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Volunteer Profile: Ron Johnson

It’s National Volunteer Week (2020) and we are profiling some of our amazing Carizon volunteers who donate their time and talent to our community.

Today’s profile and round of applause goes to Ron Johnson:

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  I am a retired P. Engineer, married with 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and live in Kitchener, ON  
What is your volunteer/student role?  I am a tutor with the Pathways to Education Program. I tutor high school math and physics. 
How long have you been with Carizon?  Been with Carizon for 7 years.  
Why did you choose Carizon?  After retiring I wanted to be able to apply my knowledge of math and science in a meaningful way. 
What do you enjoy most about working with us?  I find it very rewarding to be able to help students succeed in their academic studies. It is even more rewarding to see students gain self-confidence and self-esteem. 
Tell us about some of the skills you’ve been able to use and/or develop.  I’ve used my knowledge of math and physics to tutor students from all grades (9-12). 

 I’ve been able to develop and use some social skills to make students feel more comfortable in a learning environment. This includes understanding, patience, and respect.    

What would you tell someone who was considering volunteering or doing their student placement with us?   In the Pathways to Education Program, I have found it to be a very rewarding experience personally. It’s not a career advancement objective for me. 

Some evenings seem very slow or simplistic but we need to be there for the students. 

The Carizon staff are all friendly and great to work with.    

Thank you, Ron! You are making a difference in the lives of those in our community!

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Carizon, please visit our Volunteer Page.