CORNWALL, Ontario - When Big brother Bob Carlisle learned that his little Hunter would be moving with his family to Gananoque, it didn't concern him in the least.
It takes a big stage to make Carlisle nervous.
"I told them I wasn't sure if it was still in their jurisdiction, but I would make it work to continue to see him," said Carlisle.
But Carlisle got a little rattled when he was singled him out as the 2013 Big Brother of the Year.
On the 40th anniversary of the local branch of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Carlisle was fitted with a coveted blue blazer that all "Bigs" of the year wear.
When the award presenter began detailing Carlisle's exploits as a big brother, he quickly realized he was the winner.
"My hands started to sweat," he said with a laugh. "It was a great pleasure."
Carlisle and Hunter remain matched, despite the distance involved. Hunter's mom Cindy is a nurse in Kingston and had to make the move out of the Seaway City to accept the job.
Carlisle, 67, said the bond between the two is strengthened by doing "boy things."
A couple of winters ago the two were found sliding chunks of ice on the frozen river, trying to see who could get it closest to the edge, without sliding over.
"And then I realized I'm 65 (at the time) and I shouldn't be enjoying that kind of thing at my age. But I was," he said.
Big sister of the year Anne Bourdon knows exactly what Carlisle is talking about.
"My kids are grown up, and I never went tubing," she said of the winter pastime that is similar to tobogganing, but instead uses an inflatable tube. "The first time I ever went was with (little sister) Tiana.
"Now I love it."
Bourdon, like Carlisle, began volunteering with Big Brothers and Big Sisters because of her love of children.
"All of my kids had grown up and went to university, but I still had lots to give...and it's been so rewarding," she said. "To win the award...it was amazing."