party 1Much fun was had at the 2014 Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Celebration event at the Kinsmen Hall in Lac La Biche on December 4th. Mentors and mentees from all across the region gathered at the hall for a fun filled day of tie dye, holiday ornament making, pizza and a movie showing of Disney’s “Frozen”.

“It was a humbling experience,” Robyn Phillips, program facilitator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lac La Biche says. “It was great to see the children of BBBS LLB join together for an afternoon of festive fun. Programming typically takes place within the mentee’s school so it was fantastic to see kids from different schools mingling and getting to know each other.”

It was a jam-packed afternoon of holiday activities for the kids and their mentors.

party 3“I had a lot of children request tie dying as a party activity so we did our best to make that happen,” Robyn explains. “The whole time we were dipping their garments there was an audience of little ones wanting to know how it works.”

Kids also had the opportunity to get creative, making holiday ornaments, coloring and painting festive pictures. Robyn paid tribute to the many friendships developed as a result of BBBS programming: “It’s clear there’s magic happening; this room is full of successful friendships – that’s a pretty cool thing.”

Mentors and mentees of the In-School Mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters spend approximately one hour a week together working on school related activities, playing games, doing arts and crafts, going outside and constructively socializing.

party 4“The excitement mentee’s show when they know they’re going to see their mentor is amazing. And the mentors really own their role; they love spending time with their mentee’s; seeing them help their mentee’s create ornaments today is just one example of the compassion our volunteers have. I’m inspired everyday by these friendships.”

Tara’s Pizza and Loblaw’s Independent Grocer contributed food and drink to the event allowing the kids to enjoy lunch and a snack while the movie played.

“I think a really gratifying moment for me was when all mentees and mentors broke out in song to “Let It Go” during “Frozen”,” Robyn says. “Everyone was smiling and enjoying themselves – kids, volunteers and staff.

party 5“Mentor-mentee friendships aside, I think there were a lot of additional friendships made at the event today between students from different schools. I’m excited to bring these kids together again for another fun filled day. They’re amazing kids and they definitely deserve these celebrations.”

Thanks to our Robyn for sharing this story with us!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lac La Biche is a satellite organization of BGCBigs. Located approximately 2.5 hours northeast of Edmonton, the organization facilitates In School Mentoring at 10 institutions in Lac La Biche, Caslan, Kikino and Plamondon. Click here to learn more.

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