Ongoing COVID-19 UPDATE for Big Sisters

[2020/04/28] – COVID-19 UPDATE

*IMPORTANT* Big Sisters is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation in consult with our National Office.  As per their directive, we are still not allowing in person match meetings until the end of May. We know you are eager to get back to seeing your Little and we will let you know as soon as it is safe to do so and the restriction is lifted. We appreciate your support of our youth during this challenging time and your commitment to your mentoring role in their lives.

[2020/03/20] – COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear Big Sisters,
 
Things seem to be changing every day with the COVID-19 outbreak and we want to ensure the safety of all of our matches! Effective immediately we are instructing matches to cease any in person outings. 

We know this will be difficult and many Littles need their Bigs more than ever in the wake of information overload and worries about their health and the health of those close to them. Because of that we are urging our matches to keep connected during this time! Whether that means texting, calling, skyping or using another video based chat app now is the perfect time to stay in touch! 

Unfortunately, those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have a coronavirus infection because symptoms are similar to a cold or flu, and they may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure. The Public Health Agency of Canada says that symptoms have included: high fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs.
 
For up to date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Government of Canada  websites.
 
Please connect with your Littles’ family to see how they are feeling about the outbreak and associated risks and let them know about the Agency’s most recent stance on the outbreak.

Caseworkers will also be reaching out to their matches to ensure everyone is informed. If you have questions please contact your caseworker and stay safe over the weekend!

Jessie Martin 

Big Sister Program Manager