Big Brothers seeks mentors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island is launching the #EndTheWait Campaign for the entire month of September

Just a little bit of your time can make a big difference in the life of someone special.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island is launching the #EndTheWait Campaign for the entire month of September, with the goal to end the waiting list for children in need of a mentor.

The campaign was created to meet the overwhelming need for mentors in Central Vancouver Island — over 25 children are on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Sister while the organization searches for 50 new in-school mentors.

The campaign is aimed at involving individuals and organizations of all kinds to participate or spread the word about the importance of mentoring. Through a wide range of community speaking events, one-on-one meetings, social events and awareness opportunities, the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, friends, current volunteers and board will be pounding the pavement to support the campaign.

“As a former Little Brother, I can’t stress enough how much we need people to sign up to be a mentor in our agency. All it takes is an hour a week to help make a difference in the life of a child. Help us offer a mentor to every child who needs one” said Tali Campbell, director of marketing and events.

Megan Rickett, was a Little Sister for over 10 years.

“Being a Little Sister has changed who I am in a positive way, giving me the confidence and self esteem I needed to tackle the world. Although my match was closed due to my age, my Big Sister will always be part of my family — I can’t wait for her to see me graduate, go to university, get married etc. I can’t thank my Big Sister and BBBSCVI enough.”

Individuals interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact program manager Paulyne Robinson by calling 250-756-2447, email Paulyne@BigsCVI.ca or visit www.BigsCVI.ca.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island will serve more children this year by providing them with mentors (Bigs) with the help of parents, guardians, volunteers, schools, donors and others in the community to be accountable for helping youth in our program achieve higher aspirations, greater confidence, educational success, and avoidance of risky behaviours.