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Couple of a Not-so-Little Brother Tyson


Tyson is not so little anymore, but his couple match Llyod & Lynda have always been there for him. See what a difference their support and yours can make!

Not so Little Brother Tyson and a Wonderful Couple

My mom decided that I needed a positive role model in my life since my dad decided that he no longer wanted to be part of our family. My mom wanted someone with the same values and morals and someone who could support her parenting style and complement our family. When I was 6 I was matched with the Plummer’s. Lloyd and Lynda Plummer (my big brother and big sister) have been outstanding role models, supporters, friends, and leaders. They have really become part of our family.  I see Lloyd and Lynda on a weekly basis. Sometimes every two weeks depending on my busy swim schedule. I have always enjoyed my time spent with Lloyd and Lynda. We have done many things over the years in our match. We have played board games; our favourites are Monopoly, and Croc Cano. We have also gone mini golfing and to the movies. One of my favourite things to do with Lloyd and Lynda is sitting in the family room with a cold drink and having a talk about the week’s news. Since as long as I can remember we have always had our chat about how my week has gone and then decide what we want to do for the day. As I have gotten older our chats have gotten longer which is great because we have a strong relationship and communicate well with each other.

_MG_6661Life for me hasn’t been an easy one. I have had to overcome many challenges over the past 20 years. I lived in Ingersoll for almost 9 years. Grade school wasn’t easy for me. Grade 3, 4 and 5 were difficult because I was bullied. Every day at recess I feared that I would be picked on, made fun of, tormented, followed and pushed around. The hardest part about all this bullying was having to deal with it. I kept a journal to help me with my feelings.  On top of all of this I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. I refer to it as, AS. It basically means I have a learning disability and I don’t learn the same as other students. People with AS tend to be visual learners and need to see in writing or pictures what to do with step by step instructions. My family, Lloyd and Lynda, teachers, and my friends have picked up when I am totally lost or confused. The look on my face says it all. It is great that everyone has been able to pick up on when I am lost so they can re word or show me what is going on in a different way. My mom says I’ve come along way. I used to have melt downs and would be beside myself. When I started grade 6 in a different school and got the help and technology that I needed. My grades were higher and I had a lot of friends and support. My friends mean the world to me. They keep me going at my lowest points. They remind me what I want to do when I grow up which is to become a school teacher and a swim coach.

I have had to overcome many challenges in school and learning. I have always told myself don’t let anyone’s comments or opinions put you down. If they say something negative or don’t like my decisions it fuels me to do better and prove them wrong. Never under estimate me; there is more to me than what you can see. It’s called determination.

I have many techniques I use to keep clam and relax myself in stressful situations. I sometimes just go to get air and relax my mind and that helps me a lot in stressful situations at school. Another way I let my stress out is in the sport of competitive swimming. I have been on swim team since I was 5 years old and started competitive swimming at age 8. I have always loved the water. I loved bath time from day one and I have grown to love swimming more and more over the years. I have 283 medals hanging in my family room from all my competitive swim meets. I have many scrapbooks filled with ribbons and newspaper clippings of write ups about my swimming. My major goal in swimming is to one day be able to represent team Canada at the Olympics. I have met many past and present athletes on team Canada. Olympians have inspired me to continue swimming at such a high performance level.

At one of my annual review meetings, Vicki brought up the CIBC Youth Vision Scholarship program. My mom and I had never heard of the program. We quickly looked into the program and got information on how to apply for this amazing opportunity. I got a phone call one Sunday evening around the dinner hour. I had no idea who I was talking to. The lady introduced herself and asked if I had remembered applying for a CIBC Youth Vision Scholarship? I said yes I remember it quite well now that you have brought it up. She went on to say that I was a recipient for a CIBC Youth Vision Scholarship. At first I did not believe her. I turned to my mom and said I am a recipient. My mom was so proud of me and knew that all my hard work had paid off. I was so happy and excited. I called Lloyd and Lynda and told them about the news. They were so proud of me and knew I deserved the scholarship. My excitement continued after talking to Lloyd and Lynda about it. Once I got the news I knew that I had been successful. All of the negative things that had ever been said to me had rushed out of my body. This scholarship has pushed me even further in school. I remind myself every day that I am smart, I am talented, and I will do good things in life. All I have to do is believe I can do it.  Even today standing before you I don’t think it is true, but it sure is.

I would like to thank everyone at Big Brothers Big Sisters for everything they do, not just for me but for everyone involved in the agency. You have changed my life forever. I will cherish every moment I have spent with Lloyd and Lynda. I am truly blessed to have Lloyd and Lynda in my life. They have helped shape me into the young man I have become. Words cannot thank you enough for everything you have done with me and taught me. I would like to thank all those at Big Brothers Big Sisters for everything you do. You are truly amazing people and have helped me overcome many struggles in life. When I am grown up and have a family of my own I will always remember this wonderful agency and everything they have done to make my life easier.. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be able to have a great couple that supports me. They have helped shape me into the person that I am. Meeting Lloyd and Lynda has changed my life.

. With anything in life remember to stay positive, put your mind to it and don’t let anyone stand in your way or tell that you can’t do it, because you can. With dedication, determination, perseverance and hard work anything is possible. I’m living proof! 

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