Annual Report 2021
“Community Strong” for the Future
Thank you to the Big Brothers Big Sisters community of supporters for spending your time and/or dollars to support our youth mentoring initiatives.
More than ever, Canada needs mentors. This is evident on the toll the pandemic has taken on kids and their mental health. All of us need to do more. The ultimate opportunity for us is being able to serve more youth by building more mentoring capacity. The work that we’ve done over 2021 and the past two years, has better positioned the entire federation to be able to focus on this unique aspect of our work for social profit.
Special thanks to National and Local board members for their continued commitment to responding to the need for mentors across the country. And to the national and agency staff for working hard to fulfill the impactful collective work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Finally, I take this opportunity thank members of The National Youth Mentorship Advisory Council for their creative engagement with and support of the mentoring cause across Canada.
We are truly Bigger Together!
– Paul Byron, National Board Chair
Changing Ourselves for Canada’s Youth
If I had to sum up the year, it would be with the capital letter “P” – and I think many of us may go to that word “pandemic” that we’ve all been living through – but I’m speaking about the building blocks; who we are collectively as a federation. We’re passionate, we’re purposeful, we’re aligned with incredible people as well as partnerships.
When you pause and reflect that we’ve been changing lives for nearly 110 years, much of our evolution has taken place over the past few years. Just before the pandemic, we launched our new brand and began our new strategic plan that will elevate our impact as a social movement. We will continue to ignite the power and potential of children and youth with greater clarity and purpose.
Even though our rural, urban and remote communities may be different, mentorship is common and children are always at the center – the heartbeat of our shared mission and mandate – and children are our past, present, and our future.
On the good work we need to accomplish now and in the future, we are striving to offset the challenges unleashed by the pandemic. Financially we finished the year with a modest surplus. Our goal moving forward is to ensure that funding grows so we can uplift more children’s lives through one mentoring relationship at a time.
– W. Matthew Chater, National President & CEO
OUR 2021 FINANCIALS AT A GLANCE
Sources of Funds
Use of Resources
PARTNERS WHO HELPED US ACHIEVE MORE IN 2021
Our mission is made possible through the generous support of our corporate government, community and individual donors. Whether their funding is supporting program innovation, youth employment-readiness, or allowing us to reach rural, remote or indigenous communities. Their unwavering support during the pandemic ensured that the impact of our work could continue to be brought to life. Thank you on behalf of the children, their families, our agencies and staff and the schools and communities who we serve in every corner of our country. We couldn’t do it without you.
($100,000 – $249,999)
BMO Financial Group
Coke Canada Bottling
The Keg Spirit Foundation
TD Bank Group
Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
Canada Post Community Foundation
Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP
The Bateman Foundation
Intact Public Entities
2021 Board of Directors
Shalomi Abraham, Chair
Paul Byron, Vice Chair
Rizwan Kanji, Treasurer
Denise Baker, Secretary
Michael Contento, Director-at-Large
Alison Evans, Director-at-Large
Liz Falco, Director-at-Large
Angela Hantoumakos, Director-at-Large
Matt McGowan, Director-at-Large
Susan Tarves, Director-at-Large
James Temple, Director-at-Large