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Eight-year old Michael receives help in operating a video camera from his “Big Brother” Bob Reid, who is a technician for community programming at MSA Cablevision. The Big Brother program was exactly what it indicates, a program where a young boy, whose father is absent from home for whatever reason, is befriended by an adult male. Bob Reid was just such a person, and he and young Michael had been “brothers” for about a year and a half at the time of this photo, and this was the first such experience for both. When asked what they do together, Michael bubbled over with “we go skating, swimming and last summer we went camping together for a whole week. And last summer Bob got married and I got to go to the wedding.” A Big Brother was expected to see his Little Brother at least once a week and basically they share common interest and activities together. The two were originally matched on the basis of background, interest, personality type as well as the strengths of the volunteer and the needs of the boy. The main difference between the Big Brother program and other boys work is that most organization work with groups, whereas the Big Brother program worked with individuals on a one-to-one basis. The volunteer “Big Brother” did not assume any legal or financial obligations, although a small amount is frequently spent for incidentals during visits or outings, and most Big Brothers remember birthdays and Christmas. When such friendships were undertaken, it was expected that they continue for at least one or two years. The Big Brother received help from trained counsellors, and was expected to keep in contact with his counsellors on a monthly basis and attends group meetings throughout the year. In short, the activities were what most families would undertake together, but in the case of Big Brothers and Little Brothers they did not need to be related. At the time, Fred Fenkner was the executive director of the Central Fraser Valley Big Brothers and could be reached by anyone interested by calling 853-3944.