On Saturday, September 7, ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ got their gear ready and enjoyed a day out on the water at an exclusive event held for them at Jordan Harbour Conservation Area. Niagara Rowing School and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) hosted the event to provide opportunities for program participants to use their facilities and experience the great outdoors.

“We are truly grateful for the kindness shared by the Niagara Rowing School and NPCA. It’s fantastic when members of our community share their time and resources to extend activities for our youth,” said Michelle Miller, President of BBBS North & West Niagara. “The volunteers from the Niagara Rowing School provided a safe and fun environment to experience kayaking, canoeing, dragon boats and paddle boarding! There is nothing more special than to see confident smiles on the children’s faces after demonstrating their courage to try something new.”

The warm weather created the perfect backdrop for dozens of matches as they picked their water crafts of choice and enjoyed the natural environment of Jordan Harbour. “I’m glad I have the ability to offer water-sport activities to youth who may not have had the opportunity to try them otherwise. We had a great turnout, where many of the Littles discovered new skills and talents within themselves,” said John Murphy, Owner/Operator of the Niagara Rowing School. “Witnessing the bonds between the mentors and mentees was wonderful.”

The inaugural event took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., with many water-sport activities made available to the Bigs and Littles.The day also included a free barbecue for everyone. “I had the pleasure of growing up in Lincoln and as a child, and at an early age, my parents purchased a canoe,” added Dave Bylsma, NPCA Board Chair. “We spent many days as a family travelling up and down the 15 Mile Creek, witnessing first-hand the natural beauty of the local waterways and wildlife. Thank you to John and Rejeanne at the Niagara Rowing School & Paddlesports Centre for recognizing the importance of these precious outdoor experiences, and I congratulate Big Brothers and Big Sisters for their ongoing commitment to children and youth across Niagara. The NPCA hopes to continue to be a partner in support of this worthy cause for many years to come.”


On September 18, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) was officially reinvented and reintroduced to the world with a sweet new look. We’re doing more than ever to make BBBS all about the people who matter. 

The new mission of BBBS is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people. The call to action is for more people, more volunteers, and more donors to join the mentoring movement and create that spark. Volunteers and donations are needed to professionally support mentor-mentee matches across the country.

The logo’s three lines showcase the three players who help a young person forge a new path forward: the family, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the volunteer mentor (the “Big”). The new look and brand reflect months of research and consultation with over 3,500 volunteer mentors, young people (“Littles”), parents and guardians, mentoring leaders, and members of the general public from coast to coast. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada worked with Bain & Co. and Barkley on the research and brand transformation.”Mentoring is an essential service, impacting childhood brain development and creating positive cognitive, education, employment, and health outcomes,” said W. Matthew Chater, president and CEO of BBBS of Canada. “Our modernization is meant to engage a new wave of volunteers and donors and give them an opportunity to make a true difference in this world, to change two lives: their own and the life of a young person.”

Check out our new National rebrand video!

Flag Raising Event- September 18th

Thank you to the Mayor of St. Catharines, Walter Sendzik, local donor Jordan Gadula from Gadula Financial Planning and Big Sister Virginia for supporting BBBS and raising our new flag alongside our CEO, Dale Davis, and community members at the St. Catharines city hall September 18th in celebration of our National brand re-launch.  

We are thankful for all our supporters who came together as a community to recognize our organization’s improved mission and vision, and for your belief in the value and values of mentoring!

Thank you to Tim Hortons for donating coffee/timbits.