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