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Attention BIGS and LITTLES 1 Year 100 Men 2008 Bowl for Kids Sake BBBS Alumni Nearly New Store A Message from our Executive Director Paintball Fundraiser New Staff What's Happening Contact Us! Updated Information Golf For Kids Sake NFBBBS is on FACEBOOK

ATTENTION ALL BIGS AND LITTLES Mark Sunday December 9th down on your calendars as an afternoon to come party with all of us at The MacBain Community Centre. December 9th is the day of our Annual Bigs and Littles Xmas Party. We'll have pizza and pop, games to play, gym time, a chance for a dip in the pool and just like last year, a visit from a very special guest. Plus a gift for you and your little to use together over the Xmas Holidays! You won't want to miss this special event. So Bigs get in touch with your littles and plan to spend Sunday December 9th with all of us here at NFBBS as we get ready to celebrate the holiday season! The party is set to begin at 4:00 and will run until about 7:30.

We look forward to seeing everyone!!!!

NFBBBS LAUNCHES MASSIVE CAMPAIGN TO FIND 100 MEN! On September 28th, 2007 during Big Brothers Big Sisters Month in Niagara, NFBBBS joined with other agencies across the region in an ambitious new campaign to address the urgent need for Big Brothers in our region. The 1 Year 100 Men, our 2007/2008 volunteer recruitment campaign, addresses the severe shortage of Big Brothers in Niagara. Throughout the region, more than 250 boys, enough for almost 30 baseball teams, are currently waiting for Big Brothers. The average wait for boys can be up to 12 to 14 months. Some boys wait up to two years. Keep in mind, the need it not to adopt these boys, nor is it to parent them. Rather, the need is simply to mentor them, showing them in the clearest way possibly through the gift of relationship, that they matter, that people care, that life is good. These boys need mentors and we know mentors are out there. We need Niagara men to come forward and make a difference now. Can you be one of our 100?

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SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH, 2007 It's that time of year again, when we start preparing for our biggest annual fundraising event at NFBBBS. We are fortunate again this year as Tim Hortons has again signed on to be our title sponsor. Team fundraising kits will be available in early December. Our online registration and donation forms are available now. Just visit our website at and follow the links. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Alumni!

Are you currently or were you previously a Big Brother, Big Sister, Mentor, Employee, Board Member or Committee volunteer? If so, then you can join the new Big Brother Big Sisters Alumni. As a member you can stay connected with the movement and remain informed. Visit or call our office at 905-357-5454 for more information.

Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters operates a Nearly New Store on Queen Street in Niagara Falls. Your donations of gently used clothing help us continue to raise much needed funds to help us with our ongoing recruitment, orientation and support of volunteers for our organization. As you go through your clothes, keep us in mind as a worthy place to donate your unwanted items. If you visit the store between now and December 21st, make sure you purchase your raffle ticket for the Christmas Basket Draw. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us down at the store so if you are interested in volunteering a few hours per week, please call our office at 905-357-5454.

I think that we can all agree that the more Big Brothers we can recruit, the better off those boys who are looking for mentors will be. I am also most will agree that having over 200 boys across Niagara waiting for a volunteer Big Brother is too many! To that end, Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters has teamed up with some of the agencies across the region to launch a Call to Action! Our campaign, 1 Year, 100 Men, is aimed at recruiting 100 new Big Brothers by September, 2008. We can't do this alone--we need your help! How can you help? Well there are a number of ways that your support can help us reach our goal: - Post a link to on your company website. Let us know if you can do this, and we will be sure to send you the graphic. - Include our campaign literature in any mailings that you do. We can provide as many of our envelope sized flyers as you need! - Invite us in to speak with your staff or co-workers. We can bring in the lunch, you provide us with 20 minutes to talk about our programs. - Encourage those around you to find out more about our programs. We have a lot of flexibility around our programs, so even if you only have a few hours a month, you can help out a boy in our community. - Do you have an outdoor sign or marquee? Why not post a message about our need for Big Brothers? With your help, we will reach our goal, and ensure that more boys across our region are matched with a Big Brother! If you have any further questions about our campaign, please don't hesitate to call or email me. Thanks for your ongoing support! Jon Braithwaite


CGA NIAGARA HOSTS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT On Saturday October 13th, 6 teams gathered at Aussie Paintball in Fonthill for a day of paintball fun. The day raised 1,000 for NFBBBS. Special thanks to Doug White at CGA for organizing another successful event. Despite the bruising from the many shots our staff team endured we are looking forward to getting revenge next year!

NFBBBS Paintball (losing) Team Ethan, Rick, Dean, Veronica, Jon and Noelle

Throughout the past few months, Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters has undergone a period of restructuring internally in an effort to effectively respond to the growth in the number of children we are currently serving. With the dramatic increase in demand for our Site Based Mentoring programs, such as Go Girls!, Big Hearts Little Hands, and our In-School Mentoring, in addition to the early positive results of our 1 Year 100 Men Big Brother Recruitment Campaign, it became apparent we needed to address our growing needs, and our capacity to serve the children and youth of Niagara Falls. Through lengthy discussions with colleagues at Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country experiencing similar growth, and with staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, we believe we have achieved a structure that is not only poised to address this growth, but one which will continue to deliver the excellent professional services the children, youth, families, and volunteers in Niagara Falls are accustomed to. I am pleased to announce the following appointments: Manager of Programs and Services ­ Veronica Loveless Site Based Mentoring Program Coordinator ­ Julie McCourt Coordinator of Intake and Recruitment ­ Sarah Van Leeuwen. Please join us in welcoming Julie and Sarah to our NFBBBS family.

Sunday November 25th, 2007 Nearly New Store Volunteer Appreciation Tea Sunday December 9th, 2007 Annual BIGS and LITTLES Xmas Party MacBain Community Centre 4:00 till 7:30 December 24th - December 28th 2007 Our offices will be closed for the holidays Saturday February 16th, 2007 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake Cataract Bowl - Lundy's Lane

Executive Director - Jon Braithwaite ext. 222 [email protected] Manager of Programs & Services - Veronica Loveless ext. 224 [email protected] Fundraising Manager - Noelle Sinclair ext. 221 [email protected] Coordinator of Intake and Recruitment - Julie McCourt ext. 225 [email protected] Site Based Mentoring Program Coordinator - Sarah Van Leeuwen ext. 223 [email protected]

Golf For Kids Sake 2007

Thank You!!! Thanks to our sponsors, golfers, volunteers and our fabulous golf committee for another successful Golf For Kids Sake event. We had a full tournament this year and raised a record setting $27,000 to support Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs. Thanks again to everyone who supported us this year, and we look forward to seeing you on September 12th, 2008! Presented by Oxy Vinyls Passport Sponsor Nesbitt Burns BMO Cart Sponsor AGF Funds Exclusive Hole Sponsors Air Care Services, Marriott Fallsview, Filter Media Plus, Delta Monte Carlo Bingo, The State Group, Anonymous, Mick & Angelo's Eatery and Bar Hole Sponsors Beaver Chemicals, Walker Industries, Meadows Pharmacy, MacKinnon Drugs, Etherington & Vukets, Webley Construction, Dynamic Industrial, Optic Light, Vineco International, Kalwire Mechanical, Creekside Cottages, Niagara CAER Group, L. Walter & Sons, Oxy Vinyl's H.E.S. Wednesday Night Golf League, Superior Boiler Works, Steel Inspection Testing, McLeod Dental Care, Daniel & Partners (Brandon Boone), Century Vallen, RBC Asset Management, Lubrizol, Morgan Animal Hospital, Dundee Bank, Chapman Murray Architect's, Sodrox Chemicals, Valve-Inchem, JMR Software, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Perkins, J.J. Barnicke Donors Doug Campbell, David Fast, L.Walters & Sons, Vineco International, Waher Consulting, Valve-Inchem, Jumbo Halligan, Dr. Raymon Roman, Grassy Brook Golf Course, Links of Niagara at Willodell, Roberts Jewelers, Maurice Pincoffs, Krown Rust Control, Tina Syvret, Tim Hortons, Oh Canada Eh!, Falls Manor, Gollert Financial Services, Mayor Ted Salci and Members of Council, Rainbow Pure Water, YMCA of Niagara Falls, White Oaks, Dr. Chris Henson, Portage License Bureau, Niagara Helicopters, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, Great Wolf Lodge, Toronto Raptors, Holiday Valley, Cogeco Cable, Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls Aviary, Guiness Book of World Records, Avaia, Mike Weir Winery, MPP Kim Craitor, McDonald's (Meritaf Ltee), Donna White, Ivan's Bar, Chef John Tennier, J.J. Barnicke, Marineland, Pillitteri Estate Winery, Cave Spring Cellars, Home Depot, Peek-a-boo/Reflective Memories, Sleeman Breweries, Dave Neil, African Lion Safari, Graham Hills, Mark Kane, Rob Nicholson MP, 105.1 The River, Fort Erie Golf Club, Canadian Tire (Montrose Rd.) , Canada Post, Niagara Ice Dogs, Sundawn Integrated Services, Martin Sheppard Fraser, I & T Services, Shaklee Products of Burlington, Brown's Septic Services, Trimac Transportation Services, Chippawa House 2007 Golf For Kids Sake Committee Tom Thornton (Co-Chair), Jumbo Halligan (Co-chair), Ron Bartleet, Marco Vetrone, Darryl Day, Ian Gollert, Mike Kerrio, Julie-Anne Giampa, Veronica Loveless, Jon Braithwaite, Noelle Sinclair Trivia Sponsor Quadrus Investments

NFBBBS is on facebook are you?

If you are on facebook and a member of NFBBBS make sure you look up our group and join. It's a great way to find out about all the latest events and fundraising activities that we're involved in. If you haven't joined facebook yet, it's easy just visit and join. All our staff are members of facebook so make sure you add us as your friends!

Our newsletters are now published three times a year Winter, Fall and our combined Spring/Summer newsletter. All of our newsletters are posted on our website at If you would like to help us help the environment please let us know your email and we will send you our newsletter via email as opposed to snail mail. Please email Noelle at [email protected] if you would like to register for the email newsletter .



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