Building Communities

The year was 1990. Canada was in the middle of the Gulf War – the first ever televised – and nearly every citizen had their attention glued to a TV. Big Brothers and Big Sisters had just merged in Edmonton and we were trying to sell tickets to our Dream Home Lottery. We struggled to get the attention of our buyers and with the totals a little low our leadership decided to try another lottery in the same year. “The … Continue reading

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: The Butler Family Foundation

Like many Edmontonians, William Butler wanted to help make his community a better place. After years of donating to numerous non-profits, he decided to be more intentional with his philanthropy by establishing the Butler Family Foundation in 2007, along with the help of four other family members. Since 2008, the Butler Family Foundation has given BGCBigs close to $120,000, helping fund some of the agency’s amalgamation costs incurred by merging Boys & Girls Clubs of Edmonton and Big Brothers Big … Continue reading

Building a Dream

This year City Lumber & TD Canada Trust brought together Edmonton’s arts community in support of children and youth! On December 14, 21, and February 20, nearly 150 youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters experienced a half day of immersion in Edmonton’s Downtown Arts District. In the third year of inspiring the imaginations of our city’s youth, City Lumber President & CEO, Robert Rosen, was thrilled to welcome TD Bank Group as a presenting sponsor … Continue reading

A Game of Soccer with Nike

On February 12, our Club kids at Sakaw, Steinhauer, and Tweddle could hardly contain themselves. They were kicking around a soccer ball at their respective Clubs, practicing their moves, getting ready to play with the pros – employees from Nike’s store in South Edmonton Common. Each week a few staff members from the store spend time at either Sakaw or Tweddle volunteering with the kids. But February 12 was a different day. It was the Big Game. Our Club Staff … Continue reading

More Than A Company

In 1959, Frank Flaman started the Flaman company in Saskatchewan with a little bit of equipment – a baler, swather, and 10 grain bins – and a fair share of entrepreneurial acumen. Today, the Flaman Group of Companies spans five provinces, has four divisions (Fitness, Trailers, Agriculture, Rentals), employs over 400 staff, and includes 42 fitness stores, 100 rental dealers, and 10 additional locations. But Flaman is not your typical company. Flaman is a company set up for charity. “We … Continue reading