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Ontario Trillium Foundation Invests in 150 New Mentoring Relationships

Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are working together to alleviate client waitlists in Hamilton.

September 17, 2013 – There are 155 Hamilton children currently waiting to be matched with a mentor. This imbalance is a reoccurring trend at Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Hamilton and Burlington, which reflects a true need in the Hamilton community. 

With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), BBBS anticipates to correct this imbalance by creating 150 new mentoring relationships within the next three years.

OTF is investing $152,000 in BBBS over the next three years to support volunteer recruitment initiatives. Phase one of the recruitment campaign will begin this September – 100 Years 100 Reasons.

This 36-month campaign is the first of its kind for BBBS. 100 Years 100 Reasons is a recruitment campaign celebrating volunteerism and mentoring.

“By showcasing our existing volunteers, parents, guardians and staff, we hope to promote the impact of mentoring and encourage volunteerism in the Hamilton market, says Natalie Michlewicz, BBBS Manager of Communications.

By the end of 2013, BBBS plans to have an influx of 50 new volunteers; ideally this influx will result in 50 local waitlist children being matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister before the year is through.

“The anticipated influx of volunteer mentors will significantly decrease our waitlist and increase our effectiveness and ability to match clients and mentors on a one-to-one basis,” says Marianne Noakes, BBBS Executive Director.

Presently, waitlist clients can wait up to two years before they are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. “The growth of our volunteer base will directly impact our clients, as they will receive service and at a quicker rate,” Noakes explains.

On average, Bigs and Littles spend 2-3 hours a week together. With 50 news mentors, 7,800 additional hours of local mentorship will occur in the subsequent year. Over three years, 150 new volunteers are anticipated. This means 150 children matched, and an increase of 21,060 volunteer hours in Hamilton.

Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping us make a big impact locally.






We currently are incurring a long waitlist, and are in need of volunteer mentors.

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?
  • Are you interested in positively benefitting the life of a child?
  • Do you have 2-3 hours a week to dedicate to a rewarding friendship?

Click here to apply to be a mentor today!