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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.

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Marco Guglietti – President of Rosehaven Homes Inc.  and Silvio Guglietti – President of Melrose Investment inc.  Jim Reardon, Past-Commodore, Burloak Canoe Club and ED Barbara Ferrone

 

 

     
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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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Check out our next 2 Volunteer Information Sessions

Oakville Office:  Wednesday October 8th - 6-7 pm

Milton Office:  Tuesday October 7th 6-7 pm

Call to Register:  905.339.2355

     
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A Community Sponsored Event

PADDLE FOR KIDS SAKE
2014 Dragon boat Challenge -
Sept 20th - Race at 11 am

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 Register your team online: ONLINE REGISTRATION AND PLEDGING

Click here to view information flyer

Click here to print Dragonboat Pledge form

PRACTICE TIMES:  Free 1 Hour Training Runs will be held
Saturday Sept 6th & 13th @ 11 am—Burloak Canoe Club

 Thank you  to participating and organizing clubs:

Burloak Canoe Club
 Oakville Power Boat Club
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Oakville Yacht Squadron
Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
 
     
 
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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. 

 
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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
   
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Congratulations to the Match of the Month - May

 

Josh (LB) and Matt (BB) have been matched since February 2010 and continue to get together on a weekly basis.

In the past 4 years they have shared lots of fun experiences such as playing dodge-ball, football, going to the movies with Josh’s girlfriend and Matt’s wife, honing their golfing skills and engaging in friendly competition at Playdium.

Regardless of what they are doing there is always food involved and the topic of football is always discussed. Matt tries to make it out to Josh’s football games weekly and when he misses a game, Josh has someone tape him playing and they watch it together afterwards to talk technique.Matt is Josh’s number one fan and even wears a jersey with Josh’s last name on it at his games.

Josh joins Matt and his family at Christmastime and other special holidays and has even tried helping Matt with renovations around the house. They are so much more than a Big and Little Brother match, they are true friends!

   
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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.