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Calling all mentors

Special Orientation sessions for prospective mentors and
parents interested in our programs.

We will be hosting a series of orientation sessions for people interested in mentoring as well as parents who are interested in enrolling their children in one of our programs. Sessions will be held at our office (2030 Northfield Road in Nanaimo) and will give you a good overview of our programs, the benefits and responsibilities involved and the process to become enrolled.

Mentor Orientations
Monday April 24th 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday May 18th 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Parent Orientations
Thursday May 4th 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursday May 23rd 6:00 - 8:00 PM

For more information call Stephen at 250-756-2447 or email: bigbrothersbigsisters.ca


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brechin lanes


A hearty "Thank you" to Brechin Lanes for hosting a fundraiser on our behalf last month! 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

Congratulations to our Mentees, Mentors and Supporters celebrating birthdays in April!

Roger - In School Mentor and Board Member
Breanna - Little Sister
Jason - Big Brother
Melanie - In School Mentor
Brett Barker - In School Mentor
Darius - Little Brother

All Women's and Men's Pants and Jeans 
2 for $5 or $2.50 for one pair!! Get them here at the BIG Deals Clothing Program!



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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


A BIG Welcome to our new mentors in our Community Program!!

Welcome to new Big Sisters Lori and Susan AND 2 NEW Big Brothers, Mathew and Ken!!


Welcome back to Aiden, Christina, Jamie and Amie who were mentors before and have come back!

A BIG Welcome to new mentors Donna and Tyler who are starting in January as well!

Thank you all so much for the investment of your time into the lives of deserving children!




New Group Programs in the New Year

We are happy to announce that we are offering three new Go Girls Groups in January (at Springwood Elementary in Parksville as well as Uplands and Forest Park Schools in Nanaimo). We are also planning two Game on Groups at Brechin and Georgia Avenue Schools in Nanaimo!










A BIG Welcome to Angelene Peter. Angelene is a graduated MBA student from VIU and is doing her internship with us! She is a Management Training Consultant, is visiting us from India and will be working primarily in the Big Deals Clothing Program.

Welcome Angelene!


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



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We are happy to report that our Director of Service Delivery, Stephen Cochrane had an opportunity to attend the National Mentoring Symposium that was held in Banff! It was an excellent opportunity to network and learn from some excellent speakers who spoke to a very diverse group of organizations involved in mentoring children and youth.

Stephen said, "It was an excellent opportunity to learn alongside a great mix of organizations. Thank you Banff for an awesome symposium! I am filled with such positive emotion from making solid connections with people all across Canada! I will be the ripple!"


Westjetters for a day

Thank you Westjet for allowing Little Brothers Kalen and Colton to be "Westjetters for a day" at the Comox Airport. This gave them the opportunity to learn all about the aviation industry, Thank you for giving them this opportunity and your continued support for mentoring!



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!





Thank you Milner Group!

 A BIG Thank you to Milner Group for the fundraiser they hosted for us at the Pacific Waste Management Facility. We raised $2000 that will be used to help fund our programs! 

For more info on Milner Group visit: milnergroup.ca




Thank you Ames Family Foundation!

 A BIG Thank you to Ames Family Foundation for their generous donation of $5000 to our agency as well as their support of other BBBS Agencies in BC!




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Big Deals Clothing Program now running a sale from Wed - Sat from 10 AM - 3 PM!


We are happy to announce that we will be running our Clothing Sale every Wednesday to Saturday  from 10 AM - 3 PM at our location at 2030 Northfield Road!

We offer an excellent selection of Men's, Women's and Children's Clothing with all items $10.00 or less! All proceeds go to support our programs.

For more information, give us a call at 250-756-2447 or email: bigscvi.ca




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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 fifth year of supporting our In-school Mentoring Program.Click here to learn more.



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We are proud to be the recipient of United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island funding for programs in 2015/2016.



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!


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We have Moved!

We have secured a location for our new office.

Our new address is:
2030 Northfield Road
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 3B8

Look for our sign on Northfield Road.



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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