2012 Fall - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

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2012 Fall - Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

Donor NewsLaying the Foundation for Positive ChangeBoys and Girls Clubs of Canada andThe Home Depot Canada Foundation knowthat engaging youth as leaders is the key tobuilding stronger communities.Through the BGCC and The Home DepotCanada Foundation’s new Communities in Focusprogram this fall, youth groups from 20 Boysand Girls Clubs received a $6,500 grant to leada community building project to help revitalizetheir local Club or a space in their community.Projects across the country will include everythingfrom shelving, painting, gardening and paving toredeveloping club facilities.At Cape Breton, for instance, youth are developinga project plan to replace the flooring in theirclubhouse while St. Alban’s youth in Torontoplan to renovate their youth lounge.A hands-on approach to community change effortsenabled young people to grow healthier and becomemore confident and resilient, Boys and Girls Clubs ofCanada President and CEO Pam Jolliffe said.“As they work to improve their own communities,youth develop the skills and connections to besuccessful as contributing members of societynow and in their adult lives,” Ms. Jolliffe said.“Through opportunities to participate in and leadprojects that help improve their communities, youngpeople learn they can make a positive difference.”“We are thrilled to be able to supporta variety of youth-driven and hands-onprojects with Boys and Girls Clubsof Canada,” added Peg Hunter, Chair,Board of Directors, The Home DepotCanada Foundation.“The Communities in Focus grants will allow thedelivery of important programs and help improvethe lives of Canadian youth in need.”This fall, youth from the following Clubs will beputting their ideas into action thanks to The HomeDepot Communities in Focus program: WhitehorseBGC, Vancouver Island BGC, South Coast BCBGC, Kamloops BGC, Leduc BGC, Cochrane andArea BGC, Battlefords BGC, Winnipeg BGC,Kawartha Lakes BGC, Kingston and Area BGC,London BGC, Ottawa BGC, St. Alban’s BGC,Local des jeunes – jardins fleuris (SherbrookeBGC), East Dartmouth BGC, Cape Breton BGC,Summerside BGC, Gander BGC, St. John’s BGCand Dieppe BGC.AstraZeneca CanadaEmployees Lend a Helping Hand!More than 250 employees from AstraZenecaCanada rolled-up their sleeves to help Boysand Girls Clubs across the country in time forthe busy summer season.As part of AstraZeneca’s second annual CommunityConnection Day, on June 15 volunteers donatedmore than 1,700 hours at 25 Boys and GirlsClubs across Canada.The day saw AstraZeneca employees undertakeimprovement projects at local Boys and GirlsClubs, while learning more about the Club’sinitiatives and the young people they serve.At Boys and Girls Club of St. John’s Buckmaster’sCircle unit, for instance, AstraZeneca volunteerstransformed the Club’s front entrance area intoa beautiful garden.“This was an ambitious project but thecrew of AstraZeneca worked tirelesslyand the results are amazing,” Boysand Girls Clubs of St. John’s executivedirector Kelly Sandoval enthused.“Now it is the job of our youngmembers to help water and carefor the new garden and they arehappy to do so.”Community Connection Day complementsAstraZeneca’s Young Health Program(www.younghealth.ca), an initiative to helpfoster emotional and mental well-beingamong youth across the country. Boysand Girls Clubs of Canada is one of theprogram’s national partners.“Community Connection Day was born fromour discussions with Boys and Girls Clubs ofCanada and our desire to help our employeesunderstand the programs BGCC delivers toyouth across Canada and I think we’vesucceeded,” said Laura Mably, Vice President,AstraZeneca Canada.“Community Connection Day is consistentlyhighlighted by our employees and many comeaway with a renewed respect and commitmentto the work of community-based organizations.”(Continued on page 6)Boys and Girls Club of St. John’s and Boys and GirlsClub of Ottawa were transformed on AstraZeneca’sCommunity Connection Day.2012 Fall Newsletter A good place to be


Donor NewsBoys and Girls Clubs benefit fromThe Home Depot Canada Foundation donationBoys and Girls Club of Durham is a primeexample of a community organizationbuilding close ties with local business.For several years now, the Durham Club has forgedstrong relationships with its local The Home Depotstores, in what has turned out to be a mutuallybeneficial partnership.This year, Durham is one of several Boys and GirlsClubs to benefit from the goodwill of The HomeDepot stores.Thanks to The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s‘Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community’ campaign,select Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada willshare in more than $770,000 of proceeds raisedthrough the campaign.‘Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community’ is thecompany’s annual in-store fundraising campaignthat supports important community initiatives.Between May 31 and July 4, 2012, The Home Depotstores and their customers at 180 retail locationsacross Canada were invited to donate to the causeby purchasing a $2 ‘Paper Hammer’. All proceedsraised in each store community benefitted the workof local registered charities with their affordablehousing and community improvement projects.Durham plans to use the funds allocated to theirClub to retrofit lights in its building, which will reduceboth energy use and costs. The Club has been ableto install new gardens and washrooms withproceeds generated by the campaign in past years.“The Home Depot store associates reallyput a lot of energy into the campaignand as a result raised a lot of funds,”Boys and Girls Club of Durham executivedirector Lisa McNee Baker said.“The Home Depot Whitby store hosted a bird housebuilding workshop for our kids and then had the kidshelp with the ‘Paper Hammer’ sales at the check-out.The kids just LOVED it!”Ms. McNee Baker said the Club also opened itsdoors to The Home Depot staff, giving them thechance to be kids again.South Coast BC Boys and Girls Club is one of severalClubs to benefit from The Home Depot’s ‘Buy a Hammer,Build Our Community’ campaign.“Last year at the end of the campaign, the staff fromthe Oshawa store enjoyed an evening at our Clubwhere they had ‘run of the Club’!” she recalled.“They got to play games in our gym and big activityroom, do a bit of rock climbing, eat some pizza, playsome pool… and reported that it was a great wayto celebrate their success as a team. They will becoming back again this year.”BGCC andPresident’s Choice ®Children’s CharityFuel BrighterFutures for CanadianChildren and YouthNutrition is one of the most importantfactors in the healthy development ofchildren and youth.And thanks to the President’s Choice ®Children’s Charity, more young bodies andminds across Canada are being fueled by theright foods and snacks.Through the new President’s Choice ® Children’sCharity Basic Needs, Brighter Future program,20 Boys and Girls Clubs received grants of up to$7,500, enabling them to feed more young peopleand their families, promote the importance ofnutritious food and offer supportive resourcessuch as nutrition manuals.“We all have a role in making sure our childrenadopt healthy lifestyles that include proper nutritionand a balanced diet,” said Peggy Hornell, seniordirector, President’s Choice ® Children’s Charity.“We know that good nutrition is fundamental to ourchildren’s health and that well-nourished childrenlearn better. Access to nutritious foods and educationrelated to food early in life sets up positive habitsthat last a lifetime and President’s Choice ®Children’s Charity is proud to be a part of this.”At Riverview Boys and Girls Club in New Brunswick,the Club was able to purchase more fruits andvegetables each week and encourage kids to trynew foods such as eggplant and star fruit whileDovercourt Boys and Girls Club launched aWeekend Breakfast Club.“Now every Saturday, up to one hundred boys andgirls enjoy a healthy nutritious breakfast beforeparticipating in exciting physical activities and newlearning experiences,” Dovercourt Boys and GirlsClub Executive Director Danny Anckle said.Boys and Girls Club of Wolf Creek/Ponoka ExecutiveDirector Beth Reitz said the President’s Choice ®Children’s Charity grants had made it possible for theClub to offer healthy snacks nightly to youth at itsteen drop-in centre and nutritional meals to teenstwice a week during the summer months.“These teens really needed these healthymeals!” she exclaimed.The President’s Choice ® Children’s Charitygrants have also helped fund new dishwashers,kitchen utensils and appliances. At the Tweedlebranch of Boys and Girls Club Big Brothers BigSisters of Edmonton & Area, gone is the Club’soutdated kitchen, replaced by an organizedspace ideal for running the volunteer-lead Kidsin the Kitchen program.The following 20 Boys and Girls Clubs receivedgrants for 2012: Cranbrook BGC, BGC GreaterVictoria, BGC BBBS Edmonton & Area,BGC Ponoka, Red Deer BGC, Battlefords BGC,BGC Winnipeg, BGC Cornwall/SDG,Dovercourt BGC, Club Garçons et Filles deLaSalle, BGC Botwood, Norris Arm BGC,St. Anthony & Area BGC, BGC Truro andColchester, BGC Cape Breton, BGC GrandManan, Havelock BGC, Petitcodiac BGC,Riverview BGC and BGC Charlottetown.page 4 & 5www.bgccan.com

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