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Local author donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 02:38 pm

Airdrie author Tandy Balson with BBBS Manager of Service Delivery Jodi McKay and BBBS Mentor Coordinator April Dupuis on June 26. Balson donated a portion of the proceeds from her book sales to BBBS.
Airdrie author Tandy Balson with BBBS Manager of Service Delivery Jodi McKay and BBBS Mentor Coordinator April Dupuis on June 26. Balson donated a portion of the proceeds from her book sales to BBBS.
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Airdrie author Tandy Balson donated of more than $500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) on June 26.

Balson contributed $2 from the sale of each of her recently published book Inspirations for the Everyday, a collection of short inspirational stories.

The book was released in March 2014 and since its release, Balson has raised $541.87, which she donated to BBBS on June 26.

“The number looks a bit strange and obviously $2 doesn’t divide evenly into that,” said Balson.

“The total is thanks largely to people’s generosity, when they found out that I was donating a portion of the sales to BBBS, they would just leave their change from the purchase to go towards this cause.”

BBBS of Calgary and area is the chapter that serves Airdrie and is a donor supported and volunteer-driven organization.

It has been in place since 2008 and serves around 100 matches of mentors with little brothers or sisters each year.

Currently there just over 20 children on the Airdrie BBBS wait list and on average it costs around $1,800 to provide mentorship for the children for a year.

Mentors are asked to invest between one and three hours per week with the kids to teach them values like giving back, staying in school, and respecting family, peers and the community.

Balson was involved with the BBBS M-Power in-school mentoring program, but due to time constraints, wasn’t able to continue her mentoring role.

“I still wanted to be involved and continue my partnership with them,” said Balson.

“Two of the stories in my book are actually based on mentoring experiences I had with BBBS. I wanted to be able to give back to the community and this partnership seemed like a good fit.”

The BBBS of Calgary and area serves Airdrie, Cochrane and Okotoks. BBBS Manager of Service Delivery Jodi McKay said working with someone like Balson is vital to the organization’s operations in Airdrie.

“The wonderful part of this partnership is knowing that we have someone local who is doing great work here in Airdrie and is going to supporting our Airdrie office specifically,” said McKay.

All of the funds raised by Balson will go towards supporting more matches in Airdrie.

“We’re hoping the work that Tandy is doing, along with the title of her book about everyday inspiration, that it will inspire some of our Airdrie residents to consider becoming a mentor in the life of a young person,” said McKay.

Funding from people like Balson goes toward not only supporting matches, but training of staff and volunteers and ongoing support for mentors, children and their families.

For more information on Balson, visit www.timewithtandy.com

For more on Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bbbscalgary.com


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