Dear Big Sisters Community,Spring is a season of renewal and growth, and at Big Sisters, we are embracing this spirit with enthusiasm.We’re grateful for our volunteers who support girls and youth across the Lower Mainland, and we’re excited to resume in-person service delivery and community events, including our in-school group mentoring program Go Girls! One of the things that makes our programs unique is the long running nature of some of our matches and the depth of the commitment that is demonstrated by the Mentors and Mentees. Last year the average length of matches was over five years. I recently learned of a match who were first connected in 1974 and they still speak every day. It’s these deep connections that […]
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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 […]
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 […]