Congratulations to the Match of the Month
Having no children of her own, Oakville’s Karen Gardener says being a Big Sister is a very rewarding, one-of-a-kind bond that she wouldn’t give up for the world.
“I’m sure it’s what a parent feels; watching their child change over the years and grow and ask intelligent questions. To have her say something back to you and you think, ‘Oh well, I taught her that,’ it’s special,” said Karen, 57, who is now retired with her husband, Bob. Karen will be commemorating it with the sixth year she has been a Big Sister to 12-year-old Sarah.
“She’s like family for Bob and me. And sometimes when her mom is at work, she asks if Sarah can come over just so she’s not at home alone and be with somebody,” Karen said, noting the two often see each other two or three times a week, and sometimes even more.
“When I joined (BBBSH) as a volunteer, I was paired with Sarah (who was six years old at the time) ” Karen said. “I found Sarah and I immediately clicked and we started the process to be matched.”
Karen and Sarah, who often spend time with each other cooking, baking, doing crafts, scrapbooking, swimming, going to shows and movies, and not to mention a couple of shopping excursions here and there.
“She’s fun to be around and she’s nice,” Sarah said of her Big Sister, Karen. “She always has great ideas for us to do... It’s cool because there’s a lot of stuff that we have done, that I wouldn’t have been able to do with my mom.