Mentor Profile: Gord Humphrey
If you live in Port Perry, or went to Port Perry High School, you probably know (the now retired teacher) Gord Humphrey. Gord has been a BBBS mentor since retiring 5 years ago, and as of 2013 an active Board Member.
In the 5 years he’s been with us, Gord has been an In-School mentor to 5 boys. In-School Mentoring is a program sponsored by BBBS in which mentor and mentees meet for 1 hour a week in school. There is no formal contact in the summers but, in continuing relationships, things pick up again as soon as school starts in September.
At present Gord has 3 mentees all of whom go to RH Cornish, with one in grade 6 and 2 in grade 8. Each of Gord’s boys have different interests so Gord gets to participate in a wide range of activities in the 3 hours a week he’s mentoring. Ryan really likes sports, so he and Gord play volleyball, football, and basketball, and compete with each other throwing the javelin, something that Ryan is exceptionally good at. Ethan is really into the card game Magic, so much of the time with Ethan is spent playing Magic with Ethan being patient while teaching Gord how to play and the complex strategies found in the game. Bryan is up for anything; often sports, baseball, basketball and wallball being favourites but Brian also enjoys indoor activities including building with Lego and Kinect.
Gord says that he has a pretty good bond with all 3 boys. Each of his mentees is unique but the time together has allowed Gord to know them as individuals and so learn how to talk and interact with each of them. Not only does he think that the impact on the kids is profound, but mentoring is fulfilling for him, as well. “Most of my extra-curricular activities are volunteer-based, you know, doing something that I think is worthwhile, and in school mentoring certainly seems to be worthwhile” says Gord.
Gord says that being a mentor is very similar to being a teacher, but has an even closer parallel in being a sports coach. Gord has been a coach all of his adult life, and being a coach he feels is all about mentoring with sport as the vehicle to influence kids in positive ways. Gord feels that being involved in the community is important, and he says “In school mentoring with BBBS is one way I can feel good about myself and have a positive impact on someone else.”
Gord is looking forward to the fall so he can see the boys again and hear what they have been up to. He is looking forward to seeing what this next year brings!
If you're interested in learning more information about our mentoring programs, please call Cheryl Holmes at 905-985-3733 ext 2.