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Charleston Lake 2016

Thank you to the Manley family for welcoming 58 of our Littles and Bigs to their cottage in June for the second year in a row. Thank you also to all of the families who helped to organize and run the event, including the Joynt family who ensured all of the children had breakfast and transportation that morning!

The Littles greatly enjoyed all of the water activities including boat rides, sea-doo rides, kayaking, and tubing, in addition to a campfire, games, and delicious lunch. Our Littles were given the opportunity to try new things, and build new friendships and memories that they will never forget.

Here are some photos from the day:
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It's BACK and it's BETTER than ever!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and Operation Come Home present: The 11th Annual Big Art Come Back, featuring live and silent auctions of high-end art, cocktails and craft beer, and decadent finger foods in a historical setting, all while supporting at-risk youth in Ottawa.

November 24th, 2016
La Shoppe, Zibi
3 Rue Eddy
Gatinue, PQ

Tickets are on sale now!
Click here to learn more and get your ticket today!

The event will be fully licensed. Ticket price includes food and beverage.


We Asked: 
Lauren, what did you learn during your coop placement as a Meet You In School Mentor?
"Over my time as a mentor with BBBSO, I’ve learned that every child is different and has to be treated as such. Some kids are shy, and others are curious and outgoing. My Meet You In School match, Jonathan, was very quiet, anxious, and didn’t talk very much. In fact, when I first met him he would barely speak a couple of words to me, which made it challenging to get to know him. However, as the match progressed and he got to know me  better, he slowly started opening up to me. By the end of the semester, we were able to have a five minute conversation somewhat fluently, which was amazing to see, because at first I didn’t know if I’d ever be able to talk to him. Being able to have those brief conversations with him was an amazing transformation to witness."
- Lauren Chiasson, Meet You In School Mentor & High School Coop Student
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** Stittsville Legion Branch 618 **
1481 Stittsville Main Street
Stittsville, Ontario
K2S 1A7

All Saints High School
5115 Kanata Avenue
Kanata, Ontario
K2K 3K5

Food Basics Stittsville
5703 Hazeldean Road
Stittsville, Ontatio
K2S 0P6

Minto Recreation Complex, Barrhaven
3500 Cambrian Road
Barrhaven, Ontario
K2J 0V1

St. Peter's High School
750 Charlemagne Blvd. 
Orleans, Ontario
K4A 3M4

Your clothing donation becomes money
that goes directly towards funding our programs.

Learn more about BBBSO's Clothes for Kids' Sake 
fundraising initiative or how you can run your very own 
clothing drive by clicking here!

Connect, Share, Learn and Grow For Little

Over the years, Big Brothers and Big Sisters have been requesting ways that they can receive additional support through the many challenges and successes experienced weekly with their Littles. Bigs have also requested a platform through which they can meet to share stories and experiences while networking.

As an agency serving at-risk youth in Ottawa, we always aim for new ways to better serve the children and youth in our programs and so, based on this feedback, BBBSO has begun a pilot project for our Bigs! We are now offering a
Connect, Share, Learn and Grow For Little’s group for all mentors who are currently in a match.

What is this? It is a series of three training modules given in a three-month rotation:
  1. Advocacy & Goal Setting with mentees; Strength-Based Approach, Closure and Termination of a Match
  2. How mentoring can support mentees with mental health issues and substance abuse difficulties
  3. Managing Children; Challenging Behaviours and Effective Strategies
    paired with Learning Styles

Let's hear from our Bigs...

"Mental health is a big problem and there is a lot of stigma attached to it. People have difficulty talking about it, and I can imagine it being even more difficult for children because they may not even know what is going on. Throughout the session, I kept thinking of my own experiences with my little brother since we have talked about these sorts of topics. There are questions that he will ask me about drugs and I wonder if he has been approached with something. I liked the examples and scenarios used in the group; they help me visualize the situation. Thank you."
– Big Brother Philip
"I am excited about the opportunity to learn and to hear about what other matches and mentors are doing in their matches."
– Anonymous Big
"I thought it was really informative; my favorite parts about it are the activities and scenarios we go over as they are very applicable. Also, they get my mind rolling in the right direction for my Little and what would be applicable specifically to my little."
– Big Sister Lisa

A Moment for Reflection...

Many of us underestimate the impact of growing up with a caring adult in our lives who enjoys hearing about our day and spending time with us. What could have been different in your life without this person?

There are currently 500 youth on our waiting list - 500 youth waiting for this person.

Every child should be granted the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential.

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Thank you to the NAC for donating 12 seats to the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala in June to inspire our Littles!


Here is Little Ryan at the event. Ryan had such a good time learning about great Canadian artists and spending time with his Big!
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