Cheryl and her Little Sister Melissa met for the first time and went skating together at Bower Ponds in Red Deer.
Six year old Melissa was quiet during their first meeting, but Cheryl was excited at the opportunity to be her Big Sister. During the first year of their match, Melissa barely spoke a word. Once a week, Cheryl would pick her up and they would go do an activity together. Cheryl would make efforts to begin a conversation, but Melissa would not respond or would make brief, one word answers while avoiding eye contact.
The lack of communication was concerning and, at times, frustrating for Cheryl, who was unsure if Melissa was even enjoying herself. At the end of their outings, Cheryl began to ask Melissa to rate how much fun she had one a scale from one to ten. Melissa would quickly say “ten!” then hurry inside her house.
It took time, but with a lot of patience and persistance by Cheryl, eventually Melissa began to open up. The pair has been matched for nearly 7 years now, making them the longest existing match in Red Deer.
Top of Page Share Tweet
Read success stories
Give a child the gift of more time with their mentor
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland & Labrador
Be a Mentor
Be a Corporate Sponsor
Be a Donor
Join our Alumni
Stories from Mentors
Copyright 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Charitable Business Number: 11880 8740 Start Something™ Reg. CIPO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds™Reg. CIPO Big Brother Big Sisters of Canada Game On! Eat Smart, Play Smart, Live Smart™Reg. CIPO Big Brother Big Sisters of Canada