Spotlight on Donors
Our Annual Appeal is underway and we are indebted to Silken Laumann for stepping up to be our Honorary Chair this year. You can hear her on Bruce William’s Café Victoria speak to the value of the programs that Boys & Girls Clubs offer and why she encourages people to support us. Here is a link – the segment with Silken starts at about 16:47 minutes.
https://soundcloud.com/cafe-victoria-cfax/july-15-12pm-1?in=cafe-victoria-cfax/sets/cafe-victoria In addition to our thanks to all of the donors who have made contributions to date we would also like to recognize AON Reed Stenhouse and Viking Air for their contributions to help cover the postage costs and to our Board members who chipped in to defray other costs. This support means that all of the gifts we receive go to support programs!
A shout out to Canadian Tire stores in Victoria and in particular the View Royal Store and owner Kim Reynhoudt for their support for helping us secure a lawn tractor for our 96 acre Outdoor Centre! Pictured are Kim, Rachel Reid and Pete Smolders – Rachel and Pete work at the Outdoor Centre are very grateful to have this labour saving piece of equipment!
We were delighted to have the support of RBC and the RBC Foundation for a $20,000 grant to support after-school programming at our Kaare Norgaard Central Saanich Club. Pictured from left is Robert Brilhante, our account manager, Executive Director Dalyce Dixon, and Tom Siemens, Regional Vice President.
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.