CHESHIRE — A local woman will be honored as the 2017 Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters big sister of the year at a ceremony next month.
Sancha Works, of Cheshire, will be recognized on May 9 at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford.
“It is an honor,” Works said.
Works and Waterbury high school student Allaysia have been matched for eight years. Allaysia’s last name was not disclosed due to privacy reasons.
The average match lasts about two and a half years. Also a Waterbury native, Works said she joined to give back to her community.
Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters match support specialist Jackie Lundie matched Works and Allaysia eight years ago.
“She needed someone who was calm and who you could warm up to very quickly,” Lundie said. “Sancha fit the bill.”
As a big sister, Works’ role is to offer guidance. The two meet up multiple times a month for movies, dinner and other activities.
“I think through the discussion, that’s where we built the trust,” Works said. “That’s where we ultimately became really familiar with each other.”
Works said Allaysia was reserved and quiet when the two first met.
“Through the years I’ve just seen her blossom,” Works said. “It’s been amazing.”
An investigator for the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Works said she may have inspired Allaysia to pursue a career as a forensic investigator.
“I think that I may have given her some inspiration or motivation in terms of getting out there and pursuing her dreams,” she said.
Works said some of her favorite memories with Allaysia include attending a Connecticut Sun basketball game and a college tour of the University of New Haven.
“She deserves it,” Lundie said of Works receiving the award. “She is now a mother herself and she still makes time for Allaysia.”
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