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News Release: Celebrating a Century

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada turns 100 years old! Looking Forward to 100 More!
January 2013



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is proud to announce that it has been changing the lives of young Canadians for over 100 years. Since the first organization started matching young people with volunteer adult mentors in Toronto in 1913, Big Brothers Big Sisters has grown to over 123 agencies serving 1000 communities across Canada.

Although most well-known for the Big Brothers Mentoring program and the Big Sisters Mentoring program which matches a volunteer mentor with a mentee between the ages of 6-16, the organization has been creating new mentoring programs to enhance how it serves its communities and to adapt to the needs of both the volunteer mentors and the youth enrolled in its programs.

 "We know that people are busier than ever and are crunched for time,” says MacDonald “So we’ve created mentoring programs that address specific needs for the mentees and offer flexibility for volunteer mentors. It’s a win-win.”

Whether through the Big Brothers or Big Sisters mentoring programs or a new mentoring programs such as In School Mentoring, the youth mentoring services provided by volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters have proven to be instrumental in reducing bullying and other related negative behavior such as lack of interest in school; truancy; low self-esteem and drug and alcohol abuse.

The need for volunteer mentors is great. In Brant, Brantford, Haldimand and Norfolk alone, there are more than 60 children and youth waiting to be matched with a volunteer mentor. 

As part of our year-long celebration Big Brothers Big Sisters is asking everyone across Canada to share their mentoring stories: Who is your role model? Who helped you become the person you are today? Simply take two minutes to visit the link below and acknowledge the person that made a
BIG difference in your life.http://thebigshoutout.ca/

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie Originally Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haldimand Norfolk the local agency first opened its doors in 1975. In 2008 we took over service delivery in Brant Brantford. In January 2012 we officially became Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie, and last year served 450 local children and youth.