How We Made Lessons Out of Losses

Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team because he was ‘too short’. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor because of her ‘emotional instability’. Ellen DeGeneres lost a prime-time sitcom show because her character ‘came out’ at the age of 39. We’ve all experienced failures, but we all [...]
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New Vision, New Mission – the New Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

Potential lives within every young person. Yet hundreds of thousands of Canadian children and youth are still in urgent need of someone who will stand in their corner and ignite their potential. That’s why Big Brothers Big Sisters – a 106-year-old organization – is being reinvented and reintroduced to the world. The new look is […]

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Engagement, Leadership and Change

It has been a busy summer for the National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council (NYMAC)! If we were to use three words that summarize what’s been happening, we’d say: Engagement, Leadership and Change. Let’s start with Engagement: The best kind of organizational conventions include a mix of thought leadership, ample caffeine and food, and tons of [...]
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Indigenous Voices – A Mentee’s Experience

In 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada launched a National Youth Mentoring Advisory Council (NYMAC) to ensure that young people are shaping the future of mentoring in Canada. These young leaders have firsthand experience as mentees and mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters. They bring enthusiasm and a fresh perspective to our work and […]

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Scotiabank’s $3.1 Million Donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Boosts Nationwide Mentorship Programs

TORONTO, June 19, 2019: Youth mentorship has been given a tremendous boost thanks to a transformational $3.1 million donation by Scotiabank to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.  Hundreds of thousands of young people across Canada are growing up in vulnerable situations including poverty, family instability, or identity-based discrimination. To add to this, it is estimated that at least 15,000 young people are waiting for a Big Brothers […]

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