Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton has recently gone through a branding change, as have all Big Brother Big Sister organizations across Canada. Locally, there have been even bigger changes. Long time Executive Director, Jim DeFlorio, has decided to leave the organization after 17 years of employment.
The organization has welcomed Janice Balfour as the new Executive Director and leader of the organization. Janice has a strong knowledge and understanding of our community through experiences with The Learning Disabilities Association, Children’s Service Council, City of Kawartha Lakes Human Services Department and many local community initiatives. “Janice indicates that she is extremely excited about joining the organization”.
There has also been a decision made to hire a Community Engagement Coordinator to facilitate the fundraising schedule and promotion of the events. The organization is excited to announce that Allyssa Adams will be joining the team to fill this role.
DeFlorio says “I leave with the knowledge that the organization is being lead into the future with the very competent hands of Janice. During the 17 years that I have worked for the organization I have had the opportunity to work with so many great members of our team, volunteers and the families of the children and youth who reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters for mentoring services. I have seen how our amazing volunteers ignite the potential in children and youth through mentoring opportunities.”
Balfour states, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Big Brothers Big Sisters and look forward to working with the team, volunteers, families and the community to continue to offer mentoring opportunities throughout our communities. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected agency that prides itself on making a difference in the lives of children and youth.”
DeFlorio states, “we operate in a very supportive community and it’s important for our community members to assist Janice and her team with providing mentoring programs that will assist children and youth with becoming contributing community members. Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters can be accomplished through donations and participation in fundraising events or supporting our local United Way.”