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


Wednesday April 17th, 2013 - The sun is shining, the smiles are bright and the atmosphere in the room is remarkable! A morning filled with key note speakers such as Richard Bartrem the VP of Communications, Creative Services and Community Relations of WestJet as well as a once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome Donovan Bailey to the Youth Summit 2013!

As everyone was on high energy, Donovan expressed his gratitude for being invited to meet these incredible youth and reminded them that “You are all already leaders; you just need to surround yourself with great people to help you make your action plans a reality”.

An honorary visit to Rideau Hall was held in the afternoon where the youth had the opportunity to receive a personal tour as well as had the honor to meet the Governor General of Canada, David Johnson. His Excellency spoke to the youth about education, the importance of giving back to your community as well as the importance to always be humble.

Rideau Club was the next stop! Our 100 youth had a night on the town with MPs, Big Brothers Big Sister’ Corporate Sponsors, Minister MacKay, Donovan Bailey, Miss America 2013 well as Canadian sports legend Bobby Orr who was present to sign autographs and give some words of inspiration to all our youth!

Jessica Wall, one of our youth from the Youth Summit 2013, brought the room to tears while she shared her story on behalf of the 100 youth that were there to emphasize the importance of Big Brothers Big Sisters in her life. Thank you Jessica for sharing your story, great words of encouragement and inspiration!

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