Better Together – 5th Anniversary of Amalgamation

Perseverance, commitment, unity, focus, respect.  These are all words that current board members of Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area use to describe their experience in the amalgamation of Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area on July 1st, 2011. Officially, the amalgamation of these two well respected child serving organizations happened on July 1st, 2011 but the work began nearly two years before.  What was … Continue reading

Touchdown Club

Below is a letter from the Curriculum Coordinator at Edith Rogers School where, thanks to the Stollery Charitable Foundation, we were able to host a football program. The first year of the Touchdown Club football league was a great success! This program aimed to provide kids in Junior High the Mill Woods community with a chance to play tackle football in a safe, welcoming, developmental environment. Thanks to the overwhelming financial support from the Stollery Charitable Foundation and the support … Continue reading

Tower Gardens

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) is now the proud owners of five Tower Gardens thanks to the support of our local Juice Plus+ representatives! Early this year, we were approached by Juice Plus+ to discuss their national commitment to put a Tower Garden in every Boys and Girls Club across North America. Today, our McCauley, Tweddle, West, and Kinsmen Clubs are the proud owners of these vertical areoponic growing systems. Each garden is five feet tall … Continue reading

After School Learning

Learning shouldn’t have to end when the school bell rings. For the kids of Wabamun and the surrounding area it doesn’t have to. For the past three years, the Wabamun After School Program has served around 150 children and their families thanks to ongoing funding from from the RBC After School Project. According the Principal Richard Kniel, aside from the Wabamun After School Program, there are very few recreational opportunities in Wabamun. With no public transit, kids are often limited … Continue reading

Power Up!

How can you tell if a child is actually reading? Are their eyes following the words? Are they showing their engagement through their body language? Club staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters have an eye for children who are simply pretending to follow instructions. And there’s always a plan to get that child back on track. In the Fall, our Kinsmen Club staff noticed a trend in some of the kids who struggled with their … Continue reading

A Good Life

One of the focuses of our Club’s is to provide kids with new opportunities and experiences. The Afro Quiz is one example. It’s a Jeopardy-style quiz competition held each year during Black History Month to celebrate the rich history of people of African descent across the globe. This year, a 12 year old boy named Aashwin decided to try his hand at the Afro Quiz. Just over a year and a half ago, he and his mother moved to Canada … Continue reading