Big Sister’s Exectuve Director, Chantelle Krish was featured The Discovery Pod. She talks about mentorship that she’s received and the mentorship that she provides as leader!.
Free Activities and Events to Honour Truth and Reconciliation Day in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland in 2022
At Big Sisters, we honour that the land on which we work and mentor is the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), QayQayt First Nation, Kwantlen, q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen First Nations, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), and Stó:lō Nation.
more than clothes “Artizia gifted the chance for so many of the youth we support to connect with their peers and create shared memories” – Chantelle Krish, Executive Director of Big Sisters Thanks to our friends at Aritzia, 100 youth who are currently part of the Big Sisters programs received the amazing opportunity to go on a shopping spree for back-to-school outfits at the annual Aritzia Warehouse sale. Aritzia’s community initiative offered 100 wristbands for the Littles and their families to grow their wardrobe and pick out new clothing items and accessories for the new school year! The youth were able to shop comfortably at no cost, and just in time for the beginning of school. A mother of one Little […]
Share the power of mentorship this September. Happy Big Brothers Big Sisters Month! For over 60 years, Big Sisters has continued to recognize the importance mentorship has on the youth in our communities. In the Lower Mainland, there are 135 youth on the waitlist looking for a caring and supportive mentor. With your support, we can: recruit volunteer mentors into our programs to support youth, fulfill the need of mentorship in our communities, bring awareness to the programs we provide, create a lasting impact for years to come. Did you know… 91% of youth reported being more disconnected from their community than pre-pandemic. However, 70% of youth who had regular contact with their mentor said it helped them feel less […]
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland believes that every child and youth in the BC Lower Mainland who needs a mentor, should have a mentor. We provide positive mentorships to female, female-identifying, gender fluid, non-binary, transgender, and two-spirited children and youth who face challenges like bullying, isolation, poverty, abuse, social anxiety, low self-esteem, and more. Our programs are open to volunteers and youth who identify as female, transgender, or gender fluid. No one will be turned away based on these identities. We are committed to providing safe, inclusive environments for all individuals.
I was honoured to join Big Sisters as Executive Director on June 15th. It’s an organization that I had personally admired for many years because of the difference it makes in the lives of youth in our community. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to provide expert support to the over 650 youth and volunteers Big Sisters serves each year. Stories like that of Ashley and Mariah in this newsletter, exemplify the deep bonds our organization creates. Of course, all this would not be possible without the strength of our supporters and partners. Each year at our Annual Luminary Soiree, Big Sisters recognizes a person or people in the community who have moved the needle on mentorship and youth empowerment. This […]
Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is pleased to announce the selection of Chantelle Krish as its new Executive Director. Chantelle steps into the role following Hanne Madsen, who has provided integral leadership to the organization’s programming and services with a deep commitment to the community, youth, and staff.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, we want to share that our Executive Director, Hanne Madsen, will be leaving the Agency to pursue other opportunities in retirement. Thanks to Hanne’s commitment and contributions over her tenure, Big Sisters is well positioned for success in the future.
We at Big Sisters are so grateful for our supporters and volunteers who together helped us deliver 20,000+ mentoring hours to over 600 youth in our community! The impacts of these efforts will be felt today and well into the future. As many of you know, March 8th is International Women’s Day and the theme this year is #BreakTheBias, encouraging all to think how they can challenge gender biases in their workplaces and communities to create a more equitable world. Big Sisters knows that mentorship is key to fulfilling this challenge. Mentored youth have been shown to be more likely to hold senior leadership positions, give back their communities and earn higher wages over a lifetime. We are committed to […]
Scroll below to read the recent Spring 2021 Newsletter! Dear Big Sisters Community, As we approach the spring, I am conscious that this can be atime for renewal and a time of celebration. I’m so proud to share that, with your help, we served over595 youth last year! This includes our dedicated team not only supporting youth in our programs,but also their families, our volunteers and continuing to help ignite potential andbuild resilience ensuring the brightest possible future for all Little Sisters. Successes of the last year are part of a long history of dedicated individualshelping to make a real difference in the lives of all the youth Big Sisters serves. Asyou’ll read, this is truly exemplified by the story […]