Maggie bids a fond farewell to BBBSQ

Maggie Bello has served the organization for more than 20 years

Joanie Newman

Joanie Newman

This is my last column as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel. I am retiring at the end of June. I have greatly enjoyed more than 20 years being a part of this important organization. There are so many great memories over the years. It has been wonderful working with the families, the staff and the Board of Directors. After so many years though, the biggest thrill still for me was making a Big Brother or Big Sister match. I made my last match a few weeks ago. It was just a big moment as when I made my first match. I truly believe in the value and values of mentoring. When I call up the parent, the Little Brother/Little Sister and the Big Brother/Big Sister, it is a joy to hear that everyone is happy and enjoying their activities together.

Michelle Riley, who is presently the In-School Mentor Coordinator, will be replacing me as Executive Director.  Joanie Newman continues on as the Administrative/Marketing Assistant. It has been my pleasure to be a part of the team.

Drop by the Little Big House (368 Vaughan Street) to purchase WestJet raffle tickets donated by the WestJet Cares For Kids program. Second prize is a sculpture donated by local Canadian artist, Anna Ashcroft and third prize is $100 gas card donated by Kurt Pethick Investors Group.

Our 8th Annual Golf for Kids Sake will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Richbar Golf and Gardens. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Call us at 992-7257 for more information, to get a pledge sheet, or to register a team. The $100 registration fee includes green fees and dinner.

Thank you to the Cariboo Observer for giving us this opportunity through the monthly column to inform the community of our programs and activities. I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the community who have supported our organization in so many ways over the years.

Now, for my final plea – please consider donating your time or money to our organization.

There are so many ways to become involved with the agency.  Start something and start with a phone call.

It is difficult to say good-bye when it has been so many amazing years – but good-bye.

Maggie Bello is the outgoing executive director of BBBSQ.