Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Honors Barbara MacNeil with 2024 Michael Robidoux Hero Award

Pensacola, Fla – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to present Barbara MacNeil with the 2024 Michael Robidoux Hero Award. Barbara’s extraordinary commitment to her Little Sister Harlow exemplifies the true spirit of mentorship, going far beyond the typical role of a Big Sister to instill values of community service and philanthropy in Harlow.

This award was established to honor the legacy of Michael Robidoux, a dedicated Big Brother who mentored his Little Brother Deontrez for over three years. Tragically, Michael passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, after saving two young children from dangerous surf at Navarre Beach. In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida decided to commemorate his memory by establishing the Michael Robidoux Hero Award and present it annually to a Big who reflects Michael’s selflessness and passion for serving others.

Barbara MacNeil is a deserving recipient of this award. Over the past two years, she has cultivated a deep connection with Harlow through meaningful experiences, including volunteering at the Salvation Army during Thanksgiving, selecting gifts for a child from an “Angel Tree” during Christmas, and participating in beach and park clean-up events. They also regularly participate in various initiatives like the “Wreaths Across America” event at Barrancas National Cemetery, volunteering at book sales organized by West Florida Public Libraries, as well as supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters events.

In early 2023, Barbara played a pivotal role in spearheading a new community project for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Teaming up with “Keep Pensacola Beautiful,” our agency adopted Bryan Park in Pensacola. This initiative encourages all matches to visit the park quarterly and help maintain its beauty. In addition to their community engagement, Barbara and Harlow enjoy all sorts of fun activities, like Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey games, craft projects, shopping, local festivals, playing games, and dining out.

Barbara MacNeil’s outstanding dedication to mentoring Harlow and improving our community is truly commendable. On behalf of the staff and Board at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Barbara MacNeil for making a positive impact and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.

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