Community Mentoring Awards Presented at Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Gala

On October 20, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax presented 14 Community Mentoring Awards at their Gala event at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. These awards were presented to deserving community members who practice mentoring in their every day lives, and in doing so, have a tremendous, positive impact on their neighbourhoods, organizations, schools or workplaces.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters knows the value of mentoring in our community," says Carol Goddard, Executive Director of the agency. "Through our youth mentoring programs, we witness how a relationship with a mentor makes a big difference in the life of a young person. We know there are lots of terrific mentors in Greater Halifax, from all walks of life, all age ranges and across all backgrounds and traditions. Our Community Mentoring Awards will celebrate the outstanding contributions of these people."

Kris Crundwell, one of the award recipients, was nominated for the award by one of his staff members at Pacrim Hospitality, who described him as inspirational, motivational and someone who leads by example. Kris, who is also a Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax and a former Big Brother, says he was humbled by the nomination. "It was a great honour to be among the award recipients," said Kris. "I am lucky to have had wonderful mentors in my life, who helped shape the person I am today. I try to follow their examples in the way I live each day, because I know how important their encouragement and guidance was to me."

The Community Mentoring Awards Gala, was tremendously successful, raising nearly $47,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Funds were raised through live and silent auction items, and with the support of a number of sponsors. Platinum sponsors this year, included CTV, Pacrim Hospitality Services, Eden Resorts and Winners. To read about all the award recipients and to view all of the sponsors, visit www.bigbrothersbigsistershalifax.ca for details.

For more information, please contact Shelda Cochrane, Communications Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax (902.466.5437) or email shelda.cochrane@bigbrosis.org