Harvard, Here I Come

When Rafael was just 7 years old, his family moved from the Philippines to Canada. They landed in Edmonton and Rafael started Grade 2 in September at McKee Elementary only knowing a few words of English. He struggled to keep up in class, and his reading and writing skills were understandably well below his grade level. He didn’t have any friends; kids in his class would make fun of him because he couldn’t understand them, and often he would sit … Continue reading

BGCBigs Staff Highlight: Match Facilitators

We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of our 3,000 volunteers, and rightly so. They are the ones on the ground spending time with kids and youth and their families to make a positive difference in our community. We are so proud of each and every volunteer and we truly cherish the work they do. So, it’s easy to see why sometimes we forget to share the stories about our team of staff members. Our staff are … Continue reading

Cold Lake Mentoring

Drive three hours north east of Edmonton, and you’ll find the City of Cold Lake. Over 15,000 Albertans call the rural retail hub home; many are there for the work in the nearby oil patch, for work in tourism or with the federal government, while others work on 4 Wing, one of Canada’s busiest fighter bases. It also happens to be the location of one of our satellite offices: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cold Lake. Donna Benoit, program facilitator … Continue reading

Homework Help

Tommy has been attending our West Club for over a year and our staff quickly learned that he was having some trouble in school. One day his mom came into the Club to specifically ask that we help him with his reading and spelling. Our Olivia, a Club staff member, was able to sit down with him every day the week before his upcoming spelling test and help him practice. The following week, Tommy came into the Club, grinning from … Continue reading

Santa Clothes Came To Town!

November 6 was a special day for 100 of our community’s kids. For the first time anywhere in Canada, the Rotary Club of Edmonton West gave the gift of the holiday season to children in need of warm clothing. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters partnered with four inner city Edmonton elementary schools to identify 25 kids from each school who could benefit from a shopping spree at Old Navy. We picked them up by bus at their … Continue reading