Dan and Cody

All credit and excerpts for this story goes to Bob Tymczyszyn and The St. Catharines Standard. To read the full version visit: http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2014/02/18/the-faces-of-big-brothers-big-sisters

Dan Weatherall, of St. Catharines, has been a Big Brother since 2003 and sees it as a way to give back to the community and make a difference.

“I’ve been matched with Cody since he was nine and he is 17 now. I’ve watched him grow up for lack of a better way to say it. He’s off to college this year.

“What you are doing one-on-one is making a difference in a child’s life. I’ve always been a big believer in mentoring. In life we all need mentors.

“You are changing individuals one-on-one. It’s giving kids a chance that a lot of them don’t have based on their family dynamic.”

Weatherall said his relationship with Cody has changed over the years.

“We used to see each other twice a week. Then it was once a week. Now that we are older, and I have my own children, we find that meeting for lunch works really well.”

He would recommend Big Brothers and Big Sisters to anyone.

“You are making an immediate change in someone’s life. It’s not like we are giving to some charity that is across Canada. This has an effect right in our community. It’s a person who will one day have a job in our community giving something back.”

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