Power Up!

How can you tell if a child is actually reading? Are their eyes following the words? Are they showing their engagement through their body language? Club staff at the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters have an eye for children who are simply pretending to follow instructions. And there’s always a plan to get that child back on track. In the Fall, our Kinsmen Club staff noticed a trend in some of the kids who struggled with their … Continue reading


All over the news and social media we’re seeing the amazing resilience of Albertans and their willingness to support one another – donating their time, money, and space inside their own homes all to help evacuees of wildfires. At BGCBigs, we are also trying to do whatever we can to support residents of Fort McMurray as they wait for news on their community.  Below is a little list we’ve complied (note, the fundraising ideas came directly from the kids in … Continue reading

Spirit of Giving

We are always blown away by the generosity of our community. California Closets, a leader in custom closets and storage since 1984, is one of the companies that steps up for our community’s kids. This past Christmas, Jennifer Van, the general manager, supported two of our Duggan families. She dropped off toys and gifts for the kids and gift cards for groceries and new clothes for the whole family. She was also generous enough to provide new board games for … Continue reading

Dance Your Heart Out!

It’s amazing what a seemingly simple experience can do for a child’s sense of hope and hard work. We are so fortunate to work with caring companies and individuals who go out of their way to provide all kinds of interesting experiences for our community’s kids. Our Kera-Lee Clements, Club Coordinator at Rundle, shared with us the impact that time in a professional dance studio had on her group of kids. The kids at our Rundle club LOVE to dance. … Continue reading

The Gift of Time

One of our Big Sisters wrote an awesome blog post about the Gift of Time on December 1. She graciously gave us permission to re-post. So check out the originally article at her blog CreativeBetty. Today is Giving Tuesday. A moment to step back from the impending Christmas chaos and department store stampedes. A time to stop and think about what really matters. Since I don’t have copious amounts of money kicking around (yet!), I made a decision awhile ago … Continue reading