Burlington – At a reception hosted by MPP Deb Matthews, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada will honour Members of the Ontario Legislature whose exceptional support of mentoring has made a profound difference to the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in their ridings.
The reception is being sponsored by MasterCard Canada, and will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Legislative Dining Room.
The honourees include MPPs Ted Arnott, Rick Bartolucci, Gilles Bisson, Marie Bountrogianni, Kim Craitor, Caroline DiCocco, Jim Flaherty, Kevin Flynn, John Gerretsen, Howard Hampton, Linda Jeffrey, Peter Kormos, Jeff Leal, Dave Levac, Shelley Martel, Deb Matthews, Jennifer Mossop, Bill Murdoch, John O’Toole, Laurie Scott, Monique Smith, Jim Watson and Jim Wilson.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the leading child and youth mentoring organization in Canada. Its 170 agencies provide a range of quality one-to-one mentoring programs to children and youth in over 300 communities across the country.
Being matched with a friend who listens and spends quality time with a child gives him or her a sense of value and worth. That special trusting relationship can foster and increase resiliency, contributing to the ability of at-risk children and youth to overcome the hardships and adversity they face in their daily lives. As a result, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s programs have proven instrumental in reducing truancy, bullying, early school leaving, delinquency and substance abuse.
For more information, please contact: Chris Charlton
Director of Government and Community Relations
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada
905-639-0461 ext. 12