Tuscarawas County mentor named Ohio Big Sister of the Year

(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is proud to announce a local Big has been recognized now on the state level as Ohio Big Sister of the Year.

Last month, BBBS announced Brittany Douglas as the local Big of the Year. And now, she has been recognized by the state as the Ohio Big Sister of the Year. Brittany and her Little, Tiana, were matched eight years ago. In her nomination essay, Brittany said of her experience, “Being a Big and continuing to be in the program has been the easiest decision I’ve ever made because I’ve never felt the need to be this perfect person who has all the right answers and makes all the right decisions. I do not believe that is what mentorship is about. Mentorship is about showing up.”

At the state level, there is a nomination committee that reviews Big of the Year submissions.  The nominating committee consists of agency leaders across the state.  A rubric is used for scoring each submission.  The winner is the individual with the highest collective score from all the committee members that reviewed the submissions.

Douglas is now nominated for National Big of the Year. At this level, the nomination committee will review areas such as:

  • The match has demonstrated a significant impact for the Little.
  • The Little has shown progress in reaching their potential, and the Big has helped ignite, empower, or defend that potential in an identifiable way.
  • The nominee has been highly engaged in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • The Big has shown excellence in advocating for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Brittany and Tiana consider one another family. Tiana was a bridesmaid at Brittany’s wedding, they frequently spend holidays together, and Tiana has assured Brittany that she’s “stuck with her” long after the Little turns 18.

You can view the video submission by Brittany and Tiana here:


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