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Dave and Cindy Young - BIG Couple of the Year

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County takes the time to recognize our mentors and volunteers. Each year we like to recognize one of our Bigs as "Big of the Year". This year, 2012, it is a couple.

 The Traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters one-on-one program has been the heart of our national organization for almost 100 years now. Although times are changing and we are growing in new ways to adapt to the needs of our children and families, we believe that the Traditional Program will always have its place as the core of our organization. Our Bigs range in age from 22 to 80, and they are women, men and couples who spend 3 to 5 hours each week with a child in our community. Because of our Bigs, our chil-dren have learned to play piano, become photographers, run marathons, skate in the middle of the rink instead of along the boards, they have gone to parliament and spoken to politicians and became president of their school. Most of all, because of our Bigs, they have learned to trust; they have learned that they are special and have learned to believe in themselves.

Dr. Seuss said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, things aren’t going to get better, they’re NOT”. Things are getting better because of Big Brothers and Big Sisters volunteering their time.

Each year we like to recognize one of our Bigs as Big of the Year. This year it is a couple

Dave and Cindy Young came to the organization about 2 years ago. They had heard about BBBS through one of our employees, Kiefer Vincent.

In June of 2011, they were matched with their first Little Brother, Eddy. In fact, Dave and Cindy, as well as Philip and Victoria, were the first two matches I was a part of. They had been matched with Eddy for about 6 months when he moved to a new area. Although the end of a match is difficult, Dave and Cindy wanted to stay involved and asked to be re-matched with a new Little.

They were matched with Devyn in February 2012, and have been going strong for the last 9 months. Dave and Cindy participated in Bowl for Kids last year for the first time and managed to raise almost $4,000 for the agency. Not only that, but when Cindy’s father, Bill Young, passed away this year, donations were forwarded to BBBS in his memory.

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