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Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Years of Good Friendship

My name is Wanda (Hayek) Coates, and I am a Little Sister. My Big Sister is Elizabeth. I am grown up now, married, and have a child.

Elizabeth and I were the first match here in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1970. I was twelve years old at the time. I will always remember that day. Elizabeth has been a big inspiration in my life.
Growing up was tough with just a father, brother, and sister. My father is the greatest man in the world, and he knew that my sister and I needed mentors in our life. When he signed us up to meet Big Sisters, that was exciting.

When the day came and I met Elizabeth, I knew we were a definite match. We did so many exciting things. We often met up with all the other Big and Little Sisters in Winnipeg and, to name a few outings, we went skating as a group, and saw a shrine circus and the Ice Capades. Back then, the group was small, so we were able to go out together.

Over the years, Elizabeth and I stayed very good friends. She was there for me through my marriage, my daughter’s birth and my mother’s passing, and many other times. I could go on forever describing what a special person she truly is. I couldn’t have asked for anyone more wonderful than Elizabeth.

I’m glad to have shared this story and hope other Little Sisters find the rewarding experience I had. I wouldn’t have had a story to share if it wasn’t for Big Brothers Big Sisters, so I thank you from my heart.

by Wanda Coates