Mentor Emily Breton having fun with Ryder Bryson. More mentors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters are needed in Rimbey.                                Photo submitted

Mentor Emily Breton having fun with Ryder Bryson. More mentors for Big Brothers, Big Sisters are needed in Rimbey. Photo submitted

Mentors needed

Big Brothers Big Sisters reach out to community

By Treena Mielke

January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rimbey is reaching out to the community in the hopes of attracting more mentors for children who have not yet been matched with a mentor.

Ashley Bryson, program co-ordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters for Wolf Creek said there are close to 15 children in Rimbey who need mentors.

“These are kids who would benefit from some one on one time with a positive role model in their life,” she said.

In school mentors spend an hour a week with their ‘little’ playing games, doing puzzles, making crafts, cooking, participating in sports or simply just chatting.

Community mentoring involves getting out in the community with the child who is being mentored.

January 17 marked International Mentoring Day and January 31 is “Thank Your Mentor Day.”

Did you know that youth with mentors are more likely to pursue healthy lifestyles as adults? With exercise and healthier choices being the most common New Year’s Resolutions for adults, January is an ideal time to learn about the benefits of mentoring and to give back as a volunteer.

Children involved in the mentoring program range from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (ages six to 18).

Schools who take part in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program are Rimbey elementary school, Rimbey high school, Rimbey Christian school and Bluffton school.

For more information contact Ashley at 403-843-1066.