BELLOWS FALLS - Youth Services' newest employee is Janice Berube, recently hired as Rockingham coordinator for its Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in Windham County, Vt.
Berube is supporting and advancing the mission, goals, and objectives of this award-winning mentoring program in the greater Rockingham area while she increases the number of children served and the longevity of matches through training and community outreach. She will also be developing corporate, community and institutional partnerships that can provide potential volunteers and financial support to maintain this program which has no cost for participation.
Berube has been the owner of Curves in Bellows Falls since 2006 where she fine-tuned her skills in sales, marketing and public relations developed during the last decade. Prior to purchasing the fitness center franchise Berube was a sales representative for Richco Products of Springfield, Mass. There she was responsible for 100 accounts throughout Vermont. During the last two years, Berube also was employed as a merchandiser for Advantage Sales and Marketing of Virginia, for whom she set up displays, conducted inventory control and interacted with store management and reset teams.
No stranger to Windham County's mentoring program, Berube has a firsthand knowledge of the rewards of volunteering as a "Big," having been matched with a special "Little Sister" for four years and counting. "Janice knows how easy it can be to start a friendship with a "Little" one hour a week, during the school day, afterwards, or on a weekend," said Rob Szpila, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Being a "Big" has put magic into her life, and she wants to do the same for others, according to Berube. "Taking a walk, sharing a conversation, listening to music; it doesn't have to be expensive," she explained.
"Janice is organized, intentional and inspiring in her actions," said Szpila of his newest employee.