1. Why did you want to become a Big?
I became a Big Sister because the timing was right. I had heard about being a Big Sister because a single mom I worked with told me her son was involved in this mentor program and what change it had made in his and her lives. That same weekend, I walked into the mall to purchase something and I left with a Big Sister brochure. It happened to be, that that weekend, the mall I ran into was having a volunteer fair. I knew this was a sign. I was to give back to a young girl what so many people gave to me growing up. Love, support, and an excitement for life.
2. Tell me about your match. What do you do together?
My Little Sister and I do a variety of things, sometimes as simple as having a hot chocolate together and chatting or baking, watching a movie. Other times we hike the Grouse grind or do makeovers. It depends on the day of the week, our energy level, or the time we have that day.
3. What is your favourite thing about your Little?
Watching her become a young women and listening to her piece this giant world together as she begins to make her way into adulthood.
4. What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned about yourselves in your match?
It’s never that I don’t have enough time, it’s truly what you do with the time you have that matters. Looking at my Little Sister growing into a women and try to relate to her ever-changing ideas, concepts, moods, and opinions but then realizing how difficult I must have been to my parents with two teen girls. It’s like having a mirror on yourself and say “was I really like this?”
5. What is your favourite memory together?
Having a sleepover and binge watching Gilmore Girls or spending the day at Playland.
6. How have you grown as a result of your mentorship?
Being a Big Sister has helped me to be more understanding and patient—life isn’t so easy to figure out. You never know the road someone else is leading, even if they paint the perfect picture.
7. What struggles have you overcome together?
Making two completely different schedules work together to develop into one healthy strong relationship.
8. Why should people volunteer for Big Sisters?
The positive effect you have on the world starts with one drop and carries on like a ripple. Start with one person, a Little Sister, and it can change the world.