Inspired by Canadians as a young volunteer in Guyana, Peter Jailall moved to Canada almost 50 years ago and has celebrated “Canadian culture” by giving back, volunteering internationally and expanding minds.
Jailall was recruited by the Canadian government as a teacher and made a successful career educating children, and even teachers as his portfolio expanded to improving interpersonal relationships between teacher and student throughout schools in Ontario.
“I feel very strongly about this country,” he notes. “I was born in Guyana but I feel very strongly about being Canadian, going that extra mile. I have this theory if people volunteer in their countries of origin, it makes a big impact; it helps spread ‘Canadian culture’ because our job of giving back to the world is very important.”
In 2009, he joined Cuso International, returning to Guyana to volunteer, educating children and teachers. Since retiring Peter returns regularly to Guyana. When at home, he also writes, sharing his poetry with communities and schools, still giving back.