Dawne with Ben Bailey, host of The BIG Show! Dawne played a major role in the success of this event.
Many of you may already know this wonderful, hard-working, and upbeat woman, but for those of you who haven’t been lucky enough to hear her proudly speak about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, witness her make instant connections with those around her, or try her delicious baked goods, meet Dawne Dragonetti.
Dawne splits her time here with BBBSCMMW as the Development Associate & the Interview/Match Support Specialist for several of our site-based mentoring programs in Metrowest. Dawne has kindly answered the following questions so you all can get to know her better!
Dawne with sons Greg and Bryan in London cruising the River Thames.
Q: What was life like before becoming part of the BBBSCMMW family?
A: I grew up in Fair Haven, New Jersey. I spent my summers at the beach in SeaBright with NBC anchor Brian Williams, shared a beverage with Clarence Clemons when he and Bruce Springsteen used to play at the area restaurants and bars and changed the diapers of Fox News Channels’ Brett Baier. I met my husband, Mark, while we were in college in New Jersey 32 years ago. I have two sons-Greg, 27, and Bryan, 23. My Mom lives on the Cape in Eastham and Mark’s family is back in NJ. I retired last year after 20 years as a Special Education Teacher at Center School in Stow where I also live.
Dawne with one of our Littles participating in The Discovery Museums’ Traveling Science Workshop
Q: How did you get started here at BBBSCMMW?
A: I don’t think I really understood the whole retirement thing…..it only lasted 7 days and then I was back to work! I started as a volunteer with the Director of Development, John Slattery, helping with The BIG Celebration held in Stow. I enjoyed working with him and the rest of the staff. As I learned more about BBBS I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The most rewarding part of teaching was seeing how you could make a difference in a student’s life and now, being a part of BBBS, I can continue to do that.
Q: What do you enjoy about working here?
A: Everything! I love working with such a young, creative and caring staff and also meeting all the friends that BBBSCMMW has. I am amazed by their dedication and their energy. I learn something new everyday….who knew you could teach an old dog new tricks!?
Matches painted pumpkins at the Fall Orchard Event
Q: What is one of your favorite memories working at BBBSCMMW?
A: It is hard to pick just one and I continue to make new ones everyday. One of my first and favorite was the Fall Apple Picking Event. It was wonderful to see all the matches, the kids on the waiting list, and the staff having a great time eating cider donuts, painting pumpkins and running around laughing and having a blast. I saw the dedication of our volunteers and staff. It was also great to see the kids trying to figure out what apple picking is all about.
Q: When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
Dawne’s beautiful garden at home.
A: I like to keep busy. My favorite things to do are work in my gardens (veggie and perennial gardens), try new recipes out on the BBBS staff and anything craft related. Lately I have been trying my hand at making jewelry.
Q: What is one fun fact about yourself that you’d like to share?
A: I went to Norway for 10 days with my family and met relatives that I had been hearing about since I was little. We hiked fjords, climbed mountains, and ate some incredible food!
We are grateful to have Dawne as part of our BBBSCMMW family. We would like to thank Dawne for all of her hard work and dedication to this organization and our mission!
Dawne with co-workers Stephanie and Katherine at our STEM event at Intel!
Dawne created a new program with ten new matches at the TJX Companies in Marlborough!