OXFORD — The Child Health Center has recognized Bob Blake as the 2009 Oxford County Big Brother of the Year. At the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters dinner Blake was recognized for his dedication to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program and his Little Brother Walter with whom he has been matched for a year and a half year.

Blake said he wanted to make a difference in someone’s life, enjoy their company and hopefully form a lasting friendship with a young boy. Walter, an active young man, wanted someone he could depend on and have fun with as well as enjoy sports with. He said he wanted someone who wouldn’t get mad if he made a mistake. Blake and Walter were matched a year and a half ago. What Walter got in Blake was a patient, sensitive and fun friend.

Walter said, “Bob is always trying to put himself in my shoes and think about how he might feel at my age.” Through the relationship, Walter has become a more self-assured young man and has learned many new things as well as developed a new interest in hiking and woodworking.

The Child Health Center’s 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 program share time in the community forming friendships. Those interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or those who would like more information about the program should call 743-70335.

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