontier College I would not have had dozens of other opportunities to grow as a leader and an individual. I value my role as a tutor with Frontier and could never repay back the invaluable gifts that it has given me.”  – Heidi Hoffman, OT, Halifax
 
Tammy Wohler, tutor, Halifax
“I just wanted to let you know I am really enjoying working with Jonathan. I am really seeing a difference in his reading ability and his interest in reading. Last night, for the first time, he really read with expression and confidence.

Most thrilling for me is that he’s shown interest in reading for pleasure – when we had first met he told me he didn’t have books at home and most of his reading was the reading of captions/storyline of video games.
After a couple of false starts, I started using Jeff Smith’s Bone graphic novel series for the reading sessions. Jonathan really took to it and would ask to keep going on with the book. We were on volume one when we realized that we were going to miss some sessions (for various reasons) – Jonathan actually asked to borrow the book so he could continue reading it on his own.  He had finished it by the time we worked together again. 
I’ve gotten number two for him to read at home, while we move towards slightly denser texts for Thursday tutoring.  He had finished it by the next week and was hoping for number 3.  It’s really, really great that he’s reading on his own. He recognizes that he doesn’t necessarily know all of the words, but he is enjoying the story all the same and getting into the habit of reading.”– Tammy Wohler, tutor, Halifax
 
JC Kaiser, Halifax
“After one and a half years volunteering with Frontier College, I can full heartedly say that the experience has been one of the most rewarding I’ve had so far. My initial thoughts on Frontier College were that volunteering with them would only help and reward the students and children that I tutored. Therefore, I started tutoring with the linear idea that only the students benefited and I was just volunteering my time, perhaps similar to other volunteer-oriented organizations. I quickly realized that I was wrong.

From my involvement, Frontier College provides an equally rewarding experience for both the tutor and the student. I’ve been able to improve many vital life skills and develop new ones, which will help me become a better person in the community and going forward. As for the students, almost all attend tutoring sessions each and every week. It’s clear that as a volunteer, you are genuinely helping the educational well being of the student. I’ve been tutoring different students over the past year and a half and nothing feels better then when he or she tells me, “I actually like to read now”, or “Wow, math is kind of easy then!” For me, when I hear things like that I don’t even consider it volunteering. I just think of tutoring these kids as a fun activity that I’m gratefully honoured to be able to do. No other volunteering experience comes close to the reward you get from actively taking interest in the education of these students.

The students that come to the George Dixon center every week are an interesting crew. They range from five and six to 12 and 13 years old. Each student possesses unique learning tools and each possesses learning hurdles that present challenges. Although each student is different, they seem to, for the most part, share the common goal of wanting to learn. They want to learn and become better students. They want to be better at math or reading or writing or spelling. As a tutor, it’s easy to volunteer every week when I know the student wants to be there. When he or she wants to learn and benefits from what I say and do as a tutor, there is no better feeling. I cannot stress enough how rewarding my time has been with Frontier College.

To sum up my experience with Frontier College and tutoring the learners at the George Dixon, it has been one of the most rewarding undertakings I’ve ever done. I look forward to helping these kids each and every week and I’ll hopefully have a long relationship with Frontier College in the future.”–JC Kaiser, Halifax
 
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