Mallory and Alora
Traditional Big Sister, Mallory, wrote this about her match with Alora.
I met Alora when she was in grade 4. It's hard to believe that was 7 whole years ago. I had decided to become an in-school mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham. I had no idea what I would end up finding.
For a year and half, Alora and I would meet every Friday morning at 9:15am for an hour. We would colour, listen to music, play outside and chat about what was going on in her life. As time went on we both looked forward to that solitary hour every Friday morning.
Near the end of Alora’s 5th grade year, my boyfriend and I decided to move to Toronto. I realized that I couldn’t continue with the in-school mentor program if I was only to be living over and hour away. I contacted my BBBS rep and explained that I didn’t want to stop being Alora’s mentor, but I didn’t know how I was going to continue if I was moving away. It was suggested to me that I could become a full Big Sister to Alora.
Since then Alora and I have spent over 4 ½ years matched a Big & Little. We have both grown so much in our years together and it’s amazing to think that there is still so much ahead of us.
Alora was one of my bridesmaids and stood beside me as I said, “I do”. She grew up so much during those months of wedding planning. She helped to organize my bridal shower with my mother and step-mom; she bonded with all of the other bridesmaids (all girls my age!) and then danced the night away at my wedding with her best friend and my two brothers.
Although we are both at completely different points in our life we are both able to help the other through the challenging times that come before us. In the end, that is truly what being a sister is all about.
If you're interested in learning more information about our mentoring programs, please call Cheryl Holmes at 905-985-3733 ext 2.