Special day for Big Brothers Big Sisters Prince George

September 18 was Big Brothers Big Sisters Day across Canada, and to celebrate in Prince George, the local agency made two announcements. 

Firstly, Big Brothers Big Sisters announced a new partnership with Prince George Driving for Life Academy Ltd.  Over the past month Driving for Life donated a portion from each of the lessons booked to support BBBSPG mentoring programs.  In addition to this $1,200 donation the two organizations partnered to announce a new scholarship program.  This program will provide a little, parent or volunteer with driving lessons.

“We really like to give back to the community for one and for two, it’s a great organization where young people need a step up and a helping hand,” said Chris Schulz, CEO of Prince George Driving for Life Academy Ltd. “We do a lot of mentoring in our own vehicles when we’re driving so this is a great partnership which helps meet the mission of both BBBS and Driving for Life.”

Secondly, Big Brothers Big Sisters was at Pine Centre Mall to unveil a new mural to celebrate their BeYou campaign.  The mural was painted by BBBSPG matches and staff and is currently on display at Centre Court in Pine Centre Mall. 

This Saturday, September 22, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Pine Centre Mall are hosting a series of self empowerment events at the mall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The events are all designed to show youth that it is okay to “be you.”  

The events include

  • Be Creative: Big Brothers Big Sisters will have a craft area set up and helping kids make dream catchers.
  • Be Healthy: Food and cooking demonstrations sponsored by House of Knives.
  • Be Active: Kaiten MMA will be running self defence and fitness classes.
  • Be Informed: Big Brothers Big Sisters will have an information booth set up with information about their programs.  It will also be the place where participants can register and have the chance to win a $500 Pine Centre Mall gift card.
  • Be Fun: Face painting by MP Makeup Artistry.

“Building confidence and self awareness when we are young is hard- on top of the pressures of growing up in today’s world. We have partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide some insight for the youth living in our community” says Jessica Brown, Marketing Manger of Pine Centre Mall. 

This event is targeted towards children ages 9-13, but all ages are welcome. All supplies for activities and crafts are provided and there is no purchase necessary.  Events are drop in and you can join in anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.