Circle of Supports wins award

Pam SmithCongratulations to Circle of Supports on receiving a Bhayana Family Foundation Award for collaboration!

The awards recognize the dedicated contributions of front-line agency staff at United Way funded agencies.

Sexual exploitation is real, we are here to help

Calgary City Council declared April 24, 2013 Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day Proclamation Sm

A day to recognize and create awareness around sexual exploitation was established by a group of agencies, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, and supported by city council.

"I am overwhelmed by the turnout," said City Alderman Diane Colley-Urquhart as she looked out across the room at the Servants Anonymous Society.

Thank you volunteers!!

DextersmcutlineIn 2012, our volunteers gave 19, 384 hours to helping children, youth and families in Calgary. That's the equivalent of two years!

Sitting on the couch watching a movie with some of the kids at the Thorncliffe Community Club, Dexter Bladek looks around the room to make sure the kids are having fun.

One child sits next to him and he immediately engages them, asking how their day is Dextersmcutlinegoing. He knows all the kids and the kids all know him. Dexter has been a volunteer with Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) for three years.

Employee awarded for work to end homelessness

Chloe NeumanChloe Neumann, a valuable staff for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary team, recently won an award for her commitment to ending youth homelessness.

She received an Arthur R. Smith Award in the Front-Line Employee category. The awards were created in the name of the Calgary Homeless Foundation to recognize and honour a front-line employee, a team and a volunteer who have demonstrated long-term commitment to Housing First and the goal to end homelessness.

BGCC takes stand against bullying with Pink Shirt Day

Pink ShirtBoys and Girls Clubs of Calgary is gearing up for the Sixth Annual Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 27, 2013.

Club members will be dressed in pink shirts to take a united front against bullying.

As part of this great campaign, London Drugs is once again continuing its support of the powerful Pink Shirt Day campaign with the official Anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day shirts available at all 76 London Drugs locations in Western Canada.

CEO Cheryl Doherty receives Diamond Jubilee Medal

Cheryl Doherty Bgc CfbBoys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s CEO, Cheryl Doherty, was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal this week in a private ceremony attended by Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) staff, Board of Directors, Foundation Board members, leadership volunteers, as well as Boys of Girls Clubs of Canada staff and Board members.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is given to Canadians to recognize their significant contributions and achievements, and to celebrate those who, like Her Majesty The Queen, have dedicated themselves to service to their fellow citizens, their community and their country.

Volunteer passionate about feeding children

Shirley Breakfast Lady SmShirley Michie never had kids of her own but she instantly inherited hundreds when she started volunteering for Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.

Shirley heard about the Food And Nutrition at School (FANS) program one day when she dropped her husband’s daughter off at school. The FANS program at West Dover Elementary needed some helping hands and Shirley put her name forward.

“I love it,” says Shirley. “It’s very rewarding in a lot of ways.”

Flames defenceman a hit with BGCC kids

1fbThe energy inside the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary's Hangar location this Wednesday was extra high as the kids spent time with two members of the Calgary Flames.

Defenceman Derek Smith and team mascot Harvey the Hound arrived to The Hanger with chants of "Go! Flames Go!"

It was a warm welcome from the nearly 40 children who were anxiously awaiting to meet a local hockey star and his furry friend.

"This program instills so much love."

Stories GraphicKaytie is so grateful for the youth housing program she lives in because without it she wouldn’t have something she thought she’d never have – a love for her own mother.

Kaytie, her mother and siblings lived in a van for six years. Kaytie was a...

The gift of music

Cpo At Bgcc2 FbThe kids at the Falconridge Club were given a musical treat this week when two musicians from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) performed everything from the modern sounds of Justin Beiber to the classical notes of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Thanks to Fluor Canada - an engineering, procurement and construction company - the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary's Falconridge Club was filled with the gift of music.

Cpo At Bgcc2 FbAs part of the CPO's Musical Camps for Kids program, musicians Alexandra Early (on the violin) and David sussman (on the oboe) played and explained their musical world to the Falconridge Club members, who range in age from 6 to 12. See more photos on our Facebook page.