Shannon Parsons: Reflections on the journey of her match

Five-years ago when Shannon was matched to her Little Cynthia through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto she had no idea how fast time would fly, and the deep-rooted friendship that she would get out of the program.   This past summer Cynthia turned 18-years-old, effectively ending their official match through the BBBST program. While no longer obligated to stay […]

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Penny Cromwell: Littles Need Bigs That Look Like Them

When Penny Cromwell became a BIG through her work, she saw firsthand how important it was for young people to have someone that looked like them to offer guidance and an ear to listen.   Through her work’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, she was given the opportunity to mentor young people to develop skills that […]

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Sean and his not so little, Little, Khaleel

At six-foot-five, 15-year-old Khaleel may only be referred to as a ‘Little’ by his BIG, Sean.   The two have been matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto for over six-years, and Sean has had the opportunity to watch Khaleel grow, not just vertically, but as a person.   Sean laughed, “Yes he’s grown [referring to his height], but he’s […]

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Career Mentorship with Coke Canada Bottling

BBBST volunteers focus on developing caring relationships that help young people thrive, learn, discover, and often times, simply have fun. Soon enough, we will extend our mentorship model to include Bigs – this time as the mentee! Through a partnership with Coke Canada Bottling, BBBST is piloting a career mentorship program for volunteers called “The […]

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Rogers Stepped Up For Our Littles

“A Little Brother has been having an especially difficult time handling the lockdown. With just his mom and teenage older sister at home, he has been feeling increasingly lonely and frustrated. Recently, he called his Big Brother on his new Rogers smartphone, no less – and burst into tears barely two minutes into the conversation. His Big Brother listened […]

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