Hi, I am Bev Towe, I have been a Mother’s to be Mentor in the Bonnyville area for the past 10 years. I have been born and raised in Bonnyville this is my home. I have been a foster parent and have fostered for the last 20 years and have helped raise about 100 children. I have two biological daughters and private guardianship of 3 wonderful girls. Now, I have 2 grandsons and one more on the way. I love being a grandmother and enjoy spoiling them. I enjoy camping, skating, hockey and watching Paw Patrol with my grandsons.
After 10 years of fostering I realized that the women in our area needed help, so I found the Mothers to be Mentor program who help all the women that were involved with the foster care system, who had addictions and mental health concerns. It is great working with our ladies and helping to better their lives and the lives of their children. By doing one on one work, helping them with addictions, housing, income, setting up meetings, and helping them reclaim their lives. Being a mentor is hard, it’s sometimes hard to see the hurt and trauma in our women’s eyes but with one step at a time we see them grow as women, mothers and active community members.
Working with the Lakeland Centre for FASD has brought rewards and understanding to not only my own life but I’m able to bring the level of understanding to my community. I’m able to give a helping hand and insight to the agency’s we work with every day. Being a mentor brings me pride, hope and belief that we have helped and contributed to having a healthy community.