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“My True Hero” – 8 Year Journey with Big Brothers

“My True Hero” – 8 Year Journey with Big Brothers

My Big Brothers journey started 8 years ago. I remember vividly attending a volunteer orientation at my high school, a staff member from Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver presented on … Read more

Roland and Little

The Gift of Presence: Roland & Alex’s Story

Looking back, Big Brothers volunteer and monthly donor Roland Wood wishes he’d had a Big Brother mentor when he was a kid. Roland grew up in Ontario, raised by a … Read more

Video: Friendship is Priceless

Video: Friendship is Priceless

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Eric

Five Years of Friendship and Counting

Eric and his Little Brother Jacob* recently celebrated FIVE years of friendship through Big Brothers! We asked Eric to tell us more about his experience: Big Brothers: What is the … Read more

Big Brothers match

A Boost of Confidence

“Kids are so genuine. We always had such a good time, laughing and joking together,” says Freda Fong, a police officer who has been a volunteer mentor to three Burnaby … Read more

Big Brothers Birthday Donor

The Reverse Birthday Surprise: Anil’s Story

Anil Patel is on the journey of a lifetime – literally and figuratively. “I was on a pretty, let’s say, generic path,” says Anil, who grew up in Australia before … Read more

Melissa Hot On Your Heels Squamish

A Mountain Bike Race that Builds Confidence for Women and Girls!

As young girls approach adolescence, their participation in sports drops by 22%¹ . And that can shape their relationship with sports as adults. But volunteer mentor Melissa Sheridan is determined … Read more

A woman swings on a playset in a playground

Why I Volunteer with Big Brothers | By: Salwa Takar

Salwa Takar moved to Canada from India with her family when she was nine years old. The youngest of seven children, Salwa understands the importance of positive role models. Learning … Read more

A Boy Who Finally Feels Heard

Geoffrey* was 10 years old when he joined a weekend mentoring and leadership program on the Downtown Eastside. The program allowed Aboriginal youth to learn through recreational activity and group … Read more

A woman and a boy sits on top of a table with a game of Uno.

An Unlikely Video Game

By Shawna Lum, In-School Mentor Volunteer My Little Buddy liked video games. He liked being indoors, doing familiar activities and mostly keeping to himself. Each week, I met him at … Read more

Yashar and Kari Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver

Similar Personalities Help Forge a Bond

Yashar grew up in Vancouver after arriving from Iran with only his mom for company. With a new culture to adapt to and explore, he was shy and reserved towards … Read more

Manny Arceneaux presents Shaw donation to Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver's executive director Valerie Lambert

Manny Arceneaux Gives Back in a BIG Way

“We have new technologies that enable us to connect in different ways, and we really have to make time for people.” So says BC Lions football player Emmanuel (Manny) Arceneaux, … Read more

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