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Mentoring Matters Blog

Thank Your Mentor Day: It’s About Showing Up

Jan. 27, is Thank Your Mentor Day. But what does it mean and look like to be a mentor? Well, stick around and find out because we want you to meet a volunteer we’re thankful for! Introducing our Big A born and raised Vancouverite, Zayd, 36, knows all too well about how much of an … Read more

Mentorship Explained in the Words of a Big Brother

Have you ever wondered about being a youth mentor or what mentoring even is? Then keep calm and read on because you’re in the right place. Meet our mentor Playing Minecraft, shooting hoops, running for cover at laser tag, and attending a comic convention. These are some of the things our volunteer, and mentor, Hari … Read more

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Growing Up and Building Character Together: Andrew & Gurtej

Andrew and Gurtej are quite the pair. “He’s very mischievous … He’ll try to get away with as much as is humanly possible” Gurtej, Andrew’s Big Brother, said. Though not in a bad way, he added with a grin. “He reminded me a lot of myself. Someone who has a lot of energy and it … Read more

Lights, Camera and Smiles: A Photoshoot for Mentorship

Big smiles, tasty snacks, and good music! What a day our Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver annual photoshoot was! Five matches and their families joined us in a cozy Gastown studio in downtown Vancouver on a chilly November day. It was a busy and exciting Saturday where we, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver staff, got … Read more

Giving Mentorship an Early Start: Cora & Gisele

Ready, set, mentor! Lights, camera, hot chocolate and Timbits! What a day our Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver annual photoshoot was! Five matches and their families, from two of our programs, joined us on a chilly November day in a cozy Gastown studio in downtown Vancouver. It was a fun-filled event where we, Big Brothers … Read more

Getting New Perspectives

When it comes to hobbies, 10-year-old Aiden is like most kids his age. You can find him playing video games, perfecting skateboard tricks, and practicing his guitar after lessons every week. But in addition to all these things, he also has a strong mentor, brought into his life by Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV). … Read more

Celebrating 10 Years of Brotherhood

Ten years ago when we were all still dancing to the world-wide viral hit Gangnam Style in our schools, streets and offices, Roland and Alex met for the first time as Little and Big Brothers. Now, a decade later, this dynamic duo is celebrating an extra-special anniversary: ten years of friendship through the Big Brothers … Read more

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Events & Marketing Coordinator: Katinka Neumann | Meet Our Team

Katinka has been working with Big Brothers as the Events and Marketing Coordinator for just over 6 months. In her role she helps to plan fundraising events that help to fund our programs, mainly Katinka supports these events by designing the marketing materials. Before starting with Big Brothers, Katinka received an education degree from SFU, … Read more

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Mentoring Coordinator: Cindy Chan | Meet Our Team

Cindy has been a Mentoring Coordinator at Big Brothers for over a year. Before working with us, she had worked in the banking industry then went back to school at an Aboriginal University to get her Bachelors in Social Work. Cindy had her practicum at the Aboriginal Mothers Centre for a couple years, working with … Read more

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Engagement and Inclusion Specialist/Supervisor: Navkiran Brar | Meet Our Team

Navkiran has been with Big Brothers now for over 6 years, and she also spent 2 years working at Big Sisters before that! Navkiran is our Engagement and Inclusion Specialist/Supervisor; she looks at different ways of engaging our Big Brothers/Big Buddies, Guardians, and Little Brothers/Little Buddies through enhanced training, events, and learning opportunities. Additionally, Navkiran … Read more

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Community Program Manager: Shannon Hyunh | Meet Our Team

Shannon, our Community Program Manager, has been working with Big Brothers for over 10 years! Her prior experiences volunteering as a Big Sister, studying social work, and working with newcomers is what led to her pursue her career in helping others.   As the Community Program Manager, Shannon oversees the Big Brothers Community program including … Read more

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Development Officer: Luke Coad | Meet Our Team

Luke has been working as the Development Officer with Big Brothers for 8 months now. In his role, Luke is responsible for writing and managing grant applications, reports, donor management and our holiday fundraising campaign, amongst a few other things. Luke brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team; prior to joining Big … Read more

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