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New Executive Director!

The Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley is pleased to announce the appointment of Corina Carroll as Executive Director effective July 4th 2017.

 

Corina brings to the organization significant experience as a nonprofit Manager developing programs for children and youth. She is currently a Program Manager at Diverse City Community Resources Society and has held positions with Chances Youth Services and Pacific Community Resources Society.  She also has considerable experience in developing and successfully maintaining stakeholder relationships in communities.

 

Corina has a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from Douglas Collage and has previously served in a volunteer role with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley.

 

Corina says, “I think what I love best about Big Brothers Big Sisters is that the model isn't complex and yet the impact is significant. We don't need to complicate what is provided to children...a sense of connection and support provides a strong foundation from which children can thrive. I am honoured and excited to join this organization and be a part of something big!”

 

We look forward to Corina joining our organization as we continue to serve the mentoring needs of our youth in our communities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Ridge Meadows.

 

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Thank you to Sorensen Smith LLP for their $500 donation made in memory of Tove Birgitte Norgaard Sorensen (June 5, 1944 – June 1, 2017), much loved wife to Holger and mother to Ingrid (Patrick) and Daniel (Yuri).  Our condolences to her family, may she rest in peace.


 

Trees of Hope

Here at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, we are excited to announce that we will be getting into the Christmas spirit early this year!

Sevenoaks Shopping Center, located in Abbotsford B.C., has chosen to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley through their annual Trees of Hope fundraiser. Through the Trees of Hope, local businesses can sponsor and decorate a tree that will be put on display inside the shopping center for the majority of the months of November and December, where nearly 800,000 visitors will see it. All proceeds of tree sponsorships will go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley, supporting mentoring programs for at-risk children and youth in the Fraser Valley!

These trees present a unique opportunity to showcase local businesses and can be decorated in a way that is distinctive to each of the different sponsors. In addition to the exposure these trees will gain from simply being in the mall, they will also receive coverage from Abbotsford News, Star 98.3, Country 107.1 and Kiss Radio.

Each tree will automatically be entered into the People’s Choice Award competition where each businesses’ decorating skills will be put to the test. Community members will be encouraged to walk through and enjoy the trees and then vote on their top three tree choices. The tree that receives the most votes will be awarded with a quarter page full colour advertisement recognizing the company’s support.

Spots are limited so get in soon and claim a tree! By signing up early, you will not only be securing your spot, but you will also be taking advantage of the early bird discount that expires after October 31st. Sevenoaks Shopping Center provides the trees and the lighting, but it will be up to the sponsors to provide the decorations. There will be an exclusive decorating party with live music and refreshments for all participants to come and partake in, however, if there is a business that would rather leave the decorating to someone else, volunteers can decorate the tree on their behalf. This is a great chance to gain some exposure for your business while supporting your community at the same time!  

Register your business by visiting the News and Events page/Trees of Hope


#purplenetproject

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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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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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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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.


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. 

Click here to get started...


 

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  We Want Your Stuff!

Help us make a difference! This is an easy way to make a difference for kids in our community. Donate the things you don’t need anymore for Big Brothers Big Sisters! The Renew Crew gladly accepts usable items on our behalf such as clothing of any kind, shoes, boots, linens & bedding, luggage, toys & games, books, jewelry, kitchenware, housewares, glassware, sporting goods, tools and small appliances.

To schedule a free, convenient pick-up at your home call 1.866.521.4393 or email your request to renewcrew.com.  

PLEASE NOTE:  WE NO LONGER ACCEPT DONATIONS AT OUR LOCAL OFFICES. 

Everything you donate is sold to Value Village where they Rethink/Reuse, and all of the proceeds we receive from your donations goes directly to providing mentoring programs for children.

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