Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands has maintained a low profile the past few months. But that is about to change.
This evening, Thursday, 18 April, the organisation is hosting an event, titled “Start Something” at the George Town Yacht Club, where the new board of directors will be introduced and the organisation’s future intentions announced.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, whose mission is to match children facing adversity with adult mentors to create relationships that can change lives for the better, has faced staff shortages and a decline in matches over recent months.
“The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is a very important one. The need for these positive mentoring relationships is particularly acute in Cayman right now and my role is to ensure that we are delivering on that,” said Pilar Bush, who took on the role of chair of the organisation in earlier this year.
Former chairwoman Margaret Ramsay-Hale left the island and Tony Ritch stepped in as interim chairman, Ms Bush said. But it was only in January that Ms Bush, managing director of AtWater Consulting, was invited to take over.
At around the same time, Lois Kellerman, who had been employed part time by the organisation as executive director, found full-time employment and resigned.
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ other staff member, a part-time case worker, Camila Ferreira also resigned earlier this year when she was offered full-time employment. Both Ms Kellerman and Ms Ferreira remain actively involved with the organisation through a period of transition.
Big Brothers Big Sisters plans to recruit two full-time staff members, a programme director and a full-time case worker. They have also launched a volunteer drive and their aim is to establish 50 matches by September.