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The need for mentorship

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I was moved by the passionate Nov. 12 column by Oleksandra Gaskevych, Please, Canada, stand up for democracy in Ukraine. Our family has fostered a girl in Ternopil for 10 years and we are now fostering another young lady and her family.

I have always thought it remarkable there is a necessity to provide help to those in free countries (Canada included). Our sponsored child lived in cramped quarters in a little, old house. She lacked adequate clothing, footwear, food supplies, bedding, towels and other basic necessities.

She had few supplies for school. Her mother could do little, since she needed a heart operation. Basic medical supplies were lacking and an operation was out of the question. On top of this, the Russians could cut the gas off to their country, which they did from time to time.

The corruption that comes from those in power who have never had freedom, fairness, equality or love is perhaps understandable. But it is the bigger person who never forgets the despair and works selflessly to eradicate it. In our journey to become Canada, whatever we have learned that is right and true needs to be provided in strong mentorship to those countries that now passionately yearn for the same.

 

LAUREL McCALLUM

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 14, 2012 A11

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