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DeBois named community-based and special events manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Posted Nov. 18, 2013, at 3:50 p.m.
Dawn DeBois, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s new Community-Based and Special Events Manager in Penobscot County.
Dawn DeBois, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine’s new Community-Based and Special Events Manager in Penobscot County.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine is pleased to announce that Dawn DeBois of Hermon has been named Community-Based and Special Events Manager. In this position, she will be responsible for recruiting, interviewing, screening and training prospective new mentors to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She will also be matching these screened Bigs with Littles from the community and working with the matches to provide match support as they develop their relationships. In addition, she will coordinate the agency’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser event which will be held from March 26-29. She will work out of the BBBS office located at the Bangor YMCA on Second Street.

DeBois joins Big Brothers Big Sisters after many years of experience both in the non-profit and private sector. She graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Child Development Family Relations. She held the position of Community Outreach Educator for both the Eastern Maine AIDS Network and then Penquis Health Services. While raising her three sons as a single mother, she then ventured into the private sector where she worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the Bangor Daily News and most recently, Verizon Wireless.

Alex Gaeth, CEO for BBBSMM says, “Dawn’s knowledge of Penobscot County and her many professional business connections will be a tremendous asset to our team. She is eager to begin providing support for our mentors and their Littles, and to recruit new teams for our Bowl For Kids’ Sake event.”

Dawn is excited to return to her passion, which is helping children in need. She herself was raised and mentored by people who had no biological connection; and thus personally knows how much of a positive impact those people had on her life. Dawn was raised in Bangor where she spent her childhood years swimming for the YMCA Barracudas, the Hurricane Swim Club and for Bangor High School. Dawn currently resides in Hermon with her two pugs. In her free time Dawn is a voracious reader, writer, baker, and is active in Pug rescue as well as other non- profit organizations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters changes the lives of 560 children in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo Counties facing adversity for the better, forever by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in our program have higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success. To learn more about how you can change a life, please contact Dawn at dawn@bbbsmidmaine.org or 941-2808 x 254 today.

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