School mentorship program wraps up

The Teen In-School Mentor program is wrapping up for the school year.  There were 49 teens from Correlieu who participated as part of their course work.

École Baker students greatly enjoyed their time with the high school students.

Michelle Riley, the Teen In-School Mentor coordinator enjoyed watching the development of the one-to-one  friendships.

One teen mentor remarked on the value of being a mentor, “having the satisfaction when making my little buddy happy and seeing the smiles on her face when I arrived at the school.”

A young student commented on the experience, “awesome,  enjoyed getting to spend time having fun with my mentor.”

Sue Ellen Miller, Superintendent, SD #28, had the opportunity to attend one of the wrap up celebrations to thank the teen mentors.  She was greatly impressed with the enthusiasm of the group.

Big Brothers Big Sisters also had several community In-School Mentors at various schools in the district.

However, there were children who were waiting to receive the benefits of the program.

Michelle is hoping that for the next school year, she will have more mentors ready to volunteer.

If you have one hour per week to share with a young person, please give her a call.

The Go Girls/Game On programs were also very successful this year.

The healthy eating, healthy life styles sessions for elementary students were held at the following schools, Nazko, Kluskus, École Baker and Voyageur.

Thanks to the facilitators – Const. Manny Bahi, Const. Anthony Fletcher, Const. Jen Collins, Fred Pulles and Michelle Riley.

The common comments from the participants in the different groups were, “I learned a lot about myself” and “I wish it had lasted longer.”

We hope to continue to run this valuable program during the summer and in the next school year.

The Rod Williamson Poker Ride – in partnership with Triple J Ranch, North Cariboo Growers Co-Op Assn., Circle S, and Mr. Mikes Steakhouse and Bar- is postponed until a later date.

BBBSQ 5th Annual Golf For Kids Sake will be on Aug. 13 at Richbar Golf and Gardens.  Shotgun Start, 1 p.m.

$100 minimum pledge includes green fees and dinner.   The golfer who brings in the most money wins a trip for two anywhere with WestJet’s scheduled service (excluding charter flights.)

We are now participating in the FUNDSCRIP program where shopping is fundraising.

Find out more about all of our programs by giving us a call at 250-992-7257 or drop by the Little Big House at 368 Vaughan Street

Maggie Bello is executive director of BBBSQ and regular Observer columnist.