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 Night of the Little Black Dress Event

This year's event will be held on:

Wednesday May 21st at 5:00 pm

Hosted by: Milestones Grill and Bar (3531 Wyecroft Road, Oakville)

SilverCity Cinema - "An American in Paris" - 7:00 pm

For more information:  Night of Little Black Dress

To order your tickets online:  Night of Little Black Dress Tickets

 

Karen and Sarah

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Congratulations to the Match of the Month

 

Having no children of her own, Oakville’s Karen Gardener says being a Big Sister is a very rewarding, one-of-a-kind bond that she wouldn’t give up for the world.

“I’m sure it’s what a parent feels; watching their child change over the years and grow and ask intelligent questions. To have her say something back to you and you think, ‘Oh well, I taught her that,’ it’s special,” said Karen, 57, who is now retired with her husband, Bob.  Karen will be commemorating it with the sixth year she has been a Big Sister to 12-year-old Sarah.

“She’s like family for Bob and me. And sometimes when her mom is at work, she asks if Sarah can come over just so she’s not at home alone and be with somebody,” Karen said, noting the two often see each other two or three times a week, and sometimes even more.

 “When I joined (BBBSH) as a volunteer, I was paired with Sarah (who was six years old at the time) ” Karen said. “I found Sarah and I immediately clicked and we started the process to be matched.”

Karen and Sarah, who often spend  time with each other cooking, baking, doing crafts, scrapbooking, swimming, going to shows and movies, and not to mention a couple of shopping excursions here and there.

“She’s fun to be around and she’s nice,” Sarah said of her Big Sister, Karen. “She always has great ideas for us to do... It’s cool because there’s a lot of stuff that we have done, that I wouldn’t have been able to do with my mom.

   
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Thanks to Oakville Community Foundation

Thank you to our friends at the Oakville Community Foundation who have been wonderful community supporters of our mentoring programs.  Most recently, we just received funding from the Foundation for both our Homework Club Program and our In-School Mentoring Programs.  Funds will help us recruit volunteers for both programs.

   
 
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 Interested in volunteering?

Sign up to learn how easy mentoring is . You can start something BIG for a young person.

For dates click here: Volunteer Infomation sessions

All session at 6 -7 pm - Registration mandatory

Call Miranda  at 905.339.2355 ext 220 or email Coordinator of Volunteers to find out when our next information session is or click here for our Complete application form. 

 

Witnessing the transformation of a child into a confident young person is a remarkable thing. 

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