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An interview with Kimmy Basra and Hisham Wewala
A photo of Hisham and Kimmy
“A lot of the students were Indo-Canadian, and a lot of the volunteers were as well. I think that it was really cool for the students to see people that looked like them in these mentorship roles that weren’t their teachers or their parents. I think it provided those kids with a positive role model.”

Episode Description

Making the connection between the classroom and the community, SFU’s Racing Readers program connects university and elementary school students to provide literacy and numeracy mentorship for students in grades two to five. Volunteers and program leads play an important role in providing a link to higher education and promoting a love of learning amongst the elementary school participants. In this episode of Student Engage, we discuss education, mentorship, and civic engagement with Racing Reader program volunteers Kimmy Basra and Hisham Wewala. 

Participants and Contributors
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Lead Editor

Taylor McKinney is a graduate student and host of the Student Engage podcast. Taylor's longstanding interest in mediation, dialogue, and conflict resolution inspired her to spend her undergraduate degree pursuing opportunities to work and study in regions at various stages of conflict and reconciliation, including Myanmar, Kosovo, and the Yukon. Currently living and learning in Vancouver, she is now focused on facilitating dialogue with up and coming change makers to learn more about how one person can make a difference. Taylor is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. 

A Photo of Hisham and Kimmy
Hisham Wewala
Kimmy Basra

Beyond the Podcast

  • Want to learn more about how you can get involved in SFU's Racing Readers program? Visit the Racing Readers homepage

  • Interested in getting involved with your community? Visit the SFU Surrey - TD Community Engagement to find an opportunity near you. 

  • Discover how your community is engaging the world by following the Student Engage podcast on SoundCloud.