My name is Ally, and I have been a Big Sister since February 2012. My Little Sister and I have attended a number of Climb and Conquer programs, and she has benefitted from subsidies from Climb & Conquer for rock climbing skill development camps. Climbing is not an activity we could have participated in without the subsidies provided by Climb & Conquer due to the cost of the activity.
Since my Little Sister and I became involved with Climb & Conquer, I have seen many positive changes in her confidence, anxiety level, and self-esteem. My Little Sister suffers from anxiety, which makes trying new activities and participating in community services difficult, but we had an incredibly positive first experience in the program, which made it easy for us to enjoy ourselves and my Little Sister wanted to come back! The Climb & Conquer staff were very welcoming and made both me and my Little Sister feel comfortable in the program. He immediately recognized that my Little Sister enjoyed and had a talent for climbing and encouraged her to participate more, which made her feel really special and helped her overcome her anxiety. The success she has had in climbing, thanks to Climb & Conquer, has helped her gain confidence in her skills and in herself! She even named our rock climbing sessions with Climb & Conquer as her favourite activity we’ve done together and as a breakthrough moment for her in an interview with our case worker at Big Sisters!
Overall, I cannot say enough positive things about Climb & Conquer. It’s been a great experience for both of us and has particularly helped my Little Sister overcome challenges related to anxiety & self-esteem.