Local girls become “Mayor for the Day” in Amherstburg

 

Ruby and Jade B. (last names withheld) were recognized by Mayor Wayne Hurst for being "Mayor for the Day" Sept. 18. The honour was through Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor-Essex.

Ruby and Jade B. (last names withheld) were recognized by Mayor Wayne Hurst for being “Mayor for the Day” Sept. 18. The honour was through Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor-Essex.

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of local girls got a chance to be “Mayor for the Day” in Amherstburg.

Jade B. and Ruby B. – last names withheld due to privacy concerns – were chosen by Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Windsor-Essex to be the “Mayors for the Day” in Amherstburg. Both girls received a tour of town hall, got a chance to sit in the mayor’s chair and received a proclamation from Mayor Wayne Hurst recognizing them for their achievement.

Both girls said they liked “being the boss” for the day with both stating it was an exciting day for them. As for what they would do as their first official act as mayor, Jade replied, “letting people have the day home.”

Linda Souligny, community based mentoring co-ordinator with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor-Essex, said the agency chose children that are from each area the program was run in and children who would enjoy themselves.

“We just thought they’d get a big kick out of it,” said Souligny.

The initiative was presented in six local municipalities with different activities for the kids being held in each respective municipality but a tour of municipal buildings as well as fire and/or police stations were staples of each tour.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor-Essex executive director John Sutton noted that September is Big Brothers Big Sisters Month and Sept. 18 is Big Brothers Big Sisters Day. Mayors of participating communities will welcome children in our program to Town Hall that day, proclaim the day as Big Brothers Big Sisters Day in their municipality and the child as “Mayor for the Day,” noted Sutton, who is also a councillor and a mayoral candidate himself in Amherstburg.

“We’re thrilled to have the mayors of Amherstburg, Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Tecumseh and Windsor helping us give children a memorable experience in celebration of Big Brothers Big Sisters month,” said Sutton.  “Anytime we can help kids discover their voice and help them feel connected to the community in which they live it’s a win-win scenario.”

BBBS Windsor Essex­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ has been serving our community for more than 45 years.  It is committed to serving children and youth by providing them with quality mentoring relationships with volunteers. They are currently serving over 550 children.

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