Mentoring Matters Blog


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

Little Brother Max and Big Brother Matt

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 Quan

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 with Math Virtual

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

Andy Wu

“It’s not about changing kids, it’s about helping them to understand and learn new skills that will benefit them later in life.”

We’d like to introduce you to one of our GameOn! Big Brothers volunteers, Andy. Andy has been generously volunteering his time with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver for just under a year. During this time, he’s completed 3 rounds of our 8-week Game On! program. We’ve had the opportunity of getting to know Andy well … Read more


3 Reasons Why Volunteering in Game On Might Be Right For You

Meet Thanusan, he’s been involved in our short-term volunteering opportunity (Game On!) consistently since Fall 2016, and only missed 1 session in that time. Game On is typically offered every 3 months, so while writing this, he’s committed to almost 4 years of our 8-week program, making him one of the longest-standing volunteers in that … Read more


4 Reasons Why Volunteering With Big Brothers Might be Right For You

Today we sat down with Scott Pearson, an on-call firefighter here in the Lower Mainland. Our hope is to inspire anyone reading this who has considered volunteering with us to take the first step and learn more about our organization, and the benefits it can provide to your life, and in the life of a … Read more


3 Things You Learn When Mentoring Youth

This month, we sat down with Sebastian, who’s been involved with our Big Brother program for just under a year at this time of writing (March 2020.) He’s relatively new to the process of providing a mentoring relationship with a child, but there’s certain commonalities to his experience that he shares with other mentors that … Read more

Jordan Ellis Noah

“Health is Wealth, and the Secret to Living is Giving”

In this inspiring interview, we sat down with one of our Big Brothers, Jordan, who’s been involved with our charity for over 2 years. Jordan and his Little Brother, Noah sparked their friendship through a love of basketball, which Jordan introduced to Noah when they were initially matched together. Jordan and Noah typically have a … Read more

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