“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

Hello! My name is Tina.  I have been with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Team since August 2022. My position here is Fundraising Coordinator. You will see me at the desk as soon as you enter our office. Part of my job includes renewing your Big Bucks numbers for and selling Travelotto tickets to hopefully make some of your dreams come true as well as raise the funds to support the BBBS Colchester program.

My passion is my children! I am a mom to two teens and step-mom to three young adults. I have loved attending my daughter’s performances, last year she was in Hubtown Youth Theatre’s Blithe Spirit as Ruth Condomine at the Marigold Cultural Centre. Currently, she is attending Memorial University of Newfoundland at the Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook taking Theatre. My son is graduating this year from CEC and will be attending NSCC for Electrical Construction. He has played hockey for the West Colchester Cobras and winter has always been spent in the many local arenas with our “hockey family!”. I will miss it dearly. I am so excited to see how their futures develop.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” – C. Joybell C.
 
Hi friends, my name is Tris! I am a brand new addition to the BBBS Colchester team and I am the Program & Finance Support Coordinator. I started with the agency in March and I’ve come galvanized to make change in the lives of youth in Colchester and surrounding areas. My role consists of supporting the lovely Tina Fisher with fundraising efforts as well as taking care of the Accounts Payable portion of our accounting department. Outside of my role, I love bringing fresh perspectives and opportunities into the awareness of my team so that we can better serve the community around us. What I have enjoyed most about my work so far is connecting with new people, witnessing how mentorship changes the lives of youth, and applying my knowledge of crunching numbers.
In my personal life, I love to perform and engage my community. I am a drag artist by the name of Balencia Books and you can catch me at local drag shows every so often! My passion is building community, especially in the realm of queerness and diversity within communities. As a queer and gender-queer adult, my biggest hope is that queer youth in Colchester and surrounding areas have the ability to grow into queer adults without as much difficulty as I had in my youth. To support this hope, I spend much of my time engaging my community at educational events, through social media, and here at the office. My hobbies include hiking, gaming, and writing poetry. If you’re ever looking for an outdoor adventure friend, I’m your person!

“May you tell the story of the mountains you climbed. May you gather the wisdom to help others survive.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

Hello everyone, I’m Sallie. I am the Program Manager here at BBBS Colchester. I’ve been with the agency since 2009. My role involves leading the Service Delivery team here at our agency, guiding, training and inspiring program staff, forming community partnerships, as well as managing some matches myself. What I enjoy most about my work is seeing the life-changing relationships that grow between mentors and young people-it’s very special to be a part of.

Outside of the office, I love to paint and create, watch documentaries, cheer on the New England Patriots, hang out with my partner Aiden, and spoil our dog Ivy and cat, Willa.

“Kindred Spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world” Lucy Maud Montgomery

 

Hi, my name is Amy. I joined the team in January 2023 as a Community-Based Mentoring Coordinator. I meet and screen prospective Bigs, learn all about the Littles and keep in touch with the matches to make sure everyone is safe and having fun!  I also get to organize monthly group activities where I can see the Bigs and Littles having fun together.
An interesting fact about me is that both my mom and I were Big Sisters before we got married.  In fact, her Little is still part of our family, forty years later.
When I’m not at the office, you will find me spending time with my husband, my son and our senior beagle, Jake. I enjoy doing crafts, puzzles and reading in my free time.

“We cannot do all the good that the world needs but, the world needs all the good that we can do” -Jana Stanfield

“Hi everyone, my name is KaraI’m new to the BBBS Colchester team starting in February 2023 as a Site-Based Mentoring Coordinator. Similar to my fellow mentoring coordinators, I screen and train volunteers and mentees within the peer mentoring and in-school mentoring programs. My focus is on reaching the rural locations within our service area. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, especially youth 

I have recently completed a BA in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick and am now pursuing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology online through Yorkville University. When I’m not at the office or doing schoolworkyou can find me spending time with my husband, our Little Brother Aiden and our dog Duke, playing hockeyor just hanging out with friends and family! “

“It’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring out the most lasting change”  – Queen Elizabeth II

Hello, my name is Gabi! I joined the BBBS Colchester team in July 2023 and I am now the Program Assistant. I just completed my third year at Mount Saint Vincent University for a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies, and have worked in numerous roles involving youth.

My role at BBBS involves helping out anywhere I can in the office, mainly assisting Kara, Amy and Sallie with tasks involving mentoring. This summer, I’m aiming to promote literacy in children and youth and help to improve our additional support services!

A fun fact about me is that I volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and have a Little Sister, Macy! When I’m not in the office you can find me listening to music, watching documentaries (mostly true crime!), and spending time with friends and family.

“Speak with love, listen with patience, and act with compassion” – Racktivist

Hey everyone! My name is Kayden and I joined the BBBS Colchester team in May 2024 as the Social Enterprise Manager. My role involves overseeing everything Fundy Scoops including hiring, training, scheduling, managing, ordering and of course making delicious frozen treats for all you lovely people!

I graduated from Mount Allison University May 2024 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in English, History and Sociology. I will be attending Crandall University in the Fall to start working on my Bachelor of Education and my dream is to become a high school teacher! I am super passionate about working with youth, to encourage them to learn new things, grow and challenge themselves. Because of this, I am very excited to work closely with the students at the Dairy Bar this summer.

When I’m not at work you will probably find me reading or playing guitar/piano and singing (actually you can probably find me singing while working because I have songs stuck in my head 24/7). I also love spending time with family and friends, binging tv shows, musical theater, and playing sports like volleyball, figure skating and softball 🙂