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National Mentoring Month: Meet Karishma, volunteer mentor

"Mentorship seems to come naturally to me. Over the years I had friends who fostered through Peel CAS. I often found their foster children would open up to me and I would build a bond with them, which I found to be mutually rewarding.

While I have always had it in the back of my mind that I would like to give back to my community, the defining moment came while I was visiting the Peel Children’s Aid Foundation website and I saw the words “leave no child behind in our community”, and it spoke to me.

I mentor because I enjoy seeing a change in my mentees. I love that I can be a constant in their lives when they are dealing with uncertainty at home. My last mentee, James*, was described by his worker as quiet, shy and withdrawn when we first met. At the time he was placed with a foster family and facing a lot of uncertainty in his future. Within a year and a half of mentorship, James went from shy and withdrawn to social and talkative. I love that I can be a source of stability in my mentees’ lives."

January is National Mentoring Month. Peel CAS volunteer mentors build relationships and act as role models to provide support, understanding and guidance to children or youth involved with our agency.  Time spent together helps to build and strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence.

*name has been changed