Vince is passionate about helping his community. He is an environmental engineer, and several years ago, he was looking for something to fill the flexible weekday schedule of his job at the time. With a desire to improve what he can for the next generation and prompting from a friend, he signed up to be an in-school mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Sixth-grader Ella was a dedicated dancer, but even though she could do everything from ballet to hip hop, she found something was missing. Getting the chance to try her hand at basketball thanks to Youth+Us partner HoopLife led her to discover a world of teamwork, commitment, and a healthy outlet for her competitiveness.
Darius is a warm and friendly 17-year-old from Saskatoon who loves playing any sport you can think of; football, baseball, soccer, snowboarding, parkour and slacklining, martial arts, and even the occasional cliff dive. But years ago, before sport became part of his daily life, his life trajectory was much different.
As a parent, ensuring your kids have what they need – even in difficult circumstances – is always at the top of your mind. This is what Zack, a Saskatoon resident and father of two, discovered when he faced a situation that greatly impacted his family.
Just eight years old, Nathan is a leukemia survivor with a passion for the majestic animals of the Ice Age. His dreams for science and adventure were filled in the summer of 2022, when the Make-A-Wish Foundation brought his family to Whitehorse for a week-long paleontology trip, full of mammoth bones and amazing memories.
7-year-old Rocky has grown up with a deep passion for playing sports like football, ball hockey, and baseball, despite a congenital heart condition. In the summer of 2022, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Rocky’s wish: a trip for the entire family to meet the Toronto Blue Jays, throw the first pitch in a game, and be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience.
A year after being matched through Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV), 10-year-old Aiden and his mentor Connor both have incredible new outlooks on their future, and plenty of mutual support to help them attain it.
In only a year, 9-year-old mentee Brooklyn and her mentor Shaye – matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters – have had plenty of adventures together, building the foundations of a lifelong friendship.
Jade is a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is where she met her mentee, Denika – a young girl who matches her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for life. Together, they’re enriching each other’s lives and each other’s futures.
Years ago, Chris Krug-Iron watched a Sum Theatre performance from the audience – and now, he’s part of the latest production. Emphasizing the power of community and connection, it reflects his own journey into theatre life and the important lessons learned for the next generation.