In the photo are from left to right: Bobby Orr, (President, BBBSLG), Bernie Lachance (Volunteer), Jane Fullarton (Executive Director, BBBSLG), Gard Phillips (Former BBBBSLG Board of Director). – Submitted Photo
Brockville – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds Grenville (BBBSLG) held their Annual General Meeting on September 14th which included distinguished guests Mayor David Henderson, MPP Steve Clark and Ontario Trillium Foundation representative Rai King. Also in attendance was United Way Leeds Grenville Executive Director Trish Buote.
Members of the Board of Directors re-elected Bobby Orr as President for another 3 year term and newly welcomed Elisabeth Messner, Lawyer with Templeman Menninga.
Special volunteer recognition for years of service to the agency was extended to Tyler Goodwins (5 years), Jenn Bond (10 years), Chris Coleman (15 years), Bernie Lachance (25 years) and special recognition to the Brewin family in recognition of OPP officer Gary Craig Brewin, deceased, who spearheaded the annual ‘Littles’ versus Police baseball game over 20 years ago.
Brenda Benoit, former BBBSLG Board of Director and Big Sister shared her heartwarming testimonial on the importance of giving back to the community. She said, “My life has gone full-circle. I was very proud of my years fundraising for United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters during my time as an employee of Proctor & Gamble. Never did I think that I would need to reach out for help but sometimes life circumstances change and if it wasn’t for community agencies such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, I don’t know where we would be!”
Mr. Gord Phillips, former Board of Director and founding member of the Big Brothers organization in 1977 shared a bit of the organizational history with the attendees congratulating the Board and staff for the phenomenal growth both in terms of agency capacity and service to the community. “It was wonderful to learn how the ‘seed’ planted many years ago has grown to what it is today!”
Big Brothers Big Sisters was the recipient of a 3-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to support skills mentoring with youth in the area. Executive Director Jane Fullarton expressed her delight and thanks to the Foundation for providing much needed resources to properly develop, maintain and grow programs and services to support children in both life skills and individual confidence.
September is Big Brothers Big Sisters Month in Canada and we are recruiting volunteers who would be open to giving a few hours a month to support ‘Littles” in our communities. Visit big brothers big sisters Leeds and Grenville and click on ‘Be A Mentor’ to apply. There are over 100 ‘Littles’ who are needing a mentor in Leeds Grenville today!
This Monday, September 18th is the annual ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ take on the Brockville police abseball game being held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Goldie Christopher ball field at the Brockville Memorial Centre.
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