Congratulations to our longtime volunteer, Donna Madill, on winning the John Huether Award of Excellence at Volunteer MBC's V-Oscars!
Our congratulations are extended to Donna Madill who was recently presented the John Huether Award for Volunteering Excellence at Volunteer MBC’s V-Oscars! The award is presented to a volunteer who devotes an abundance of their time and resources, and is passionate about helping others. The recipient also must continually demonstrate exceptional leadership through example, and be a significant contributor to the team and community.
Donna has been a valued volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 31 years. She has been a Big Sister to Brianna and Nadia and is currently a Big Bunch volunteer, a Gala Committee member, Events volunteer and head of our Health and Safety Committee. She began her volunteering with Big Sisters in 1986 as a Board Member and Police Liason and has always been an exceptional volunteer throughout the years lending a hand in whatever way she can. In addition to her many volunteer commitments with Big Brothers Big Sisters she also currently volunteers at Headwaters Health Care Centre and is an active member of the Peel Regional Police Retirees Association as the current Board President. Other past volunteer contributions include lengthy volunteer roles with Girl Guides of Canada, Block Parents of Brampton and Victim Services of Peel.
Our community is very fortunate to have Donna as such a caring and giving volunteer and we are very thankful to have her as a part of our Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer team!
Thank you to Mike Verdiel of Mississauga Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund who donated $2,500 to BBBSPeel!
I Care... I Volunteer! Thank you to our 1,300 valued volunteers for your dedication to our youth.
Canadian Tire recognized for 5 years of support!
Our thanks is extended to Canadian Tire for their ongoing support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake event. Inspector Heather Ramore and Inspector Taufic Saliba, who are Co-Chairs of our Peel Regional Police Bowling Committee, recently presented Adam Burke and Sean Power with a plaque to recognize their support.
Toyotoshi Group Canada donates 5 bikes!
Thank you to Toyotoshi Group Canada for their donation of 5 brand new bikes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel! Their donation was part of a recent team building event amongst the Toyotoshi Group Canada Mangers. We greatly appreciate the ongoing support of Meadowvale Toyota, one of Toyotoshi Group’s five dealerships, who is our 2016/2017 Local Business Partner of the Year.
Congratulations to the 36 students who participated in the BIG Spelling Bee!
On Saturday, February 11th Big Brothers Big Sisters held the BIG Spelling Bee at the University of Toronto Erindale Campus. There were 36 local elementary school students who participated. All students did an excellent job and it was a fun learning experience for all involved. The event was made possible through the generous support of Invesco, who also had several volunteers help out the day of!
A special congratulations to our very talented winners of the 2017 BIG Spelling Bee:
1st Place - Enya Hubers
2nd Place - Jake Lance
3rd Place - Pree Skembaris-Best
Bowl in Caledon, Win for your team!
Help us sell out our third event of the year and come out to Skyview Lanes in Caledon on Sunday, March 5th. We love our Caledon bowlers and this year we want to see some new faces on the lanes so we are offering an exciting deal! We will enter every new bowler in Caledon into a draw to win a prize for their team! Get recruiting and Start Something Big today! Register RIGHT HERE
Thank you to North York & Caledon Chrysler for Donating $10,000
Thank you North York Chrysler and Caledon Chrysler for donating $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel! We won 2nd place in their charity initiative!!! Thank you to everyone for voting for us!
Thank you to Bonanza Gardens for your donation of toys!
Thank you to Gene Bidinot from Bonanza Gardens who purchased over $15,000 worth of toys from Costco Brampton for the children and youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters. We thank you for your continued generosity and for helping to ensure that the children in our agency have a Christmas to remember! Our thanks is also extended to Jamie Wright and team at Costco for helping to coordinate this wonderful donation. Thank you for helping to put a smile on so many children’s faces this holiday season.
Thank you to Darren and Jason Sketchley and all the staff at Formcor who very generously sponsored one of our families for Christmas. Their donation came complete with many gifts as well as a new Christmas tree and ornaments! Your support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to David and Deborah!
Thank you to David and Deborah Augustine Ramkisson for their generous donation of 100+ books to give to the children and youth at BBBS over the holidays!
A big thank you to all of the employees at Maplehurst Bakery!
A big thank you to all of the employees at Maplehurst Bakery who donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters during their Weston – Seeding Stronger Communities Employee Fundraising Campaign this fall. George Weston Ltd. matched all employee donations for a total of $20,810.40 raised!
Wishing all of our volunteers, youth and their families a Happy Holiday.
A special thank you to Mattel, Pizza Pizza and Bill and Andrea Bates for their support of our Annual Holiday Party.
THBFKS: City challenge Trophy Presented to City of Brampton $11,310.00 Raised
A special thank you to all of the Brampton City Councillors and to Mayor Jeffrey for their support of our 2016 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake. The City Challenge trophy was presented at the City of Brampton Council Meeting on September 14th to Councillor Fortini and Mayor Jeffrey by Lori Plati from Big Brothers Big Sisters. A very special thank you to Councillor Fortini who raised $10,700 of the $11,310 and was also the Highest Fundraiser overall for all of our Big Brothers Big Sisters Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake events.
Thank you Konica Minolta for donating $1,137
A special thank you to Konica Minolta who raised $1,137.00 through a silent auction at their employee BBQ/Head Office grand opening and donated the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. Pictured here is Karen Burgess – Marketing Communications Program Manager for Konica Minolta, Shari Lynn Ladanchuk – President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and Rebekah Fougere – Director, Marketing & Sales Support for Konica Minolta.
Bramalea City Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada join forces to encourage girls to BeYou!
Join Bramalea City Centre (BCC) and Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada in celebrating the uniqueness of every girl across Canada with BeYou from Wednesday, August 24 until Saturday, August 27 in Hudson’s Bay Court at BCC (25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton) from 11:00am to 8:00pm. With interactive programs for all ages, all events are FREE and are designed to provide young females better access to developmental tools that will help increase self-esteem, personal growth, self-worth and empower young women who are coming of age in a media and technology driven time.
BCC BEYOU WORKSHOPS AND ENTERTAINMENT
BCC’s workshops and events in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada cater to the Brampton community and explore and encourage confidence in creativity and self-expression, health of mind and body, understanding of media and its impact on who we are and the value of team and individual sport.
CLICK FOR WORKSHOP DETAILS
Check out the BeYou website HERE
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel is proud to announce that Little Sister Rhea is one of the five BeYou campaign ambassadors at Bramalea City Centre! #BeYouGirl
In Memory – Little Sister Mia
It is with great sadness that we inform you that one of our Little Sisters – Mia Allen passed away on June 24th, 2016 at 13 years of age as the result of a car accident near her home in Brampton. Our thoughts are with Mia’s family.
Big Brothers Big Sisters donation of 13 brand new bikes for their youth!
On July 7th representatives from Le Tour de Terra Cotta, Brampton Cycling Club and Caledon Hills Cycling came to Big Brothers Big Sisters office to officially present 13 brand new bikes to their youth who were most in need of a new bike. In addition to the bikes, helmets and locks were provided, and representatives helped to adjust the bikes for each youth and did a brief presentation on bike safety.
A big thank you is extended to Tour de Terra Cotta, Brampton Cycling Club and Caledon Hills Cycling for supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters with this generous bike donation.
Thank you to West Jet!
A BIG thank you is extended to West Jet for providing our Bigs and Littles with the opportunity of a lifetime. On July 2nd West Jet kindly donated their Corporate Box for 18 of our Bigs and Littles to see the Blue Jays game. It was a great game with good company and lots of amazing food. Thank you West Jet for your ongoing support of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Thank you to Johnston Equipment!
On June 1st Big Brothers Big Sisters held their Annual General Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Evening at Johnston Equipment. The highlight of the evening was a cheque presentation made by Michael Marcotte, President & CEO of Johnston Equipment for $100,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. Johnston Equipment has been Big Brothers Big Sisters most long standing donor spanning over 25 years. Our thanks is extended to Johnston Equipment for their continued support!
Congratulations to our Volunteers!
On June 1st Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized some of their top volunteers at their Annual General Meeting and Volunteer Recognition Evening. Volunteers of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 45 years of service were amongst those who received awards for their dedication and commitment.
There were 40 volunteers who were recognized for 5 years of service and 6 volunteers reached the milestone mark of 10 years of service. Those who received a 15 year awards included Bill Bates, Almin Goode, Leon Surujpaul and Rio Trapani. Debra Porter received recognition for 20 years of service and two 25 year service awards were presented to Yvonne Beauchesne and Tina O’Neill. The top volunteer awards were presented to Donna Madill, Art Morrison and Brenda Morrison and Big Brothers Big Sisters presented their first ever 45 years of service award to Don Smith (Top Image).
During Don’s span of time with Big Brothers Big Sisters he has been matched with four different Little Brothers, two of whom he still keeps in very regular contact with, and he has been matched with eight different boys in the agency’s In-School Mentoring Program. Congratulations were extended to all of Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers for their commitment and dedication towards making a positive difference for the children and youth in our community.
Thank you to Big Brother Nick Sabharwal and to Brampton Kiwanis Club for Scholarship Funds!
A special thank you to Brampton Kiwanis Club for giving a $500 bursary to Little Sister Denika for her post secondary education. We would also like to thank Big Brother Nick Sabharwal who established 3 new $500 scholarships this year to ensure that our Littles have the opportunity to go on to post secondary education. One he donated himself, the other he sourced from the Toronto Auto Group and the third from Frank Loreto. These scholarships were presented on June 1st to Littles Darren, Tanya and Janam. Congratulations!
15 Years of Partnership with PDCDSB!
Our thanks to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board on 15 years of partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide the In-School Mentoring Program to youth in Peel Region! Congratulations to Chief Social Worker Glenn Carley on his retirement! Many thanks for your commitment to our agency!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Picnic
Thank you to everyone who came out to Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Picnic! It was a great day filled with lots of amazing activities and food. A special thank you to all of our picnic donors and volunteers for making this summer celebration possible!
United Way Day of Caring!
Thank you to Richard Latendresse – Rogers Communications, Maame Debrah – United Way of Peel Region and Justin Gonsalves – Rogers Communications for volunteering at our After-School Program as a part of the United Way Day of Caring on May 19th!
2016 Tim Horton's Bowl for Kids Sake Bankers Challenge
Photo from left to right: Samandeep Bahugun(TD), Glen Way (Scotia Wealth Management), Venki Raman (CIBC), and Rajeev Misra (CIBC).
Thank you to all of the bowlers that joined us at the 2016 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake Bankers Challenge on Monday, May 9th! With your help we raised over $21,000! Congratulations to Bankers Challenge Champion – Scotia Wealth Management. Thank you to everyone for your incredible fundraising and enthusiasm! See you next year!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual General Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Evening.
Join us for our Annual General Meeting followed by an evening of celebration of our valued volunteers of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 45 years of service!
Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Johnston Equipment - 5975 Falbourne Street, Unit 1, Mississauga.
Thank You Peel District School Board!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel's President & CEO, Shari Lynn Ladanchuck recently presented Tony Pontes & Janet McDougald from Peel District School Board with a Plaque celebrating their 20 years of partnership with the In-School Mentoring Program. Thank you PDSB for your ongoing support of all of our school-based mentoring programs.
Thank You To Boston Pizza!
A special thank you to Boston Pizza who donated 15 bikes to the youth at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel and Big Brothers Big sisters of Halton. Boston Pizza franchise owners from accross Canada who gathered at Boston Pizza Convention on May 11th put together the bikes as part of a team building event. On site at the event were Big and Little Brother Marcais and Joshua who lent a helping hand and were both given a brand new bike. Boston Pizza is a National Sponsor of Big Brothers Big sisters of Canada!
THANK YOU TO FLETCHER'S MEADOW CROSS TRAINERS!
Thank you to Fletcher’s Meadow Cross Trainers who donated 13 refurbished laptops for the youth at our agency. The Cross Trainers raise money each year at their annual RUN4HOPE at Professors Lake. The laptops are then purchased from Sky’s the Limit, a Canadian Charity that works towards ensuring that every youth who needs a laptop has one! This year’s race is scheduled for 04.24.16. Consider taking part to ensure our youth have access to the tool and resources that they need!
Big Brothers Big Sisters Tim Hortons Bowl For Kids Sake is off to a great start!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel kicked off our largest fundraiser of the year – Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake with a sold out event on Sunday, February 21st. This was the first of five different bowling events from February – May with a goal of raising $180,000 to support our mentoring programs. With all 60 lanes filled with enthusiastic bowlers it was great to see the support of Peel Regional Police with 38 lanes filled with Peel Regional Police officers bowling to support the youth in our community.
Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake Honorary Chairperson, Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans gave welcoming remarks and along with Big Brothers Big Sisters President & CEO – Shari Lynn Ladanchuk they thanked our sponsors who helped to make the day a great success including Tim Hortons, Mississauga News, Brampton Guardian, Caledon Enterprise, Rogers, and Z103.
A special thank you is also extended to our event emcee – Tony Monaco and the Z103.5 for their continued support! And, our congratulations is extended to our top fundraising team for our Feb 21st event – The Peel Police Strikers who raised $2,681.
Thank You DeCode Adventures!
A special thank you to DeCode Adventures for providing a complimentary outing of Real Life Room Escape and board games for 43 of our youth and volunteers!
Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG Spelling Bee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada has partnered with Invesco Canada to promote academic excellence at their 2nd
Annual BIG Spelling Bee. The BIG Spelling Bee is a fun and educational event where students across Central Ontario get an opportunity to improve their spelling and increase their vocabulary while at the same time raise awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs. On February 6th
, 23 students competed in the spelling bee at the University of Toronto Mississauga. The top three participants were presented with trophies to celebrate their achievement. Congratulations to the spelling bee winners – 1st
place: Bassam, 2nd
place: Krista and 3rd
place: Aryan. Bassam, from Allan A. Martin Sr. Public School will now be going on to compete at the E.W. Scripps International Spelling Bee near Washington D.C. at the end of May.
Lowe's donates $2,500 at their Grand Opening Celebrations
Thank you to the new Lowe's store at Mavis and Bristol Road in Mississauga for choosing to donate $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters at their store opening on January 28th. Pictured here is Sean McCaul – Lowe’s, Lori Plati – Big Brothers Big Sisters and Derek Briggs – Lowe’s. These funds will directly support Big Brothers Big Sisters In-School Mentoring Program.
CARSTAR Presents a new van to Big Brothers Big Sisters!
The year is off to a great start as we officially received a donation of a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country van from CARSTAR Collision & Glass Service. The van will be used to transport youth to community functions and agency programs as well as be used for special events. A special thank you to Jeff Moriarty from CARSTAR Canada, Robin Juns from CARSTAR Mississauga 401 and Sam Saccoia from CARSTAR Hawkestone and CARSTAR Express Dundas for making this donation possible.
Kicking off our 2016 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake event!
Join us for our largest fundraiser of the year - Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake. This year's goal is to raise $180,000 through five different bowling events across Peel Region beginning on February 21st. Kicking things off for the 2016 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake is Honorary Chairperson, Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans.
"Inspiring and empowering the children and youth in our community to grow into healthy, contributing adults is one of the most important things we can do as citizens. For 49 years Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping to provide mentoring and supportive relationships to the children and youth in Peel Region. Last year alone they provided mentoring programs to over 1,500 children and youth yet there are still over 200 children who are waiting. One of the best ways that you can help to ensure these 200 children are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister is by participating in their largest fundraiser of the year - Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake. Register for one of their five evens from Feb 21st - May 9th. Together we will make a positive difference for the youth in Peel Region", states Peel Regional Police Chief Jennifer Evans.