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2017 President's Award

Gail and Kim

2017 President's Award:

We are happy to announce that this year we have selected Gail Graves to receive the President’s Award.  Gail began as a Board Member for Big Brothers representing mothers of children in the program as her son had a BB for many years. She served as a Board member from 1991-1997. 

Gail returned as a Board member in 2000 and continued to 2007 which included the years leading up to and including the amalgamation of Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  During this time Gail also spoke at numerous Big Brother orientation sessions to help prepare Big Brothers for participation in the program.  In addition to serving on the Board, Gail was one of our very first In School Mentors at St. Michael school where she continues as a mentor today. This year marks her 16th year as a Mentor! 

She has been matched with a number of kids over the years. When you are at St. Michael school it is very apparent that she is loved and appreciated by both students and teachers.  In 2012 BBBS received the Diamond Jubilee award after her nomination by BBBS. In addition she has been a volunteer of the year recipient on two occasions. 

Gail is an accomplished seamtress and she has donated numerous quilts to charity auctions, and Crisis Nursery. She also sews for cloth for kids. Many people in our community have been blessed by her handy work.  Gail is a tireless advocate for BBBS attending almost every fundraising event with her husband Ray.  Gail, we appreciate all your do for BBBS and are happy to present you with this honor for blessing us with your giving spirit