Big Brothers ready to make matches in Rimbey

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By Treena Mielke

A program geared to connect adults with children who could benefit from a little boost in self-esteem and confidence is now underway in Rimbey.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rimbey, a satellite of the Ponoka Big Brothers Big Sisters program, is up and running.

Paula Madu, case worker and fundraising coordinator, is delighted to head the program here and is looking forward to matching mentors and children so positive, healthy and loving relationships can be created.

“I am extremely enthusiastic about the program,” she said. “I am very excited to find some mentors and match them up with the little brother or sister who would be just right for them.”

She is working to ensure children attending Rimbey Elementary School who could benefit from the program will be matched with the appropriate big brother or big sister. This mentoring program will only require the mentor to volunteer for one hour once a week. Activities may include reading, playing games or simply chatting.

“There is a need here and I am looking forward to seeing it all come together. I am confident it will be a win-win for everyone involved.”

Statistics show children matched with mentors continue to show improved confidence, self-esteem and a sense of hope for the future. Academic grades and school attendance can improve. Often, as a result of the mentoring, interactions with peers, parents and teachers and social and communication skills all benefit from the matches.

Statistics also indicate volunteering in a program such as Big Brothers Big Sisters results in personal gains such as being able to handle stress with a positive outlook and feeling energized.

For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rimbey program, call 403-843-1066.