Lights, camera, alumni action!

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I’m mixing it up this week, and sending you a video of one of our most loyal and dedicated alumni. Ken has belonged to BGC for more than 60 years. Still arriving at least twice a week to help us keep our Fraserview Club in top form, Ken’s is the kind of belonging that we […]

When you’re looking for one thing, and you find belonging

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We often say that whether in our 12 neighbourhood Clubs or at Camp Potlatch, our most important deliverable is belonging. Today’s alumni story highlights that from a Camp Potlatch alumnus’ perspective. What youth volunteers don’t realize (and, well, let’s keep it our little secret) is that for BGC, our role with them doesn’t change because […]

Bosses in disguise (…as amazing kids)

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Today’s alumni story highlights, as have the previous 3, what happens for kids when they have a place in their community where adult leaders (a.k.a. mentors and role models) see and hear them, and accept them for who they are. As BGC kids maneuver through their school age years, their Club is the place to […]

Every kid IS amazing!

As we celebrate 80 years of Boys and Girls Clubs here in South Coast BC, we’re sharing the incredible stories of alumni. If you know me well, you’ve probably heard me say: repetition is the key to adult learning. So, as you read these stories, I’ll repeat BGC’s core belief: “every kid is amazing…no might’’, […]

BGC Alumni are everywhere!

Hi All, There is no better evidence that #BGCMatters than community leaders like Barry Scott, President of Maynards Fine Art and Antiques, who remember how their experiences at BGC have shaped their lives. Read below for his full story. Do you have a BGC story to tell? We’d love to hear it! My involvement with […]

Who understands belonging better than you?

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Hi there! As an alumnus of Boys and Girls Clubs, you know what the experience of belonging is all about. Organizations like ours routinely list all of our programs, services, and activities in an effort to explain why we’ve relevant and important. But, you know our secret: those programs, services and activities are in fact, […]

80 Years of Belonging!

Hi there! Recently, I was asked this question: In one word, can you describe what Boys and Girls Clubs does? My answer: belonging. Why? Well, our belief that every kid is amazing plays out every single day at BGC. And “every single day” goes waaaayyyy back to 1936… which is A LOT of days! At […]

Happiness is: 1,000+ volunteers

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Hi All, Here at BGC, volunteerism is thriving. From ages 12 to 92, alone and in groups, volunteers of all ages make up the more than 1,000 people that choose to spend their discretionary time volunteering to help our amazing kids. We are celebrating them this week especially, because without their support, we’d be reaching […]

Curiousity kills… Kindness cures…

Hi All, A week after our 9th Pink Shirt Day campaign, I’m happy to reflect back on both this year, and how far we’ve come. In media interviews and on street corners on the morning of Pink Shirt Day, I found myself answering these curious questions: Do you really think this campaign is making a […]