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Victoria Teen Wins Mentor Award

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria awards the Harry deSwager Bursary to one or more of our teen mentors. 

They receive financial help for their post secondary education pursuits. Kimberley van der Pijl from Belmont Secondary was one of our previous winners. Here is her story:

Not many scholarship or bursary winners can honestly say that they won their award for doing something that they truly enjoyed. I am one of the very lucky exceptions.

I heard about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Teen Mentoring program for the first time near the end of grade eleven and did not hesitate to sign up for the following year. Visiting my little buddy at Ruth King Elementary ever Friday afternoon quickly became the high light of my week. During this time I got the opportunity to forget about all of the worries of high school and simply play.

It was shocking how quickly I began to bond with my little buddy. Throughout the year she taught me so much, from her favourite games and sports to everything I ever needed to know about Justin Bieber. The overall experience can be summed up in one simple word: fun.

Not only was Big Brothers Big Sisters Teen Mentoring program enjoyable, it also gave me experience for the future as I strive to become a speech language pathologist specialized in working with children. I will be using the Harry de Swager bursary towards a Bachelors of Arts in linguistics at the University of Victoria.

Thank you so much to the Harry de Swager bursary donors for helping me to be able to work towards my goals. Also thank you to everyone involved in the organizing of the teen mentoring program.

-Kimberley van der Pijl


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