Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) creates individual and group mentoring relationships amongst adults (‘Big Brothers’ or ‘Big Sisters’) and youth (‘Little Brothers’ or ‘Little Sisters’). BBBS has a comprehensive infrastructure for supporting mentorship partnerships, which includes detailed legal screening of mentors to ensure child safety, a broad network of professional staff supporting mentors and volunteers, and complete systems for selecting, approving and supporting volunteers and referring families to agencies that provide other services if required for the mentee and their family.
A thorough recruitment and screening process combined with intensive training guarantees successful matchings between mentors and mentees. Even though the program provides mentorship to ‘Littles’ until they turn 18, the relationship they’ve built with their ‘Bigs’ lasts beyond their time with BBBS.
Learn more about Tricia Schmuland,
Mary Tucker and
Scott Harris, members of Morguard’s teams in Canada and the United States, who have been actively involved with BBBS’s mentorship program.
Director of Marketing, Sevenoaks Shopping Centre
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Growing up with a mentor, Tricia realized how great it was to be able to connect and receive wisdom from another person who had more life experience than herself. In her late twenties, Tricia realized she had the opportunity to give back and help guide another through their early years by becoming a BBBS’s ‘Big Sister’. While she was a little unsure of how to begin building a relationship with a ‘Little’, after being matched in 2014 with her ‘Little Sister,’ Natalia, things fell into place.
Natalia and Tricia have built their relationship spending quality time together. Their favourite activities include baking, bowling, playing board games, watching movies, going for walks and joining special events in the city, such as the Christmas Light Tour. In October of 2019, Natalia will turn 18 and become a BBBS alumni. At that time, the organization will match Tricia with a new ‘Little’ to continue the positive mentorship she has provided.
Working at the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, Tricia is very familiar with the BeYou program and Morguard’s partnership with BBBS and believes in the benefits of BeYou to empower and support youth to have confidence in themselves.
Making a difference in the life of a ‘Little’ is something everyone can do. If you’re ready to empower and mentor someone, visit
https://bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/find-agency-near/ to find your match.