I first became interested in working with adult EAL learners after a family friend told me about her positive experiences as an EAL volunteer. I started volunteering with the Winnipeg School Division Adult EAL program a number of years ago and for the last two years I have been helping out at Mosaic's Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church location. Volunteering has enriched my life in so many ways. It is rewarding to watch the students' progress over the course of a year. Many of the women have young children and I have such admiration for their motivation to study English while raising a family and adapting to a new country. We share a lot of laughter and stories at monthly birthday celebrations and potluck lunches. Barbara Coombs and Jane Huck are knowledgeable and enthusiastic teachers who create a very positive learning environment. Next year I hope to begin the EAL Teaching Certificate program. I am also a music lover and in my spare time I take piano lessons and sing with my 18 year old daughter in a community choir.