Gilman has been a big brother to a local boy named Drionte since 2016 when the young man was 9 years old.
Thursday afternoon’s award presentation was an absolute surprise to Gilman.
He thought he was there to speak to the agency’s advisory board about his experience as a mentor.
“He’s always been so encouraging to his little brother by reminding him he can learn from his mistakes and that his potential is limitless,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Senior Match Specialist Leanne Guadet said. “ Above all, he is above all, he has shown him that consistency is so important in relationships. The little brother has said that the one thing that stands out is that George puts him first. No matter what life hands him, he shows up.”