Thank Your Mentor Breakfast

Local Mentors Honored by Senator Leahy and
Police Chief Michael Schirling

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Senator Patrick Leahy with Marissa Wilkens of Mobius and Michael Schirling, © 2012

In celebration of National Mentoring Month, 170 mentors and mentoring supporters gathered together for the 8th annual Thank Your Mentor Breakfast at the Hilton Burlington. The breakfast celebrated the efforts of the more than 800 volunteer mentors in Chittenden County and featured remarks by Senator Patrick Leahy, spokesperson Michael Schirling, Burlington Chief of Police, and DREAM mentor Molly Mulcahy with her mentee Noah.


Senator Patrick Leahy is thanked by Andrea Torello, Executive Director of Mobius, © 2012

“I wanted to tell you all that you make a real difference, whether you read books, shoot hoops, do homework, or just talk. I wanted to come here as one Vermonter and say thank you,”
Senator Patrick Leahy.



The Thank Your Mentor Breakfast was a part of Mobius’ local celebration of National Mentoring Month 2012. Throughout the month of January, Mobius representatives and spokesperson Chief Schirling raised awareness of the local mentoring movement and recruited new volunteers for the hundreds of local children who want and would benefit from having a mentor.


Burlington Chief of Police, Michael Schirling © 2012

 “Never underestimate the power of an hour. Regardless of your background or interests you can have a positive impact on the life of a young person.”
Michael Schirling, Burlington Police Chief.



Molly Mulcahy receives award from Sarah Caliendo, Program Empowerment Director at DREAM, ©

Local mentoring programs presented awards to 10 outstanding mentors, including: David Hershberg, Eric Adler, Esther Lotz, George Robinson, Gloriane Brown, Mark Redmond, Micaela Wallace, Michaela Burns, Molly Mulcahy, and Sarah Thyng. These are ten out of 800 mentors that our community is fortunate to have.

To read excerpts on the nominated outstanding mentors, click here.


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