Ms. Vickers is the Director of Community Relations and Diversity Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. While Chabre’s excellence and creativity are evident in the implementation of outstanding projects over the past few years, her recent work in community service best demonstrates her professional initiative.
Realizing that African American men are both in demand and increasingly difficult to recruit as Big Brothers, Chabre spearheaded a strategic approach to meet the self-actualized black man where he is at: church. Chabre partnered Big Brothers Big Sisters with several Portland churches — through the 11:45 movement — to sign-up 200 volunteers in 2011, prompting national buzz and an invitation to speak about the initiative at the National African American Mentoring Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.
Not one to just make a deep impact in Oregon and Southwest Washington, Chabre led Nike’s Black Employee and Friends Network to extend the corporation’s volunteer and donor partnership model across the United States in 2011. The partnership is responsible for not just new Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest volunteers; but, hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for the agency.
It is Chabre’s own upbringing that makes her uniquely qualified to inspire families with the hope that an equitable future for their child is within reach. Chabre grew up the oldest of three children and remembers living in her mom’s car when the family found themselves between consistent homes and jobs.
Chabre believes that if you take care of the community, the community will take care of you. As a Big Sister herself, Chabre is paying forward all of the miles her mom drove her to better schools — and all of the hours her childhood coaches invested developing her sportsmanship, and life-skills.