HOMENEWSJuly to December 2015
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July to December 2015

July-December 2015


Thank You Ashley HomeStore!
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On December 20th representatives from Ashley HomeStore delivered 25 mattresses, box springs, bed frames, comforters and sheets to our families. During the first month that their Heartland, Mississauga Ashley HomeStore was opened, they committed to giving away one bed set for each mattress sold in their store (over $999). All dressed in Santa hats the representatives from Ashley HomeStore personally delivered and set up all the beds in our families homes. Amongst those involved in the deliveries was the Vice President of Ashley HomeStore, Bob Cotton. A special thank you to Rhonda, Andrea, Tony, Adam, Ashlyn and Bob for your generosity and for your commitment to giving back to your community.


Weston - Seeding Stronger Communities Employee Fundraising Campaign
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Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of Maplehurst Bakery in Brampton and Ready Bake, Mississauga, plus George Weston Limited matching all employee donations, a total of $50,251.80 was recently donated to BBBS. The money raised goes directly to support our agencies Go Girls and Game On programs to help youth in our community lead healthy and active lives. A special thank you is extended to Farida Shaheed and Sydney Morgan from the Maplehurst Bakery who presented Big Brothers Big Sisters with a cheque for $30,727.80 at their employee Holiday lunch. This was the result of their employees very generously donating, plus holding fundraisers and George Weston Limited matching their donations. 

This is the sixth fundraising campaign that George Weston Limited has held as part of their Weston - Seeding Stronger Communities. Employees across North America raised a record $536,266.25 for 29 local charities. With the commitment of a $1 for $1 match by George Weston Limited, this means that they will be donating over $1.07 Million to help North American children become more healthy and active. 


Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party!

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On December 7th, over 450 Bigs and Littles gathered at SkyZone in Mississauga for a fun-filled holiday party. There were crafts, photos with Mr and Mrs. Claus, trampolining, pizza and gifts donated by Mattel. A special thank you to Chris and Imran from Pizza Pizza, who donated an incredible 95 pizzas for our party, and to Mattel, who donated 450 amazing gifts for our children and youth! Our thanks is also extended to Bill and Andrea Bates, Art and Brenda Morrison, and to SkyZone!


Generous Holiday donation from Bonanza Gardens!

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Holiday Party 2015 032Thank you to Gene Bidinot from Bonanza Gardens, and his family, who purchased over $27,000 worth of toys from Costco Brampton for the children and youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters. We thank you for your generosity and for helping to ensure that the children in our agency have a Christmas to remember! 

Our thanks is also extended to Manny Manchanda and team at Costco, for their assistance with coordinating this wonderful donation. Thank you for helping to put a smile on so many children's faces this holiday season!


Mondelez Donates $500!
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A special thank you to In-School Mentor - Raymond Paolini, who works for Mondelez Canada Inc. Raymond applied to Mondelez, requesting the company donate $500 to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. He recently came by our office to present the cheque to his caseworker, Beverley Manikoth.

$5,026 raised in support of the United Way!
UW Staff Campaign TotalBig Brothers Big Sisters Staff and Board are proud to announce that we raised $5,026 in support of the United Way of Peel Region. We all wish United Way great success in their 2015 Campaign!

 


Boston Pizza Supports Giving Tuesday!

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On December 1st, Giving Tuesday, Big Brothers Big Sisters teamed up with Boston Pizza Square One to raise funds. Between the hours of 9-5pm Boson Pizza donated 15% of their sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We had 8 of our Little Brothers and Little Sisters teamed up with Boston Pizza servers to be 'Celebrity Servers' for the evening! Thank you to all of our Littles who came out to support us and to Boston Pizza for making a difference on Giving Tuesday! 


Thank you to Samsung!

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On October 15th, Samsung Employees came to Big Brothers Big Sisters office to install a Samsung TV that they donated, install shelving, and help organize our craft room! A special thank you is extended to Samsung for their generosity, and to their 6 employees who so kindly gave their time and expertise. The television will be a welcome addition to the craft room where our agency hosts many activities for our children, and where many volunteer trainings are held!

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Thank you to GlowZone 360!

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GlowZone 360, which is located at 9446 McLaughlin Road North is a 15,000 square foot facility that features 18-holes of Glow-in-the-Dark mini golf, a state of the art laser tag arena, large arcade, and party areas. The GlowZone team has donated ten transferrable memberships to Big Brothers Big Sisters so that our Big Brothers and Big Sisters can bring their Littles to experience GlowZone at no charge. GlowZone will be opening shortly. You can visit www.glowzone360.com to learn more about what is offered at GlowZone360. Once GlowZone has officially opened their doors we will be sending out an email to all Bigs, so they can take advantage of this great offer! Thank you GlowZone!

Congratulations to all of our Special Award Recipients!

 

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 The following volunteers, youth, donors and community partners were recognized at Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala on September 25th, 2015:

                Michelle Darling Big & Little Sister of the Year
Dawn Buccigrossi & Brianna

Big & Little Brother of the Year 
Domenic Iannicca & Jaden

Group Mentor of the Year
Ben Butler
 

In-School Mentor & Mentee of the Year  
Rosette Brower & Tiana

Regional Police Chief Mike Metcalf Youth of the Year
Michael  

Johnston Equipment Volunteer of the Year
Andrea Bates

Conversation Club Volunteer of the Year 
Kimbert Quesada

Local Business Partner of the Year 
Jack Greedy Limited

Corporate Partner of the Year 
George Weston Ltd.

Community Partner of the Year 
Black Community Advisory Council of United Way
of Peel Region

   


Thank you Carstar for your donation of a VAN!!
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A special thank you to Carstar 401, Carstar Hawkestone and Carstar Express Dundas for so generously donating a Chrysler Town & Country van to Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The van will allow our agency to transport youth to community functions and agency programs and will also be used for agency special events!  Thank you very much for your generosity!



Thank you to TD!

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A special to Manager of Financial Services – Jessie Notay and staff at the TD Bank branch at Cottrelle Blvd. and Hwy. 50 for their donation of $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters!



THANK YOU TO DECODE ADVENTURES!

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A special thank you to DeCode Adventures who donated $353 from their 1st Anniversary Celebration! We would also like to thank them for donating the space of their Board Game room on an ongoing basis for our children and youth!


THANK YOU TO WEST JET!
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A special thank you to West Jet who donated their Corporate Box for 9 of our matches to attend the September 1st Blue Jays Game!  


Backpack Donation!

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A special thank you to Jessica Logan and family and friends for their donation of 6 fully stocked backpacks for the children and youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters!



Thank You to Home Depot!

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Shari Lynn Ladanchuk – President and CEO of BBBS gives a helping hand to Home Depot staff – Vera, Monika and Bernadett.

Team Depot, which is led by Home Depot staff who volunteer their time, are doing a complete renovation of Big Brothers Big Sisters craft room to create more storage and an inviting space for the youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters to gather.  The room will be used for events for Big Brothers Big Sisters youth as well as for volunteer interviewing and training.  The renovation includes a new floor being installed, paint and new cabinets, counter and sink, courtesy of Home Depot stores in Brampton and their vendors. Special thanks to vendors including Counter Top Magic, Behr Paint, Allure Flooring, Franke Kindred Canada Limited, Richelieu Hardward Ltd, Moen.



Medtronic donates 31 new bikes to Big Brothers Big Sisters! 
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Our thanks to all of the staff at Medtronic who put together 31 bikes as part of a team building exercise to give back to the community. We had many happy Little Brothers and Sisters, who were presented with one of the new bikes.     A special thank you to Monika Paquette for organizing this donation to BBBS! 

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