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From Struggle to Support: David’s Journey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

In Ottawa, David’s upbringing was marked by financial strain and the absence of a father figure, leaving him to navigate life’s challenges with only his single mother’s support. Despite facing daunting odds, he managed to persevere through his formative years, eventually securing a stable job as an adult. However, despite outward success, he felt a lingering sense of emptiness—a yearning to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.

This longing led him to discover Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO), where he couldn’t help but reflect on how different his own journey might have been had he had access to such a support system during his youth. Although he was beyond the age to be a mentee, he was deeply impressed by BBBSO’s commitment to nurturing and guiding at-risk youth in the community.

Driven by a desire to ensure that others didn’t miss out on the opportunities he lacked, David decided to become a monthly supporter of BBBSO’s Monthly Match Maker program. He recognized that even his modest contributions could make a significant difference in the lives of young people who were facing similar challenges to those he had overcome.

“I may have missed out on having a mentor when I needed one most, but now, I’m determined to help with my monthly gift to make sure young people today in need have access to a mentor”. – David, Monthly Match Maker

Despite not having had a mentor himself, David found immense fulfillment in knowing that his support was helping to provide mentorship and guidance to those who needed it most. Through his involvement with BBBSO, he discovered a renewed sense of purpose—a way to channel his own past struggles into positive action that would benefit future generations.

Looking ahead, David made a steadfast commitment to continue his support, knowing that no matter what challenges lay ahead, he would always be there to lend a helping hand to those in need. His dedication and belief in the transformative power of mentorship have made a tangible impact on the lives of countless young people in the Ottawa community.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to David for his unwavering support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa. His generosity and compassion are shaping a brighter future for the youth of our community, ensuring that they have the guidance and support they need to thrive.