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

Happy Big Brothers Big Sisters Day!

2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of BIG mentoring programs in Canada.  In 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom, he recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were … Continue reading

Cliff Hall Award – Chris Arsenault

Congratulations to BGCBigs staffer, Chris Arsenault, on being awarded the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Cliff Hall Staff Award. Chris Arsenault has spent her entire career focusing on the needs of children and youth, and how best to support their development.  In the nearly 30 years she has been with what is now Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area, Chris has been directly and indirectly responsible for mentoring matches, new and innovative mentoring … Continue reading

Bowl for Kids Sake – Lac La Biche

Last month, Lac La Biche Big Brothers Big Sisters held their annual Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser.  A great group of generous folks raised money for the important work of mentoring children and youth in the LLB region.  All funds raised stay in the community for local support.  Please accept our sincere thanks to all the amazing men and women who shared their time with us! Entrec Corporation Kinsmen Club Stuart MacPherson Library Laurie Hunter & Team (Victim’s Services and … Continue reading

Employers and Volunteerism

Working Canadians give companies mediocre marks for community service Nearly eight in ten employed Canadians would participate in company community projects if their workplaces provided time off to volunteer. Toronto, June 18, 2013 – Two thirds of working Canadians (67 per cent) believe their companies should be doing more to support communities, according to a new national survey commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. The study, conducted by Ipsos Reid, found that 43 per cent of employees rate … Continue reading