|Sarasota, FL – Ms. Linda Cullen and Mr. Paul Davidson both of Sarasota have been selected by a panel of judges as the 2012-2013 Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year. We are thrilled and honored to announce Paul and Linda to represent the organization.
When Big Brother Paul Davidson first met his Little, Antrone Thomas, he was a nervous wreck – Paul and his wife did not have children and he didn’t know how he would fare. More than four years, several schools and with the challenges of a Little whose father who has been in and out of his life, later, Paul and Antrone are inseparable and are permanent parts of each other’s lives. Since that first encounter, Antrone has developed into a remarkable young man. “Too few people realize, and I was one of them, that they are able to mentor a child. We just need Big Brothers Big Sisters to choose the path of being able and willing to mentor a child. You get back much more than you put in. You can only imagine what it means to the child”, states Paul. Paul and Antrone have been matched for 4 ½ years.
Big Sister Linda Cullen states, “As an Advocate, and Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Brittany, my little and my friend, and I have experienced a wonderful journey together over this past 12 years. It was faith, and the right time for us to be perfectly matched. I never had children, was recently divorced, had just lost both parents, and without a big family and sibling connection it was time for me to act on something I placed aside for a longtime. Brittany’s dad, Rob, had a Big Brother early in his life. He thought it was a perfect time to introduce his two girls to the program. I am so lucky to have experienced this small, shy, young girl’s growth into a beautiful young lady. Hopefully, the many roads we have traveled, the many detours we have taken will give her the guidance next year when she graduates high school and chooses her next journey in life at college. I truly believe everyone, if they want to dedicate a small part of their life and time, CAN make a World of Difference in a Child’s Life.” Linda and her Little, Brittany Probus have been matched for 12 years.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring relationships to children ages 6-18 years old throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. With a solid foundation of 45 years, proven methods and the support of a dedicated group of funders and supporters, BBBSSC has been able to give promising futures to young people in our community. For more information, visit www.bbbssun.org.