BBBS Match of the
Month - June 2009
Meet Big Sister Jackie Yates
and her Little Sister Devon
By Susan M. Jaqua
July 17, 2009
This pair is active, dynamic, creative and close. Clever Big
Sister Jackie planned a wonderful first outing which both recalled
easily, almost a year later, since being matched July 30th, 2008.
"The first day we met, we hung out pretending to be tourists
and asked the kind of questions tourists would ask. We went
to the Lumber Jack show and just got to know each other,"
recounted LS Devon. Jackie remembered that day, "We took
cameras and took a bunch of pictures; it was a blast. Our whole
goal was to take as many pictures as we could of each other."
Big Sister Jackie and
Little Sister Devon
Photograph courtesy BBBS
The two have continued doing that as part of their activities
every month, and as you can see from the pictures Jackie shares
with us here, they've had a ball. Big Sister Jackie plays softball,
so she took Little Sister Devon to watch a game and that inspired
Devon to try out for a team. Now the girls are both active supporters
of each other. Jackie goes to help coach Devon's softball team
and cheers her on, as well as giving her pitching lessons. Devon
is so proud that her Big Sister is helping out with her softball
When Big Sister Jackie isn't
working for the Ketchikan Police Department, she and Devon are
often out walking Jackie's silky terrier, Stevie. If you see
them, stop and say "Hi," and learn more about Big Brothers
Devon likes her Big Sister, Jackie, because "she's fun to
be around. She understands me and she's easy to talk to."
Devon knows they'll be life-long friends.
Jackie says, "I was skeptical
at first about becoming a Big Sister; I had a weird schedule
and I didn't think I had enough time to give," but a friend
talked me into it. Now she says, "I like the connection
I have with Devon and I know I've made a difference in her life.
She used to struggle in school and now she's doing so well.
Devon is a great kid, involved in a lot of activities."
Clearly, Devon and Jackie have a wonderful friendship and we
all wish them another year of fun and joy!
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Susan M. Jaqua is a
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