Vital Signs – A Group For Boys

June 20, 2016

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…

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Building Strength By Lifting Others Up

March 30, 2016

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…

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Dang’s Big First Day

October 28, 2015

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…

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Edmonton Kids Develop Trust & Confidence

October 12, 2015

What’s the definition of a “win-win” mentoring program? According to Liz O’Neill, it’s a productive exchange between mentor and pupil – or, in the language of Edmonton’s Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs), between “bigs” and “littles.” With school back in session for the fall, BGCBigs and Enbridge are about to begin…

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Collaboration is Key

September 28, 2015

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…

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Building Communities

June 25, 2015

The year was 1990. Canada was in the middle of the Gulf War – the first ever televised – and nearly every citizen had their attention glued to a TV. Big Brothers and Big Sisters had just merged in Edmonton and we were trying to sell tickets to our Dream Home Lottery. We struggled to…

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving: The Butler Family Foundation

May 25, 2015

Like many Edmontonians, William Butler wanted to help make his community a better place. After years of donating to numerous non-profits, he decided to be more intentional with his philanthropy by establishing the Butler Family Foundation in 2007, along with the help of four other family members. Since 2008, the Butler Family Foundation has given…

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