For Bruce Roberts, sharing his passion for education was only the start of a rewarding seven-year volunteer journey with Kindred Connections Society.
After a successful career as an engineer, Bruce was seeking a volunteer position that would allow him to do what he could do to help those who, for whatever reason, did not have the same advantages as himself.
“As a math tutor for students preparing to write their GED exams, I am able to utilize some of my knowledge and experience to hopefully see these students graduate with their GED,” said Roberts.
With a passion for education and helping others, the Never Too Late program was a perfect fit.
The Never Too Late (NTL) program provides no-cost academic, social and emotional support to adult learners who want to complete their GED (General Education Development or high school equivalency). Offering a learning style for every learner, in-person or virtual options are available, with daytime and evening groups to accommodate schedules. This program is designed to prepare adults to write the GED exams, all in a supportive setting with wrap-around support to reduce barriers to learning.
Helping students achieve their goals is something that motivates Bruce, and seeing the joy in their faces as they pass their math exams and collect their GED is what makes it all worth it.
“This joy is an expression of the importance students have placed on this achievement whether it will yield improved employment prospects, enable more educational opportunities, or more simply to demonstrate to their children the value of education,” said Roberts.
National Volunteer Week celebrates volunteers and here at Kindred, we could not deliver the programs and services we do without the effort of our wonderful volunteers.
Throughout the week we will be profiling some of the individuals who are helping us realize the power of human connection.
“I can draw on my seven years as a volunteer with Kindred to state that this organization provides an amazing level of support and appreciation for their volunteers,” said Roberts. “As a volunteer I am treated as an important member of the team and can highly recommend Kindred to anyone looking to apply their talents to any of Kindred’s many programs.”
Learn more about Kindred and our programs at www.kindred.ca and if you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer visit: www.kindred.ca/volunteer