Mission match proves successful

Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates 100th anniversary this year

A match made through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Canada is nearing its one-year mark, and has proven to be a success story.

The local agency is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and has been looking back at successful matches made.

On Oct. 13, Big Sister Sarah was linked up with Taylor, and mentoring coordinator Cassie Silva described the day last year when she introduced the two.

“They were sneaking shy glances at each other and grinning. It was a very special moment and I could tell that they would become great friends,” she said.

Sarah said that on the first day she was nervous and excited, and that the two went for ice cream and wandered around the Westminster Abbey grounds, enjoying the view.

“We chatted and I was amazed at how much Taylor opened up to me,” said Sarah. “At first I was afraid that I would be able to offer her the understanding or support she needed, but I’ve learned that being there, caring and listening go a long way. Even though I can’t fix everything for Taylor, I can give her the opportunity to enjoy being herself and focus on having fun.”

Little Sister Taylor says: “The day I met Sarah has probably changed my life. Every time I hang out with her it seems like we’re so connected and we’ve got such a strong relationship.”

A recent research study conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health found that compared to girls without a mentor, mentored girls are 2.5 times more likely to be confident in their ability to succeed at school, and four times less likely to bully, fight, lie or negatively express anger. Mentored boys are two times less likely to develop negative conducts like bullying, fighting, lying, cheating, and losing their temper, and are two times more likely to believe that school is fun and that doing well academically is important.

If you are interested in more information on how to become a mentor in Mission call 604-820-3337 or visit mentoringworks.ca.