Join Youth and MPs to Kick Off #YouthInOffice and Partake in Instagram #KindComments Canadian Launch



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada will host the fourth annual YOUth In Office: Job Shadowing Day on Parliament Hill on November 7, to give youth a chance to learn about working in a political environment, see democracy in action, and become more engaged Canadian citizens.

The event will be held in collaboration with Instagram as they launch the #KindComments campaign in Canada. #KindComments is a global movement to spread kindness on and off of Instagram. Ottawa will be the first Canadian city to unveil a colourful mural, custom designed by local artist @RollHerSleeves.

All three organizations share a commitment to fostering a supportive and kind environment where everyone can feel free to express who they are – online and offline.

Please join us to kick off YOUth IN Office and reveal Instagram’s #KindComments mural in downtown Ottawa.


Kick off for YOUth In Office: Job Shadowing Day on Parliament Hill and Instagram’s #KindComments mural reveal


150 Bank Street, OttawaWHEN: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 7, 2017


MP Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth
Peter Coleridge, President and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
Owen Charters, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
Youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs
Kevin Chan, Head of Public Policy, Instagram Canada
Jessica Smith, Public Policy, Instagram Canada
Dayna Geldwert, Public Policy, Instagram


7:45 am: Mural reveal and MP/Youth group photo


The YOUth In Office event is made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada, WestJet and Coca-Cola. Special thanks to Instagram for including us in their #KindComments launch, and to Morguard for providing the space for the beautiful mural.


Members of the media who would like to attend should RSVP to:

Jody Lundrigan (@jodylundrigan)
National Director, Marketing and Communications
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
1-800-263-9133 X 49

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (@bbbsc)

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of group, in-school and one-on-one mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 youth, engaging over 21,000 mentors in 108 agencies that serve youth in over 1,100 communities across the country.

Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, with every dollar of investment in BBBS programming returning between $18 and $23 to society through higher taxes, increased spending from higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. For more information, visit

About Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (@bgccan)

As Canada’s largest child- and youth-serving organization, Boys and Girls Clubs provide vital programs and services to over 200,000 young people in nearly 700 communities across Canada. During critical out-of-school hours, our Clubs offer safe spaces where young people can explore their interests, develop their strengths, and realize positive outcomes in self-expression, academics, healthy living, physical activity, mental health, and more. Our trained staff and volunteers help young people build the confidence and sense of belonging they need to overcome barriers, form positive relationships and mature into responsible, caring adults. Visit to learn more and follow us at and