Give the gift of travel!
Thank you to WestJet for everything you do, to help us Start Something BIG! Because of WestJet's generosity, we are once again selling WestJet Raffle tickets: WIN 2 round trip tickets to anywhere WestJet flies!! The odds are 1 in 500. Make someone's Christmas bright by gifting these to loved ones, coworkers, clients, yourself! Tickets sell for $10 each, and can be purchase through our office. Come on in between 8am-4pm, or phone 604.852.3331.
A HUGE shout-out and thank-you to Founders Cup for a $5,000 grant!
AND to Impact Hoops (pictured below) for the $1,000 they raised on our behalf
A HUGE thank you goes out to Hot Tommy's and to SKT Farm Market!
Hot Tommy's hosted "Christmas for Kids' Breakfast at Hot Tommy's" with donated vegetables from SKT Farm Market, making the most amazing omelets, by donation on Sunday November 27th, raising a whopping $1800 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley!!
We are so pleased and honored that they put in all this effort and passion into our LITTLES, and the donated money will be going directly to our BIG and LITTLE Christmas Party on December 2nd.
Hot Tommy's (2296 Townline Road, Abbotsford) &
SKT Farm Market (Unit C - 2369 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford)
Please help Ledgeview Golf Club help your community!
Purchase a $100.00 gift card (or more) at Ledgeview Golf Club, and partial proceeds will be donated to the charity of YOUR choice: Abbotsford's Holmberg House, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, and Abbotsford Community Services. Thank you for your generosity, Ledgeview!
We've been certified as a Living Wage Employer by Living Wage For Families!
Denise Thandi of United Way Fraser Valley and Shakira Miracle from Vibrant Abbotsford recognized Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley with a plaque on November 14th at our Abbotsford office. Board members Sheri Yakashiro (acting chair person) and David Dick celebrated with staff.
A Living Wage Employer demonstrates support of the idea that an organization should not employ workers at poverty-level wages or sub-contract with employers who pay poverty-level wages. It proves we believe hard work should be rewarded with adequate pay and benefits and that people who work full time should not live in poverty.
A Big Thank You to Telus Vancouver Community Board for sponsoring a series of art classes in conjunction with The Reach Gallery Museum and Big Brothers Big Sisters. The most recent art class provided a handful of our Bigs and Littles the chance to get their hands a little dirty with making one-of-a kind pottery creations. These classes encourages our matches to explore self-expression, creativity and imagination.
On September 17th, Cottonwood Shopping Centre in Chilliwack, and Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford hosted the
Be You Event
With the help of Big Sisters, Morgaurd, and the Sparkle Project BC, this exciting event was created to increase self-esteem, and to empower girls across Canada. They celebrated their growth, diversity and self-worth, while learning how to better access personal and professional development tools.
See the video link below to learn more:
Our Mentoring Coordinator Cassie went to Fort McMurray for a week and a half, providing support for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office, training new staff and helping them get back on track after the devastating wildfires and evacuations this year. Cassie says "I have been so inspired by the resiliency and courage of the people I have met here. I am also excited to support the new staff in preparing to expand their programs to support the children who lost their homes and schools in the fire." While she worked long days and weeks, Cassie also managed to witness the Northern Lights one night!
Important News regarding children, youth and mental health.
We enjoyed learning from Mary-Anna Ennis of Fraser Health's START (Short Term, Assessment, Response Treatment) program. Mary-Anna informed us of what START has to offer to children and youth in the Fraser Valley who experience a mental health crisis.
START is an assessment and intervention program for children and youth ages 6-18 who experience a mental health crisis.
They are a team of masters-level clinicians and a physiatrist who provide in-person mental health assessments, short term therapy, psychiatry, professional consultation and community education.
START is available to Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope to Boston Bar.
Outreach appointments are also available to families who are unable to visit an office. The services can also be helpful for parents whose children are experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 1.844.START11 (1.844.782.7811) for more information and/or to inquiry about receiving support.
Please share this information with people and organizations within your circles.
We are honored to announce that Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley is a recipient of a $16,400 Grant from First West Envision ( @FirstWestFDN ) for our Human Services Career Program!
Thank you for your support, First West Envision!
Thank you Honorable Minister of Education, Mr. Mike Bernier, for your visit on June 16, 2016, to our Human Services Career Program.
A huge congratulations to Little Sister Crystal, who has won a CIBC Youthvision Scholarship!
Mentioned in the attached article:
"The Mission teen, will receive six summer internships through the YMCA, beginning right after Grade 10, and a $4000 annual contribution towards tuition for four years.
'This scholarship has opened so many doors for my future, and I can’t wait to explore and discover what lies ahead.' "
We are so proud of you, Crystal!
Hats off to
Cap-It Genuine Truckware
Cap-it Genuine Truckware are leaders in their industry. With nearly 30 stores across Canada, the ownership group of Cap-it are proud to give back to their community.
Since 1977, when Hank Funk first began manufacturing truck canopies and selling them alongside RV supplies under the Rover Recreation Centre banner in Abbotsford, BC, the Funk family and its companies have been generous, active community supporters.
The establishment of the Cap-it name and franchise concept in 1990 enabled the Funk family to celebrate incredible growth and raise the standard in the truck accessory industry.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley appreciates Cap-it's investment in the future of youth across Canada. With its financial commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters, we have been able to serve 100 at-risk youth locally.
Some of the other organizations that receive support from Cap-it and the Funk family include:
- Food Banks Canada
- Youth Unlimited
- Athletes in Action
- Power to Change
- Canadian Gain Project
- The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford
Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds on Friday for the hashtag #CapItFriday. This is where and when we will share bits of fun and wisdom inspired by Cap-It and the Funk family.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the
Province of British Columbia in support of our new Human Service
Career Program. The Cheque was presented by the Honorable Minister of
Finance, Mr. Michael de Jong to Maureen Berlin, Executive Director.
We would like to thank Dale from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board for stopping in to our office with their donation of $2000.
| Wow!! A HUGE thank you to Community Gaming, for their grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters Fraser Valley for $215,000!! Every dollar will go towards helping youth in our community. Thank you for helping us Start Something Big!|
Giving starts with you
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we appreciate all supporters, from donors to volunteers to advocates. We believe that changing the course of young lives can in turn change our community's future. Your donations help us make and sustain matches between Bigs and Littles - and instantly make you a part of our family.
| Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley currently has dozens of children on the waitlist for a mentor in the Fraser Valley. Help us Start Something BIG by helping to sponsor matches !|
Why Not Start Something
Do you have one hour a week to share with a child? Would you like to spend time with a child who is looking for a friend? Start something today and enroll in our In School Mentoring Program. Spend one hour a week with your new Little Buddy, at their school, during school hours, having fun, chatting, doing crafts and hobbies. Just hanging out.
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We Want Your Stuff!
Drop off your gently used clothing and other household items at one of our RenewCrew bins, (or call for a pick-up at 1.866.521.4393) and You can Start Something for a young person. Find out more here...