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

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

Staff Who Want to Make a Difference – Message From a Former Club Kid

Jon shared his story with us last night and we thought it made a great Friday afternoon post.  Enjoy and thank you Jon! My name is Jon and I’m 22 years old, though it was quite some time ago, while in Junior High I had the opportunity to spend some time at the local Boys and Girls Club. It was next to my school which was quite convenient as I often would miss my bus or hear about events being … Continue reading

Make some noise against bullying – Pink Shirt Day 2014

Tara grew up with brothers who she saw only infrequently because they all lived in different foster homes.  She had such a desire to be like them and spend time with them, that she began to dress and act like them.  Sadly, this made Tara different at her school and she began to get bullied.  Within months, this formerly easy going child became angry, resentful and scared, and she pushed back.  The result of the pain inflicted on her was … Continue reading