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RBC Curl for Kids' Sake

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton will hold its

28th Annual Curling Bonspiel on

Saturday, February 20th

at the Oakville Curling Club.

Our goal is to raise over $35,000 for our Mentoring programs.

To start a team or make a pledge click here:  Curl for Kids Sake Online Site

Teams are asked to raised $500 per team

Click here to print a pledge form
 
 
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Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids' Sake

 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake is a great team-oriented event with so much fun bowling, enjoying food & beverages, goody bags for everyone, lots of fabulous prizes, and the satisfaction of knowing you've helped a child who needs a friend and a mentor.

 Click here for all the dates, locations and times:


BFKS Event Page

To start a team or make a pledge click here:  Bowl for Kids Sake Online Site

Click here to print a pledge form
   
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New Community Partnership: Silver Sherpa

We are thrilled to announce a community partnership between Silver Sherpa and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton!

Silver Sherpa is a lifestyle transitions company that provides independent and personalized advice on smart aging and lifestyle transitions. They offer a unique and innovative approach to assisting the elderly and their families prepare for and respond to the inevitable lifestyle challenges associated with aging: health crises, loss of a partner, social isolation, financial issues, dwelling arrangements, and any other factors that put their quality of life at risk.

Once a plan is developed, Silver Sherpa acts as a trusted co-pilot, coordinating professionals and service providers to help elders simplify important life decisions, figure out pragmatic options, and facilitate planned transitions.

Silver Sherpa’s founder, Susan Hyatt, is passionate about the well-being of elders and understands it’s vital to develop community initiatives that improve quality of life. Connecting youth-based organizations and elders is one of those initiatives, which is why Susan says “we are very proud and appreciative of our relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton. It provides for inter-generational relationships and volunteer opportunities for elders, and a way for us invest in the community”. 

Silver Sherpa has committed to making a donation to BBBS Halton each time a local individual or organization makes a client referral.

According to Barb Ferrone, “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton values the contributions of our elders and is excited to explore inter-generational activities between our organizations.  We both embrace the principle of giving back to ‘the villages’ in which we work, play and live, and Silver Sherpa’s values are in alignment with ours. We are pleased to be working together to connect elders with our children, and excited about this opportunity to further serve the Halton community with innovative approaches that benefit both our youth and elder citizens. We are grateful that Silver Sherpa has selected us as their charity of choice.”


 

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Nibin and Jahmoni have been matched for approximately 7 ½ months and their friendship grows with each outing!

Baton Rouge Match of the Month Contest -Nibin and Jahmoni

Nibin and Jahmoni like to have fun with whatever activity they choose! Whether they are watching or playing sports, watching movies, going bowling, shopping at the mall, or checking out cars at the dealership, Nibin and Jahmoni always have a great time! Nibin and Jahmoni love coming out to agency events and connecting with other Bigs and Littles. Some of their favorites to date have included Halloween Hockey and Crossfit!

Nibin is a great mentor and when they get together they discuss Jahmoni’s future plans of being a Pro athlete. Nibin has even introduced Jahmoni to a coach at his local high school in order to help him understand the expectations behind being an athlete. Nibin also plans on helping Jahmoni explore other career options. Jahmoni likes to help Nibin as well, by keeping him up to date about current trends and styles among the younger generation.

Congratulations to our winning match of the month!  They will receive a $100 gift certificate to celebrate together at Baton Rouge Restaurant-Winston Churchill location.

   
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 MATCHING CHALLENGE CONTINUES

Meet the Miller Family

The Millers* family (*they are too modest to share their real name) have lived in Oakville for many years and wanted to give back to the community. They developed our new Matching Challenge and committed to double every dollar raised during the campaign to match a child with a mentor. The Millers who have children of their own understand the need for mentorship and the need to fast track the number of children on our waiting list.

“Being a parent I truly see the struggle young children face today with technology, bullying and low self-esteem, every child should have someone to look up too or turn to for advice,” said Mrs. Miller. The generosity of the Millers will help Big Brothers Big Sister of Halton reach our goal of connecting 117 children with a positive role model.  

Please join the Millers in reaching our goal of $10,000.  You can make your donation at - Mentoring Matching Challenge

   
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Interested in learning how to be the  BEST mentor?

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

For dates click here: Volunteer Information sessions

All session at 6 -7 pm - Registration mandatory

Call Ajelika 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.
   
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Looking for to become a Volunteer?

Here's a quick link to all of the information to get you started..

   
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Canadian Red Cross - Respect Education Program

Information for parents, teachers and students on bullying preventions, abuse prevention and healthy relationship.  Find out more: Respect Education Program

   
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Previous News Stories
     
Big Sister Joan and Little Sister Maddy share their experience as a match

 

 

Thanks to Cogeco TV's Hayden Narine of Halton Insider for this wonderful interview.

 

     

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Kristin and Susan receive cheque from staff: Debbie, Jessica and Cindy

 
Thank You ScotiaBank

Our local ScotiaBank at Speers Road and Third Line is a big supporter of our Golf Tournament for many years. 

Each year they send staff volunteers to our tournament to help with golfer check in and  make a $2000 donation!

     
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Thank you Lowe's

Big Brother Ryan, an employee at Lowe's Burlington store raised $5000 through an in store fundraiser for staff and customers!

     
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Make a Note of Mentoring Contest Winner
Spurrell Studio Choir Entertains at our Volunteer Appreciation Event

Here's their magically performance

Choirs and musical acts were invited to interpret I Thank You—a song written to honor the unique and transformative relationship between a mentor and their mentee—and capture that interpretation on video.

Congratulations to Natalie Sprurrell and her Spurrell Studio Choir for their winning entry on our behalf. 

Thank you also to the choir for donating their winnings back to us!

Check out the video online at:  Spurrell Studio Choir

A panel of three judges chose one of the acts with the most votes to also win the GRAND PRIZE of a private jam session with The Tenors!

     
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September Match of the Month - 8 years strong!

Alex, Krista and RJ have been matched for 8 years as a couples match! In that time a lot has changed- each of them has developed new interests.

RJ has become a teenager and recently graduated high school, and Alex and Krista have become parents to two beautiful children! In the early years outings included a wide variety of activities such as watching movies, playing sports, attending BBBS Group Recreation events, cooking and more.Now their go-to activity is spending quality time as a group, with Alex and Krista’s children, who RJ regards as his younger siblings.

Despite the evolution of their friendship over the last 8 years one thing has remained the same- Alex, Krista and RJ share an amazing, one-of-a-kind friendship which will undoubtedly continue after RJ’s 18th birthday and the graduation of their match at the end of the month.

 Congratulations to our winning match.  They will receive a free Pita each from Pita Pit - Maple Grove Dr Oakville Location.

     

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The wonderful staff of Mercedes Benz Burlington

 
Thank you to Mercedes Benz Burlington

The employees of Mercedes Benz Burlington, annually host a golf tournament in support of local charity.  This year they choose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton.   The tournament was hosted at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club on August 10, 2014.  Between 30 -4 0 employees attended the event and through registration fees and raffles, $3200 was raised in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton.

     
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The Mentoring Effect

Changing the course of young lives changes the future of our communities. By every measure, BBBS returns positive results in the mental health, employment and civic engagement of other recipients of our mentoring programs

     
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A Community Sponsored Event

PADDLE FOR KIDS SAKE
2015 Dragon boat Challenge -

will be held on Saturday Sept 19th

Thank you to everyone who paddled, donated, sponsored and cheered everyone on!

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 Thank you to participating and organizing clubs:

Burloak Canoe Club
 Oakville Power Boat Club
 Oakville Club
Oakville Yacht Squadron
     
 

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Team Rosehaven challenges Team Melrose

Team Rosehaven took on Team Melrose at their annual team building event on Friday, September 12, but our kids were the BIG Winners.  Not only did they challenge each other on the water, but each boat raised revenues totalling $6000 for our mentoring programs.  Team Melrose, was victorious on the water by a mere few seconds.

Thanks to Marco Guglietti, President of Rosehaven Homes Inc and Silvio Guglietti, President of Melrose Investment Inc., and Jim Reardon, Past-Commodore Burloak Canoe Club.

     

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Adventure Canada Club a Big Success!! 

Thanks to generous funding support from Halton Region and the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton just wrapped up a very successful year in its newest program, Adventure Canada Club. 

Although initially piloted in three schools, demand blossomed and last year the program expanded into nine area schools.  According to Program Director, Sita Jayaraman, “We have been overwhelmed by the success of the program.  We originally had hoped to provide service for 40 children.  Instead, last year we were able to reach 93 children through the ACC program.  Next year, the program will grow again and move into 13 schools”. 

Parents have had nothing but glowing reviews including, “their child felt part of something at the school and not left on the outside”.  One mother said of her very shy daughter, “She told me she had fun and she felt not so shy anymore about being new to Canada”.  Two families even met through the program.  Now they see each other outside of school as their children connected through the club. 

     
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Cheers to Rotherglen School - 8C

At Rotherglen school, the class of 8C took an interest in the Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds program.

After learning about the program, the grade 8 class put together a short movie about Go Girls! to present to the REACH (Rotherglen Educating for Advocacy and Creating Hope) Foundation in hopes of receiving funds for the program. The movie together with a very convincing presentation, the REACH Foundation granted the Go Girls! program $5000!!!

But this wasn’t enough for the class of 8C.  These grade 8’s decided to continue fundraising by selling lollipops at the school, and raised just over $1000! Thanks to Rotherglen School, the REACH Foundation and the class of 8C for granting the Go Girls! program over $6000!!!

     
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Choose your Cruise Sweetheart Raffle - WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

Grand Prize:Return Airfare & Cruise for 2 with:celebrity cruises logo

WINNER:  Brad Park

2nd Prize:  Return Airfare for 2 and 1 week in San Miguel de Allende Mexico WINNER:  Kim Stuch

3rd Prize:  Diamond Cluster Ring - WINNER:  Peteo Brunelle

4th Prize:  Large Gift Basket - Value $500  - WINNER:  Penny Anderson

Draw Date was:  July 24, 2014
     
 BIG Heart Team    

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BBBS Halton is pleased to team up with our local Tim Hortons stores who lend their great support to this event. 

Thanks to all the bowlers, sponsors and pledgers for helping us to meet our Goal!
     
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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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 Georgetown Raiders support Bowl for Kids Sake!

The Georgetown Raiders will be supporting BBBSH through participation in the Mayor Bonnette Bowl for Kids Sake Challenge.  They will be entering  a total of 7 teams. Cindy and Bill Court,  the owners of the team, will also be participating in the bowling event.

     

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RBC Curl for Kids Sake

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton held its 26th Annual Bonspiel on Saturday, February 22nd at the Oakville Curling Club.

Thank you to all our sponsors, pledgers, and curlers for raising over $36,000 for our Mentoring programs!

Please visit our Curling page for all the event information

     
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 And the survey says...

An Ipsos Reid survey was commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) and Invesco Canada Ltd to determine Canadians’ expectations and aspirations for their children when they reach adulthood. The survey helps mark National Bowl for Kids Sake. People and businesses can support local mentoring programs by donating to the Bowl for Kids Sake campaign or volunteering to fundraise.

For more key findings from the Parental Hopes Survey by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Invesco Ltd,  click here

     
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Grocery Foundation Supports our Mentoring Programs

Many of programs such as the Homework Club, Go Girls! and Game On! and Adventure Canada Club provide a healthy snack as part of the programming.  Over the course of the year the cost of food becomes quite expensive.  Our friends from the Grocery Foundation have made a very generous donation of grocery gift cards from Sobeys, Metro as well as a financial donation to help cover these costs.  We thank them for assisting with this very important component of our mentoring programs.

     
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Thanks to Oakville Kiwanis Club!

Member of the Oakville Kiwanis Club, Hans Koop stopped by with some very welcome school supplies.  Our Homework Club staff look forward to the annual visit from Hans and the Oakville Kiwanis.  Says, Homework Club Program Manager Anne-Marie (pictured), “It always feels like Christmas morning when Hans stops by”.  Supplies donated will be forwarded on the over 300 students involved in the our Homework Club program.  

     
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Adopt A Club!

Thank you to our newest sponsors who have through their generosity adopted an after-school Homework Club Program at a local Oakville, Milton, Georgetown or Acton elementary school.   Check out our "Wall of Fame" for these extraordinary sponsors!

     
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The Tenors launch new single in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters!

The Tenors, Canada’s JUNO Award-winning vocal super group, have joined forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America spokesperson Laura Kaeppeler to launch a new single titled, ‘I Thank You’. The song, which also commemorates the 100th anniversary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, is now available for download worldwide with proceeds contributed to assist in the ongoing development and support of mentoring services to children and young people.

     
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Cheerios teams up with our  GO GIRLS! program

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is thrilled to announce a new nationwide campaign, in partnership with Multi-Grain Cheerios, in support of our Go Girls Mentoring Program!.

What’s the campaign all about? It’s about joining the movement for healthy bodies, healthy minds; Where todays’ young women stop dieting and see the value in balance before deprivation and worth before weight. To start this movement, Multi-Grain Cheerios is supporting Go Girls – A program that provides healthy mentors for young girls.

     
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Welcome to our newest Homework Club Sponsor

St. Andrews Homework Club welcomed guests John Nunnikhoven and Lisa Crosby from Glenn Graydon Wright.  Glenn Graydon Wright recently donated $1000 in support of the Homework Club Program.