Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph
285 Woolwich St
Guelph, ON, N1H 3V8
I joined BBBSG in the summer of 2013 and I am thrilled to continue to work for, and be a part of, such a strong organization, with an amazing collection of stakeholders and community partners. The response from the local community to our mission has been truly impactful and I look forward to continuing to build on these relationships and establish new ones, too. The BBBSG movement offers something for everyone and I enjoy hearing stories from partners and providing them with opportunities to get involved. I’m a proud husband to Jill and father to Abigail, and in my free time, you can find me attending sporting events, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
I have been the program administrator for the BBBSG team since September 2000 and am responsible for a variety of duties including answering and directing phone calls & agency emails, data entry for receipts as well as supporting the other BBBSG staff members in a wide variety of tasks. As a graduate in Early Childhood Education I also enjoy being part of the Casework Team as the initial contact for volunteers and families who wish to apply to our agency. I receive a great deal of satisfaction working for an agency which provides such positive role models for children.
I have been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph since January 2012 and I have had the pleasure to coordinate all of the school-based programs since starting. I am now the Casework Manager and I oversee all of the Adult In-School mentorships. I also have the pleasure of supervising our University and College Placement students. In my spare time, I enjoy running and doing agility with my dog, Archer; playing strategy games; reading; and doing fun things with my Little Sister!
I’ve worked at BBBSG since September 2002 and have really enjoyed getting to know so many of the wonderful volunteers and families. As a part-time Mentoring Coordinator, I support 30 matches, assist with screening of volunteers, and child intake. In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my family, hiking, photography, and camping.
Being a member of the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters has been incredible! I became involved in the agency through a college placement and have enjoyed stepping into the role of Co-op Caseworker where I get to work with highschool students who are completing their highschool co-op. I absolutely love connecting with these youth and watching them grow during their semester! I am also taking on some of the group program for the Winter 2017 semester and am enjoying the challenges of doing a new program. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing piano and connecting with friends and family.
I have been involved with BBBSG since January 2015, when I was a placement student in the Child Youth and Family Studies program at the University of Guelph. I was very excited to join the team 2 years later in January 2017. In my position with the agency, I support 30 Big/Little matches, assist in screening volunteers, child intake and coordinate the Big Bunch program. I am very passionate about working with children and their families and providing support to enrich their lives. When I am not at work, I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, camping, going to concerts and travelling.
I strongly believe in mentoring as an important aspect of raising young people into healthy adults, and have personally been impacted by many mentors throughout the years. As the Coordinator of School-Based Groups, I love being able to help connect a large number of students to mentors who will have a lasting impact on their lives. In addition to my work with mentors and mentees, I also love decorating, figure skating, and playing the piano.
Casework Placement Student
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Casework Placement Student
I have been a student with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph since January 2018. I am currently enrolled at Confederation College in their Social Service Worker program, and chose to do my placement with BBBSG because I think they provide a really important service to our community! In my free time I am usually doing things with my son, husband and dogs, but I also like playing video games and going to concerts whenever I get the chance.
Casework Placement Student
I am currently in my first year of the Social Service Worker program at Conestoga College and have been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph for my 2018 spring placement. I chose BBBSG because I truly believe that the mentorships within their programs are building strong, beneficial relationships. Beyond my interest in working with people, I also enjoy visual arts, music, spending time outdoors, and being with family and friends in my spare time.
FUND DEVELOPMENT STAFF
As Program Development Writer for BBBSG, I request support from granting foundations across Canada. With a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, I started with our organization after also completing my Business Writing Certificate from Conestoga College. In my spare time, I play the drums for two separate bands, create bead artwork and am learning to edit videos.
As a Fund Development Coordinator for BBBSG, I oversee the agency’s Bowl For Kids Event, Big Little Run, Little Change for Big Change and 12 Days of Giving. I am always looking for new businesses to get involved with BBBSG and new ways to engage the community’s support. I have a diploma from Niagara College in Recreation and Leisure Services. Fundraising has always been a personal niche of mine since I was very young. I have a daughter currently involved in the BBBSG mentoring programs, and we camp during the summer and hibernate during the winter.