Mary Lynn's Story

A Big Sister Story

I hold many memories with my experience as a Big Sister. When I first entertained the idea of becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI, I was looking for something I could contribute to that would add some meaning to my life. I was around 25 years old. I remember becoming very emotional when watching a commercial for the organization and hearing a voice inside telling me that this is what I was looking for.

Twenty-five years have passed since I frantically rushed to Dawn’s place to meet her. I was running terribly late that day and I remember trying to convince myself to drop out before I even began. It is hard to believe we are now celebrating our silver anniversary. Am I ever glad I decided to carry through with our first initial meeting!

We have done many things over the years, from baking, to kiting, to arts and crafts, to trips to the library. We always looked forward to the Bigs/Littles gatherings at Halloween, Christmas and Bowl for Kids Sake. It’s easy to let time slip by and, before you know it, a year passes ... then two ... and three. As we grew older and our lives became busier we didn’t meet as often, but we always kept in touch. I am so thankful to Louise, Dawn’s Mom, who was a great one to keep our connectedness going. We’ve been together for school concerts, graduations, births and deaths. Dawn was at my wedding, and I at hers. She held my newborn son, and now I have had the opportunity of holding hers.

If there’s one thing I would like to say to those entertaining the idea of becoming a Big, or to a parent looking at having their child enter into the program - it’s not only what the Big can do for the Little and the parent. When all is said and done, I need to thank Dawn. During our times together, I was able put all the stresses and anxieties of my life on the shelf for a while. She let me be a kid again. More importantly, Dawn helped me become a more responsible and dependable person. It’s awful humbling to hear how you’ve affected a child’s life, but I can honestly say that it was Dawn who affected my life – she is one of my mentors.

I still look forward to our time together and will always cherish the memories. I am so proud of the woman she has become and I am so glad to have been a part of her life.
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