Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham (Pickering, ON)


  • Name:Melanie Stewart
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham
  • Address:1735 Bayly Street
    Pickering, ON L1W 3G7

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:905-831-3777

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  • Mission:
  • Our Vision is that every Child in South-West Durham who needs a mentor has a mentor.

    Our Mission is to work with the community to give children a better opportunity to become healthy and confident contributing members of society through mentorship.

  • Overview:
  • Big Brothers and Sisters of South-West Durham (BBBS) is the leading child and youth mentoring charity in our community.

    Go Girls! program is for girls, ages 11-14 and Game On! is for boys of the same age group. These programs use a mentorship approach. In group activities tailored to their gender, boys and girls participate in a physical activity, learn about healthy eating while enjoying a nutritious snack, and engage in discussion and reflection that promotes healthy self-esteem and positive mental health.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters Traditional Match program is the one-to-one program that involves matching a child "at risk" between the ages of 5 to 14 (the “Little”) with a screened adult volunteer (the “Big”). Big Brothers / Big Sisters Mentors are not a teacher or authority figure, but a friend to their Little Brother / Little Sister. They provide a caring relationship that includes positive expectations and respect for each other, and the chance for sharing and involvement.

    The In-School Mentoring Program matches a volunteer adult mentor with a child from Kindergarten to grade 9 to spend one hour a week on a one-to-one basis in the school setting for the duration of the school year. This program gives children who face challenges in the school setting, the chance to develop confidence and self-esteem, an improved attitude towards school, and improved school attendance.

    Power Play – Mentoring through Sport (Power Play) provides marginalized and at risk children with the opportunity to participate in sport with the support of a mentor. Power Play offers eight weeks of programming focused on a specific sport and focuses on developing fundamental movement skills and physical activity amongst children aged 6 to 16 years old.

  • History:
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham (previously BBBS of Ajax-Pickering) facilitates life-changing relationships between children and mentors. Mentorship helps to inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

    We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future. That it could lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment, to safer schools and neighborhoods and to a renewed optimism for growth. That it could even lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale.

    For over forty years in our area, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of our communities’ youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. These are offered on both a one-to-one and group basis, both in school and outside of school.

    For the first 20 years of our existence we provided the Big Brother program, matching boys with adult male volunteers. In 1996, the agency implemented the In-School Mentoring program. By 2001, Big Brothers of Ajax-Pickering expanded its services and incorporated the Big Sister program and became Big Brothers and Sisters of Ajax-Pickering. Recently, in 2016 our local agency integrated with the neighbouring agency and now serves the municipalities of Ajax, Pickering, Oshawa, and Whitby.

    In response to the need for programs addressing health and wellness of our community’s children and youth, BBBS introduced the group programs Go Girls! in 2008 and Game On! in 2010.

    We have also established two sport mentorship programs, Hoops 'n' Homework and Power Play, that each engage young people in the development of both physical literacy and life skills.

  • Year established:1973
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:Canada
  • CRA type:Charitable
  • Canada Business or Reg #:129450433RR0001