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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Where have all the heroes gone?

It’s no wonder that the subject of role models has been top of mind lately. First there was the NHL strike, then the Lance Armstrong “confession” about lying, cheating and doping. The list goes on and on.

It seems that every week, a former, positive role model, whom kids could look up to and aspire to emulate is being called out for lying, cheating or you name the type of inappropriate, selfish, unhero-like behavior.

Maybe, we expect too much of our celebrities, politicians and sports icons of today. I mean, it’s not their fault. They are human afterall, and nobody could withstand the scrutiny and constant intrusion into their lives by the media today, right?! Maybe yesterday’s heroes had a similar, seemingly lack of character, but we just weren’t aware of it because the media didn’t report about it.

But is that really the point? The question is: Are there any heroes left today?

From our perspective… the answer is a resounding YES!

We don’t know them all personally – but there are over 35,000, ordinary, hard-working, not perfect but just doing their best, Canadian heroes who manage to be positive role models everyday as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

Maybe the issue is not if there are still heroes today but who “we” as a society choose to value. We would like to see more value placed on those who are really making a difference in the world by helping other people.

If you want to be inspired… check out CNN’s Heroes:

Or better yet - read our testimonials…

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