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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Part of the Family

I almost can’t believe it, but this year marks the five year anniversary of my match with my little sister. We were matched only a few months before I moved out of the town where we both grew up, to a new city for work. But we were ready and excited to take on the exciting challenges of being long distance (only one hour away).

The time has passed so quickly, and we have created so many wonderful memories. We’ve been to each other’s graduations, holidays, birthdays and family gatherings. It’s been an honour to watch her grow, navigate high school, study hard, and offer some advice and an ear along the way.

People I know who have been part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters family in the past had told me that this would be a life-changing undertaking. I still can’t believe just how right they were. I feel honoured to have someone want to share their struggles with me, their happy moments, and their thoughts.

Our match ended almost two years ago because my sister turned 16, but we have continued our relationship without blinking an eye. We will be friends forever, family for life, and have a network to proudly call ourselves alumni of: Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Happy Family Day, from our family to yours!

Katie, Former Big Sister and Alumni

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