2020 BIG OF THE YEAR

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. Announce Big Brother and Big Sister of the year

Winston-Salem, NC– On March 2, 2020, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services announced their local agency Big Brother and Big Sister of the year, with their Big Sister of the year winning the state-level award. Big of the year recognizes and illustrates how the mentoring relationship helps Littles (children matched with a Big) achieve their biggest possible futures and makes a long-lasting impact on the Big, too.

Nominees must be matched for at least two years, be highly engaged in the mission, and show excellence as an advocate for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Most importantly, their Little must show progress in reaching their potential and the Big has helped ignite, empower, or defend that potential in an identifiable way.

The agency has had two previous national winners who included Wanda Starke (WXII) in 1999, and Murray Miller (NCWorks Career Center), giving them the distinction of the only agency having 2 national winners in its history.

“We are excited to announce our local Big Brother of the year, Jim Carros of Reynolds American, Inc. and our local and state Big Sister of the year, Christy Respess of the YWCA,” says Shawan Gabriel, President, and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. “We will submit Christy to our National Office for the opportunity to be named National Big Sister of the year.”

Jim, who lost his father when he was a young boy, learning lessons the hard way, said of becoming a Big Brother “If I can pass along some knowledge that I gained to help someone else on their path, then I’m happy to do it.”  Christy, who experienced traumatic loss, says of becoming a Big Sister “There is one thing I wanted my Little Sister to know the importance of giving back”. 

The agency will learn by late April if yet another national Big of the Year will come from their office. Regardless, local recognition is just as important to showcase what has held true since 1977, one-to-one mentoring changes the lives of children in our community and beyond!

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