Positively changing Canada
SERVING CANADA’S COMMUNITIES
This year alone Big Brothers Big Sisters impacted over 40,000 youth in over 1,100 communities across Canada.
REPUTABLE AND ACCOUNTABLE
Providing life changing mentoring experiences since 1912, Big Brothers Big Sisters was named One of Financial Post’s Top 25 Charities in 2016.
Every $1 invested in our programming returns between $18-$23 to society through taxes, higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations.
Every Child in South Niagara Who Needs a Mentor, Has a Mentor.
Our mission is to empower children and youth to achieve their full potential through positively mentored relationships that exemplify mutual respect, trust and care.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country.
Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.
Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.
With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.
Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions, family violence, risk factors for mental health, school issues and identity challenges.
These circumstances have nothing to do with the value of who they are or who they can become, but because of these situations, children and youth risk not having the opportunity to live up to their full potential.
Even worse is the possibility of continuing cycles of poverty and crime or developing mental health issues.
This comes at a cost to the young person, and to society.
With the guidance and support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth are reminded they can be anything they dream of being.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is a Federation comprised of 108 member agencies servicing more than 1,100 communities across the country. Together we mobilize over 21,300 volunteers who in turn mentor 41,700+ children and young people. That works out to nearly:
2.2 million volunteer hours each year
Each Big Brother Big Sister agency provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships. Our agency staff members are experts at screening volunteers and matching them with a mentee having similar interests.
The national organization provides services and programs to our member agencies to assist them with their work with parents, mentees, and volunteers. Ranging from staff training workshops to our leading Child Safety Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada works diligently to ensure we have superior quality programming in all parts of the country.
Our History in South Niagara, Ontario
On April 23rd 1964 Big Brothers of Welland County was formed, serving the South Niagara area. Membership with the United Way in 1965 provided funding for the organization. The organization grew rapidly and within two years began to service the Peace Bridge area, and remained servicing the area for nineteen years. The agency has gone through three name changes in its history, reflecting organizational changes with our local United Way.
In 1985, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fort Erie began serving the community of Fort Erie. The Fort Erie agency has grown to include a variety of different programs that serve both boys and girls, including Stepping Stones, a program aimed at building and strengthening the social skills and relationships of young people.
Today, this agency serves the South Niagara/Fort Erie area as a proud part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada family.
Thanks to funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education, we began offering our newest program, “GO GIRLS” in September 2008, which is a mentoring program for girls aged 12-14, promoting active living, balanced eating, and feeling good.
We are proud of our achievements and continue to strive to be on the leading edge of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement in Canada.