Matched: November 2007
Verna Fields, a Jacksonville native and retired Duval County Public School Principal will be recognized as Florida’s 2017 Big Sister of the Year! Verna has been an active mentor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida’s Community-Based mentoring program for more than nine years, spending quality, one-to-one time with her mentee, 16-year old Sarah Hagins. After being awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast’s Duval County Big Sister of the Year award, Verna Fields’ nomination was submitted to Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida which was reviewed by an independent panel of volunteer judges along with other submissions from ten out of eleven Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies located in Florida.
Verna will be recognized with this special honor during Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Florida’s legislative session in Tallahassee during the month of April as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters State conference held in South Florida in July in front of an audience of several hundred attendees. Sarah nominated her mentor, Verna because of her caring nature and the overwhelming support Verna has offered her during some of the most difficult times in her life. Throughout it all, good and challenging, and for nearly a decade, Verna has remained a constant and positive force in Sarah’s life. Even, when Verna was diagnosed with cancer, the pair kept in constant contact which provided strength and encouragement through her health battles. Today, the two are inseparable. They enjoy making visits to the Jacksonville Zoo, local museums, cooking together, attending BBBSNEFL-sponsored events and dinner-shows at the Alhambra Dinner Theater. Sarah’s mother, Julie Matthews is appreciative of the support Verna has provided to her daughter saying, “Verna is very much a member of our family. Sarah’s future will be much better because her. Sarah is not as quick to give up on school and life and her future as she once was. Verna is the best Big Sister I could have ever hoped for.”
This extraordinary recognition will be celebrated and honored throughout the year by BBBSNEFL and BBBS Association of Florida.