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My Gift -A Story of Friendship

by Former Little Brother Robert

As a young boy growing up in a world of confusion, ignorance and sometimes anger, I found an opportunity to vent in a relationship that I was fortunate to form with a person who was once a complete stranger. Each week my Big Brother would pick me up and take me on another adventure.

I would become more educated in many aspects of my life that I would not have traditionally experienced. All the other kids in the neighborhood had brothers, sisters, or at least intact families and I remember feeling important because I had someone special too, my Big Brother. I could write a short novel about the positive experiences I had through Big Brothers Big Sisters being a part of my life for the last 20 years.

As a teenager, I recall working at a restaurant and being approached by two staff members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fredericton, NB who asked if I could help them. Rhonda & Caroline asked me to come down to the office and speak to a group about my experiences as a little. I felt very honoured to be a part of the cause. I was surprised that they remembered me at first, but then I realized that it had only been a few years and that I very much remembered who they were. I recall the people at Big Brothers Big Sisters being so engaged in what they were doing, whether it was keeping me busy in between matches or preparing me for Tim Horton’s Camp, they were always great. I only hope that all of these staff members know that what they are doing on a day to day basis has a huge impact on the lives of kids – this kind of dedication and commitment cannot be bought.

Now, as an adult I have seen many personal successes and I have an amazing family of my own….with an addition on the way. I keep myself pretty busy in life, but one place I have found myself a lot within the last year is with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Annapolis Valley. I am honored to work for this cause as a member of the Board of Directors. I love this organization! Even today, when I leave an event or meeting, I feel the way I did when I was a kid… IMPORTANT! Thank-you!

-Rob Graves
Former Little Brother
Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Annapolis Valley

Submitted 2010

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