Who We Are
Every child in the BC Lower Mainland who needs a mentor, has a mentor.
Big Sisters is committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive relationships with female mentors.
Our Strategic Plan 2017 to 2020
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) | The Province of British Columbia | Peter & Joanne Brown | The Estate of Bernard Reed | The River Foundation | United Way of the Lower Mainland
The UPS Foundation | City of Vancouver | Windsor Plywood Foundation
The 1988 Foundation – Lotte & John Hecht Foundation | Boeing Canada-Aeroinfo | Michael Borden | Canadian Western Bank | CKNW Orphan’s Fund | Coast Capital Savings | Diamond Foundation | Face the World Foundation | Family Services of Greater Vancouver | Denise Karkkainen | The Lutsky Families | Manulife Financial | Cynthia Miles | John Montalbano | Norton Rose Fulbright | A.E (Ted) and Deanna M. Turton Charitable Foundation | Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society | Amir & Yasmin Virani Family Foundation | Matthew Wood
Adventus Capital Partners | Air Canada Community Investments (GIK) | Ames Family Foundation | Andrew Mahon Foundation | Christina Anthony | David Beck | Val & Dick Bradshaw | Mike Brankston | City of Burnaby | Dr. Ron Burnett | Cedarhurst Foundation | Ben Cherniavsky | Marlene Cohen | Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation | Constellation Brands | Gayla and John DeHart | Paul Del Rossi | Kevin De Sousa | Marguerite Ford | Brenda Gershkovitch | Ruston Goepel | Goldcorp | Grante Goodwyn | Kay Gray | The Greygates Foundation | The Hamber Foundation | Harbour West Consulting | Heather Hesson | The ILLAHIE Foundation | Salim Karim | Jodi Kelleher | Phil Kern | Kiwanis Club of Vancouver | L’abattoir Restaurant | Anthony Lanni | Lohn Foundation | Michael Low | Jennifer Mackenzie | Donald MacPherson | Hanif Mamdani | Marquis Wine Cellars Inc | Wesley Marstaller | Mathisen Family Private Foundation | Marjan Mazaheri | McCarthy Tetrault Foundation | Tracey McVicar | Susan Mendelson and Jack Lutsky | Metropolis at Metrotown | Judith Mewhort | Shannon and Brad Newman-Bennett | The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver | The Corporation of the District of North Vancouver | North Vancouver Kiwanis Foundation | Linda Parsons | Plum | PNG Enterprise Foundation | Raymond James Canada Foundation | RBC Foundation | Kristopher Rennie | City of Richmond | Lisa Ridgedale | Ken and Patricia Shields | Shoppers Drug Mart LIFE Foundation | Doug Stadelman | Jonathan Stewart | TELUS | Carmen S. Thériault | Deanna Turton | The Vancouver Courier (GIK) | Van Tel/Safeway Credit Union Legacy Fund | ViRTUS | West Vancouver Community Foundation | Damon Williams | The Wolrige Foundation | Colin Yu
Advent Real Estate Services | Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin & Lang | Avanade | Catherine Barr | BC Business Magazine | Beedie Development Group | Bell Media Vancouver | Bella Wines | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | BLVD Marketing Group | Bond Reproductions | CAI Capital Management Co. | Capital Direct | Capital West Mortgage Inc. | Chill Winston | Clark Wilson LLP | Connect-Cash Services Inc. | Constellation Brands | Credential Asset Management Inc. | Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd | Deloitte | Dilawri Group of Companies | Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel Inc | DLA Piper (Canada) LLP | EY | Fasken Martineau | Fastsigns Surrey | FreshTAP | Glacier Media | Grant Thornton LLP | Grosvenor | HNW Services Inc. | Howling Bluff Estate Wines | Ironwood Dental Centre | ivivva | Joey Restaurant Group | KPMG | The Lazy Gourmet | Lifetime Captures Photography | Lonsdale Event Rentals | Mira and Soleil Lutsky | Marquis Wine Cellars Inc. | Thomas Maxey | McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group | Media One | Merchant Advance Capital Ltd | Miss604 | News1130 | Nichol Vineyard | MLA Canada | ONNI Group | Park Shore BMW | Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation | Phillips, Hager & North | Pivotal Projects | Plum | Primex Investments Ltd | PrintPrint | Promosa Management Inc. | PurAthletics | RBC Wealth Management | Sauder School of Business – UBC | Scorpion Technologies Ltd. | Scotiabank | Signorello Estate-Napa Valley | Silver Wheaton | STAT Search Analytics | StennerZohny Investment Partners + Richardson GMP Limited | Marlow Hesson Wealth Partnership Group | Vela Wealth Management | Vikaash Prasad Photography | ViRTUS | Windsor Plywood Foundation