Hudson's Bay Giving Day Supports BGCVic Keystone Youth at National Youth Forum!
The National Youth Forum is a unique, youth-lead event that is held every two years. This event brings together over 200 Boys and Girls Clubs youth, aged 14 to 18, from across Canada to develop new skills and gain knowledge from experts and each other. Together, youth discuss ways to make their future -- and the future of all Canadian young people -- a better one. Several members of our Keystone Youth Leadership groups are gearing up to attend the BGC National Youth Conference in Winnipeg Manitoba in May. Youth and their families are attempting to fund-raise as much as possible over the next two months to help cover some of the costs.
Hudson’s Bay is thrilled to offer The Giving Day; a one-day exclusive shopping event designed to help organizations, like ours, raise much-needed funds. The concept is simple. The Giving Day will be held on April 2, 2015 at all Hudson’s Bay stores across Canada. Anyone with a ticket to The Giving Day will receive 20% off almost all items in store with their HBC MasterCard or Credit Card or 15% off with any other form of tender! In addition, ticket holders will be treated to in-store events, and will be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win The Giving Day store prizes. We are selling tickets for $5 each and we are able to keep 100% of each ticket sold – the full $5 will go directly towards our fundraising effort for the youth conference! Contact Dana at email@example.com to buy your tickets in support of youth leadership!
Capital One Race for Kids™
Join us on June 6th for our first annual Capital One Race for Kids™ in Esquimalt! Teams of four will compete in 10 themed and playful checkpoints in a race to the finish line. Checkpoints will be designed to incorporate activities that focus the mind and challenge the body. Join us in supporting a national campaign to give all kids the opportunity for a bright future. Capital One Race for Kids offers many ways to get involved. Your involvement will make a difference in the lives of children and youth in Greater Victoria! Learn more and get involved!
Youth United Anti-Bullying Film Festival
The 2015 Youth United Anti-Bullying Film Festival took place on Wednesday, February 25th at l'école Victor Brodeur in Esquimalt. Boys & Girls Clubs were proud to take the lead in this smash hit event, with 24 awesome PSA submissions! It was our goal to deepen the understanding that youth have of the impact bullying has on others and to increase behaviors that counteract those impacts. We look forward to the fifth annual Film Festival in 2016! Proudly sponsored by CTV, C-FAX and KOOL FM.
And the winners of the 2015 Youth United Anti-Bullying Film Festival are...
1st place & overall winner, our very own Central Saanich Boys & Girls Club Keystone group with "Be Like Batman"
2nd place: City of Victoria's Step Up Leadership Crew with "Words Stick"
3rd place: Esquimalt Secondary School & Teen Centre with "Where Were You?"
1st place: Echo of the Fairfield Youth Zone with "Who Can Stop Bullying? YOU!"
2nd place: Leah Smith with "Words Hit Hard"
3rd place: Devon Oneschuk with "Ponies vs. People"
Grand Opening of the New Central Saanich Club
Saturday, January 24th was a very special day for us! It took just over 2 years to accomplish it but we officially opened the Kaare Norgaard Boys & Girls Club of Central Saanich! A number of special donors were on hand including Tom Pringle, President of the Norgaard Foundation. We were pleased to name the building after their founder, Kaare Norgaard, as a result of their gift of $150,000 towards the building project and program support. We also paid special tribute to Mark and Danielle Marley by naming the lounge after them. The Marley’s were the project managers and were successful in encouraging contractors and suppliers to donate over half of the building project costs! The Saanich Fruit Growers Association, Mike & Leah O’Brien and Peninsula Co-op were also singled out as was the District of Central Saanich for providing us with the building site.
Great Futures Start Here PSAs
The little miracles that happen every day at Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria can be summed up in the new public service announcements that have been launched by our national office. We are sharing the three videos, about Anthony Bennett, Dr. Jean Clinton and Taylor Hall, which illustrate how Boys & Girls Clubs create positive opportunities for young people to dream, grow and achieve their full potential. We just never know how far a child can go when we show kids we care and that we believe in them.