Mentoring Matters Blog

The Gift of Presence: Roland & Alex’s Story

Looking back, Big Brothers volunteer and monthly donor Roland Wood wishes he’d had a Big Brother mentor when he was a kid. Roland grew up in Ontario, raised by a single Mom, and didn’t have many mentors in his early years. “My mom actually offered to sign me up for a Big Brother but I … Read more

Video: Friendship is Priceless

Five Years of Friendship and Counting

Eric and his Little Brother Jacob* recently celebrated FIVE years of friendship through Big Brothers! We asked Eric to tell us more about his experience: Big Brothers: What is the best part about being a Big Brother to Jacob*? Eric: I was trying to think of the best thing about being a Big Brother to … Read more

A Boost of Confidence

“Kids are so genuine. We always had such a good time, laughing and joking together,” says Freda Fong, a police officer who has been a volunteer mentor to three Burnaby children. “Each of the kids that I built friendships with were really different,” explains Freda, who mentored two girls and one boy since she began … Read more

The Reverse Birthday Surprise: Anil’s Story

Anil Patel is on the journey of a lifetime – literally and figuratively. “I was on a pretty, let’s say, generic path,” says Anil, who grew up in Australia before moving to Vancouver. “I went to business school, and went to get a regular office job, and it was, you know, very much the safe … Read more

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

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