Our Vision

Every child in the BC Lower Mainland who needs a mentor, has a mentor.


Our Mission

Big Sisters is committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive relationships with female mentors.


Core Values

We Champion Potential

Every Connection Counts

Showing Up Matters

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
  • Chair

    Susan Tomaine

  • Vice-Chair

    Amir Moghadasi

  • Treasurer

    Wesley Marstaller

  • Secretary

    Shelley Parker

  • Director

    Jennifer Mackenzie

  • Director

    Deanna Louie

  • Director

    Martina Lee

  • Director

    Barbara Meens Thistle

  • Director

    Carol Robinson

  • Director

    Lorna Nimmons

  • Director

    Diane Jang

  • Director

    Lynda Phinney

  • Director

    Danielle Veldhuis

  • Director

    Katie White

Honourary Advisory Board

Advisors

Big Sisters’ Honourary Advisory Board acts as a team of advisors to our Board and senior staff; offering their ideas, experience and expertise as needed.


  • JANET AUSTIN
    • CEO, YWCA Vancouver
  • JOANNE BROWN
  • MORNA CREEDON SILEIKA
  • CHARMAINE CROOKS
    • Olympian; Member, VANOC 2010; Member, IOC
  • GAYLA DEHART
    • Nurse Next Door; Achieve Excellence Consulting
  • ED DES ROCHES
    • Co-Owner, Plum Clothing
  • JILL DIAMOND
    • Executive Director, Diamond Foundation
  • LISA ETHANS
    • Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • MARGUERITE FORD, C.M.
  • KAY GRAY
    • Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
  • MARGOT JAGGER
    • Principal, Margot Jagger Design
  • SARAH MCNEILL
    • Co-Founder, McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group
  • TRACEY MCVICAR
    • Managing Director, CAI Capital Management
  • SUSAN MENDELSON, Chair
    • Owner, The Lazy Gourmet
  • RENATE M. MUELLER, CA
    • President, AMAC Consultants Inc.
  • SHANNON NEWMAN-BENNETT‎
    • ‎Director, Family Services at YWCA Metro Vancouver
  • KATIE O’BRIEN
    • Co-Owner, Plum Clothing
  • LINDA PARSONS
    • Retired, former Partner, Davis LLP
  • MICHELLE RUPP
    • Lighthouse Leadership Ltd.
  • PATRICIA SHIELDS
    • Principal On-Leave; Educational Consultant
  • RON STERN
    • President, Stern Partners Inc.
  • CARMEN THERIAULT
    • Partner, Wealth Preservation, Bull Housser & Tupper LLP
  • SHEILA TUCKER
    • Lawyer, Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer
  • DENISE TURNER
    • Principal, Bravura Business Solutions Inc.

HONOURARY ADVISORY BOARD ALUMNI
Catherine Boive * Barbara Constantine * Shelley Ferris * Gail Hulnick * Leslie Lee * Margaret J. Livingstone * Darlene Marzari * Marion McAdam * Ann Mortifee * Beverly Nann * Marina Pratchett * The Honourable Patricia Proudfoot * Suki Takagi * Anna Terrana * Roz Wishinski

 

 

Our Supporters

However you choose to donate to Big Sisters, we thank you. We greatly value our supporters—we simply couldn’t do the work we do without them!

Loyalty and Giving Circles

We are pleased to recognize and thank the following donors and sponsors for their generous support for our program and events over the past year. Bolded names are Loyalty Circle members that have made multi-year commitments or who donate monthly.

Visionary Match Makers ($50,000+)

Peter & Joanne Brown | The Province of British Columbia | The River Foundation | United Way of the Lower Mainland | Windsor Plywood Foundation

Diamond Match Makers ($10,000 - $49,000)

Beedie Development Group | Boeing Canada- Aeroinfo | Bull, Housser & Tupper | Canadian Western Bank | CIBC Children’s Foundation | CKNW Orphan’s Fund | Diamond Foundation | Face the World Foundation | Family Services of Greater Vancouver | The Lutsky Families | Fiona MacFarlane | John Montalbano | PSAV |Raymond James Ltd. | Scotiabank | Silver Wheaton | The R & J Stern Family Foundation | Carmen S. Thériault | A.E (Ted) and Deanna M. Turton Charitable Foundation | The UPS Foundation | City of Vancouver | Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society | Mike Veldhuis | Amir & Yasmin Virani Family Foundation

Platinum Match Makers ($7,500 - $9,999)

Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada 

Golden Match Makers ($5,000 - $7,499)

Ames Family Foundation | Boston Pizza Foundation | Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation | DLA Piper | First West Foundation | Kay Gray | Grosvenor Canada Ltd | HNW Services Inc | The ILLAHIE Foundation | Ironwood Dental | JOEY Restaurant Group | New Gold Inc. | ONNI Group | Pivotal Projects | Plum Clothing Ltd. | PwC | Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K | Cheryl Treliving | Denise Turner | Vancity Savings Credit Union | West Vancouver Community Foundation | The Wolrige Foundation

Match Makers ($2,000 - $4,999)

Beth Allard | Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang | Andrew Mahon Foundation | Anthem Properties |  Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | Alix Brown | City of Burnaby | Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. | Capital West Mortgage Inc. | Cedarhurst Foundation | Chris Spencer Foundation | Marlene Cohen | Connect-Cash Services Inc. | Credential Asset Management | Gayla and John DeHart  | DeHart Education & Poverty Relief Foundation | Paul Del Rossi | Jill Diamond | Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel Inc. | Emerson Real Estate Group Inc. | Lisa Ethans | EY | Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, LPP | Flavelle McTavish Charitable Gift Fund | Brenda Gershkovitch| Goldcorp | Grant Thornton LLP | Janet Grove | The Hamber Foundation | Jodi Kelleher | Kinder Morgan Foundation | KPMG LLP | Anthony Lanni |  Martina H. Lee | Suck B. Lee | LifeLabs | Don Lindsay | Lohn Foundation | Michael Low | Mira and Soleil Lutsky | MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. | Jennifer Mackenzie |Robin Mahood | Manulife Financial | Wesley Marstaller | Marquis Wine Cellars Inc. | Mathisen Family Private Foundation |  Marjan Mazaheri | McCarthy Tetrault Foundation | McMillan LLP | McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group | Judith Mewhort | The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver | The Corporation of the District of North Vancouver | North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation | Linda Nutter | Susannah Pierce | Nicole Porter | Sassan Pourfar | Primex Investments Ltd | Raymond James Canada Foundation | Rennie Marketing Systems | City of Richmond | Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta | David Sung | City of Surrey | TELUS Corporation |Deanna Turton | Larry Van Hatten | Vela Wealth Management | Danielle Veldhuis | ViRTUS | Hein Winckler | Brian Worth | Colin Yu

Champions ($1,000 - $1,999)

Advent Real Estate Services | Mary Aubrey | Janet Austin and Ashley Chester | Georgia Black | BLVD Marketing Group | Liam Briggs | Jessica Farrell | Marguerite Ford | Peter Giacomelli | Roslyn Goldner | Cathy Grant | Bruce Grist | Treena Innes | Azim Jamal |Laura Jeffery | Kerry Jothen | Tara Kemes | The Lazy Gourmet |Helen Lo | Joanne R. Lysyk | Katherine MacIntosh | Sherri Magson |Tracey McVicar | Ann Mortifee | Mt. Pleasant War Memorial Co-operative Association | Deborah Nicols | Caroline North | Nurse Next Door Home Care Services | Shelley Parker | Park Shore BMW | RBC | RBC Foundation | Dylan Reece | Michelle Rupp | Drinda Scott | Donald M. Shumka | STAT Search Analytics | StennerZohny Investment Partners + Richardson GMP Limited | Corinne Taylor | TELUS Community Affairs | Susan Tomaine | Tamara Trotman |Sheila Tucker | United Parcel Service Canada Ltd. | Shauna Wilton

Believers ($500 - $999)

Meredith Aitken | George Alliston | Anthony Alvaro |Catherine L. Backman | Leya Behra | Tina Berthaudin | JP Bogden | Zara Boldt | Cathy Brown | Crystal Campbell | Canadian Federation of University Women – Coquitlam | Sheila Carnahan | Roxana Colquhoun | Caren Cook | Graeme Currie |  Robert Fay | Freedom Boat Club of British Columbia Ltd. | Bill Friesen | Jackson Friesen | Rian Gauvreau | Navdeep Grewal | Frances Grunberg | Harbour West Consulting | Sheryl Hunt | ICBC | Michelle Isaak  | Margot Jagger | Kathleen Keilty | Phyllis Kenney | Phil Kern | Janet Ketchen | Cheryl L. Killam | Ladies Auxiliary to the Clover | Diana Lam | Leola Purdy Foundation | Eliza Li | David Maciver | Kellie Manchester | Linda C. Martin | Steven McKoen | Cylena McMynn Stern | Suzanne Mercier | Dave Mitchell |Donna Moore | Clarke Nakamoto | Denise Nawata | Janette Pantry | Justus Parmar | Linda Parsons | Provincial Employees Community Services Fund | R.C. Purdy Chocolates Ltd. | Vera Radyo | Marc Ricou | Rockridge Ventures | Paul Sexton | Fred Sharp | Chris Sherry | Ken and Patricia Shields | Shoppers Drug Mart LIFE Foundation | Marcia Smith | Gisa Straith | Symecorp Management Ltd | Nancy Trott | UBS Bank | Urban Impact Recycling Ltd. | Praveen Varshney | Sarah Vollett | Margaret Voth | The Corporation of the District of West Vancouver | Richard Wittstock

Friends ($100 - $499)

Janet Abrioux | Cathy Adam | Shana Alexander | Karim Amlani  |Arash Amouzgar | Alissa Antle | Aqua Vac Sewer & Drain Ltd | Avro Candy Warehouse Inc | Kelly Bach | Elly Bahrami | Veronica Bailey |Heather Ballachey | Mary Bartle | BC Housing Management Commission | Liezl Behm | David Bennett | Carolyn Bishop | Larry Blain | Tara Blanchet | Cathy Boulet | Sonia Bozzi | Navkiran Brar |Margaret Brodie | Natalya Brodie | Paula Brook Saltzberg | Jillian Bryan | Cicely Bryce | Morgan Burris | Cheryl Cameron | Sandra Cameron | Canadian Western Bank – West Broadway | Kandrice Cantwell | Jeff Carmichael | Lisa Carver | Adrienne Chan | Nona Chow | Brent Clark | John Clemens | Coast Capital Savings – Semiahmoo Branch | Coast Capital Savings Credit Union | Anthony Cooper | Connie Cooper | Fleur Cooper | Robert Cooper | Stephen Curran | Abby Dacho | Lara Dauphinee | Cindy David | Andrea Davies | Teo Dechev | Anne-Marie Dekker | Sheila Desmond | Lisa Devine | Gavin Dew | Dee Dhaliwal |  Bruno Di Spirito | Jill Donaldson | Alicia Doo | Chelsea Doyle | Alexandra DuBelko |Claudia Duffield | Kate Dunford | Lisa Eason | Carmen Ferragano |Troy Firth | Elyse Freeborn | FS Financial Strategies Inc  | Tina Fusco| Vanessa Gale | Ivan Gasoi | Krista Gerty | Katherine Gibson | Robin Gill | Eva Glickman |  Isabel Grant | Andrea Gray | Leigh Green| Justine Greene | Raymond Greenwood | Ross Hagen | Teanny Hall | Michael Hamata | Vicki Hamill | Amanda Harris | Orion Health |Helping Hands Club of the Workers Compensation Board | Jason Herbert | Diane Hodgins | Valerie Hodgson | Michael Howcroft |Sharon Huey | Isobel D. Hyde | Sacha Iley | Lori Irwin | Julie Isaac |Sylvie Jacques | Diane Jang | Sharon Jeroski | John D. Johnson |Jennifer Johnston | Keith M. Jones | Kara Yoo Creative | Andrea Kastanis | KCI Ketchum Canada | Marilyn R. Kent | Carol Kline |Andy Koberwitz | Beverley Kort | Kimberly Kuntz | Andrée Lalonde |Troy Lehman | Heather Lehmann | Patrizia Leone-Mitchell | Brooke Lewis | Jocelyn Lewis | Dorothy A. Li | Vincci Li | Bonnie Low | Linda Lucas | Louisa Lun | Penny Lusztig | Marigold Lyall | Marguerite Mackenzie | Christine Marks | Mark Marlow | Martha Martindale |Yuki Matsuno | Elizabeth Mayer | Esther McGregor | Erica McGuinness | Karmen McKellar | Stacey McLachlan | Peggy McLernon | Karen Michie | Gary Miller & Susan Quig | Leslie Mitton | Amir Moghadasi | Anne-Marie Molgat | Monica Morgan | Sharon Morrisroe | Cheryl M. Muir | Shelina Neallani | Randene Neill |Shannon Newman-Bennett | Patricia Newton | Lorna Nimmons |Katie O’Brien | Esther Oh | Angela Otto | David Owen | Rod Pearce |Erica Pinsky | Melissa Polak | Vijend Prasad | Paulina Prokop | Lana Pulver | Agi Radcliffe | Sheila Randall | Christine Raphael-Deras |Mark Reid | Lewis Reilly | Elizabeth Rennison | Trisha Robertson |Anna Robinson | Tara Rogers | Deborah Roitberg | Gail Ruddy |Mary Ruhl | Zulie Sachedina | Debra Saimoto | Laura Saimoto | Alexa Salter | The Eve & Ben Sevack Foundation | Sharon Singh | Lisa Skakun | Lisa Slater | Noralyn Smiley | Richard E. Smith | Sharlene Smith | Elaine Stearman | Marley Stevens | Jane Stoller | Edward Tain |Christine Tamaki | Eva Taylor | Charissa Tehrani |Rose Terzariol | Brenda Tole | Travelers Community Connections |Jennifer Trost | Lucy Twohig | Vancouver Foundation | Liza Volpiana| Tracy Vugrinec | Vivian Walker | Stephanie Walsh | Sharon M. Ward | Travis Warnyca | Cheryl Westgard | Katie White Kelly Wilcox |Peter Wilds | Carol Wilkie | Kelly Woodall | Cynthia Woodward | Hui Yeo

Supporters ($1 -$99)

Keri Adams | Lauren Akin | Siobhan Aspinall | Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley | Deanna Carette | Emily Chan | Colleen Ciccozzo | CLA Consulting inc. | Sonia Clair | Rosalie Clark | Tara Clarke | Beverly Cooper | Heather Cooper-Jones | Costco Wholesale Richmond Warehouse | Maryn Dempster | Louise Dickman | James Donald | Nadine Elder | Iva Erceg | Bethany Fehr | Janice Fingler | Christina Florencio Donald Forbes | Elyse Freeborn | Adrian Gatrill | Deidre Gill | Theoni Gill | Meryl Glotman | Kristin Gray | Jessica Hoffman | Anil Kapil | Karin Kemeny | Grace Kim |  Susanne Kingshott | Jan Klimek | Patricia Ko | Lisa Kowan | Winnie Lai-Fong | Susanna Lam | Carrie Lane | Benjamin Last | Yvonne Lee | Winnie Leong | Jennifer MacDonald | Sarah McAlpine | Janet McFarlane | Lorraine Meltzer | Philippe Mendelson | Rick Narang | Jaslyn Nguyen | Sara Nielson | Cindy Noble | Robert Parker | Rochelle Pauls | Richard Polishak | Jill Purdy | Aimee Seto | Samantha Sheffield | Karen Slessor | Kirsten Snell | V Marlene Soby | Mary Stojcevski | Liisa Stover | Kayla Strong | Tracy Theemes | Niels Veldhuis | Stella Wang | Laura West | Janice Whyte | Carmen Wiseman | Rozelle Young