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Memories of Mentorship from the 1960s

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Pictured above: Don Edworthy, former Little Brother, recently sent us a picture of a keepsake he received in the 1960s from his (then) Big Brother Steve Alexander. After over 45 years and several moves, Don still cherishes this memory.


In celebration of our national centennial, Don Edworthy, a former Little Brother reached out to share his experience of being a member of our agency back in the 1960s - 47-years-ago to be exact.

Remarkably, after several moves, Don has held onto his keepsake from (then) Big Brother Steve Alexander, who made a lasting impact on his life. Don admits, “Steve was a father figure to me at a time in my life when my own father recently passed away at an early age in his life.”

Don came into our agency (then called the Big Brothers Association) after his father passed away battling Pancreatic Cancer. His mother, a 35-year-old widow of three young children at the time, “turned to the Big Brothers Association and the support they provided during some very challenging years in her life,” says Don’s sister, Janice.

“Although I have lost touch with Steve over the years,” Don says, “ I still think of him from time to time. He was a great influence on me, and the person that I have become today is in part due to him.”


Don recently wrote to us telling his story:

"I recall having a Big Brother in 1965 to 1966. His name was Steve Alexander.

I first met Steve when I was 8-year-old. Steve was a wonderful person who introduced me to many things that a typical 8-year-old kid would be interested in; things that my own father never had the opportunity to do.

Some of the things I remember most:

  • Attending a Hamilton Red Wing hockey game with Steve at the old Barton Street Arena. I think that was back when the ice was cleared with wide snow shovels between periods, possibly a time before the arena had a Zamboni.
  • Steve showed up at the house one day with a brand new fishing pole for me. He introduced me to fishing and taught me how to cast a fishing line in the back yard.
  • I know that we did many other things together, but these are the most vivid memories to me.
  • Most important though is that Steve was a father figure to me at a time in my life when my own father recently passed away at an early age in his life.

Although I have lost touch with Steve over the years, I still think of him from time to time. He was a great influence on me, and the person that I have become today is in part due to him. I believe that Steve taught me some life lessons at an early age, which is important for all kids to learn at an early age in life.

Congratulations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada on your 100th anniversary!

Many thanks for all that you do and for continued success with helping kids to become the best they can be.

Regards,

Don Edworthy

East Bend, North Carolina”

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