Grimsby BBBS to Join our Agency in Historic Evolution

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln (BBBSGLWL) has joined forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines, Thorold & District (BBBSSTC) in a historic evolution for the agency. Becoming a part of BBBSSTC means that the agency will now help form a new entity, representing the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters service area in Niagara.

Board of Director Members from both agencies voted unanimously in agreement that by sharing collective resources, the children of BBBSGLWL and BBBSSTC will benefit greatly.

“This evolution of our agency represents over 2 years of careful examination of our service delivery models to achieve the most positive outcome possible.” said Justin Cruse, Board President of BBBSGLWL.

“This evolution of our agency represents over 2 years of careful examination of our service delivery models to achieve the most positive outcome possible.” said Justin Cruse, Board President of BBBSGLWL. “The needs of the children and youth we serve, and their families has always been the catalyst behind these discussions. We are confident that this will enable us the capacity to deliver quality service to more children and youth in Niagara, and expand our service delivery to more schools.” Continued Cruse.

The BBBSSTC agency’s office will now operate as the Head Office for all operations, with the BBBSGLWL office remaining open and operational as a Satellite Office. In the interim, the two agencies will operate under their current names, with eventual plans to become a newly named organization that accurately reflects the new service area.

Through shared programming, fundraising, marketing and administration, BBBSGLWL and BBBSSTC will continue to effectively and efficiently recruit and retain mentors for children.

“We’re so excited about this opportunity.” said Michelle Miller, Board President of BBBSSTC.

“We’re so excited about this opportunity.” said Michelle Miller, Board President of BBBSSTC. “Ultimately, the number one priority was how to serve more children and youth in Niagara. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grimsby, Lincoln and West Lincoln has incredible operation standards and service delivery. Now we can lend our agency’s staffing capacity to help grow those services to more families and schools, all while creating seamless borders for our volunteers. It’s a win-win.” Continued Miller.

It is anticipated that with its collective forces united, BBBSSTC and BBBSGLWL will mentor over 1,000 youth in the region by 2018’s year end.

For more information, please see the FAQ below:

Grimsby – St. Catharines FAQ

Nothing will change for families of either agency. Families of the BBBSGLWL agency will still have the same program contacts, as will families from the BBBSSTC agency. Families from the BBBSGLWL agency are now welcome to use the BBBSSTC offices, or meet with any of our staff regarding programs, events etc. They can contact Ashley Dunseith, Supervisor of Programs and Services, for more information at Ashley.dunseith@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca or 905-646-3230 ext. 25
Hours of operation at the BBBSGLWL office have changed to: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and closed Friday. Hours of operation at the St. Catharines office will remain unchanged.
This evolution of our agency represents over 2 years of careful examination of our service delivery models to achieve the most positive outcomes possible for the children and youth of Niagara. Board of Director Members from both agencies voted unanimously in agreement that by sharing collective resources, the children, volunteers and families of BBBSGLWL and BBBSSTC will benefit greatly.
Both agencies are strong and operating efficiently, but this unison will give us the capacity to deliver quality service to more children and youth in Niagara, and expand our service delivery to more schools. This is about long-term success and sustainability for both agencies.
Yes...eventually. In the interim, the two agencies will operate under their current names, with eventual plans to become a newly named organization that accurately reflects the new service area.
Our commitment to the children and youth of Niagara will not change, and has never been stronger. It is anticipated that with its collective forces united, our agency will mentor over 1,000 youth in the region by 2018’s year end.
Donors, sponsors and community partners should know that all funding dollars, grants and donations will be pooled ensuring both agencies have the financial strength and mobility to serve our region for the long-term.