Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa enables life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people who are facing adversity and who are in need of an additional, consistent and supportive person in their lives. Volunteer mentors are intentionally recruited based on the needs of Ottawa’s youth and are professionally screened. The mentor, mentee and family receive training and are monitored and supported by a designated professional caseworker.
An incredible transformation takes place when a young mentee is matched with an adult mentor who expresses care, challenges their growth, provides support, shares power and expands their possibilities. These mentees build the life skills they need to be successful including social and self-awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management and relationship skills. We also see positive changes to their mental health, well-being, educational engagement and employment readiness. Together, each of these new skills and positive outcomes helps them realize their full potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is very proud to be celebrating 50 years of creating these special mentoring relationships in the Ottawa community. Over the last half-century, our programs have grown from the traditional 1:1 Bigs community program to include young people in schools, youth in care, newcomer youth to Canada, Indigenous youth and young adults aged 18-24.
At a glance
Year founded: 1970
Geographic region of focus: Ottawa and Renfrew Country
Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,201,124
Top funding sources:
- Government funding: 44%
- Foundations and other charities: 31%
- Corporate donors and events: 17%
- Social enterprise: 5%
- Individual donations: 3%
How you can help
When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, you invest in a young person’s potential and shape the future of the Ottawa community. Your donation gives local young people facing adversity access to a supportive adult mentor who spends meaningful, consistent and dedicated one-on-one time with them. Your generous gift also gives mentor and mentee matches the opportunity to engage in activities together by accessing community and group events. To join our Big Supporters Club of monthly donors or to give a one-time gift, please visit bbbso.ca or contact Monique at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partner with us to create employee volunteer opportunities or to sponsor a mentoring program/group event for our mentee and mentor matches. Fundraise by hosting a corporate golf or hockey tournament, barbeque, jeans day, bake sale or clothing drive. Corporate CEO’s can also participate as a “Big For a Day.”
BBBSO relies on the support of community volunteers to ensure that our programs are successful. We have many opportunities for individuals or groups to become involved in our organization and offer a variety of mentoring programs ranging in time commitment. There are also opportunities to support fundraising events, participate on our board of directors and on various committees.
Events and fundraising
Big Brothers Big Sisters Breakfast Fundraiser:
Join local business leaders for breakfast and make a life-changing gift to ignite the power and potential of Ottawa’s young people. Become a table captain and act as a BBBSO ambassador.
All-Star Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Henry Burris:
Corporate teams of golfers are joined by a sports figure or local celebrity for a best ball golf tournament, with dinner to follow. Your support sends up to 300 youth from priority schools to the Henry Burris All-Star Kids Camp at TD Place Stadium. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Bowl For Kids Sake:
Our signature bowl-a-thon has a fun new theme each year. Corporate teams of up to six bowlers can enjoy teambuilding and networking while they compete to win the championship title. The evening includes a 50/50 draw, prizes, team photos and awards.
Clothes For Kids Sake:
Turn your unwanted clothing into dollars to help young people access supportive mentors. Corporate offices can host clothing drives or place a clothing donation bin on their property.
Contact: Monique Flocco at email@example.com or 613-247-4776 x 319
Board members and executives
Past-president, Greenspon Granger Hill Lawyers
Treasurer, National Capital Commission
Co-secretary, Macadamian Technologies
Michael R. Foster
Canadian Blood Services
Ottawa Police Service
Vey Willetts LLP
Dr. Rana Pishva
Ottawa Centre for Resilience
Ottawa Police Service