Mentoring key for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge

It’s National Mentoring Month and that means local organizations have been hard at work making a difference in people’s lives. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lethbridge and District has been serving our community since 1973. Jen Visser, the executive director of the group, says there are currently 93 children waiting to be matched with a big brother or sister.

“We offer five different mentoring programs. You’ve got lots of choice to become a big with us. The commitment isn’t necessarily as much as you may think. It could be anywhere from seven sessions at a school or to taking a child out in the community for two to three hours a week. It is kids that need somebody just to be in the corner, just to be their friend. Last year, we actually were able to match 1107 kids, which in 2019 was our largest year. And that was just over 600 kids.”

Visser says the organization is looking for 31 people to sign up as a big this year, with six having joined so far.

For more information on how to become a big you can visit

Micah Quinn

After graduating from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Broadcasting Diploma, Micah made the trek down to Lethbridge to work for Bridge City News. He has previously worked at City TV Calgary on the Breakfast Television morning show. He looks forward to connecting with this community, and reaching a new audience. Micah has a passion for interviewing and finding out why people think the way they do. You’ll often find him pursuing local feature stories and hard news.

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