About Us

We Care About Kids.

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) is committed to the healthy development of all children. We provide a diverse array of mentoring and after school programs to meet the needs of our community’s children and youth so they have the tools and supports they need to be successful in school and in life.

We are the only Boys & Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters across Canada who have merged under one organization. By combining the concepts of both, BGCBigs delivers programs that address the physical, emotional, academic and overall wellness of children and youth in our community.

Values
  • Individual Capacity –  All children have the capacity to lead full and rewarding lives and become contributing adult members of their community.
  • Nurturing Environments – Children should grow up in an environment that supports their well-being and enables them to reach their full potential.
  • Loving Families – The healthy development of a child is best fostered within the context of a caring and loving family.
  • Positive Relationships – A child’s healthy development can be enhanced by positive, nurturing relationships with caring adults.
Beliefs
  • We believe the healthy development of every young person is enhanced by positive, nurturing relationships.
  • We believe in working with others to promote healthy and safe environments for children and youth.
  • We believe that a collaborative approach between staff and volunteers in service delivery is our strength.
  • We believe that we must maintain the highest possible standards to ensure positive outcomes for young people and their families.
  • We believe in the diligent stewardship of community resources.
Princples
  • Inclusion and Opportunity: We strive to ensure children and youth from all economic, cultural and social backgrounds have access to resources, supports, mentors and opportunities that will enable them to overcome barriers and achieve their positive potential in life.
  • Respect and Belonging: We work with others to provide safe, supportive environments where every child is listened to, treated with respect and valued in an environment of inclusion and acceptance. Our staff and volunteers model honesty, fair play, strength-based approaches, cooperation and respect for self and others.
  • Empowerment: We believe all young people can grow into responsible, contributing and self-reliant members of society. Children and youth are at the centre of everything we do. Through adventure, play and discovery, we encourage and empower them to develop healthy lifestyles, a lifelong passion for learning, life skills, leadership and a sense of social responsibility.
  • Collaboration: We work with families and groups in each community, in partnership with volunteers and organizations in the public, nonprofit and private sectors, to create healthy community solutions. As a community partner we provide programs designed for impactful service so that children and youth get what they need for optimal development.
  • Advocacy: We speak out on with and on behalf of children, youth and families to enhance their lives and enable their voices and ideas to be heard. We support families and communities to advocate for the supports and services they require.
  • Client Centered: Clients are our first priority. We exist to serve children, and we do this through a variety of services and programs. Our staff, volunteers and community partners are committed to this client-centred approach.
  • Strength-based: We assist children and families, and our staff and volunteers, to identify and build on their strengths. We embed a strength-based philosophy in all our work.
  • Efficiency and Effectiveness: We place a priority on both efficiency and effectiveness in all our work.
  • Welcoming Community Diversity: We strive to reach out and welcome every child, family, volunteer, staff person and partner so that we may support, strengthen, benefit from and contribute to the richness and complexity of the communities we serve.
Funders

24th Street Entertainment
Alberta Blue Cross Staff Association
Alberta Elks Association
Alberta Human Services
Alberta Works (Government of Alberta)
Allin Clinic
Apple Canada
Appleyard Foundation
ATCO Electric
ATCO Gas Calgary
ATCO Pipelines
Automated Aquatics Canada Ltd.
Axe Music Canada
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Okanagan
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
Bluesea Philanthropy
Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Brad and Genevieve Ford Professional Corporation (Tridon Communications)
Butler Foundation
C & F Sports Repair
Calidad Equipment
Cam-Tel Communications Ltd
Canada Corps of Commisionaries – Northern Alberta Division In memory of Douglas Johnson
Canada Post
Canada Summer Jobs
Canadian Media Guild-CBC Edmonton Unit in memory of Douglas Johnson
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
Canadian Western Bank
CBC Branch – CMG in memory of Douglas Johnson
Chimp Foundation
Choices in Community Living Inc
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
City Lumber Millwork
City of Edmonton – Donate a Ride Program
CKNW Orphans’ Fund
CN Employees’ and Pensioners’ Community Fund
Cold Lake Family and Community Social Services
Contemporary Office Interiors Ltd
Darden Restaurants Inc. Foundation
Davidson Powerline Construction
Delcon Development Group (Delcon Capital)
Delta Upsilon Alberta
Dentons Canada LLP
Department of Music – Facility of Arts
Duncan Craig LLP
Durabuilt Windows & Doors Inc.
eBay Inc.
Edmonton & District Labour Council
Edmonton Catholic School Board
Edmonton Chinese Lions Club
Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Community Foundation – Gladys Gerguson Fund
Edmonton Community Foundation – Redshoe Family Fund
Edmonton Community Foundation – Stollery Charitable Foundation
Edmonton Electric
Edmonton Eskimo Football Club
Edmonton Eskimos Alumni Association
Edmonton Family and Community Social Services
Edmonton Millwoods Lions Club
Edmonton Oil Kings Hocket Club
Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
Edmonton School District #7
Edmonton School of Ballet
Edmonton Sportsdome
Edmonton Symphony Society
Electronics Recycling Alberta
Enbridge Employee Services Canada Inc.
Enbridge Pipelines Ltd.
Entertainment One Films
EPCOR
Eville Roller Derby
Excel Fitness and Nutrition
Flint
Fluor Canada Ltd.
Foundation of Administrative Justice
Frank J. Flaman Foundation
GEF Seniors Housing
Government of Alberta – Edmonton Bike Safety
Government of Canada – Prime Minister’s Award
Happy Harbor Ltd
Harvard Broadcasting
Hockey Education Reaching Out Society
HSBC
IBM Canada Ltd
Imperial Oil Foundation
Information and Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County
Insurance Bureau of Canada
Intact Insurance Staff Association
Jamaica Association of Northern Alberta
Kids Up Front
Kinsmen Club of Edmonton
La Salsa Revolucion
Lac La Biche Family and Community Social Services
Lakeland United Way
Landrex
Landrex Hunter Ridge Inc.
Max Bell Foundation
Melton Foundation (if it’s not under donations)
Mill Woods Presidents’ Council Casino
Moksha Yoga Edmonton
Muriel Hole
No More Excuses Inc.
Northlands
Original Joes Franchise Group Inc.
Pacific Wine & Spirits (1995) Ltd.
Parkland Country Family and Community Social Servces
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Procura
ProCura Real Estate Services Ltd.
ProCura Real Estate Services Ltd.
Project Management Institute
RBC Foundation
REACH Edmonton
Renew Crew
Rick Lemieux Realty Inc.
Rogers
Rotary Club of Edmonton
Rotary Club of Morinville
Royal Alex Foundation
Royal Bank of Canada
Sears Canada Inc
Servus Credit Union
Shaw Communications Inc
Shell Canada Limited
Spartan Controls
St. Albert Children’s Theatre
St. Jerome ECS
Stollery Children’s Hospital
Strathcona Family and Community Social Services
Summer Temporary Employment Program
TD
TELUS Community Investment & Engagement
TELUS Corporation
TELUS Womens Connections Team
The Association for Evergreen Youth
The Benevity Community Impact Fund
The CN Intermodal Garage
The Dianne & Irving Kipnes Foundation
The Family Centre of Northern Alberta
The Stollery Charitable Foundation
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company
Tim Hortons Advertising & Promotion Fund Inc.
Town of Gibbons in memory of Douglas Johnson
Town of Morinville
TransAlta
TransCanada
TransCanada Pipelines Limited
Tridon Communications
Union 52 Benevolent Society
United Way of Alberta Capital Region
United Way of Calgary and Area
University of Alberta Hospital
Urban Granite Ltd.
Valerie & Eric Eiben
Value Village
Vegreville & District Child Development
Village of Wabamun
Wabamun Family and Community Social Services
Wabamun L.E.A.P.S. Association
West Edmonton Mall
Western Economic Diversification
WestJet
WorleyParsons

(Updated September 2016)

Partners

Alberta Ballet
Alberta Biking Association
Alberta Blue Cross
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Mental Health Board
Alberta Mentoring Partnership
Alberta Motor Association
Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Alberta Treasury Branch
All In For Youth
Alliance Pipeline Partnership
Art Gallery of Alberta
Association for Evergreen Youth
Association Multiculturelle Francophone de l’Alberta
Basketball Alberta
Ben Calf Robe Society
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
Best Buy
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary
Brainchild
Camrose & District Support Services
Canadian Tire Jumpstart
Canadian Western Bank
Catholic Social Services
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Centre for Race & Culture
Chimo Youth Retreat Centre
Christian Immigrant Support Services
Church of the Nazarene
CIBC Youthvision
Citadel
Citizenship & Immigration Canada
City Lumber
City of Cold Lake
City of Edmonton, Community Services
CKUA
CleanScene
Community Solutions for Gang Violence
Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta
County of Lac La Biche
County of Parkland
County of Strathcona
Creating Hope Society
Discover E
E4C
Edmonton Catholic School Board
Edmonton Chamber of Volunteer Organizations
Edmonton Community Foundation
Edmonton Eskimos
Edmonton Food Bank
Edmonton Inter-Agency Youth Group
Edmonton John Howard Society
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
Edmonton Oilers Foundation
Edmonton Police Service
Edmonton Public Libraries
Edmonton Public School Board
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Edmonton’s Food Bank
EdmontonOpera
Elk Island Catholic Schools
Elk Island Public Schools
Enbridge
Enterprise
Epcor
Ever Active Schools
Family & Community Support Services; Edmonton, Strathcona, Morinville , Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, Vegreville
Government of Alberta, Culture
Government of Alberta, Education
Government of Alberta, Health & Wellness
Government of Alberta, Human Services
Government of Alberta, Innovation & Advanced Education
Government of Alberta, Justice & Solicitor General
Government of Alberta, Learning Information Services
Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board
Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS)
HSBC
Hudson Bay
Inner City Children’s Program
Intact
International Triathalon Union
Intuit
John Humphrey Centre
Juice Plus/Tower Garden
Kids Up Front Foundation
Kin Club of Edmonton
LIFE (Lasting Impact Families Edmonton)
MacEwan University
McCauley Soccer Association Millwoods Welcome Centre for Immigrants
Men Edmonton
Multicultural Health Brokers
Muttart Foundation
NAIT
National Parks Canada
No More Excuses
North Central Francophone School Board
Northern Alberta Cooperative
Northlands
Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre
Old Navy
Options Sexual Health
Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch
Out of School Time Initiative
Parenting For the Future
Parkland School Division
Payless Shoes
Presidents Choice
Pride Centre of Edmonton
REACH Edmonton
Sai Baba Centre of Edmonton
Sears
Snowseekers
Sport Central
St. Johns Ambulance
Stantec
Sudanese Community Association
TD Bank
Telus
Tennis Alberta
Terra Association
The Family Centre
The Mustard Seed
The Support Network
The Way Inn Collaborative
Tim Hortons
Tour of Alberta
Town of Morinville
Town of Vegreville
U of A, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry • Urban Games
United Way Alberta Capital Region
University of Alberta
Volunteer Alberta
Volunteer Edmonton
Welcome Center for Immigrants
Weldco
WHY ACT NOW
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton
Winspear Centre
Worley Parsons Canada

(Updated September 2016)

Our Vision:
All children and youth will have enriching experiences growing up and achieve success in life.

Our Mission:
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters is a community-supported organization committed to the healthy development of children, youth and their families by providing safe places, positive relationships, services and opportunities to develop personal strengths and interpersonal skills that enhance their long-term success in life.

Our Team

Board of Directors

BGCBigs is guided by a volunteer board of directors representing a cross section of industries in Edmonton & Area. We are so honoured at the commitment and dedication of these individuals who provide invaluable support to our various divisions.

DeAnn Hunter – President
Phillip Peters – Secretary/Treasurer
Deborah Fisher – Past President
Susan Makale – Director at Large
Mike Morison – Director at Large
Maureen Cush – Director at Large
Dennis Goddard – Director at Large
Jan Butler – Director at Large
Louise Hayes – Director at Large
Rick Zasada – Director at Large
Sabrina Giordano – Director at Large
Doug Ingersoll – Director at Large
Blake Shewchuk – Director at Large
Mansur Bitar – Guest of the Board
Nancy Reynolds – Guest of the Board

Staff

Our staff team is made of over 100 individuals who care about the future of each child we serve. We’re so grateful to have them working for us. Below is our Leadership Team.

Liz O’Neill | Executive Director | 780.822.2525 | liz.oneill@bgcbigs.ca

Kerry Woodland | Director of Service Delivery | 780.822.2518 | kerry.woodland@bgcbigs.ca

Sandra Prefontaine | Manager of Clubs | 780.822.2500 | sandra.prefontaine@bgcbigs.ca

Tannis Pearson | Manager of Mentoring | 780.822.2521 | tannis.pearson@bgcbigs.ca

Showna Blanchard | Manager of Mentoring | 780.822.2519 | showna.blanchard@bgcbigs.ca

Kari Readman | Manager of Engagement | 780.822.2510 | kari.readman@bgcbigs.ca

Tracy Lockhart | Manager of Satellites | 780.822.2508 | tracy.lockhart@bgcbigs.ca

Dawna Morgan | Manager of Finance | 780.822.2547 | dawna.morgan@bgcbigs.ca

Kim Collister | Manager of HR, Learning & Development | 780.822.2542 | kim.collister@bgcbigs.ca

Danisha Bhaloo | Manager of Fund Development | 780.822.2515 | danisha.bhaloo@bgcbigs.ca

Lana Tordoff | Manager of Marketing & Communications | 780.822.2544 | lana.tordoff@bgcbigs.ca

Therese Lorincz-McRae | Mission Effectiveness | 780.822.2517 | therese.lorincz-mcrae@bgcbigs.ca

Sentsetsa Pilane | Program Development Coach | 780.822.2530 | sentsetsa.pilane@bgcbigs.ca

Annual General Meeting

Each year we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to report back to our community.

You’re invited to the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual General Meeting & Awards Night! On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:30pm at our McCauley Club (9425 109A Ave), we’ll be sharing the highlights of some of our work over the past year and recognizing some of the amazing children, volunteers, and supports we are honoured to have by our sides. Please RSVP before August 29.

Become A Voting Member
Fill out our form below to become a voting member at our AGM.

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Questions?

Main Switchboard

All BGCBigs Staff

P: 780.424.8181
E: wesbite@bgcbigs.ca