To put a mentor into the life of every child and youth who needs one.
We support child and youth development through essential volunteer-led mentoring programs.
Statement of Reconciliation for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
At Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV), we acknowledge that the land on which we work and mentor is the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh; the Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Semiahmoo and the Stó:lō Nation.
As an agency, we have started a journey to learn from the Findings and Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We recognize the importance of acknowledging the history of Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal, First Nations, Metis, & Inuit) in Canada and the ongoing impacts of that history on the children, families, and communities we serve.
We will continue to build a foundation on which strong and collaborative relationships can grow between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. We will ensure that the mentor-mentee relationships formed in our programs are meaningful for all, and that they remain rooted in mutual understanding and respect.
Our commitment is to foster reconciliation through mentorship and the sharing of knowledge. We will continue to create opportunities for mentors, mentees and families to learn together and learn from each other as we aim to better understand our collective past and find ways to move forward together.
In working towards reconciliation, BBGV will:
- Empower the children and families we serve in a strength-based and culturally appropriate manner;
- Provide ongoing education and cultural awareness training for agency staff;
- Engage Indigenous community members and organizations to build relationships and partnerships that will enhance program outcomes for Indigenous youth;
- Adapt programming to be relevant, culturally appropriate, and responsive to the needs of the Indigenous communities we serve;
- Create culturally appropriate marketing and communications materials;
- Acknowledge traditional territory at all-staff meetings and agency events.
We’re committed to growing partnerships with the Indigenous community and to continue engaging with Indigenous children, youth, and their communities – to connect with us about partnerships, please contact Bailey Hartnell at 604.369.5147 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Big Brothers is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion. We respect and welcome participation of all individuals. We believe that the diversity of our volunteers, families, and staff allows us to collectively strengthen our organization to intentionally support the communities we serve.
Diversity: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio-economic status; work and behavioral styles; the perspectives of each individual shaped by their nation, experiences and culture—and more.
Inclusion: Diversity always exists in societies. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created intentionally. We strive to create an environment where people feel supported and welcomed.
Strategic Plan 2015-2020
Our strategic planning process brought together voices from different communities and represented both geographic and ethnocultural diversity. This plan serves as the organization’s guide as we continue to focus on the highest and best contribution that Big Brothers can make in supporting the families and communities we serve. Click here to read the full plan.