At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Giving Returns More Than Expected

My name is Jennifer and I was lucky enough to join the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Live Different trip to the Dominican Republic where we built a home and a Kids Club. It was truly a life changing experience and one I would recommend everyone do at least once in their life.

There were 22 individuals from across Canada (staff, volunteers and Littles) and we truly embraced the values and true spirit of mentoring on this trip. I have never been more proud to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters. One of the Littles in our group stated "Big Brothers Big Sisters has had a huge impact on my life; and I wanted to come on this trip to give back and make a difference in someone else’s life". Little did we know what an amazing difference the people we met would have on our lives.

The community we worked in was amazing. They live in very poor conditions and they don’t have much but what they do have is an amazing spirit, a sense of community and a sense of genuine happiness and what is really important in life. I believe they taught us more then we taught them. They were so welcoming, caring, gracious and just so appreciative of us being there and giving of our time. They came out in droves and worked alongside us and despite the language barrier amazing connections were made.

Your heart swells while being there as you are touched by what you see, the people you meet and the drastic difference in lifestyles. You truly get a sense of what is important in life and what truly matters. They live in a community where they have 6 hours of electricity a day, no running water and the majority have no indoor washrooms, fridges or stoves. What they do have is an incredible view on life, community and taking care of one another. They are appreciative of what they have and their lives and family. It was truly an eye opening experience and one that will stay with me forever.

I have been forever changed by this experience and I don’t see life through the same set of eyes I did before I went. I am more humbled, grateful, more appreciative and just forever changed. I am truly grateful to Big Brothers Big Sisters, West Jet and Live Different for this opportunity of a lifetime!

Jennifer Dalziel
One to One Caseworker
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel

We would love to hear how your family has chosen to give back to your community. It may even inspire others to do the same. While you are at it, why not share with us your #GreatestGift of the Holiday Season? What was your favourite holiday moment? What is your family’s greatest Holiday tradition? Tweet us pics, stories, videos of your #GreatestGift to @BBBSC or post them to our facebook page. It can be something simple. Just don’t make it about “stuff”.

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