What you Do is More Important than what you Say

1.Why did you want to become a Big?

A friend of mine was a Big Brother, and he spoke so highly of the program, I was convinced to join.

2. Tell me about your match. What do you do together?

We mostly just hang out and talk. Sometimes we get groceries and cook together, sometimes we watch Netflix, sometimes we go for a hike or special event, and sometimes we go to Sephora and check out makeup.

3. What is your favourite thing about your Little?

She’s funny and sweet and super cool.

4. What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned about yourselves in your match?

I’ve learned that what you do is more important than what you say. Little sisters watch you, so integrity is important. You have to walk the walk.

5. What is your favourite memory together?

Oh, I just watched my little sister graduate, which was a big deal since she was struggling in some subjects but worked hard and got her marks up. I can’t say how thrilled I was to see her walk on stage and get the diploma she earned. I was a bit teary, I’m not going to lie.

6. Why should people volunteer for Big Sisters?

You get to make a real impact in someone’s life, a long-lasting impact that can mean better outcomes for disadvantaged youth. Your time and care is worth so much.

7. What impact does a donation to Big Sisters have on your community?

A donation to Big Sisters gives the organization the resources needed to help more young girls get the support they need. 

8. Anything else you’d like to add?

When I first became a Big Sister, I was worried about what we would do together and if I would have enough fun activities planned to keep my Little Sister happy. I quickly learned just being there, talking, and, most importantly, listening are the most important things. All of the activities are secondary.

I was also slightly nervous about the time commitment. Over the years, my Little Sister has become like family to me, and spending time with her is a pleasure I look forward to.