Sitka Big Sister Kelly Ferguson Named Alaska Big Sister of the Year
Inspired by the teachings of Nelson Mandela in her native South Africa, Kelly Ferguson decided that becoming a Big Sister was a great way to make the world a better place and make a difference in a child’s life. So ten years ago she volunteered with the Sitka Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Community Director Barb Morse matched Kelly with Little Sister Darian, then just six years old, and a great friendship was born.
During the past ten years, this great friendship has gotten even stronger – Kelly has taken Darian fishing, volunteering at the local animal farm and sanctuary, beachcombing, picnicking, and together they have sent donations to needy children around the world.
Kelly has opened up new worlds for Darian, and they are planning a trip together when Darian graduates from High School.
Darian’s grandmother shared that “Kelly has truly been a gift in all our lives,” and Darian describes Kelly as “the best friend and big sister ever.”
Barb Morse, in her nomination of Kelly for this honor, stated that “Kelly is a wonderful listener and communicator and is truly one of the most important consistent adults in her Little’s life.” She has opened new horizons for her Little, and their activities are not only fun, but also focus on volunteering and giving back to the community and the world. In 2007, Kelly and Darian were featured in a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska video.
As the Alaska Big Sister of the Year 2014, Kelly is among 30 exceptional Big Sisters from across the country who will be considered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s National Big Sister of the Year, to be announced in late May.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska has been providing mentors for children and youth in Alaska for over 40 years. Named the #1 non-profit serving at risk youth by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia, Big Brothers Big Sisters is nationally recognized for its positive, measurable outcomes backed by national research. For information on how you can volunteer or support the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, go to www.bbbsak.org.
BBBS press release