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Craig & Daniel  |  Big Brothers Big Sister of WR  |  BBBSWR.org

photo of Craig Bongelli and Daniel Bokule walking through DTK  

"You can have a pretty kickass night in two square blocks downtown," shared Craig Bongelli.


For the last six months, Craig Bongelli and Daniel Bokule have spent their time exploring Downtown Kitchener. Their adventures in food, film and mentorship are the result of a successful pairing through Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region. 


"The Big Brother mentoring program matches children and youth with an adult mentor to hangout, connect and talk with throughout the year," says Mallory Boyer, Resource Development Manager with BBBSWR. "The goal is for children and youth to become empowered to live their potential."


Craig, the big brother of the duo, and Daniel, the little brother, find more than conversation through the program - they're exploring their city, and learning more about themselves along the way. 


Favourite experiences so far are found in Kitchener's food scene. Daniel especially enjoys trying new cuisines; Guanaquita, Mi Tienda Latina and J&P Grocery top the list. 


Next up: a movie at the Apollo Cinema. 


"I like how old-fashioned it is," Daniel says. "The theatre itself is really nice and classic. I would come downtown with my family to go there." 


Daniel is one of many children and youth in Waterloo Region who builds social skills and gains greater self-confidence through Big Brothers Big Sisters. And according to Mallory, program participants are 50 per cent more likely to give back to the community at the core of their mentorship.


Elizabeth DiCesare  |  @elizadice

Photography: Hannah Yoon  |  @hanloveyoon  |  hannahyoon.com






photo of Craig Bongelli and Daniel Bokule in DTK



photo of Craig Bongelli and Daniel Bokule in DTK, eating Jamaican patties from J & P Grocery




Big Brothers Big Sisters of WR is currently in need of men interested in joining the Big Brothers program.  To find out more about volunteering with this incredible organization, visit BBBSWR.org or email info@bbbswr.org.