Our local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina in Cashiers is ecstatic to announce that our local mentor, Lynne Keating, has been named Big Sister of the Year for the state of North Carolina.
Experiencing new things and expanding horizons are common benefits of mentoring. Lynne has been a champion for Sophie, encouraging and nudging her gently to spread her wings and set her sights high. Their relationship has blossomed with time, and through that, Sophie has become a more independent, confident, vocal, and successful young woman.
When they were first matched over three years ago, Sophie’s interest in art quickly became clear to Lynne, who found an opportunity to nurture that nascent talent with frequent trips to The Bascom. With Lynne’s help, Sophie is now enrolled in a private school that is continuing to help her develop her artistic talents, while also providing her opportunities for leadership and project collaboration.
“Not only has Lynne helped me immensely these past couple of years, she’s proven to be an amazing friend,” says Sophie, “She’s never spoken to me as if I were a child. She’s always honest and willing to discuss, which is something I greatly appreciate. I think without Lynne, I wouldn’t have been pushed to go out of my comfort zone in many situations, and I don’t think I would have progressed this much as a person without her.”
Not only has Lynne committed herself to being an engaged and active member of Sophie’s life, she has also taken on BBBS leadership roles in Cashiers. With her efforts and leadership, the Council has gained new members, become more active and focused, raised funds to implement group and enrichment activities and become more present in the community through partnerships with businesses. Lynne has been instrumental in the success of this young program whose advisory council constitutes a small, yet mighty board. Although this is not the only board Lynne serves on, her commitment and enthusiasm for BBBS would lead you to believe she devotes all of her energies to making our program successful and impactful for the youth in our community.
The National Big of the Year Selection Committee will announce the National Big of the Year this month.