Wise Words from a Volunteer Mentor, Allen Supynuk
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest we are blessed to have inspiring supporters who volunteer with us as mentors and help us to achieve our mission of changing children’s lives for the better, forever.
Allen Supynuk was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada and grew up on the Canadian Prairies, near Edmonton, Alberta. As an adult he moved to Manhattan for work, eventually finding himself here in the Greater Boston Area. Allen is the father of three grown children, a husband, and a self-described computer nerd, Toastmaster, board game enthusiast and science fiction reader. One of his favorite things about living in New England is being able to walk his dog in the forests.
Giving back to his community is important to Allen. He helps with fundraising efforts for the WBUR radio station, he and his wife take in friends of his twenty-something children when they need temporary housing, and Allen is a dedicated member of the Toastmasters nonprofit working to help people become better speakers and leaders. “One of my Toastmasters clubs is in a local Women’s prison – it is some of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had – these magnificent women have the most incredible stories. There are people asking for help with teaching young people about speaking and leading,” says Allen. Allen also volunteers once a week with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest as a mentor in our corporate mentoring program.
“Once a week I enter this bubble where the rest of the world falls away,” says Allen. “The time we spend together is having a lasting effect on me and – I hope – on him, too.”
Allen volunteers with BBBS CM/MW because “it is a magical thing that protects you from the elements. You give without the thought of receiving and you will get more than you ever thought possible.” Allen’s goal is to be there for his Little. He helps his Little focus on what’s important, building relationship through games, weekly conversations and spending time together. Allen’s favorite part about having a Little are those spontaneous acts of love, like when his Little ran up and gave him a big hug after not seeing him all summer. This kind of act inspires Allen and reminds him why being a mentor is so worthwhile. Allen continues to grow and evolve as a person through his volunteering opportunities, especially his experiences as a volunteer mentor.
For more information on how to become a volunteer mentor with BBBS CM/MW, check out: http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962345/k.E123/Volunteer_to_start_something.htm
“Relationships are these rare beautiful pearls that live on in our memories forever.” —Allen Supynuk, BBBS CM/MW Volunteer Mentor