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big sale

Christmas Shopping Sale !!

Starting this Saturday (Dec 9th) for the rest of December everyone who shops at the Big Deals Boutique will enjoy the following fabulous discounts:

Spend $20 - Get $5 off!!
Spend $40 - Get $10 off!!
Spend $60 - Get $15 off!!
Spend $80 - Get $20 off!!

All funds support the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island.
Visit us Wed. to Sat. from 10 AM - 4 PM
(Now open on Saturdays)
2030 Northfield Road in Nanaimo


island savings - November 2017

Congratulations to Island Savings

Congratulations to Island Savings for receiving the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada's Community Partnership Award. The Community Partnership Award is given to the community partner who demonstrate Community Leadership and act as a Corporate Role model in the community. Pictured here are representatives from Big Brothers agencies in Nanaimo, Cowichan and Victoria.






A BIG Thank you to Country Club Centre for selecting our agency as one of the charities who will receive charitable donations from their Christmas Santa Photo Display.

Note: Kids can get their photos with Santa at Country Club Centre during the following dates and times:

November 25th - 30th
Monday - Saturday
11am - 1pm I 2pm - 5pm
11am - 1pm I 2pm - 4pm


December 1 - 24th
Monday - Friday
11am - 1pm 
2pm - 5pm 
6pm - 7:30pm

11am - 1pm I 2pm - 5pm
11am - 1pm I 2pm - 4pm

Christmas Eve
9:30am - 12:00pm
12:30pm - 3pm


DR Volunteers

A BIG Welcome back and congratulations to our volunteer homebuilders!

Five people from our agency (Our Executive Director Denise Robinson, Board Member Roger Lytton and Staff Member Len Giberson with volunteers Colleen Carlson and Emily McCarter) spent the last three weeks building homes for impoverished families in the Dominican Republic along with other volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Canada.

A BIG Thank you and congratulations to all of them and to Westjet for sponsoring their flights. Great job everyone!!


gift certificates

Get your Gift Certificates!!

Come by our boutique and get your Big Deals Boutique gift certificates in time for Christmas! Lots of new fall and winter stock is being put out daily come out and have a look!

Available in Denominations of $10, $15, $20 and $50
Perfect for a stocking stuffer. All funds support the programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island.

Visit us Wed. to Sat. from 10 AM - 4 PM
(Now open on Saturdays)
2030 Northfield Road in Nanaimo



Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 28th

Help support #givingtuesday by donating your gently used clothing to our agency between now and November 28th. All donations, large or small are gratefully accepted and help deserving children in need of a mentor get one!

Bring your clothing donations to our office at:
2030 Northfield Road in Nanaimo
Open Mon to Fri from 9 AM - 5 PM



Info Session

Training and Info Sessions In November

We will be having training and Information sessions in the month of November for current mentors and applicants. The purpose of the training is to get up to speed on new standards and practices and how to get the most out of mentoring.

Wednesday, November 1st
5:00 - 6:15 PM
at Country Grocer on Bowen Road (Upstairs in the conference room)

Wednesday November 29th
5:00 - 6:15 PM
at Country Grocer on Bowen Road (Upstairs in the conference room)






The Big Deals Boutique is now open on Saturdays!

The New Hours for the Big Deals Boutique is Wednesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM
Come on by and check out our latest fabulous finds!
2030 Northfield Road
Nanaimo Call 250-756-2447



Thank you City of Parksville

A BIG Thank you to the City of Parksville Grants In Aid Program for providing funding for the Go Girls Program at Springwood Elementary School!



Thank you BC Recreational Parks Association

A BIG Thank you to the BC Recreational Parks Association! The BC Recreational Parks Association has awarded us funding for our Game on and Go Girls Programs! This funding will allow us to expand the Game on and Go Girls Programs into 3 new schools and serve 40 additional children!


A BIG Welcome to Saeka Tsunoda who is working with us as a Practicum.Student from VIU. Saeka is involved in helping us with many aspects of delivering our programs!

Welcome Saeka!



We are happy to report that 41 Mentors are currently serving 47 Children in the In School Mentoring Program!



facebook auction

A BIG Thank you to everyone who bid on our Facebook Auction and to all of our Sponsors for making it happen!


The Facebook auction was a big success and raised over $2000 for our mentoring programs for children! A BIG Thank you to all of our sponsors for making the Facebook auction a success!


Paradise Fun Park

Days Inn/Ricky's 

Kool and Child

Dinghy Dock Pub

Beach Acres Resort

John's Bedroom Barn

Wingren Floors

Central Drugs

Mid Island Coop

Nanaimo Toyota

Nanaimo Chrysler

Steve Marshall Ford

Arbutus RV

Jennifer Morgan 

Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour

Royal BC Museum

Tigh-na-mara Resort

Fairwinds Golf Course

Port Theatre

Chemainus Theatre

CJ Martial Arts

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra



A BIG Thank you to Dean Philpott and The Bald Guy Real Estate Team

Big Brother Dean gave a great speech on his experience as a mentor at The United Way Central Island Kickoff Breakfast on September 22nd!



Thank you for supporting the BIG Bumper Breakfast !!

A BIG Thank you to everyone who supported the BIG Bumper Breakfast on Thursday, July 13th! In total we raised over $3000 that will go toward our mentoring programs in the community!

A BIG Thank you to our Sponsors:
Casino Nanaimo
Cross and Company Chartered Accountants
Uplands Dental Clinic
Sylvan Learning Centre - Nanaimo
Panago Pizza - 
The Bald Guy Real Estate Team
Maureen Rumney
Starbucks Canada
Breeze Salon & Spa
The Children's Treehouse
Country Club Centre
ADIA Salon

happy Birthday

Congratulations to those Bigs and Littles celebrating
Birthdays in November!!

Robyn - In School Mentor
Ezra - Little Brother
Kathy - In School Mentor and Board Member
Colton - Little Brother
Jason - Big Brother
Chloe - Little Sister
Griffin - Little Brother



Congratulations to those celebrating Match Anniversaries in November!

Big Brother Felix and Little Brother CJ - 3 Years


Canadian Western Bank


Thank you Canadian Western Bank!


A BIG Thank you to Canadian Western Bank in Courtney for raising over $2000 for our agency by hosting a BBQ and Beer and Burger Night!




Congratulations to our 2016 Mentor of the Year

Congratulations to Andie Roberts who is our 2016 mentor of the year. Andie did in School Mentoring, Go Girls at Springwood Elementary School and also helped recruit new mentors.

Thanks so much for your contributions, Andie and thank you to all the mentors for making a difference in the lives of deserving children.



brechin lanes


A hearty "Thank you" to Brechin Lanes for hosting a fundraiser on our behalf in March. Brechin Lanes donated $5.00 per lane to our agency during their "Glow Bowling Time" which ran from 4-6 PM which amounted to a donation of $400! In addition to this, Brechin Lanes sold and posted personalized paper bowling pins at their location. In total the fundraiser raised over $550.00!

For more information on Brechin Lanes, visit: www.brechinlanes.ca


welcome to the team


A BIG Welcome to our new board members:

Shannon Katz
Renee Clements
Frank Bailey
Laurie Bienert

Welcome to the Team!!


Be a part of something BIG!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island is seeking volunteers to join to our committee and assist in the development and execution of an exciting annual signature event.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island Fund Development & Marketing Committee is a group of volunteers who work together to contribute to providing the highest quality mentoring programs for every child that needs a mentor in Central Vancouver Island.

Big Brothers Big Sisters depends on energetic, dedicated volunteers to fulfill our mission. Be a part of a rewarding experience in making a difference in lives of the youth in our community.
Fundraising, Marketing, Communications, or Events Management experience/skills are an asset, but not required
Criminal Record Check required 
The Committee meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 
5:30 – 7:00 pm

For further information please contact Laurie via email at bigscvi.ca


CWB Cheque pres Jan 2017

Thank you Canadian Western Bank!

 A BIG Thank you Canadian Western Bank for your donation of $3015 from the proceeds of your Greater Interest GIC Campaign!!

For more information visit: http://www.greaterinterest.ca



Donate your Quality Foods Points to our Agency!

If you shop at Quality Foods, you can donate your QF points to our agency by simply telling the cashier that you would like to donate your points to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Vancouver Island when you are at the checkout. Your QF points will be used for the purchase of food and other items for our special events and our programs. Your help is much appreciated!


New Partner Discount Program for our Bigs and Littles!










We are happy to announce that a number of local businesses have generously donated to our Community Mentoring Program by offering discounts on their products and services to be used as Match Activities for Bigs and Littles in the Community Program,

Gabriel's Gourmet Cafe
39 Commercial Street, Nanaimo
2 for 1 Dishes

Om Town Yoga
43 Commercial Street, Nanaimo
2 for 1 Admissions

Paradise Fun Park
375 W. Island Highway, Parksville
2 for 1 Admissions

35 Nanaimo River Road, Nanaimo
50% off Monkido Classic or Monkido Kids

Nanaimo Clippers
2300 Bowen Road, Nanaimo
Free Entry

Romper Room
4385 Boban Drive, Nanaimo
Free Belay Course for Mentor.

A BIG Thank you to everyone who sponsored this program!

To qualify, please contact Stephen at 250-756-2447 for more details.


































































































































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Thank you to Rotary Nanaimo North!


A BIG Thank you to the Rotary Club of Nanaimo North for their generous donation of $5000 to our In School Mentoring Programs!




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We are happy to announce that Island Savings was nominated by its long-time community partner, Concentra Financial for it's Empowering Your Communities award program.

This additional funding (which for our agency comes to over $8000) will allow us to serve even more deserving children with our In-School Mentoring Programs!


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Island Savings is embarking on their sixth year of supporting our In-school Mentoring Program.Click here to learn more.



United Way New Logo

We are proud to be the recipient of United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2017..



Cash for Clothes Fundraising Opportunity

Is your Non Profit, Sports Team, PAC Group, School or Church Group looking for a way to raise funds for your group?

Let us show you how running a clothing drive can raise money for your group. Call Denise at 250-756-2447 or send her an email to learn more!


Whats in your closet

Dropping Off your Gently Used Clothing helps fund our programs !!

Your clothing donations help fund our programs for deserving children in our community! Donations can be made during Regular Office Hours

 Monday - Friday from     9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

2030 Northfield Road
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 3B8 (Look for our sign on Northfield Road)

After Hours Donations can be made at:

VI Fitness - 1815 Bowen Rd. Ph. 250-754-2348
VI Fitness - 202-4300 Wellington Rd. ph. 250-756-2985




Witnessing the transformation of a child into a confident young person is a remarkable thing. 

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