Vital Signs – A Group For Boys

It’s no secret that Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) has a lot of kids on our waiting list for a Big Brother or Sister. Right now the number is right around 1000, with 800 of those being boys. Thanks to the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation Vital Signs program, we’re piloting a project that will address the needs of our community’s boys with a bit more urgency. Vital Signs funding has generously allowed us to … Continue reading

Building Strength By Lifting Others Up

The gym was only a quarter full, but it felt packed thanks to the spirited energy and the heat from a few dozen little bodies. Music was blasting from the speakers and all the kids were facing one woman at the front. She was more into it than everyone else, a huge smile across her face, sweat on her brow. Watching her made the kids try harder; they dropped their inhibitions and put more of themselves into their moves. And … Continue reading

Canadian Western Bank

Canadian Western Bank (CWB) is in its fifth year of supporting Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCBigs) through its Greater Interest GIC Campaign. Since 2011, CWB has graciously donated over $500,000 to BGCBigs. CWB makes a corporate donation (1/8%) for every client dollar invested and the donations go to the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency where the deposit was made; CWB supports 20 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Canada with this … Continue reading

Dang’s Big First Day

Epcor giving back

Written by EPCOR‘s Connie Smart Dang’s first day at BGCBigs’ McCauley Club ended on a high note – literally. Overlooking Giovanni Caboto Park, in a bucket truck with an EPCOR power lineman by his side, his infectious smile shone wide above a community that wants to lift him up. The evening was hosted by a crew of EPCOR employees. This was his fifth trip up in the bucket. At eight years old, a pair of strong hands was needed to … Continue reading

Collaboration is Key

Since 2006, The Stollery Charitable Foundation (SCF) has supported our agency with over $700,000 through their endowed private family foundation founded by Robert and Shirley Stollery. In 2011, a grant provided by the foundation helped ease the various costs incurred during the amalgamation of Edmonton’s former Boys & Girls Clubs with the former Big Brothers Big Sisters agency of Edmonton. In addition, SCF supported our creation of targeted programming within our club sites to alleviate childhood obesity and teach children and youth … Continue reading