Big Brothers Big Sisters adds two staff members

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 9:49 p.m.
Lydia Deere-MacLeod (left) and Misty Start are the newest staff members at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine.
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Lydia Deere-MacLeod (left) and Misty Start are the newest staff members at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine.

ROCKLAND — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine recently added two new staff members. Misty Start of Thomaston has been named the agency’s school-based

secretary mentoring manager. She will work with local schools to match elementary and middle school students with responsible high school or college students. These matches meet weekly during the school year, usually after school hours, and spend time together based on mutual interests.

Start recently graduated from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy. After graduation, she began an internship

with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine where she polished her skills in office management, public relations and fundraising. She has been involved in several volunteer organizations including Trekkers, the St. George Recreation Department and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which has allowed her to work with local youth, and youth across the country. She volunteers as a member of the recreation committee for the town of Thomaston, coaching youth basketball.

“Words of encouragement can give children the confidence they need to pursue their dreams. Listening to their hopes and fears let them know that they are important. Simple acts of

kindness have unforeseen impact that have the power to resonate throughout a child’s life. I know because as a child I had an adult who did that for me,” she said.

Lydia Deere-MacLeod of Owls Head has been hired as program manager. She recently celebrated her first-year anniversary as a Big Sister. She will assist the community-based mentoring director and the two school-based mentoring managers with customer relations, enrollment and match support. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Smith College and is working toward a master’s degree in social work at the University of Maine. She has experience working in the domestic violence movement and as a mentor for restorative justice.

“As a Big Sister, I’ve seen the impact of the agency’s work firsthand and I know that mentoring has the potential to change the lives of participating children and adults. I hope my work at the agency allows others to experience the reciprocal benefits of what Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine has to offer,” she said.

Alex Gaeth, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine, said, “Both Lydia and Misty’s mentoring experience, coupled with their obvious passion and strong educational backgrounds, will be great assets to our team and for the children of Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. We’re excited to welcome them to our growing agency.”

For information or to volunteer, call 593-0380 or email info@bbbsmcm.org.

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