Feel young again with mentorship

Helping provide youth with adult role models, and adults with a fun volunteer opportunity, Cowichan Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to attract more volunteers within the Cowichan Lake area.

Helping provide youth with adult role models, and adults with a fun volunteer opportunity, Cowichan Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to attract more volunteers within the Cowichan Lake area.

An under-focused upon area of the Cowichan Valley, Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer Erin Generous said that there are a few kids currently on the wait list for adult role models; mainly boys.

“Sometimes they don’t have positive role models with other males,” Generous said, adding that finding male role models is their current top-most priority, as they are the most difficult to find.

On top of that, boys are the most commonly in need of adult mentors.

“It’s a chance for the volunteer to kick back and be a kid again,” Generous encouraged. “We are looking for volunteers. There are children in need that could benefit from a mentor.”

“It’s needed,” Cowichan Lake Community Services counsellor Amanda Sawatzky said, of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Community Services had invited the group to a recent meeting, where the need for more volunteers was established.

Volunteers must be 19 years of age or older, and pass through an interview and screening process.

Some people think that they’re too old to bother taking part in the program, Generous said, adding that this idea should be dismissed.

“19-plus is wide open, and there’s lots to offer,” she said.

“We match on common interests and personalities,” Generous said, adding that volunteers go on to spend an average of two to four hours per week with the kid, aged between six and 19, they’re matched up with.

“We’re not stuck on it,” Generous said, of these suggested hours. “It’s just getting together to work on that relationship.”

In addition to getting the word out that adult volunteers – mainly men – are being sought, parents of children that may benefit from the program are also being sought.

“We’re looking at any child that can benefit from a mentor,” Generous said, adding that there’s no “type” of kid they’re looking for, in particular.

Youth coming from a single parent household are the most common, as a second adult mentor is most often sought in that situation.

Although Cowichan Lake Community Services plans on helping Big Brothers Big Sisters kick up the pace in the Cowichan Lake area, the best source of information as to how to become a volunteer, or to seek a mentor, is by contacting the organization itself, at 250-748-2447.

Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers will also be on hand to answer questions throughout Lake Days, Saturday, June 11, to Sunday, June 12.

They can be found facilitating children’s games.

Just Posted

Karl McPherson, left, and Mary Morrice are the new head coach and general manager, respectively, at the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Manager charts a new course for Duncan Dynamics

More recreational programs to join competitive teams

Cute but fierce! Timber moonlights as an attack kitty. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: Beware of Mr. Bite, the midnight attacker

Last week, in the middle of the night, I was awoken by… Continue reading

The province has come through with funding for Duncan Manor’s renewal project. (File photo)
Funding comes through for Duncan Manor’s renewal project

Money will come from the province’s Community Housing Fund

The former St. Joseph’s School site will remain an art studio at least into early next year. It will take some time before being converted to an addictions recovery community. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Addiction recovery facility will be all about building community together

Society on a clear path with members’ experiences to provide valuable help

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Denmark soccer player Christian Eriksen collapses during game against Finland

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Most Read