Big success for Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) movement began in New York in 1904 as simply Big Brothers. By 1916, Big Brothers organizations were in 96 U.S. cities and spread to Toronto.
Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces and one territory, as well as in 35 other countries. Big Brothers Big Sisters programs began in Calgary in 1977 through the Canadian Progress Clubs of Calgary.
Its motto is simple: To impact the lives of young people and volunteers through the power of mentoring. In 2012-13, more than 2,000 children and their families participated in BBBS Calgary programs and services. Talk about making an impact.
And impactful was what the ninth annual All-Star Weekend was all about. Presented by Jayman and Qualico, the weekend was a huge hit and was hosted by former Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris — an avid BBBS supporter. Highlights of the two-day celebration included an All-Star Kids Football Camp, a Celebrity Golf Tournament and the fabulous All-Star Gala featuring keynote speaker, former NFL all-star Lynn Swan. The ninth annual gala, held May 10 at the Sheraton Suites, was attended by: Chairman Gary Nissen with Dina Klopp, managing partner, Klopp Richards & Associates; BBBS president and CEO Trish Bronsch and colleagues Laureen Jensen and Rocky Hynes; Canadian Western Bank vice-president Jeff Bowling and his wife Andrea Bowling; Qualico’s Glynn Hendry and his wife Lorna with family members Steen Hendry and Gloria Hendry; long drive competitor Geoff Freeborn; Krita Investments’ Ike Kolias and his wife Lisa Kolias; BBBS board member David Saxby and vice-president Zoe Feldman; ProCura Real Estate’s George Schluessel and his wife Sherry; Graydon Lee; Kalen Dack; Kevin Langman; Matthew Karpinka; Steven Gibbard; Dawn Kelly; Clarissa DeAlmeida; and Gage Backer.