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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

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

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

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

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

Senior Program Administrator: Kimiko Yamada | Meet Our Team

Kimiko, our Senior Program Administrator, has been working at Big Brothers for 12 years! She works with the Charity team at Big Brothers, which deliver all the programming for children and youth. Her main role is database management, file management, as well as reporting and statistics. Kimiko also supervises two positions, Volunteer Intake Coordinator and … Read more

The Brotherly Bond of Matt & Max

Little Brother Max and Big Brother Matt are celebrating. After seven special years of friendship, support, and mentorship, Max is turning 18, and they have come together – via Zoom – to celebrate their graduation from the Big Brothers Community Mentoring program. Straight away, it is clear to see that they have developed a brotherly … Read more

Cameron and Quan’s Exceptional Friendship

When you meet Cameron (Big Brother) and Quan (Little Brother) for the first time, you can immediately tell that they have an exceptional friendship. Matched three years ago, Cameron became a Big Brother with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver because he wanted to give back to the community and become a mentor. “I’ve always known … Read more

Events Officer: Andree Nash | Meet Our Team

Andree has been the Events Officer at Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver for nearly two years. She works with community members, partners and sponsors of all sizes to build fundraising events and campaigns, all in support of children and youth development through essential volunteer-led mentoring programs. With over 7 years in the non-profit and charity … Read more

Assessment Lead & Supervisor: Pamela Marin | Meet Our Team

Pamela has been working with Big Brothers for over 4 years, having brought to the role her prior experience as a youth support worker. As Assessment Lead and Supervisor, Pamela assesses families and volunteers that are interested in participating in Big Brothers programs, and also provides support for community matches in the program – giving … Read more

Mentoring During the Pandemic

We’ve all had to pivot during the pandemic, including our staff, volunteers, and families as we adjusted our programs to be implemented virtually to ensure safety in all mentoring relationships ✨ We want to thank everyone for your patience and in supporting us whether you’re a volunteer, a donor, family we serve, or a staff … Read more

A 20-Year Journey from Little to Big Brother

We sat down with Brian, a Vancouverite who has a particularly interesting tie to Big Brothers, in that he was a Little Brother over 20 years ago, and just over a year ago, he made the decision to give back some of the benefits he received when he was a child. We were immensely curious … Read more

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