MiniToon for Dad
A MiniToon for an Inspiring Teacher
Yadhira immigrated to Montreal from Latin America three years ago. Like all new immigrants who arrive in Quebec, she had to learn to speak French. So, Yadhira enrolled in a Francisation program, where she studied French with other immigrants from all over the world.
At first, speaking French was really tough. Yadihra felt frustrated by the fact that she couldn’t even ask simple, everyday questions in French. When she understood just how hard it would be, she felt discouraged.
Still, she kept studying. In Francisation, she was moved up to a new level. Her new teacher, Jean-Paul, provided extra support and encouragement. Not only did he help her to learn the language, he gave her opportunities to interact with French speakers, inviting her into his own home to meet his family.
Yadhira quickly bonded with Jean-Paul’s family. Seeing them made her realize just how challenging moving to a new country had been for her. It wasn’t only learning French—she’d also left behind her own family and friends. Thinking about how far she’d come, she was more thankful than ever for Jean-Paul’s help. As time passed, Yadhira began to think of Jean-Paul as a second father.
She wanted to show him just how much his support meant to her, and that’s when she contacted us to create a MiniToon that looked like Jean-Paul. Yadhira chose to customize Jean-Paul’s outfit, since she knew her former teacher was as passionate about golf as he was about teaching French. She also included a personal note thanking him for all he’d done for her.
The surprise couldn’t have worked out better. When Jean-Paul received his personalized gift, he was delighted. He became emotional as he read the beautiful quote Yadhira had written for him. It’s a moment that’s sure to last forever in Yadhira and Jean-Paul’s memories. But it’s also a moment that we’ll remember here at MiniToon.