Anna Baker said she loves the time she spends with her “big sister” Bonnie Potter.
Anna, who is going into Grade 6 at Drinkwater Elementary School in September, and Potter get together once a week and enjoy each other’s company doing a variety of activities.
The development of that special kind of relationship between the children and their mentors is music to the ears of the organizers of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cowichan Valley.
The BBBSCV, which was formed in 1978, provides at-risk children and youth with vital mentoring relationships through a variety of programs.
With approximately 60 children waiting for matches within the organization’s programs, the $10,000 it recently received from the Cowichan Valley Regional District will provide some of the of the vital resources required to accommodate them.
“By investing in these early-life interventions, we are building a better tomorrow,” said Erin Generous, executive director of the BBBSCV.
“By supporting our youth, we are investing in the future of our community. The support of the CVRD is instrumental to our ability to begin to meet the demonstrated need in our region this year,” she said.