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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

We Thank You

As families sat down for turkey over the weekend, many probably reflected upon the things they are grateful for - good health, friends and family, happiness and success.

It’s unusual for an organization to do the same – however as we wrap up celebrating 100 years of providing mentoring in Canada we couldn’t help ourselves because we have a lot to be thankful for.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has amazing partners – many of which have been supporting the movement for over a decade. There are too many past and present to name but you can view a current list of partners on our website. Without their support, we would not be able to provide mentoring for over 40,000 children and youths across Canada.

In addition to partners, mentoring could not happen without the hundreds of thousands of volunteer mentors, past and present, who have given the most precious resource they have – time - to empower children and youth to reach their full potential.

The mentoring relationships are generated and fostered by hundreds of dedicated staff – who work long hours and many times go above and beyond to try to reach out to serve more kids in their communities.

In addition to our volunteer mentors, we have numerous other volunteers who are deeply invested in the cause and also give of their time in the hopes of creating healthy communities.

We would also like to thank the thousands of donors and event participants – who have taken up the cause and invested in our nation’s youth.

And of course we cannot forget the families and the children and youths themselves – many of them keep in touch with us and are forever part of our extended family.

Thanksgiving also happens to coincide with the launch of the Canadian Tenors new song ‘I Thank You” written by Kenny Munshaw and Marc Jordan and featuring Laura Kaeppeler. The song was written for Big Brothers Big Sisters to honour mentoring.

Have a look at their video and if you are grateful for someone who made a difference in your life – honor them by downloading the song on iTunes- $0.50 of every download will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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