Listowel – Monday, March 16, 2020 – As you are aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is rapidly evolving. Although there are no confirmed cases in southwestern Ontario and the level of risk remains low in our community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District is taking proactive actions to prevent the spread of viruses.

Due to the public school closures, all in-school mentoring programs will also be on hold until further notice. Our community one-to-one matches will continue as normal, however, we recommend the following precautions when planning an outing:

  • Remain in your community
  • Avoid group activities and/or crowded places
  • If either the mentor or mentee is sick or recently traveled out of the country, postpone meeting for 14 days.

“The safety and well-being of the young people and mentors we work with are always our first priority. We are closely monitoring our staff teams and have suggested they stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms similar to a cold or flu,” says Brittany McDonald, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District.

All BBBS staff members and volunteers have been taught proper hand-washing techniques and provided with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommended practices. At this time, all fundraising events are scheduled as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to our families regarding any changes.

The new mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people. The call to action is for more people, more volunteers, and more donors to join the mentoring movement and create that spark. Volunteers and donations are needed to professionally support mentor-mentee matches across the country.

Media Contact:

Brittany McDonald

Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Listowel and District