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Rayna and Elizabeth

Perth, ON: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County is a mentoring organization that serves over 300 children right here in Lanark County. 2013 marks two special anniversaries: the local agency celebrates its 40th, and the National organization celebrates 100 years of mentoring!

Throughout the year, the agency will be selecting several of their Big Brothers and Big Sisters matches to be highlighted in the press. This article was written by a match from Perth.

Over the past year we’ve experienced the blossoming of a friendship. We were matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) who introduced us knowing that we would become great friends. At BBBS the focus is on friendship. Friendships are an essential part of development - no matter what your age. We are part of the traditional match program, which means we hang out at least once a week and have a great time! Our experience has been that BBBS does an excellent job of matching people since we have similar interests. We’ve discovered that we feel supported in everyday life and tasks - nothing is overwhelming when you have a friend.

Since meeting we have both tried new and exciting activities. In the summer we kayaked on Christie Lake soaking up the sun. Rayna enjoyed learning a new skill and experiencing the open water. We travelled to Blueberry Mountain where Elizabeth discovered what hiking had to offer. We enjoyed the fall colours like they have never been seen before - right in our backyard. Both experiences were serene and precious presenting a chance to appreciate nature.

We have gotten to know each other through common interests. We can be found many days stirring up something exciting in the kitchen with the radio blaring. Although some recipes have fallen short (we do not recommend making gingerbread cookies with sugar substitute) most have been delicious and our cooking skills are getting better each week or maybe we are getting more adventurous? Regardless our families have enjoyed all the successful goodies.

We’ve discovered that Lanark County has many activities to offer. We’ve enjoyed a historical tour of Perth, and consider ourselves skilled tour guides. We’ve visited many local museums in Perth and Smiths Falls, and swam at the Perth pool. Whether it be the arts or sports, we’ve experienced the energy of the crowd, watching the Bears in Smiths Falls or the Toronto Youth Symphony in Perth. We enjoyed the thrill of the game and we look forward to going back. We’ve learned that there is inspiration everywhere, the key is to look for it. Whether it be appreciating talent at the rink or on stage, we have been influenced by their passion.

We look forward to hanging out every week, wondering what will inspire us next. We both feel that friendship is essential in life, and we’re happy that BBBS has introduced us. Getting to know each other over the past year, discovering what the community has to offer, and trying new things has been a lot of fun! Our relationship focuses on friendship which is one of the fundamentals of BBBS. Knowing that we can rely on each other has strengthened our bond.

Your friend is waiting for you - start something!

Submitted by Rayna and Elizabeth for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County.

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