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May, 2012

The months leading up to summer are busy as we get ready for camps and events. May began with National Youth Week (May 1 - 7). Although I believe it is always 'youth week' at Boys & Girls Clubs, it provided an opportunity to celebrate the great young people here at the Club. This year we are extra proud of the Central Saanich Keystone youth leadership group, who were nominated for the Youth Now Awards!

Some of our team and I just returned from Boys & Girls Club's national conference in Newfoundland where we presented workshops on strategic planning and our unique Outdoor Centre model. We also gathered ideas from counterparts across Canada to bring home to Victoria.

May closes with our Annual General Meeting. We hope you will join us from 9:30 - 11:30 am on Wednesday, May 30th at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort to share stories about the previous year, say goodbye to Board members and welcome new members. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend to development@bgcvic.org.

March, 2012

An incredible thing is happening as I write this, Varvara, a rare western grey whale, is passing the West Coast of Vancouver Island as she rushes home to Russia from the Baja Peninsula at a speed of about 160 kilometres a day.  We know this because, to the amazement of scientists, this whale’s tag is still measuring activity after 13,000 km!

At Boys & Girls Club we have our own ‘whale tales’ to tell with our second Whale Derby on Saturday June 9th. Our whales may not travel that far, but they make a whale of a difference for kids and families in our community.

On a more serious note we commend the Representative for Children and Youth’s report on the Schoenborn family tragedy and urge changes in all of our systems to protect children and families in a sustainable and appropriate manner.

Finally, a young man by the name of Ryan Thirlwall walked for 28 hours from Nanaimo IN A PINK TUTU to raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs. Ryan attended our programs and is now a father who is grateful for the relationships he built here. In Ryan’s words, “I love their organization and hold them close to my heart and feel that it’s my turn to give back to them after so much they have done for me.”

January, 2012

Ready, set and go!!! 2012 is upon us already and we hope that you are ready for a busy and invigorating year because we have lots planned - new programs, initiatives and partnerships! Rather than list everything, our E-Newsletter will provide regular updates, while our web page will remain the ‘go-to’ place for our events and other info.

Our goal this year is to extend the Boys and Girls Club message to new families, children and youth. We have hundreds of participants and supporters – many have been with us for a lifetime – and we think many more will be enticed to sign up when they see the breadth of our club and camp programs, as well as our offerings at the Outdoor Centre. Thank you for your interest & support! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our events and programs.  

A Health Imperative….talking mental health and crime prevention

In 2010, the government of British Columbia outlined a 10 year plan to improve the mental health of BC residents. Boys and Girls Clubs know firsthand of the importance of supporting kids and families to grow up safe, secure and happy. Violence, discrimination, poverty, poor socialization and poor relationships are key factors affecting the mental health of young people. We know so much more today about the connection between body, mind and spirit, and this is what we foster in the communities we work in. Poor mental health has significant negative impacts on children and youth including engaging in negative/risky behaviors and suicide. At Boys and Girls Club we are engaged everyday in strategies to support families and youth in obtaining the care they need to deal with life’s transitions, develop resilience and address discrimination and stigmas. These strategies, outlined in “Healthy Minds Start Here”, a research paper published by Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada, are essential to reducing crime and building healthy communities.

Our ticket to achieving this is the quality of relationships that are formed between our staff and the children, youth and families we serve – who strive to make every moment memorable! Together we can make sure all young people are putting their best minds forward!

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