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15May 24

Countless Ways to Make a Positive Difference

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Collaborating since July 2023, Ron and Muzghan’s shared their reciprocal experience as both educators and learners. Foundations Learning’s Lead is a personalized tutoring initiative connecting trained volunteers with adult learners, focusing on goals set by the learners. Last night, Ron and Muzhgan graciously offered insights into their shared journey.

Muzhgan – Hello, everyone! I’m Muzhgan, and it’s truly an honour to be here with all of you tonight. When I first arrived in Canada, I was determined to find a place where I could enhance my English skills more quickly and start my university journey. Foundations Learning & Skills was one of the best opportunities I found at that time, and under my coach Ron’s guidance, I began my journey towards academic and personal growth.

Ron – Hi, my name is Ron Morris, and I have been volunteering as a Lead literacy coach for about 3 years. When I first became involved, I was looking for an opportunity to make a positive difference in the community. I was thankful when Charlene paired me with Muzhgan. I discovered that there are countless ways to make a positive difference, from investing your time, talent, or hard-earned cash, and by encouraging others to help. In my case, lacking in talent and cash, I chose volunteering my time.

Muzhgan – Ron is an extremely supportive individual who has always helped me to get closer to my goals, and I truly appreciate it. He puts in his best effort to provide me with the best lessons and resources and teaches me to take my time and never give up.

Ron – The time I spend with Muzhgan is what I would describe as uplifting. She arrives every week with an optimistic attitude no matter what the week has thrown at her, hungry to learn and improve. She has taught me that all obstacles can be overcome, given strength, focus and perseverance.

Muzhgan – I hope to always have these kinds of foundations available for people, providing them with vast opportunities and guiding them towards finding their paths. My dream is to become a native English speaker, and I’m confident I’ll get there soon.

Ron – My wish is that Muzhgan and many others from different backgrounds who need help in literacy or numeracy are given the chance to at least come alongside of those of us who have so much, and so much to be grateful for.

Muzhgan – Many people lack the resources and support they need to develop their skills and achieve their goals, and it takes courage to ask for help. Some struggle to complete their education, while others find it difficult to adjust to new environments. However, we can make a difference by working together. By your contribution, you’re not just providing financial assistance, you’re also offering hope and opportunity. Let’s empower people to thrive, regardless of their circumstances. Your generosity can make a world of difference. Let’s give everyone the chance they deserve.

Ron – We need your help. To support future learners and coaches and make Foundations Learning even more dynamic than what it is today, I would ask you to commit to at least one of the three ways to contribute that I mentioned earlier – volunteer your time or talents or make a cash donation.

On behalf of Muzhgan and me, thank you for the opportunity to share our experience.