City proclaims Big Brothers Big Sisters day

By Roger White
September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

This Monday will be very special day for one local charity.

The City of North Battleford has proclaimed Monday, Sept. 18 as Big Brothers Big Sisters Day. Mayor Ryan Bater made the proclamation at Monday’s city council meeting with members of the organization in attendance.

“We are thrilled to have the town recognize the work we do,” Renee Sperling said, program coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). “When Mayor Bater read the proclamation my heart swelled with such pride.”

The proclamation in North Battleford is timely as it coincides with National Big Brother Big Sisters Day. Sperling said her organization contacted the city in July, and within minutes of sending her e-mail was notified by Bater he'd give them their day.

Sperling saw it as a testament to how the board of directors has turned the organization around in the past few years.

“It’s nice to see the work you are doing being noticed,” Sperling explained. 

There are currently five matched children with BBBS, but since August the organization has had an influx of youth looking for mentorship.

“We have ballooned to 20 littles hoping to be matched up with a big,” Sperling said. “For the most part these children just want someone to spend time and do stuff with.”

Sperling said the primary need is adult males right now, however all volunteers are welcome to get involved.

 

roger.white@jpbg.ca

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