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We enable life changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential in female, female-identifying, gender fluid, non-binary, transgender and two-spirited youth

We Champion Potential at Big Sisters

We enable life changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential in female, female-identifying, non-binary, and transgender youth

About Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

We enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential in youth. Big Sisters provides direct service to children and youth, who through no fault of their own, may be facing adversity by matching them with caring volunteers in quality one-to-one mentoring relationships. We ensure that children and youth facing adversity have the relationships they need to become resilient and realise their full potential.

Our Mission

Enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.

Our Vision

All young people realise their full potential.

We Are Your Experts in Mentoring

Big Sisters provides direct service to children and youth facing adversity by matching them with caring volunteers in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at recruiting and screening volunteers; making intentional, meaningful matches; and providing the support necessary for mentoring relationships to have a lasting impact.

MEET OUR TEAM ↓

Want to get in touch with a team member from Big Sister? Meet the team at Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland. We’re here to help with any questions or inquiries.

CHANTELLE KRISH

Executive Director
E: ckrish@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 778-938-9544

ALICE WILCOX

Programs & Database Administrator
E: awilcox@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-873-4525

ANDRÉE LALONDE

Human Resources and Operations Manager
E: alalonde@bigsisters.bc.ca

ANGIE DUBÉ

Programs Team Lead & Advanced Education Liaison
E: adube@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-300-8199

ANNIE CHON

Donor Relations & Database Coordinator
E: achon@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-802-4009

ANTONIA KALMACOFF JENNINGS

Senior Director of Development and Communications
E: akjennings@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-500-1617

CINDY MORRISON

Grant Writer
E: cmorrison@bigsisters.bc.ca

GABRIELINA LAGOU

Big Sisters Mentoring Coordinator
E: glagou@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 236-688-4029

IVY CHIANG

Study Buddy and Go Girls! Program Manager
E: ichiang@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-832-9136

JULIANA CHOW

Go Girls! Program Coordinator and Community Engagement Liaison
E: jchow@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 778-513-4395

KATE FLEMING

Study Buddy Mentoring Coordinator
E: kfleming@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 236-688-4195

KATRINA VON SALZEN

Study Buddy Mentoring Coordinator
E: kvonsalzen@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-396-8986

KRISTIN KOTZÉ

Accountant
E: kkotze@bigsisters.bc.ca

LAURA DUONG

Graphic Designer & Communications Coordinator
E: lduong@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-812-5328

LAURA KIEVIT

Big Sisters Mentoring Coordinator
E: lkievit@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-500-1662

LISA NG

Manager, Events and Partnerships
E: lng@bigsisters.bc.ca

MARIA OLIVER

Executive and Office Administrator
E: moliver@bigsisters.bc.ca

MARLEY STEVENS

Volunteer & Recruitment Coordinator
E: mstevens@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-339-1097

MARNI WEINSTEIN

Events Assistant
E: mweinstein@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 778-513-3126

MEENA AUJLA

Go Girls! Program Coordinator
E: maujla@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 778-697-0961

PAULA HERRERO

Big Sisters Mentoring Coordinator
E: pherrero@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-300-7373

SARA LAI

Study Buddy Mentoring Coordinator
E: slai@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 778-697-0967

SNOW NGUYEN

Marketing Communications Assistant
E: MCassistant@bigsisters.bc.ca

TATIANA PINERIRO

Big Sisters Mentoring Coordinator
E: tpineiro@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 236-688-3257

VANESSA 'NESS' GALE

Go Girls! Program Team Lead
E: vgale@bigsisters.bc.ca
P: 604-836-2122

Meet Our Honorary Advisory Board ↓

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. 

CATHY BROWN

Director, Windsor Plywood Foundation

JOANNE BROWN

ROXANA COLQUHOUN

Co-Founder & Principal, HNW Services Inc.

CHARMAINE CROOKS,C.M

Olympian, President NGU Consultants

GAYLA DEHART

Nurse Next Door; Achieve Excellence Consulting

ED DES ROCHES

JILL DIAMOND

Executive Director, Diamond Foundation

LISA ETHANS

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

KAY GRAY

Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

MARGOT JAGGER

Principal, Margot Jagger Design

MARTINA LEE

Senior Legal Counsel, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

SARAH MCNEILL

Co-Founder, McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group

TRACEY MCVICAR

Managing Director, CAI Capital Management

SUSAN MENDELSON

Owner, The Lazy Gourmet

SHANNON NEWMAN-BENNETT‎

Executive Director of Cause We Care Foundation

KATIE O’BRIEN

LINDA PARSONS

Retired, former Partner, DLA Piper

PATRICIA SHIELDS

Principal On-Leave; Educational Consultant

CARMEN THÉRIAULT

Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP

SUSAN TOMAINE

Partner, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP

TERRI-LYNN BROWN

Regional Director, Scotiatrust Western Canada

HEATHER HESSON

Portfolio Manager and Senior Investment Advisor, TD Wealth Private Investment Advice

MARK MARLOW

Portfolio Manager and Senior Investment Advisor, TD Wealth Private Investment Advice
 

We are grateful to have Her Honour, the Honourable Janet Austin
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, serve as our Organization’s Honourary Patron.

Meet Our Board Of Directors ↓

Meet Big Sisters Board of Directors! We are guided by an amazing team of volunteers who are members and leaders in business and community. All members of the board bring extensive experience and are committed and passionate about giving back to their communities and supporting families and children in need.

Chair

Lorna Nimmons

Chair
Vice-Chair

Carol Robinson

Vice-Chair
Secretary

Ashley Baker

Secretary
Treasurer

Wesley Marstaller

Treasurer
Director

Tara Amiri-Khaledi

Director
Director

Julia Hibbard

Director
Director

Laura Jeffery

Director
Director

Jennifer MacKenzie

Director
Director

Amir Moghadasi

Director
Director

Renee Murdoch

Director
Director

Anisha Virani

Director

2021 – 2024 strategic plan

View our 2021 – 2024 Strategic Plan.

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ANNUAL REPORTS and financials

See Big Sister’s annual reports and audited financial statements.

2020

2020 Annual Report and Audited Financials

 We served nearly 600 youth in 2020. Download Big Sisters annual reports and strategic plans from our 2020 fiscal year. Learn about our goals and how we’re implementing them through our strategic plans. 

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2019

2019 Annual Report and audited financials

We served over 855 Youth in 2019. Download Big Sister’s annual reports and strategic plans from our 2019 fiscal year. Learn about our goals and how we’re implementing them through our strategic plans.

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2018

2018 Annual Report and audited financials

We served over 750 Youth in 2018. Download Big Sister’s annual reports and strategic plans from our 2018 fiscal year. Learn about our goals and how we’re implementing them through our strategic plans.

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Download Financial Report >>