Carmel Valley resident recognized for work with Big Brothers Big Sisters


Carmel Valley resident Katie Nielson has been recognized as a “Big of the Year” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County for exceptional efforts in mentoring.

During National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County celebrates these individuals who make it their cause to bring out the best in young people. These everyday folks became heroes to children, just by volunteering a little bit of time.

“We served more than 1,700 San Diego children during 2014 by providing each of them a caring adult mentor,” said Deborah Condon, CEO and president of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “That is 1,700 children, who can positively affect all of their family members and countless communities because of the educational, emotional, social, and physical improvements that are linked to successful 1:1 mentoring relationships.

“National Mentoring Month is an ideal opportunity to applaud the efforts of all our Big Brothers and Big Sisters who stepped outside their own lives to help our community’s children. They are the heroes, because they care enough to make an effort to improve the lives of others.”

Nielsen’s Little Sister said, “When I tell her how much I appreciate her and ask how could I ever repay her, she says, ‘When I see you graduating from university, that’s how you will repay me.’ I have guidance and security when I think about college, only because I have her.” Visit, or call 858-536-4900.