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Across the Fraser Valley, there are hundreds of hoops without nets and hundreds of kids without Big Brothers or Big Sisters. This June, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley and Abbotsford Basketball Network are hanging purple basketball nets on hoops across the Fraser Valley, to bring Big and Little brothers and sisters together through basketball. 

You can join the #purplenetproject and make a meaningful difference in a kid's life by inquiring about volunteering to become a Big Brother or Big Sister. For the first 40 inquiries made in the month of June, we will hang a purple net on an empty basketball hoop in the Fraser Valley, just mention Purple Net Project when inquiring about volunteering here online, if calling us at 604-852-3331 or by email inquiry to bigbrothersbigsisters.ca 

Click here to inquire about volunteering.

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 At our Annual General Meeting on April 26th, we were please to award the following volunteers with our 2016 Volunteer Award, for their work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley:

Amar, from Mission, for his BIG Brother work with LITTLE Brother Alief
Courage, from Mission, for his BIG Brother work with LITTLE Brother Ali

Nicole, from Ridge Meadows, for her BIG Sister work with LITTLE Sister Cassidy

Sheryl, from Abbotsford, for her BIG Sister work with LITTLE Sister Erica

PJ, from Chilliwack, for his work with Game On! Mentoring and more

The Board also acknowledged Lonny Andrews for his ongoing contributions and encouragement of volunteerism. 


Bowl For Kids' Sake 2017 is now complete!

Some Bowl For Kids' Sake 2017 highlights:

Little Monsters Studio came to 3 events with her painting magic to turn all the children into superheroes!  Thank you, Little Monsters Studio!

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Thank You, Game2U, for sharing your GIANT eight-foot hamster ball for tons of fun!

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And a HUGE shout out to Woodtone, who raised the most money as a group towards our Bowl For Kids' Sake as a group with a whopping $12,000!  And this is the second year in a row!  Thank you, Woodtone!

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And another huge shout out to the runner up, Quantum Properties, by raising more than $8,000!  Thank you, Quantum Properties

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Golf for Kids' Sake 2017 - Registration is now open!

Register NOW for our 28th Annual Golf Charity Event, happening August 17th at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club in Abbotsford!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley would like to invite you to join us at our 28th Annual Golf Charity Event!  Being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity Golf Classic includes much more than a round of golf!  Click here to find out more!


 

2nd Part Series on Modelling Self-Care –

Yoga Night

Thanks to funding support from our Local Action Team, we were able to host informative and hand on’s learning sessions about self-care techniques for all ages and gender in our program.  We were honored to have community advocate, Kara Coleman, owner of Parallel Yoga in Abbotsford share her wisdom and expertise with our group ~ 11 Bigs, Littles and Parents participated.

 

We practiced relaxation and stretching techniques that are the core of yoga as well as continued our practice of deep breathing skills to help with stress reduction and sleep enhancement. Once again, there was at least one person if not more who fell asleep during the final pose of the night, Shavasana. The perfect way to end a long day!

 

The focus of this project was to encourage our matches to incorporate new ways of caring for ourselves and dealing with life stresses in positive and productive ways. A very big THANK YOU to Kara for leading our group and being open to sharing her time and passion with our group.  Check out Parallel Yoga online for classes http://parallelyoga.ca/

 

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Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop!

 

28 BIGS, LITTLES, and Parents participated in our mindfulness workshop which was facilitated by three of our Youth Mentors and two agency staff.

 

Mindfulness means to deliberately pay attention to whatever you are doing, right now.

 

Special shout out to our youth facilitators: Citlalli, Brinna and Dean for leading our group through several mindful exercises.  

What an amazing team!  They have studied, practiced and taught mindfulness and enjoyed passing on their knowledge and passion this winter to a gr. 2 class in the Chilliwack school district over a 10 week period of time. Thank you also to our mentoring coordinators Collette and Nikki for working with this talented and brave trio!

 

And we ended the night with everyone making their own “calm down” jar as a take home gift!

 

BBBS was able to host this event thanks to a grant received from the Abbotsford Local Action Team (LAT’s across BC are committed to increasing timely access to support and services for child and youth mental health and substance).  Thank you for your support!

 

If you are interested in more information on mindfulness check out:

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(Click here to read a larger version of this press release)

 

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Photo: The matches of Big Brothers Big Sisters creating with instructor Jake Stelpstra recently


25th Celebration of Service – 
Carrie Yargeau, Mentoring Coordinator

A special luncheon was held in Carrie’s honor to celebrate 25 years as a Mentoring Coordinator with the organization. Several past and current mentors, school personnel, agency staff and National Board Chair spoke about Carrie’s outstanding commitment to the movement. A common theme shared was Carrie’s genuine, caring and insightful support shown to the many mentors, children and families that she has connected with over the years. Carrie shared with emotion that her fondest moments are witnessing the laughter, enormous smiles and happy tears upon introducing or reuniting a Mentor and a child.

Carrie, thank you for your passionate and dedicated contribution to our children, agency, schools and our community.

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Carrie receiving a national award from Big Brothers Big Sister of Canada Board Chair, Edwin Palsma

 


 

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!

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A HUGE shout-out and thank-you to Founders Cup for a $5,000 grant!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Members pictured here:
Daniel Sorensen, Sheri Yakashiro, Glen Robertson, Rick Howard, Janene Brierley-Green


 

Thank you to Impact Hoops for the $1,000 they raised on our behalf

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Thank you goes 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. 
Thank you,
Hot Tommy's (2296 Townline Road, Abbotsford) &
SKT Farm Market (Unit C - 2369 McCallum Rd, Abbotsford)

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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.  

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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.









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 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 !

 

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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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