Shared Experiences Mean The World

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One of the most exciting things that comes from placing volunteers in the lives of children happens when a volunteer shares their talent or skill or special interest with a child or group of children. Suddenly the world as they know it gets a bit bigger. One example of this tiny transformation happened before the snow began to fall in Edmonton. Marty Yanishewski has been volunteering at our West Club every week for nearly 10 years. Usually Easter is a … Continue reading

YOUth In Office

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On November 4th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada welcomed youth from across the country to the second annual YOUth In Office Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Parliament officials hosted two young delegates each, one from each organization, for one day and provided them with workplace experience in politics –  from Parliamentary Assistant, Communications Director, to Policy Advisor, Member of Parliament, Party Leader and Minister. Our Savanah, a 14 year old Little … Continue reading

Mentoring Outside The Box

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The year was 2010. Alva was working for the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation in an office at a local school. Though she was surrounded by kids every day, she didn’t’ get to spend any time with them – her job was to help raise funds to support full-day Kindergarten and success at Edmonton Public Schools. After discovering that Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) ran an In-School Mentoring program at her school, she decided to sign up … Continue reading

After School Learning

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Learning shouldn’t have to end when the school bell rings. For the kids of Wabamun and the surrounding area it doesn’t have to. On October 30, BGCBigs, along with RBC, Wabamun School kids, staff, and board members, and members of public, celebrated the second year of the Wabamun After School Program, made possible through funding from the RBC After School Project. The celebration included a game of 7-Up, snacks and goodies for the kids, and the cheque presentation from RBC. … Continue reading

More Than A Company

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In 1959, Frank Flaman started the Flaman company in Saskatchewan with a little bit of equipment – a baler, swather, and 10 grain bins – and a fair share of entrepreneurial acumen. Today, the Flaman Group of Companies spans five provinces, has four divisions (Fitness, Trailers, Agriculture, Rentals), employs over 400 staff, and includes 42 fitness stores, 100 rental dealers, and 10 additional locations. But Flaman is not your typical company. Flaman is a company set up for charity. “We … Continue reading