Radio Station + Invested Community Member = New Sporting Equipment for Our Kids

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Listening to the Jason Gregor Show on TSN1260 a couple of weeks ago, the boyfriend of one of our Africa Centre Club Staff became inspired.  Jason announced that he wanted to help the local community in some way and invited listeners to call or email with potential opportunities. Ryan and our staffer, Sam, connected with Jason and momentum built for what became an incredibly generous and important gift to our community’s kid. In her role as Summer Programs Coordinator for … Continue reading

My Name is Jackson & I Would Like A Big Brother

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I’ve been waiting for a Big since I turned 12. Now I’m turning 14 and I’d still like to have another guy to hang out with. My dad isn’t part of my life so I spend lots of time with my mom and sister. I have friends at school, but none of them live near me so we don’t hang out very often.  That’s why I’ve been waiting so long for Big Brother – not very many Bigs live in … Continue reading

Kids & Volunteers Show Pride In Their Community Club

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We believe that our kids deserve to have places to be after school, in the evenings, and during school breaks that are safe, fun, educational, and welcoming.  This summer, our Duggan, Sakaw, and Steinhauer Clubs have demonstrated not only pride in their Clubs but also in their community. Their approach? Planting gardens! The idea of gardening took root in 2012-13 after Club staff had conversations about ways we could engage our kids in different seasonal activities. Kids at our Tweddle … Continue reading

Mentorship Helps Youth Achieve Their Potential

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This is a wonderful article about the power of mentoring written by our friends at TransCanada. Supporting those in need At age 17, Christopher – a treaty member of the Muskowekwan First Nation – experienced a series of events that would change his life forever. After suffering through a childhood of abuse and instability, he found a new path through life thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area (BGCBigs) Youth in Care … Continue reading

An Enduring Friendship

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Fourteen years ago, Chris was only ten years old. He had been through two Big Brothers – neither match lasted longer than a year – and he didn’t want a third.  Refusing to give up on him, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton (as we were called at the time) asked if he would try group mentoring instead. Chris agreed and was placed in a Boy’s Group.  For two hours every Monday starting at 6pm, Chris would go to High … Continue reading