Adopt-A-Teen Has A Ripple Effect

Originally published in the Edmonton Sun on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Written by Cam Tait. By the very nature of its name — Adopt-A-Teen — is a campaign to make sure teenagers have something to open Christmas morning. There’s a ripple effect, however, that sheds hope and happiness for the entire family. Especially parents. I speak from my own experience from a young boy growing up in the west-end community of Lynnwood. Christmas morning was controlled chaos as my siblings … Continue reading

BGCBigs Family Holiday Party

Oh the Holiday Season! It’s one of our favourite times of year. We’re so lucky to get to throw all of our kids and families and volunteers a Holiday Party with help from the most amazing partners! On December 7 we had over 1500  kids, families, and volunteers join us at Northlands (that’s more than we’ve ever hard!). There was cookie decorating, card making, Twister playing, photo taking, turkey eating, magic watching, entertainment enjoying, and dance competing. And of course … Continue reading

The Importance of a Smile

We are so fortunate to receive donations of tickets to events around Edmonton for our kids, families, and volunteers. They come from a multitude of individuals and companies and they can be a fun night out for Big-Little match or an opportunity for a parent to spoil their child. The other day, we heard from a Mom about the amazing experience she and her son had at the Oilers VS Devils game on November 21 (tickets to which were donated … Continue reading

Dads Empowering Daughters

At BGCBigs, we focus on providing caring relationships and safe spaces for children and youth, but we also know that it’s incredibly important to support parents and families. We believe that the healthy development of a child is best fostered within the context of a caring and loving family. In light of the fast approaching Father’s Day Weekend, we stumbled across this interesting article about the powerful role Dads play in the lives of their children. According to the article, … Continue reading

Wagon Rides and Sack Races and Canoes, Oh My!

Each year BGCBigs brings together children, families, and volunteers at our Family Picnic to celebrate the start of the summer in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. At exactly 10am on Saturday May 31, the gates to Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch (OLPQ) opened up and busses, cars, and trucks carrying 550 of our BGCBigs family came pouring onto the grounds. Nearly 60 BGCBigs staff were set up at stations, ready to have a great time with kids and … Continue reading