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 go through. The matching process was carefully thought out: it was not just luck that my Little and I are compatible.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters offers many opportunities for the children. I used to think it was all about Bowling since that seems to be one of their major fund raisers. However they sponsor opportunities to go to or participate in so many activities; the pool, hockey games, theatre, community events, soccer, and more. Group events are held monthly and these are especially valuable because we get to socialize and get to know each other.
My Little and I will celebrate our first anniversary in April. It will be a proud moment.
Big Sister Jean