Big Sisters of BC – More than just a mentorship program

Big Sisters of BC – More than just a mentorship program

By: Flavia Kajoba
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland mentorship program. Since its founding in 1950, the Big Sisters of BC have grown to become a thriving organization, with over 400 volunteers, hundreds of girls served each year, 17 staff members, a Board of Directors and Honourary Advisory Board, and many community supporters.

“Big Sisters is committed to enhancing the confidence, self-esteem and well-being of girls through supportive friendships with caring women.” – The Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Why should you volunteer? Well the Big Sisters of BC believes:

- That children need acceptance, understanding and respect as individuals.

- That any child can benefit from a supportive relationship with a caring adult.

- That offering girls a broad range of experiences and perspectives helps them to deal with social discrimination and to realize their individual potential.

- In the value of non-threatening, non-competitive group experiences for women and children.

- In the value of diversity among mentors and mentees

- That children can benefit from the life experiences of female role models.

- That mentors’ lives are enriched by their relationships with their mentees.

- That our services can have a preventative impact on children and their families.

- That volunteers deserve recognition and support for their contributions to the community.

Currently, the Big Sisters of BC are looking for people to volunteer for:

The Big Sister Program – Make a difference in a young girl’s life!

The Study Buddy Tutor Program – Help a Little Sister meet her academic goals!

The Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Mentorship Program – Help young girls learn to embrace physical activity and healthy eating, and develop a positive self-image!

Activities Committee – Help plan group activities for Big & Little Sister matches such as sporting activities, First Nations cultural events, seasonal parties, craft days, slumber parties, and more.

Big Sisters Development Committee – Help organize workshops to provide our Big Sisters and Study Buddy tutors with the tools they need to effectively deal with challenges that commonly arise in mentoring relationships.

Community Outreach Committee – Help plan and implement strategies to recruit new volunteer mentors and Little Sisters. Volunteers with marketing and/or public speaking experience are especially suited for this role.

Big Sisters Gala Planning Committee – Help us plan our annual Gala fundraiser.

Big Sister Gala Event Volunteers – Volunteers are needed to help out on the evening of the Big Sisters Gala auction & dinner to assist with registration, auctions, and raffle sales.

For more information on the Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, check out their website, Facebook, and Blog. You can also call them at 604 873 4525 or send an e-mail to: info@bigsisters.bc.ca

If you are a male and you would like to volunteer as a Big Brother or In-School Mentor, contact the Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver at 604 876 2447.

Volunteer with Big Sisters today! You too can make a difference in the life of a young girl.

By Flavia Kajoba

Posted on September 28, 2010