Big Brothers – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:09:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Support Big Brothers Big Sisters – “Fun”draising Event – Bowl For Kids Sake/Play For Kids Sake http://www.ngtimes.ca/support-big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraising-event-bowl-kids-sake-play-kids-sake/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/support-big-brothers-big-sisters-fundraising-event-bowl-kids-sake-play-kids-sake/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:50:23 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10858 We are gearing up for our 2018 Tim Hortons Bowl For Kids Sake that will be taking place on March 24 at the Elgin Bowling Lanes and Kemptville Bowling for 5 pin bowling. NEW this year, replacing Brockville Bowling is the Tim Hortons Play For Kids Sake on March 24 at Stingers in Brockville for […]

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We are gearing up for our 2018 Tim Hortons Bowl For Kids Sake that will be taking place on March 24 at the Elgin Bowling Lanes and Kemptville Bowling for 5 pin bowling. NEW this year, replacing Brockville Bowling is the Tim Hortons Play For Kids Sake on March 24 at Stingers in Brockville for laser tag paintball, and ball hockey.

These “fun”draisers are about having fun while raising money for a great cause! These pledge driven events help to provide mentoring programs to children in Leeds and Grenville. Bowl or play laser tag for an hour and change a child’s life…forever!

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides services to 1,782 children in Leeds and Grenville through mentoring programs and by supporting families by helping with hampers at Christmas, back to school supplies, shoes, clothing and hot lunch subsidies. Last year alone, 14,200 school hot lunches were provided free to underprivileged children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville has free monthly bus trips to places like Fun Haven, Sky Zone, The Museum of Civilization, the Deifenbunker, Snow Tubing, and Saunders Farm. Bowl for Kids provides the needed funds to support these programs and helping children in our community.

We are asking for your assistance to ensure the success of this worthwhile and fun event. There are many ways that you can show your support:

Donate a prize to be awarded on the day of the event
Enter a team of family, friends or co-workers
Join a team
Spread the word
Sponsor our BIG and LITTLE team
Be a Play for Kids Friend Sponsor for $150
Be a Bowl for Kids Lane sponsor for $200
Be a Mentoring Sponsor for $500
Be a Corporate sponsor for $1,000

You can register your team or yourself online. You can also register to receive online pledging.

To register for Bowl For Kids Sake online visit http://biggerevents.ca/register-to-bowl.php
To register for Play For Kids Sake online visit https://leeds.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/event/play-kids-sake.

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A big thanks from Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-thanks-big-brothers-big-sisters/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-thanks-big-brothers-big-sisters/#respond Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:17:56 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10360 Leanne Trimble, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been brought to tears once again by the endless support that our community continually shows to our organization, as well as to the children in our community . Throughout North Grenville, Big Brothers Big Sisters has placed Giving Christmas trees in different locations […]

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Leanne Trimble, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been brought to tears once again by the endless support that our community continually shows to our organization, as well as to the children in our community . Throughout North Grenville, Big Brothers Big Sisters has placed Giving Christmas trees in different locations to help support children in our local community. Through your generous donations, so many children will have an extra special Christmas this year. We would like to say thank you the TD Bank Kemptville, Scotia Bank Kemptville, CIBC Kemptville, Royal Bank Kemptville, North Grenville Municipal Centre, and École élémentaire publique Rivière Rideau for supporting us this year. The BBBS elves will be busy distributing these gifts to all the urban and rural schools in our municipality. Thank you again everyone, and Merry Christmas.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville is always looking for volunteers to help in the following ways: in school mentors, skill mentor, teaching children a skill, traditional big brother or big sister. If you have the availability of an hour or two a week, or month, we would love to hear from you. Contact Leanne.trimble@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

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Grenville Mutual aspires to help BBBS http://www.ngtimes.ca/grenville-mutual-aspires-help-bbbs/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/grenville-mutual-aspires-help-bbbs/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:43:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9805 For 125 years Grenville Mutual has enhanced people’s lives by contributing to causes where we live and do business. This is a meaningful opportunity to give back and to do something special. Grenville is proud to support what we believe in: being a strong community minded company and having respect and empathy for others. We […]

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For 125 years Grenville Mutual has enhanced people’s lives by contributing to causes where we live and do business. This is a meaningful opportunity to give back and to do something special. Grenville is proud to support what we believe in: being a strong community minded company and having respect and empathy for others. We encourage pitching in when it’s needed, not caring who gets the credit and promoting the spirit of neighbour helping neighbour.

This was demonstrated when Big Brothers Big Sisters received a gift of $525 from Grenville Mutual Insurance. In celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary, each staff member was provided the opportunity to donate $1,025.00 to a single charity or divide between two charities of their choice within the Eastern Ontario Region.

“I couldn’t be more pleased or proud to be able to choose to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, a group who does amazing work for kids in our communities in Leeds and Grenville.”, said Jennifer Moulton, a staff member with Grenville Mutual. “To see the excitement and appreciation from Leanne and Jane at Big Brothers and Big Sisters, it really struck home how this will help kids right where we live and I am grateful to have been given this opportunity.

Sharing his view, Ross Lincoln, President/CEO says that a large part of the community work that the company undertakes is planned and coordinated at the grassroots level. “What better way to appreciate our people, and provide a rare and exciting opportunity for them to give back to a cause that means the most to them.”

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Big Brothers Big Sisters campaigns http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-brothers-big-sisters-campaigns/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-brothers-big-sisters-campaigns/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:20:16 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9811 by Leanne Trimble Cadieux, Director of Strategic Initiatives Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville realize that there will be a need for warm toes in our schools over the winter months. In September, Leanne Trimble, Director of Strategic Initiatives with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville sent out a request for locations […]

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by Leanne Trimble Cadieux, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville realize that there will be a need for warm toes in our schools over the winter months. In September, Leanne Trimble, Director of Strategic Initiatives with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville sent out a request for locations to collect socks for this campaign over the month of October. I am sure most of us will agree there is nothing worse than having cold, wet feet. Our goal was to collect 500 pairs of socks to be distributed to our community schools before the cold winter months. Well…. Did our community ever step up. With amazing support from St. James Anglican Church, North Grenville Community Church, South Gate Church, Body and Sole Foot Care Clinic, and Oxford Mills Sisterhood of Guiding we were able to collect 1,231 pairs of socks. HOW AMAZING IS THAT!!!!!! We cannot thank the community enough and on behalf of the many warm toes in North Grenville’s schools THANK YOU!

Throughout the month of November, through to December 24, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville will be running the following campaigns to assist with the need in our community:

The winter coat drive – We are collecting Gently used or new winter coats/snow pants, Hats, Scarfs, Mitts. A collection bin is set up at the North Grenville Municipal centre just outside the Big Brothers Big Sisters office.

The Giving Christmas Tree – We are collecting unwrapped gift for children less fortunate in our community. Gifts will be distributed by Santa Claus at our annual Christmas banquet, as well as brought to the principals of our local schools to be distributed to help make a child’s Christmas a memorable one. All you need to do is pick an ornament from the Giving Tree and return an unwrapped gift with the ornament attached, and we will do the rest. The giving tree locations are North Grenville Municipal Centre, Scotiabank Kemtpville, CIBC Bank Kemptville, Royal Bank Kemptville, TD Bank Kemptville, École élémentaire publique Rivière-Rideau Kemptville.

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Giving Tree campaign kicks off http://www.ngtimes.ca/giving-tree-campaign-kicks-off/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/giving-tree-campaign-kicks-off/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 19:02:30 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9483 This weekend you can expect to see Christmas trees around town in an effort to collect toys for children in need. November 12 marks the beginning of this year’s Giving Tree campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville. Trees will be put up in all the banks and at the Municipal Centre, […]

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This weekend you can expect to see Christmas trees around town in an effort to collect toys for children in need. November 12 marks the beginning of this year’s Giving Tree campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville. Trees will be put up in all the banks and at the Municipal Centre, and decorated with ornaments with a child’s gender and age. The idea is that members of the public take one ornament and bring it back with a gift that corresponds to the gender and age on it.

“The gifts will be given out at the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Christmas party,” says Leanne Trimble, of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “Anything leftover will be given to kids in need at the local schools.”

This is the second annual Giving Tree campaign, and Leanne hopes it will be just as successful as it was last year. “Last year was awesome,” she said, noting that they had so many gifts they were able to donate some as far away as Spencerville. “It shows that the people in the community really care.”

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Take me out to the ball game http://www.ngtimes.ca/take-ball-game/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/take-ball-game/#respond Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:30:47 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9106 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville and the North Grenville Fire Department came together last Monday evening for their annual baseball game. Leanne Trimble, the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville, says they hold the popular game every year so the kids can have fun interacting with […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville and the North Grenville Fire Department came together last Monday evening for their annual baseball game. Leanne Trimble, the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville, says they hold the popular game every year so the kids can have fun interacting with some valued members of society. “It’s a great way to get a whole bunch of male role models together,” she says.

Although it was a chilly evening at Riverside Park, no one was complaining of the cold. They were all too focussed on the game. Swinging, hitting, running, catching and cheering; a good time had by all.

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Kemptville Lions support Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-lions-support-big-brothers-big-sisters/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/kemptville-lions-support-big-brothers-big-sisters/#respond Thu, 12 Oct 2017 19:49:22 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=8813 At a recent meeting, Big Brothers Big Sisters delivered a presentation to the club highlighting all of the work they do in the community. A cheque for $250.00 was presented by the club.

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At a recent meeting, Big Brothers Big Sisters delivered a presentation to the club highlighting all of the work they do in the community. A cheque for $250.00 was presented by the club.

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Rib Fest in desperate need of more sponsors http://www.ngtimes.ca/rib-fest-in-desperate-need-of-more-sponsors/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/rib-fest-in-desperate-need-of-more-sponsors/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:40:05 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=6281 Kemptville’s Big Brothers Big Sisters main fundraising event may be in trouble if they don’t attract more sponsors. In its seventh year in Kemptville, RibFest is a fun family event that raises money for all the programs that Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds Grenville offers. “All profits go to our mentoring programs, after-school and in-school […]

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Kemptville’s Big Brothers Big Sisters main fundraising event may be in trouble if they don’t attract more sponsors. In its seventh year in Kemptville, RibFest is a fun family event that raises money for all the programs that Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds Grenville offers. “All profits go to our mentoring programs, after-school and in-school programs, and monthly activities,” says Leanne Trimble, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

This year the organization has only attracted about $6,500 in sponsorship, which isn’t even enough to cover the cost of the event. “Our goal for sponsorship is $16,000,” Leanne says. If the fundraiser doesn’t make enough money this year, it is likely that Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville will pull the plug on the Kemptville RibFest, choosing to allocate resources to the version of the fundraiser in Smiths Falls.

While Leanne says she has had a lot of support from the local business community, it is not enough. “It’s so hard,” she says. “We have lots of small sponsors.” The problem is they haven’t been able to attract the big corporate sponsors that are necessary for an event like RibFest. “We don’t have the big business in Kemptville that they do in Smiths Falls.”

While Leanne assures that the elimination of a Kemptville RibFest would not directly affect the ability for the organization to provide their programs in the area, she says it would be a shame to lose something that so many people in the community enjoy. “At the end of the day, it’s nice to have something local,” Leanne says. “The community benefits from having an event here.”

Thirteen-year-old Aaliyah Fleury agrees. She and her family have been going to RibFest for many years and it is something that she always looks forward to. “I like it because of the food,” Aaliyah says smiling. “There is something to do for all ages and it’s a great family activity. It would disappoint a lot of people if it didn’t come anymore.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters plays a huge role in the lives of children in Leeds and Grenville. Not only do they match kids up with mentors, they also offer many in-school and after-school programs. They often work directly with the schools to identify kids in need and they make sure no child is excluded from things like hot lunches and school trips. They also make sure all the kids in the school have proper footwear and clothing for winter. Every month they take over 40 kids on a trip to places like the Museum of Nature and zip-lining, completely free of charge.

Leanne says they are always looking for volunteers and people to act as mentors, or “Bigs”, for the kids. There is already a long waiting list and kids are added to it all the time. There is an interview process and background check so that they can ensure matches last for a long time. “One woman I know has been in contact with her Big for 23 years,” Leanne says. “She is all grown up now and has a child of her own.”
This year’s RibFest will run from Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18 at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. If you’d like to volunteer or be a sponsor for RibFest and help keep this community tradition alive, contact Leanne at leanne.trimble@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or call 613-258-4440.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrate http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-brothers-big-sisters-celebrate/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-brothers-big-sisters-celebrate/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 22:35:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=3236 This is a year to celebrate! Big Brothers Big Sisters are celebrating 40 years of serving children and, along with Canada’s 150th Anniversary, this year is something to really celebrate. What a great way to start the New Year! Bowl for an hour and change a child’s life…forever! Our 2017 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids […]

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This is a year to celebrate! Big Brothers Big Sisters are celebrating 40 years of serving children and, along with Canada’s 150th Anniversary, this year is something to really celebrate.

What a great way to start the New Year! Bowl for an hour and change a child’s life…forever!

Our 2017 Tim Hortons Bowl for Kids Sake will be taking place at three locations: on Saturday, February 25 at the Elgin Bowling Lanes and Kemptville Bowling for 5 pin bowling, and on Sunday, February 26 at The Brockville Bowling Centre for 10 pin bowling. Bowl For Kids Sake isn’t about being a great bowler, it’s about having fun while raising money for a great cause. This pledge-driven event helps to provide mentoring programs to children in Leeds and Grenville.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides services to approximately 1,259 children in Leeds and Grenville through mentoring programs and by supporting families by helping with hampers at Christmas, back to school supplies, shoes, clothing and hot lunch subsidies. Last year alone, 14,200 school hot lunches were provided free to underprivileged children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville has a five day a week free After School Program and do free monthly bus trips to places like Fun Haven, Sky Zone, The Museum of Civilization, Snow Tubing and Saunders Farm. Bowl for Kids provides the needed funds to support these programs and to help children in our community.

We are asking for your assistance to ensure the success of this worthwhile and fun event.

There are many ways that you can show your support:

  • Donate a prize to be awarded on the day of the event
  • Enter a team of family, friends or co-workers
  • Join a team
  • Spread the word
  • Sponsor our BIG and LITTLE team
  • Sponsor a lane for only $200
  • Be a corporate sponsor for $1,000
  • You can register your team or yourself online and receive online pledging. To register online visit biggerevents.ca/register-to-bowl.php .

Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions or to discuss how you could play a role in the success of this event.
613-345-0281 or bbbs.leeds@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Christmas celebration http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-brothers-big-sisters-christmas-celebration/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/big-brothers-big-sisters-christmas-celebration/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:59:21 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=3054 The Kemptville branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville held their 6th annual Christmas celebration at Geronimo Coffee House on Sunday afternoon. The coffee shop was packed with kids, parents and staff enjoying a home-cooked holiday meal, complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and a snowman cake. The Christmas tree was laden with […]

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The Kemptville branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters Leeds and Grenville held their 6th annual Christmas celebration at Geronimo Coffee House on Sunday afternoon.

The coffee shop was packed with kids, parents and staff enjoying a home-cooked holiday meal, complete with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and a snowman cake.
The Christmas tree was laden with presents donated by the community through the four local banks. The kids were very excited as the afternoon’s special guest, Santa Claus, handed out their presents.

Nine-year-old Abby Shipclark was all smiles as she received her present which included three Barbies from the Disney movie Frozen. She says she loves being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, because going to all the activities they offer are lots of fun.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentorship program for children of all backgrounds, says Leanne Trimble Cadieux, the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the organization. “It’s a great place for any child to hang out.”

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