Former BS Jean

I had worked with children for most of my life and when I retired never thought I would miss it. As time passed though I needed to do something so considered becoming a Big Sister. First of all, I was surprised, but impressed, by the degree of screening, interviews and checks that I had to […]

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Former BS Sarah’s Story

Let me introduce you to my little, Des. Miss. Des is in grade 4 and turns 9 in a few weeks. For the past year and a half we’ve gone on bike rides, painted our nails, messed up the kitchen making pizzas, and attended the odd matinee. She loves ice cream more than I do, […]

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Empowered by Mentoring – Keyla’s Story

Let’s travel back in time to the year 2013. I was in grade 9 and living what I would consider a pretty boring life; I went to school, hung out with friends, dreaded math class and watched a bit more TV than recommended. Every Monday, I would talk to my friends about what they had […]

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Welcoming Syrian Newcomer Children and Youth

Change can be a scary thing. For siblings, Zain (6), Jamal (8), and Dina (9), change and fear were common to their childhood. Zain, Jamal and Dina grew up in Syria where there has been ongoing conflict for several years. Earlier this year, the family finally found safety and refuge when they immigrated to Hamilton, [...] Read more

A Rewarding Experience

I had always had a dream where I would be able to leave the confinements of my two bedroom apartment back home in Pakistan. Being the youngest child in a family of five, you quickly get to realize that the couch surprisingly doubles as a very comfy bed. Little did I know that I was [...] Read more
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