Putting Our Children First

With our annual Golf Tournament just a month away, we have been reflecting on the impact our sponsors, donors, and golfers have made on the children in our community. Our focus has always been ensuring that all children have the tools they need to succeed, to receive a good education, to develop positive friendships, and to ensure they are healthy and active.  But we can’t do it alone. The last two years have been a challenging time in our economy, … Continue reading

“Building” Brighter Futures – One Roof at a Time

February in Edmonton brought unseasonably warm weather. With the sun, came the thaw and with the thaw, came a quick realization that the home away from home for so many of our community’s kids, was no longer sound. As the dripping, and sometimes streaming, began, our team scrambled. Rain barrels caught what they could, furniture was moved and sections of the facility were cordoned off. Our construction partners were called and then, we had to figure out to pay for … Continue reading

Celebrate Canada150!

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCBigs) is proud to launch #MyBGCBigsStory in celebration of #Canada150. We’ll share the stories of the people who helped create the fabric of our country.  All individuals connected now or in the past to BGCBigs are invited to submit stories, photos, videos, or simply a few thoughts on why they’re proud to have been a part of programs that build brighter futures for our kids and our community. … Continue reading

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

Teammates Floor Hockey Camp

The excitement in the air was palpable. It was early in the morning on Saturday, February 18th and we expected our kids to still be struggling to keep their sleepiness at bay. It turns out that if you give them something as unique as a floor hockey camp with a famous former Edmonton Oiler sleep doesn’t really matter so much. That day, 60 kids between the ages of 9 and 13 from across our after school clubs, including a few … Continue reading