2019 ‘Bigs of the Year’ to be honoured

  • Giving back: Nicole Walker, left, and her Little Sister, Shabrique Henderson

    Giving back: Nicole Walker, left, and her Little Sister, Shabrique Henderson

  • Giving back: Nicole Walker, left, and her Little Sister, Shabrique Henderson

    Giving back: Nicole Walker, left, and her Little Sister, Shabrique Henderson

  • A positive thing to do: Dan Samilski with his Little Brother, A地iaz Outerbridge

    A positive thing to do: Dan Samilski with his Little Brother, A地iaz Outerbridge


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda announced their top two mentors yesterday.

Dan Samilski, won Big Brother of the Year and Nicole Walker was given the Big Sister of the Year award.

Mr Samilski is mentor to 12-year-old A地iaz Outerbridge and Ms Walker works with Shabrique Henderson, 17.

Mr Samilski, who has mentored A地iaz for five years, said: 釘eing a Big Brother or Big Sister is about fitting the Little into your life rather than moving your life around the Little.

的 don稚 think it is a big ask of people it is a positive thing to do and we have a good time every week.

滴is favourite thing to do is fish, so we fish off a dock and we play football.

He added: 的 am married and have a two-year-old and a dog so we all hang out at my place quite often.

添ou get quite a lot out of it being a Big Brother yourself. It is about being a friend and having a positive influence on them for a few hours a week, having positive conversations and giving them encouragement.

的 am lucky because my Little is very receptive to that and he has made awesome strides. Today he is very focused on school and he痴 a fun-loving boy.

The 釘igs and their 鏑ittles will be honoured at an awards ceremony at City Hall in Hamilton at 12.30pm today.

Mr Samilski said: 的t is very touching to be appreciated ... we have a great relationship and we have a really good time.

Ms Walker, who has mentored Shabrique for three years, added she thought she had won because of a change in her Little She said: 的 think it is because of the improvement that they saw in her she was a little bit shy before but she has more confidence and she is on the honour roll pretty consistently.

展e tend to do a lot of outings and we are posting our photos on social media. We致e been to football games, brunch, been to a few plays, and she actually made me go swimming before May 24.

Ms Walker added: 的 enjoy giving back and making an effort to help someone outside of my immediate circle of family and friends.

的t is also helping me to listen more in order to understand the issues that she might be going through so I can help her more effectively.

Patrina O辰onnor-Paynter, managing director for BBBS, said the charity was keen to recruit more men. She added: 摘veryone has something to offer. People have skill sets and talents that they can teach and there are people who are in professions that young people are interested in.

的 have a 15-year-old young lady, Nyoaki Williams, in our programme who is interested in emceeing.

典he Ag Show asked me to emcee and so I let her do the Thursday when all the young people were there and she was so good they were blown away.

鉄he went back on the Saturday and I can see her doing a lot more events in the future.

BBBS offers group mentoring and also husband and wife matchings for Little Brothers.

For more information on becoming a volunteer or supporter of BBBS call 232-2802 or visit www.bbbs.bm

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Published Apr 25, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 25, 2019 at 8:05 am)

2019 ‘Bigs of the Year’ to be honoured

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