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

Lac La Biche Mentoring

In a small town in northern Alberta, kids are experiencing the value of mentoring. Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lac La Biche, a satellite office of BGCBigs, has been working to better the lives of children and youth for many years. According to Kristen Shewchuck-White, the local program facilitator, the community of just over 2500 people is tight knit and there’s a lot of buy-in for mentoring programs. In fact, this past March marked the community’s 13th annual Bowl … Continue reading

Brett & Owen – A Quick & Fast Friendship

Fifth year Golden Bear Hockey player Brett Ferguson just became a volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters as an In School Mentor to mentor Owen, a 4th grade student. Matched just over a month ago, the pair have quickly became best of friends. Watch the video below to hear about how Brett makes time for a Little, and how you can get involved. (Huge thanks to the U of A Golden Bears for creating this lovely … Continue reading

So What’s The Big Deal?

Potential volunteers might ask themselves what’s REALLY the value of spending just an hour with a child at their school. So we sat down with Joanne Wynn, Principal at Norwood School, to find out. Why is the Bigs in Schools program important for Norwood School? We’ve had this program for over 25 years. One reason the program is so important is because many of our students come from humble situations and they don’t always have access to other role models … Continue reading

Helping A Child Dream Bigger

One of the most powerful things to witness is a child working towards his or her dreams. Together we can help to create a better future for all kids. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) believes all children have the capacity to lead full and rewarding lives. But sometimes they just need a little help. BGCBigs has an in school-mentoring program to provide girls and boys with an opportunity to make a lifelong friend and get some … Continue reading