Returning to Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor-Essex as executive director brings her professional career “full circle,” says Becky Parent (BA philosophy 1992, B.Ed 1993), who took on the job May 15.
She spent eight years with the agency as a case worker soon after completing her education, then held positions in the not-for-profit sector, including stints with the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County, the Homeless Coalition of Windsor-Essex County, and most recently at the United Way as director of Leadership Windsor/Essex.
“It had been a remarkable experience for me many years ago here as front line staff to witness the transformation of the children we serve into happy, confident and motivated young people,” Parent says. “To be able to return, to once again be a part of this organization, to have the honour of working with our dedicated and knowledgeable staff, our board and volunteers to now shape its future, is something I’m very proud of.”
She said her UWindsor education provided transferable skills that have served her well in the workplace — including critical thinking and teaching — which she continues to use in leading individuals and organizations.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor-Essex provides mentoring services to approximately 850 local children and youth each year.