November 27, 2014
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Big Brother, Sister of year cited for dedication
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BIG BROTHER, BIG SISTER: Michael Gregson and Lynda White flank Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz, a founding mother of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

Michael Gregson, a Risk Architecture Senior Vice President from Providence, and Lynda White, a Human Resources Director from Cumberland, were named as Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State at an event held on Nov. 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. This annual event is held to thank and honor each and every one of our volunteer mentors. This year’s event was sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

Michael Gregson has been a Big Brother to Nick since July 2012. During that time, Gregson has supported Nick by going to his football practices, taking him to Gillette Stadium for a Revs game, taking him to the circus and playing sports together. Nick’s mother appreciates that Gregson is very consistent and always follows through and is there for Nick. Gregson also supports the agency as part of the monthly Match Activities Committee.

Lynda White has been a Big Sister since 2007. During that time she has been matched with four Little Sisters. Although her first two matches each lasted over a year, White never gave up her commitment to the agency. White was matched with Chloe, her third Little Sister in August 2011, and they were a great match. When Chloe unexpectedly lost her father this summer, White raised four months’ rent for the family. White sang “Amazing Grace” at the funeral, accompanied by her husband who played the guitar. Unfortunately, Chloe and her family moved to Georgia in August. 

White is now matched with another Little Sister. She has also supported the agency by hosting mentor connection groups at her home, organizing activities for fellow matches and accompanying staff during outreach events.

Program Director Heather Potter said, “It’s difficult to select just one Big Brother, Big Sister of the Year, when all of our volunteers are dedicated to their mentees. Lynda and Michael go the extra mile for their Littles and have been positive influences in their lives. We are honored to have them as part of our program.”


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