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Match of the Month:

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"The Works" Match of the Month Contest -
Big Sister Veronica and Little Sister Sylise

Veronica and Sylise have been matched for 6 months! The two of them instantly bonded over their love for dogs, and if you were to ask Sylise’s mom she would say they were “two peas in a pod.” Veronica and Sylise get together once every 1-2 weeks and have fun with whatever activity they choose. As long as the two of them get the chance to talk and laugh, they’re sure to have a great time! Some of their favorite activities so far have included going to the dog park, making homemade pizza, mini golfing and watching sports games. Over the Winter Veronica hopes to teach Sylise how to snowboard, and in turn Sylise plans on helping Veronica with her drawing and painting skills. 

Veronica is an incredible mentor to Sylise and focuses their time together on talking and doing every day activities. If you were to ask Veronica what she loves most about getting to be Sylise’s Big Sister, she would say that her favorite part is how much they laugh and how much fun they have together.

Congratulations to you our winning Match of the Month for October!  

Each winning match will receive a Dinner for Two pass which includes Two Gourmet Worksburgers and Two Milkshakes (a $40 value) to celebrate together at "The Works" Oakville Location.


Thanks to our Sponsor:

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Paddle for Kids Sake - 2016 Dragon Boat Challenge -  We raised over $6300 for our mentoring programs.  Thanks to everyone who participated!
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Brian Knox Memorial 5 on 5 Hockey Tournament - Great Success!!

All proceeds went to the Trillium Gift of Life Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton.

Congratulations to the Brian Knox Memorial organizing team led by Daniel Adamic.

Thank you to organizers, supporter, sponsors and players!!

Matching Challenge Success

The Millers* family (*they are too modest to share their real name) very generously initiated a three-year Matching Challenge, offering to match, dollar for dollar, new donations up to the amount of $10,000.

The campaign kicked off in 2015 and will run until December 2017.  We are extremely excited to announce that in year 2 of the campaign, a second $10,000 has been raised in support of our one-to-one Big Brother Big Sister mentoring program.  We thank the generosity of our supporters.  These funds will help 25 children to become matched with a volunteer Big Brother Big Sister of their very own. 

Year three of the campaign will kick off on January 1, 2017. Call Susan Coyne at (905) 339-2355 ext. 236 for more details.

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Community Partnership: Silver Sherpa

Silver Sherpa will be making a $25 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton for every referral.

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.

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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 to 7 pm - Registration mandatory

Call Anjelika 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 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 prevention, abuse prevention and healthy relationships.  Find out more: Respect Education Program

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Thank you to our Fabulous Volunteers Award Recipients 2016!

Big Sister of the Year - Ellen Brandt

Big Brother of the Year - Nibin Thomas

Big Couple Match of the Year - Ryan & Ashley War

Group Rec Volunteer of the Year -Cassie Broadbent

ISM Match of the Year - Bryan Roy

GoGirls! Volunteer of the Year - Anna Sadaj

GLOW Volunteer of the Year - Ameena Amin

ACC Volunteer of the Year - Karalyn Wilson

Homework Club Youth Volunteer of the Year - Kaushar Mahetaji

Homework Club Volunteer of the Year - Julie Douglas

Community Partner of the Year - TD Bank Group

Big Heart Volunteer of the Year - Dominic Grande

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Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids' Sake

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

Thank you all for participating!

Tim Hortons BFKS events raised over $60,000!

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Oakville Masters Swim Club Fundraiser Event

 Swimmers from the Oakville Master Swim Club have been helping at the annual charity swim that started back in 2007. This year they have chosen to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton operates eight mentoring programs and annually provides service to over 1100 children.  New this year is the matching donation.  One of the member of the Oakville Master Swim Club has very generously initiated a Matching Challenge, offering to match, dollar for dollar donations for the 2016 event.

Link to donate or pledge: Oakville Masters Swim Club Annual Charity Swim Challenge
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Welcome to our New Executive Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Executive Director, Sandra Baker.

Sandra comes to us with a rich background in the charitable sector, including most recently, her position as Director of Philanthropy for Toronto’s The Yonge Street Mission. This $11 million social services charity has an intense focus on children and youth services, which has provided her with significant insights into the value of mentorship.

Prior to joining The Yonge Street Mission, Sandra held senior fundraising and marketing roles with various arts and community level charities. She has managed capital campaigns, developed strategic marketing plans, cultivated corporate sponsorships and forged community partnerships.

Sandra has provided strategic advice and support to an array of charities, in the areas of marketing, communications, and philanthropic development. This includes KCI Ketchum, the Oakville Community Foundation, Halton Industry Educations Council, The Arthritis Society and The Stratford Festival.

Sandra is honoured to bring her skills and passion for youth mentorship to Big Brothers Big Sisters Halton.

Email address: bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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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

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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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!

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

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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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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.

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

2015 Dragon boat Challenge -

will be held on Saturday Sept 19th

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


 Thank you to participating and organizing clubs:

Burloak Canoe Club
 Oakville Power Boat Club
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Oakville Yacht Squadron


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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. 

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!!!

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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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!
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.  

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.

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.