Essential/Intentional Mentorship

By: Cindy McQuirter-Fairley I had a blessed childhood; I grew up in a home where I knew I was loved and was supported unconditionally. My parents had the time and energy to lend an ear when I needed to talk and help guide me as I matured into adulthood. I wanted to help give even […]

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Confessions from an Imperfect Sister

Confessions from an Imperfect Sister It is a warm Saturday afternoon in September.  I am at my first Big Brother Big Sister group outing; canoeing at Wye Marsh.  I am new to the area and had finally “found the time” to be the righteous citizen I had been putting off for so many years.  But […]

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Empowered by Mentoring – Keyla’s Story

Let’s travel back in time to the year 2013. I was in grade 9 and living what I would consider a pretty boring life; I went to school, hung out with friends, dreaded math class and watched a bit more TV than recommended. Every Monday, I would talk to my friends about what they had […]

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Welcoming Syrian Newcomer Children and Youth

Change can be a scary thing. For siblings, Zain (6), Jamal (8), and Dina (9), change and fear were common to their childhood. Zain, Jamal and Dina grew up in Syria where there has been ongoing conflict for several years. Earlier this year, the family finally found safety and refuge when they immigrated to Hamilton, [...]
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A Rewarding Experience

I had always had a dream where I would be able to leave the confinements of my two bedroom apartment back home in Pakistan. Being the youngest child in a family of five, you quickly get to realize that the couch surprisingly doubles as a very comfy bed. Little did I know that I was [...]
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