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Mentoring Matters Blog

A Mountain Bike Race that Builds Confidence for Women and Girls!

As young girls approach adolescence, their participation in sports drops by 22%¹ . And that can shape their relationship with sports as adults. But volunteer mentor Melissa Sheridan is determined to change that – in more ways than one. For the past nine years, Melissa has volunteered as a Big Sister mentor in Squamish. Over … Read more

Why I Volunteer with Big Brothers | By: Salwa Takar

Salwa Takar moved to Canada from India with her family when she was nine years old. The youngest of seven children, Salwa understands the importance of positive role models. Learning a new language, making new friends and getting used to a new home was difficult, but she found comfort in following the example of her … Read more

A Boy Who Finally Feels Heard

Geoffrey* was 10 years old when he joined a weekend mentoring and leadership program on the Downtown Eastside. The program allowed Aboriginal youth to learn through recreational activity and group programming. He found it challenging at times to follow instructions and get along with the other youth in the program. He often felt like he … Read more

An Unlikely Video Game

By Shawna Lum, In-School Mentor Volunteer My Little Buddy liked video games. He liked being indoors, doing familiar activities and mostly keeping to himself. Each week, I met him at his classroom and we walked down the hall to where the Big Brother’s activities were kept. I asked him what was something he did over … Read more

Similar Personalities Help Forge a Bond

Yashar grew up in Vancouver after arriving from Iran with only his mom for company. With a new culture to adapt to and explore, he was shy and reserved towards people he didn’t know. So one day, his mom took a friend’s recommendation and turned to Big Brothers to assist in guiding her son through … Read more

Manny Arceneaux presents Shaw donation to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver's executive director Valerie Lambert

Manny Arceneaux Gives Back in a BIG Way

“We have new technologies that enable us to connect in different ways, and we really have to make time for people.” So says BC Lions football player Emmanuel (Manny) Arceneaux, who recently selected Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver as his charity of choice to receive a $15,000 donation from Shaw Communications. Including Manny, Shaw awarded … Read more

Friends for 30+ Years: Randy & Racy’s Story

The early years: Racy (L) and his Big Brother Randy (R) In 1999, Racy Sidhu and his Big Brother Randy Soon were featured in a Vancouver newspaper article. At that time, Randy and Racy were celebrating almost 20 years of friendship. Fast forward another 18 years and Randy and Racy’s friendship is still going strong. … Read more

Dear Big Brothers,

Dear Big Brothers, I wanted to thank you so much for matching Seb* and his Big Brother Eli together almost 3 years ago. When Seb was 7 and even before that, I was skeptical about any man coming into his life and being a good influence. Unfortunately, I, as a single mom, and as a … Read more

Thomas Goodall helps to give back by mentoring

Entrepreneur Inspired by His Business Mentors to Give Back

In between handling his recycling and disposal company, Thomas Goodall finds the time to volunteer as a mentor to sixth grader Dalen*. “Mentorship has played a huge role in my own life,” explains Thomas, who has volunteered through Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver since 2008. “From when I was a young man going through my … Read more

Volunteer Nominates Big Brothers for 65 Acts of Kindness

To celebrate its 65th anniversary, real estate company Qualico donated $1,000 to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver as part of its 65 Acts of Kindness project. One of Qualico’s employees, Alex Faubert, has been practicing acts of kindness as a Big Brother for the past two years. Alex volunteers as a mentor to 11-year-old Davey*. … Read more

Why I Volunteer: Bonding over Bikes, Books, and Brotherhood

By: Sid Gautam, Big Brother mentor I met my Little Brother Matthew* in 2014, so we are close to the three year mark of me being his Big Brother. When I first started volunteering, like with any new experience, there was a bit of awkwardness. We had a lot in common, which helped us initially … Read more

Big and Little Brother Remain Friends after 39 Years

Even four decades after their first meeting, if you ask Scott Young how long he was matched with his Big Brother, he answers assuredly, “We’re still matched.” Scott, now 47, was introduced to his Big Brother Jim Timms in 1977. They graduated from the Big Brothers program in 1987 but their friendship remains as strong … Read more

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