Who We Are
Every child and youth 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.
- 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
Janet Austin * 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.
Cottonwood Foundation | Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation | The Estate of Bernard Reed | The Province of British Columbia | United Way of the Lower Mainland
Bell Media* | City of Vancouver | First Light Foundation | Frank and Francis Darling Family Fund
A.E. (Ted) and Deanna M. Turton Charitable Foundation | Amir & Yasmin Virani Family Foundation | Boeing Canada- Aeroinfo | Carmen S. Thériault | CKNW Orphans’ Fund | Coast Capital Savings | Diamond Foundation | Family Services of Greater Vancouver | Jay Fleming | Microsoft Canada Inc. | Miss604* | Provincial Employees Community Services Fund | RBC Foundation, Brand & Communications, BC | Sassan Pourfar | The Lutsky Families | The River Foundation | UPS Foundation, Inc. | Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society | Windsor Plywood Foundation
Alex Chisholm | Alison Parry | Allan Cunningham | Ames Family Foundation | Andrew Mahon Foundation | Boston Pizza Foundation | Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd. | Capital Direct | Carol Robinson | Century Plaza Hotel and Spa | Chanel Inc. | Chris Spencer Foundation | Christina Anthony | CIBC Children’s Foundation | City of Burnaby | City of Richmond | Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation | Coquitlam Foundation | David Race | Deanna Turton | Deborah Money | DeHart Education & Poverty Relief Foundation | Denise Karkkainen | Doug Stadelman | Earlston Investments Corp. | Esther Chetner | First West Foundation | Frank Moscone | Gayla and John DeHart | Goldcorp | Great Canadian Gaming | Hani Lammam | Heather Hesson | James Dales | Jennifer Johnston | Jennifer MacKenzie | Jeremy Sheppard | Jill Diamond | Joanne and Peter Brown | Joanne R. Lysyk | Jodi Kelleher | Judith Mewhort | Kay Gray | Kevin De Sousa | Kevin Meikle | KPMG Foundation | Lana Pulver | Langara Foundation | Laura Saimoto | Laura van Dieman | Lee Rennison and Dave Plunkett | Linda Parsons | Lohn Foundation | Lorna Nimmons | Luke and Marco Montalbano | Manulife Financial | Marcus Ewert-Jones | Marjan Mazaheri | Marlene Cohen | Martina H. Lee | Mathisen Family Private Foundation | McCarthy Tétrault Foundation | Metropolis at Metrotown | Mike Chiu | Mike Desjardins | North Shore Community Foundation | Paul Del Rossi | Paul Geyer | Plum Clothing Ltd. | Point Grey Golf & Country Club | Rexall Foundation | Richard Wittstock | Risa Levine | Robert Brown | Roxana Colquhoun | Ruston Goepel | Sarah K. McNeill | Scott Tingren | Seedlings Foundation | Sergio Cocchia | Shamir Alibhai | Shanni Eckford | Shannon and Brad Newman-Bennett | Shoppers Drug Mart LIFE Foundation | Stephen De Jong | Sue Paish | Tara Amiri | The 1988 Foundation – Lotte & John Hecht Foundation | The Bogden Family | The Conconi Foundation | The Corporation of the City of North Vancouver | The Corporation of the District of North Vancouver | The Greygates Foundation | The Hamber Foundation | The ILLAHIE Foundation | The James and Kathleen Winton Foundation | The Wolrige Foundation | Wesley Marstaller | West Vancouver Community Foundation
Advent Real Estate Services | Air Canada Community Investments* | BC Business Magazine* | BCLiving* | Beedie Development Group | Bell Media* | Bella Wines* | Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | BlueShore Financial | Brandon Elliot Photography* | Business in Vancouver* | CAI Capital Management Co. | Capital Direct I Income Trust | Capital West Mortgage Inc. | Catherine Barr* | Cocktails and Canapes Catering and Events* | Connect-Cash Services Inc. | Credential Asset Management Inc. | Daily Hive* | Darwin Construction | Deep Cove Limited Partnership | Deloitte | Dilawri Group of Companies* | Dixon Mitchell Investment Counsel Inc. | Donnelly Financial Solutions* | Downtown New West BIA* | Dunbar Dental Center – Dr. Anna Pranata Inc. | Eclipse Awards* | Ellis Design* | EY | Fairmont Hotel Vancouver* | Fasken Martineau | First Light Foundation | Flow Smart Living* | Flower Wall Vancouver* | Free Yumm* | FreshTAP* | Galloway Botteselle & Company | Ganache Patisserie* | Gather Marketplace* | Georgia Straight* | Glacier Media (Vancouver Courier & Westender)* | Global BC* | Grosvenor Canada Limited | Halfmoon Yoga* | 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 LLP | Lifetime Captures Photography* | Lonsdale Event Rentals* | Lugaro Jewellers* | Maplewood Village Limited Partnership | Marquis Wine Cellars* | Thomas Maxey* | McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group | Media One* | Merchant Advance Capital Ltd | Milk Creative Communications* | Mira and Soleil Lutsky | MLA Canada | Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. | Norton Rose Fulbright | ONNI Group | Park Shore BMW | Peter & Joanne Brown Foundation | Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management | Primex Investments Ltd | PrintPrint Vancouver* | Promosa Management Inc.* | PSAV* | Rogers Radio (Jack FM, KISS FM, News 1130)* | Recycling Alternative* | Scorpion Technologies Ltd. | Scotiabank | Signorello Estate-Napa Valley* | Skoah* | Soirette Macarons & Tea* | STAT Search Analytics | Steamworks* | Stephanie Lamy Photography* | Taste Nirvana Coconut Water / Horizon Distributors* | Teck Resources Limited | The Conconi Foundation | The Lazy Gourmet* | Total Therapy* | Sheila Tucker | Turner Media* | UniTrust Protection Services Canada Ltd. | US Consultate* | Vancity Savings Credit Union | Vancouver Sun* | Vikaash Prasad Photography* | ViRTUS | Vivreau Advanced Water Systems* | West Coast Homes & Design* | WestJet Cares for Kids* | Westminster Management Corporation | Wheaton Precious Metals | Whites Location Equipment Supply Inc.* | Windsor Plywood Foundation