Find Your Forte is a locally operated non-profit program that provides quality piano lessons free of charge to children in the BC Foster Care system as well as from low-income families. Lessons are held every Saturday at Fleetwood Christian Reformed Church in Surrey.

Our Story

Find Your Forte initially started as a discussion between Merissa Li and Jamie Eguia about their shared passion for playing and teaching piano. After much brainstorming and planning, it blossomed into a program reaching out to the community in Surrey.

There are countless children in the foster care community who do not have access to quality music education. The same can be said about children who come from low-income families, who are unable to afford lessons. Research has repeatedly shown that music education provides a plethora of benefits to a child’s development, facilitating learning in other subjects and enhancing skills in many areas, academic and otherwise. Not only that; music is also an enjoyable skill to possess and can be useful for many opportunities in one’s lifetime.

Our Mission

Our Mission

At Find Your Forte, we strive to provide children with a positive environment where they feel comfortable and are able to develop their musical skills and understanding. By further providing them with the tools necessary to succeed in music, we hope that they will one day use their talents to enhance arts and culture in Surrey, giving back to their community.

We aim to accomplish this goal through offering free, private piano lessons on a weekly basis, forming a reliable foundation for our students. We believe that quality music education should always be accessible and that every child deserves the opportunity to learn something that can be valuable and beneficial for both themselves and those around them.


Find Your Forte would not be possible without its dedicated and talented staff who strongly believe that social or economic circumstances should not act as barriers for deserving children who wish to learn music.


If you would like to learn more about us, partner with us, or enroll in lessons, please feel free to reach out!

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Contact Info

  • 604-818-9006 or 778-232-1748
  • findyourfortesurrey@gmail.com