Who We Are
Every child in the BC Lower Mainland who needs a mentor, has a mentor.
We Champion Potential
As an organization that seeks to build self-esteem, we believe that every person has limitless potential and individual strengths. We seek to maximize these traits in each person who is a part of Big Sisters: the Little Sisters who haven’t yet seen what they are capable of; the mentors who are realizing their capability as role models; our supporters and community partners whose collaboration and backing is needed to help us build sustainable programs; and the volunteers and staff whose skills and knowledge help guide and grow this organization.
Every Connection Counts
Every get together, every phone call, every email, every letter, every hello and goodbye – matters. We are an organization that seeks to build connections: between mentor and mentee; organization and supporter; employee and colleague; family and caseworker. We know that building strong connections requires honesty, consistency and respect and we seek to foster those in every connection we make, every day.
Showing Up Matters
One of the most important aspects of effective mentoring is being there. When we consistently show up for our Little Sisters – as mentors, caseworkers, champions and advocates – it matters to them. When we show up – to a meeting, to work, or to a get-together with a Little Sister – we bring everything we’ve got to the table, every time. We are present, open and engaged.
Board of Directors
Honourary 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.
- JANET AUSTIN
- CEO, YWCA Metro 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
- KAY GRAY, Chair
- Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
- MARGOT JAGGER
- Principal, Margot Jagger Design
- DENISE KARKKAINEN
- Principal, Bravura Business Solutions Inc.
- SARAH MCNEILL
- Co-Founder, McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group
- TRACEY MCVICAR
- Managing Director, CAI Capital Management
- SUSAN MENDELSON
- Owner, The Lazy Gourmet
- RENATE M. MUELLER, CA
- President, AMAC Consultants Inc.
- SHANNON NEWMAN-BENNETT
- Director Family Services, YWCA Metro Vancouver
- KATIE O’BRIEN
- Co-Owner, Plum Clothing
- LINDA PARSONS
- Retired, former Partner, Davis LLP
- MICHELLE RUPP
- Principal, Lighthouse Leadership Ltd.
- PATRICIA SHIELDS
- Principal On-Leave; Educational Consultant
- RON STERN
- President, Stern Partners Inc.
- CARMEN THERIAULT
- Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP
- SHEILA TUCKER
- Lawyer, Shapray Cramer Fitterman Lamer
HONOURARY ADVISORY BOARD ALUMNI
Catherine Boivie * Barbara Constantine * Shelley Ferris * Marguerite Ford * 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
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!
We are pleased to recognize and thank the following donors and sponsors for their generous support for our programs and events over the past year. Bolded names are Loyalty Circle members that have made multi-year commitments or who donate monthly.
Bell Media (GIK) | Cottonwood Foundation | The Estate of Bernard Reed | Global BC (GIK) | Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation | The Province of British Columbia | The River Foundation | Rogers Radio (Jack FM, KISS FM, News 1130) (GIK) | United Way of the Lower Mainland
A.E. (Ted) and Deanna M. Turton Charitable Foundation | City of Vancouver | The UPS Foundation | Windsor Plywood Foundation
The 1988 Foundation – Lotte & John Hecht Foundation | Amir & Yasmin Virani Family Foundation | Boeing Canada-Aeroinfo | Boston Pizza Foundation | Canadian Western Bank | City of Burnaby | City of Vancouver | CKNW Orphans’ Fund | Coast Capital Savings | Cynthia Miles | Denise Karkkainen | Diamond Foundation | Face the World Foundation | Family Services of Greater Vancouver | First Light Foundation | John Montalbano | The Lutsky Families | MAW Charitable Trust | Michael Borden | Miss604 (GIK) | RBC Foundation, Brand & Communications, BC | Scott Lamont | Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society
Adventus Capital Partners | Air Canada Community Investments (GIK) | Alex Chisholm | Ames Family Foundation | Andrew Mahon Foundation | Ben Cherniavsky | Capital Direct | Carmen S. Thériault | Cedarhurst Foundation | Chris Spencer Foundation | Christina Anthony | City of Richmond | Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation | Coquitlam Foundation | The Corporation of the District of North Vancouver | Damon Williams | David Beck | Deanna Turton | Donald MacPherson | Doug Stadelman | First West Foundation | Gayla and John DeHart | Georgia Straight (GIK) | Glacier Media (GIK) | Goldcorp | Grante Goodwyn | The Greygates Foundation | The Hamber Foundation | Hani Lammam | Hanif Mamdani | Harbour West Consulting | Heather Hesson | The ILLAHIE Foundation | The James and Kathleen Winton Foundation | Jennifer MacKenzie | Joanne and Peter Brown | Jodi Kelleher | Jonathan Stewart | Judith Mewhort | Kay Gray | Kevin De Sousa | Kiwanis Club of Vancouver | Kristopher Rennie | L’abattoir Restaurant | Linda Parsons | Lisa Ridgedale | Lohn Foundation | Luke and Marco Montalbano | The Lutsky Families | Manulife Financial | Marguerite Ford | Marjan Mazaheri | Marlene Cohen | Marquis Wine Cellars Inc. | Martina H. Lee | Mathisen Family Private Foundation | McCarthy Tetrault Foundation | Metropolis at Metrotown (GIK) | Mike Brankston | Mike Desjardins | Norton Rose Fulbright | Paul Del Rossi | Plum Clothing Ltd. | PNG Enterprise Foundation | Point Grey Golf & Country Club | Provincial Employees Community Services Fund | Richard Wittstock | Ron Burnett | Ruston Goepel | Salim Karim | Sarah K. McNeill | Shannon and Brad Newman-Bennett | Shoppers Drug Mart LIFE Foundation | Val & Dick Bradshaw | Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund | Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society | Wesley Marstaller | West Vancouver Community Foundation | The Wolrige Foundation
Advent Real Estate Services | Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang | Avanade Canada Inc. | BC Business Magazine (GIK) | Beedie Development Group | Bell Media Vancouver (GIK) | Bella Wines | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | BLVD Marketing Group | Bond Reproductions | Business in Vancouver | CAI Capital Management Co. | Capital Direct | Capital West Mortgage Inc. | Catherine Barr | Chill Winston | Clark Wilson LLP | Cocktails and Canapes Catering and Events | The Conconi Foundation | Connect-Cash Services Inc. | Constellation Brands | Credential Asset Management Inc. | Daily Hive | Darwin Construction | Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd | Deep Cove Limited Partnership | Deloitte | Dilawri Group of Companies | Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel Inc | DLA Piper (Canada) LLP | Donnelly Financial Solutions | Downtown New West BIA | Dunbar Dental Center – Dr. Anna Pranata Inc. | EY | Fasken Martineau | Fastsigns Surrey | Free Yumm | FreshTAP | Ganache Patisserie | Georgia Straight | Glacier Media | Global BC | Grant Thornton LLP | Grosvenor | Harbour West Consulting | Hemlock Printing | HNW Services Inc. | Howling Bluff Estate Wines | Inner Fire | Ironwood Dental Centre | ivivva | Joey Restaurant Group | Kettner Creative Inc. | KPMG | The Lazy Gourmet | Lifetime Captures Photography | Lonsdale Event Rentals | Maplewood Village Limited Partnership | Marlow Hesson Wealth Partnership Group | Marquis Wine Cellars Inc. | McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group | Media One | Merchant Advance Capital Ltd | Milk Creative Communications | Mira and Soleil Lutsky | MLA Canada | Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. | News1130 | Nichol Vineyard | Norton Rose Fulbright | ONNI Group | Park Shore BMW | Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation | Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management | Pivotal Projects | Plum Clothing Ltd. | Primex Investments Ltd | PrintPrint Vancouver | Promosa Management Inc. | PurAthletics | RBC Wealth Management | Rogers Radio (Jack FM, KISS FM, News 1130) | Ron Millos | Sauder School of Business – UBC | Scorpion Technologies Ltd. | Scotiabank | Signorello Estate-Napa Valley | Skoah | Soirette | STAT Search Analytics | StennerZohny Investment Partners + Richardson GMP Limited | Taste Nirvana Coconut Water / Horizon Distributors | Teck Resources Limited | Thomas Maxey | Total Therapy | Vela Wealth Management | Vikaash Prasad Photography | ViRTUS | Vivreau Advanced Water Systems | Westminster Management Corporation | Wheaton Precious Metals | WhistlerAccommodation.com Properties Ltd | Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc. | Windsor Plywood Foundation | WSP Projects Inc