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.
In 2017, Tim Irvine was just starting a new career when a brain tumour interrupted the lives of his entire family. With uncertainty at every turn, he and his wife found new hope in the grants of Creative Kids, which kept their three kids enrolled in the piano lessons they loved.
For over ten years, single mother Joyclyne and her daughters Tyneesha, Cavetta, and Saige have been visiting the North Central Family Centre in Regina. In that time, the Centre has helped them all learn, grow, and improve their lives in so many ways.
Thanks to art lessons in Prince Albert and funding from Creative Kids, Kimberly’s grandchildren have found a new way to express themselves and honour their culture.
As a teen, Shyanne and her family spent many days being helped at the North Central Family Centre. Now, as an employee there, she gets to give back to the community every single day.