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BBBSGT works with various lifestyles to find what fits best with your schedule. No matter what time you have to give we will find a place for you. From 3 Hours a Month- 3 Hours a Week- your time is as precious as the youth we serve!

For any questions in regards to our programming please feel free to contact any of the staff at the office 

(705) 445-2330 

 

Our History in the Georgian Triangle

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle has been creating friendships since 2003. We started out matching Big Brothers with Little Brothers and have grown to include a variety of different programs that serve both boys and girls. In 2003 our two agencies merged to provide more efficient service to the children of our community. We are proud of our achievements and continue to strive to be on the leading edge of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement in Canada. Our services have grown over the years, we now offer a wide variety of programs reaching out to children and youth in five municipalities: ClearviewTownship, WasagaBeach, Collingwood, The Town of Blue Mountains and Meaford.

The History of Big Brothers of South Georgian Bay:

The Big Brothers of South Georgian Bay’s roots begin in 1969 after a short association with the Orillia Big Brother Agency. When the original organizers decided to begin their own area unit the Nottawasaga Big Brothers was created. The purpose of the organization was driven by their realization that there was a need in the area for young men (6 to 16 years of age) to associate with and have a mature male role model. Over the next 14 years the NBB successfully provided this service. In 1982, legal incorporation of the organization was a national requirement and the completion of this task also included a name change to Big Brothers of Collingwood and District. After 12 years of operation it was recognized that a clearer definition of the area being served required another name change to Big Brothers of South Georgian Bay. Although some of the practices and approaches have changed over the past 33 years, the purpose is still the same. The major difference is that it serves male and female now.

The History of Nottawasaga Big Sisters

Association was formed in 1977 by a group of concerned women within the community. The first caseworkers were volunteers and active members of the community. In 1981, an Executive Director was hired to handle the daily operations of the organization, and she remained on staff until 1996. Sometime before 1984, Nottawasaga Big Sisters joined the Big Sisters Association of Ontario. This membership opened up the door for support and guidance, and offered opportunities for funding, recruitment and corporate sponsorships. In 1984, Nottawasaga Big Sisters Association received funding from the Trillium Foundation as part of their membership with Big Sisters Association of Ontario, as well as funding from the local United Way Chapter. These two supporters remained the main source of income for the organization for many years to come.

In 1985 the association strengthened even further, and became an incorporated, not-for-profit, organization that was governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The last several years have been a major turning point for Big Sisters Association of Ontario and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.After months of talking and negotiating, a proposal was put forth to unify the two organizations on a national level. The two organizations had recognized the importance of partnering in today’s society, and envisioned a large national organization that would together service young boys and girls within Canada. Today, this newly formed organization is entitled Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada. They are the single largest organization in Canada to service both boys and girls.

Encouraged by the level of support for this unification, and recognizing the opportunity for positive growth, Nottawasaga Big Sisters Association and Big Brothers of South Georgian Bay have also voted on a local level to unify the two organizations here in the Collingwood and surrounding area. Together we cannot only pool our resources, but can better meet the needs of the families within our community. This is a time for growth, opportunity and enhancement!

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