AUBURN — The Child Health Center has named Heather Williams the 2009 Androscoggin County Big Sister of the Year. Williams was recognized for her dedication to the Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program and to her Little Sister Givana at the annual volunteer dinner.

Williams was matched with Givana as part of the program three and a half years ago. During that time the two have established a bond and have also shared much of their lives, especially Heather who has graduated from college with her degree in early childhood education, gotten married, started her own day care and more recently had her first baby.

At her interview to become a Big Sister, Williams said she “hoped to form a trusting friendship and make a lasting impact in a young girl’s life.” Givana said of their relationship, ” The past few years have been wonderful … We have done so much over the years. I appreciated you so much. You’re always there for me. You truly deserve this award because you are the best Big Sister ever.”

Diane Blanchard, Child Health Center coordinator for the community-based program, said, “Heather has not only been a wonderful Big Sister, she has been a great supporter of the program as a whole. She has helped with the organization of many events, donated materials and supplies and helped with all the girls at the girl’s day event. Thank you Heather for all your work.”

The community-based Big Brothers Big Sisters Program matches adults with young people age 8 to 13. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are volunteers who agree to spend at least six hours a month with their Little. Matches in the community program share time in the community. If interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or for more information about the program, call 782-5437.

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