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

YOUth In Office

On November 4th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada welcomed youth from across the country to the second annual YOUth In Office Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Parliament officials hosted two young delegates each, one from each organization, for one day and provided them with workplace experience in politics –  from Parliamentary Assistant, Communications Director, to Policy Advisor, Member of Parliament, Party Leader and Minister. Our Savanah, a 14 year old Little … Continue reading

A Night Of Pumpkins

On October 23, 30 of our Big and Little Matches had pumpkins up to their elbows! Carving pumpkins that is. They spread out all across West Club with their ideas, pumpkins, carving tools and got right to work making their masterpieces. Some kids were thrilled to dig their fingers into the pumpkin’s insides while others made their Big do that dirty work. Each pumpkin had its own unique personality – from a basic scary face to elaborate landscapes. One young … Continue reading

#BPs50Moments – A Birthday Celebration

On Thursday, August 7th, Tara and Sandy from Boston Pizza came out to our West Club to share their 50th Birthday with nearly 100 kids from our West, McCauley, Tweddle, Sakaw and Rundle Clubs. Our kids from all over the city showed up in their brightly coloured Club shirts to participate in a fun afternoon of great food and a mini soccer tournament.  We started with a “quiet” game of graveyard. Then it was lunch time!!  Pepperoni appeared to be … Continue reading

Creating a Model for Collaboration

The following is a case study on BGCBigs published by the National Alliance for Children and Youth. Background of the organization Big Sisters Society of Edmonton began with an office in the downtown Edmonton YWCA in 1972. Change has been a constant and in 1991 Big Sisters and Big Brothers merged and became a United Way agency, setting a paradigm of collaboration that would lead to the outreach organization it is today with more than 50 partners in the community … Continue reading