BGCBigs Staff Highlight: Match Facilitators

We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of our 3,000 volunteers, and rightly so. They are the ones on the ground spending time with kids and youth and their families to make a positive difference in our community. We are so proud of each and every volunteer and we truly cherish the work they do. So, it’s easy to see why sometimes we forget to share the stories about our team of staff members. Our staff are … Continue reading

Making A Kiddo Feel Special

The first time Gwen was told she should become a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters (as we were called at the time), she declined and told us she was just too busy. A year later, she was approached again. But this time something was different. “I realized I was just making excuses not to. So I signed up and became an In School Mentor (Big in School) for 5 year old Holly. I figured that a tiny piece of … Continue reading

Building Community By Changing Kids’ Lives

Twenty slides. Twenty seconds per slide. One big idea. That’s the presentation style that is Pecha Kucha. On March 5, Sydney Tordoff, a volunteer recruitment & training facilitator with BGCBigs, got up on stage in front of 500 people at Edmonton Next Gen’s Pecha Kucha Night 21.  Her topic? Mentoring, of course, and the power it has to change lives and build our community. Watch for yourself below!  

Making People Proud

Tall, lanky, and a tad shy, Trent doesn’t immediately strike you as a typical hockey player, but you’ll find him playing hockey nearly every Wednesday anyway. For over 4 years, Trent has been a mentee in the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters HEROS program. HEROS – Hockey Education Reaching Out – aims to empower children on ice. And for Trent that’s exactly what it’s done. Trent joined the program when he was in Grade 3. According to … Continue reading

Happy Big Brothers Big Sisters Day!

2013 marks the 100th Anniversary of BIG mentoring programs in Canada.  In 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom, he recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement. At around the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were … Continue reading