At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential – both as individuals and citizens. We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.
Start Talking is a place where we want to raise awareness of key issues that face today’s youth. We will sometimes advocate, sometimes educate, sometimes inform, sometimes ask questions and always invite discussion about the pressing concerns that involve the younger generations of today.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

All in A Day’s Work! Parliament Hill, Miss America 2012 & Kardinal O

Though it was a rainy day in our nation’s capital, 100 youth made the trek to Parliament Hill excited and ready to speak to MPs from across the country! Alongside Big Brothers Big Sisters representatives, the youth were eager to talk about their community involvement, causes they are passionate about but most importantly, to represent youth of today.

A gathering with the Speaker of the House introduced our former Littles to the Senator’s Chamber where they learned the historical background of the room as well as had the opportunity to ask the Speaker of the House questions about his involvement in politics along with the causes he is passionate about. While in the Senator’s Chamber the 100 youth had the opportunity to meet and listen to Senator Don Meredith speak about his passion and dedication to Canada’s youth. He left them with several significant and powerful messages such as “Don’t let others define you, define yourself”.

After an eventful day on the Hill, the youth then welcomed Miss America 2012, Laura Keappler. Laura joined our 100 former Littles to chat with them about overcoming adversity, setting goals and staying focused. Her main message – do not let your past define your future.



Last, but certainly not least, WestJet, a long time Big Brothers Big Sisters supporter, surprised our youth with the performance of a lifetime, a surprise concert from Kardinal O and Karl Wolfe at Canada’s Aviation and Space Museum!

As stated by Senator Don Meredith to the 100th youth- “You may only be 20 percent of our population but you are 100 percent part of our future”.

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