Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County shines a light on the relationships that we are helping build within our community. Please help us congratulate Big Sister Deb Whitelaw Gorski and her Little Sister Rosemary, both of Sturgeon Bay — our Door County Match of the Month for February.
Where did you hear about Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Deb Whitelaw Gorski: From a coworker who was a Big Brother. I had been a reading buddy for 15 years but the schedules changed and I was no longer able, so I was looking for another way to be involved with kids.
Why did you want to become involved?
DWG: Because I like kids and they make me smile. I’ve always wanted a little sister. I have two sons who are grown up and moved on.
Why did you want to have a Big Sister?
Rosemary: Because I didn’t have a sister before, only three brothers, and because she had cats and I didn’t have a pet.
What do you do when you spend time together?
DWG: We talk a lot, we read, we swim, we cook, we play games, we see sites, go out to eat, do homework – especially math. Rosie also loved my cats (as much as I did) unfortunately they had to be put to sleep about a year apart – but Rosie was always a great friend to them. We miss them very much!!
What is your favorite memory with your Big?
R: Giving old cat items to the shelter and seeing the adopted dog and cat pictures. Also going swimming and seeing deer at the park.
Is there something in particular that stands out as a memorable time with your Little?
DWG: Going to Green Bay to see a magic show (sponsored by BBBSNEW) that got canceled at the last minute. We went to the Neville Museum instead and got in free because we were a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. They had a robotic dinosaur exhibit – Rosie had a great time dancing and making the dinosaurs move and roar. We then went for pizza and games at Happy Joes! We also have books in the car so Rosie often reads to me as I drive. We had a great time!
Is there something in the future that you would like to do together, or that you look forward to experiencing together?
DWG: Volunteering at the humane society.
What have you enjoyed about being a Big?
DWG: Doing fun things. Enjoying spending time with a sweet, smart and funny little girl.
What is something that you learned from your Big?
R: To do good in math and pay attention. Also how to swim better.
How has being matched with a Big made a difference for you?
R: I have a new sister and friend.
In what way has being matched with your Little affected you and your life?
DWG: Rosie gives me something to look forward too. I’m very happy to have a Little Sister to spend fun times with.
What would you say to others about Big Brothers Big Sisters and to others who are thinking about becoming a Big?
DWG: Do it! It changes your outlook and will bring you great joy!