Last summer, our coordinator in Montreal received a call from a social worker who was looking for a tutor for a 10 year old boy. The boy had a developmental disability and the tutoring would focus on practical life skills like learning the names of streets in his neighbourhood so he wouldn't get lost. The social worker set up a meeting for the Frontier College staff person and the mother of this boy so they could get more information from each other to better suit the volunteer to the child. In advance, the social worker had informed our coordinator that the mother had been improving her literacy skills and was hoping some day to be able help her son more herself. However, during the meeting the boy's mother declared that she had a diploma from university! This puzzled the coordinator until she realized that the mother had been working with a Frontier College tutor through our program at Université du Quebec à Montréal for years and had received a certificate of accomplishment which she had proudly displayed on her wall.
This courageous mother is now working on writing an autobiography with one Frontier College tutor and her son is being helped by another!
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