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fb auction

We will be having a special Facebook Auction in September!

We will be having a special facebook auction featuring a number of fantastic packages up for auction including a trip for 2 to whereever Westjet flies! All funds raised go to funding our programs. Details and Dates will be coming soon so stay tuned!



Our Annual Summer Picnic is coming up on Sunday Sept. 10th

Our annual picnic at Rathtrevor Beach is coming up on Sunday September 10th from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. There will games and food for everyone. A BIG Thank you to the Light of Christ Church for putting this on for us!

Please RSVP to Stephen by September 1st. Call 250-756-2447 or email stephen.cochrane@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca


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 August!!

Little Sister Mercedes
Big Brother Doug
Big Brother Andy




Congratulations to our Littles who will be going to Tim Hortons Camp!


We are happy to announce that Little Brothers Griffin, Chris and Little Sister Ella will be attending Tim Hortons Camp in Kananaskis Country!!

Also congratulations to Little Brother Sam who will be attending Camp Whitehead in Manitoba!

Many Thanks to all the Tim Hortons locations in Nanaimo for sponsoring all these deserving children!!










A BIG "Thank you" to Angelene Peter, an internship student from the MBA program at VIU who worked with us. Angelene worked in the BIG Deals Clothing Program, assisted in administrative tasks related to our programs and also worked on a number of other initiatives. Thanks so much for your contributions Angelene!



Big Deals Clothing Program now running a sale from
Wednesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 4 PM! (NEW HOURS)!!

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

We offer an excellent selection of Women's and Children's Clothing with all items $5.00 or less! All proceeds go to support our programs.

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



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!



A special "Thank you" to Melissa Peoples for all her contributions to our agency! Melissa has worked with us as her practicum for her course at VIU and assisted in many aspects of our agency particularly in research and in our mentoring programs. Melissa also was an In School Mentor and assisted with our Go Girls Program. Thank you Melissa for all your enthusiasm and contributions to our agency!




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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