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Kudos to Jan Glick
I was pleased to see well-deserved recognition afforded Jan Glick, the outgoing chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (“Jan Glick prepared to say farewell to Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Nov. 26).

The article was of particular interest to me as I am nearing the conclusion of my almost six years of serving as a Big Brothers mentor to a disadvantaged boy (now young man) from Glassport who will soon be 18.

Volunteering in this capacity is a serious long-term commitment to which I gave great thought before pursuing, but it is something which was natural for me as I benefited from the mentorship of two wonderful Big Brothers at different points in my childhood. Giving of myself to Thomas allows me to give back to another who is in need. I wish more men would consider volunteering for an experience which will bring fulfillment to them as they provide much-needed companionship and guidance to a child.

By all accounts, Jan has led the organization with dedication, skill, and purpose. She has not only ensured that the mission of BBBS was fulfilled, but that the organization was on sound financial footing. It could not have been easy to oversee such an entity and I know firsthand that her position is by no means a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday job. The fact that BBBS maintains a sterling reputation in the community is a tribute to her leadership.

I was particularly impressed with how deftly Jan handled the challenge posed by the pandemic, placing the safety of “bigs” and “littles” first while recognizing how difficult it was for us to have to forgo in-person meetings for a period of time.

Becky Flaherty has big shoes to fill as Jan Glick’s successor. I wish her every success in the challenges ahead.

Oren Spiegler
Peters Township

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