In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) renewed our commitment to continue to offer Ottawa’s best mentorship programs. To ensure the sustainability of our programs, we restructured the way we deliver our services.
We divided the city into 5 regions to allow for one Mentoring Coordinator per region, as opposed to one Mentoring Coordinator per program. This now allows us to be more strategic in the recruitment of volunteers and program implementation. This structure also helps us to identify potential partners in a given region to potentially expand our programs, whilst providing economies of scales in areas like our transportation costs. All of these changes are important factors to ensure long term sustainability.
As a result of this restructuring, our Mentoring Coordinators become more experienced in their region and they are able to more easily identify new opportunities as well as upcoming challenges. This is how we are able to assess growth capacity and offer strategic and focus support to one region at a time versus another. This allows for much more potential growth in a consolidated effort.
Manager, Service Deliver
Susan is responsible for supervising the programs team and ensuring that programs are delivered as per Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada National Standards.
How long with organization: since January 2012
Where you went to school and what you studied: I studied Social Sciences at Champlain Regional College in
Hobbies/Likes: Watching American Idol with my 11 year old step son! Reading, watching movies, swimming, running and spending time with my family.
Favourite food: Spaghetti
Favourite colour: Red
Favourite vacation spot: Barbados
Favourite super hero: If the Bionic Woman (Jamie Sommers) was a super hero she would definitely be my favourite! If not, then Wonder Woman—I loved both shows when I was a kid!
Why I love what I do: Helping to empower people!
Region: Ottawa West/Barrhaven/Bells Corners
How long with organization: 5 years
Where you went to school and what you studied: University of Ottawa, Criminology and Political Science
Hobbies/Likes: Playing sports, coaching basketball, spending time with my wife and daughter and dogs
Favourite food: Steak, Chips
Favourite colour: Orange
Favourite vacation spot: Cottage
If you won a million dollars what would you do with it: Buy a Winnebago and travel to football games.
Why I love what I do: I like to hear about the success stories from Bigs and Littles and interacting with volunteers and meeting new people.
Region: Vanier/Ottawa South
How long with organization: since November 2007
Where you went to school and what you studied: I completed the SSW program at Algonquin College as well as a B.A. in Psychology at Carleton University.
Hobbies/Likes: Singing, drawing and event planning
Favourite food: Curry goat roti
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite vacation spot: So far it is Rome
Favourite superhero and why: The Phoenix was said to regenerate when hurt or wounded by a foe thus being almost immortal and invincible and is also a symbol of fire and divinity. To me, this represents the ability to be resilient and remain strong in the face of adversity.
Why I love what I do: It’s difficult for me to put into words but I guess I would say it’s because working with BBBSO makes me feel like I am a part of something greater than myself and because I get the opportunity to help make a permanent, positive influence in so many different lives. My position helps provide me and many others with a larger sense of community.
How long with organization: 8 months give or take
Where you went to school and what you studied: I studied Psychology at Carleton University and I did an exchange term abroad in Leeds, England.
Hobbies/Likes: Rollerblading, cook, watch movies, write, play cards, do crafts, sew, read, and in my spare time, I enjoy playing on my ukulele.
Favourite food: CHEESE – even though I am lactose intolerant!
Favourite colour: Yellow, it reminds me of happy sunny days!
Favourite vacation spot: The kitchen cooking up a storm. It’s my favourite place to unwind and relax.
If you could be any type of fruit what would it be and why: A tomato – it’s often mistaken for a vegetable though it’s actually a soft fleshy fruit. It would remind people to get to know me for who I am really am.
Why I love what I do: I love what I do because, though it may come as a surprise… I’m a big kid at heart! I love working with youth; I love seeing the impact these volunteers can have on their lives. I also love working with such loving and dedicated volunteers. Every time I leave the office, I am amazed by the people I’ve been lucky enough to have met that day – I always leave with a smile on my face and a grin on my heart.
Lee Ann Eardley
How long with organization: 3 ½ months with BBBSO and almost 6 years with BBBS Lanark
Where you went to school and what you studied: I attended Algonquin College in the Corrections Program, currently enrolled in the BSW program with University of Manitoba.
Hobbies/Likes: Love reading, family time,swimming, kick boxing and movies- hobbies same
Favourite food: pretty much any food.
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite vacation spot: Going on a Cruise
If you won a million dollars what would you do with it: Go on a cruise around the world with my son, start my own company.
Favourite super hero and why: Optimus Prime because he is a true leader, fearless and loyal with a heart.
If you could be any type of fruit what would it be and why: I think a pineapple because they are a bit exotic deceiving on the outside and so delicious and sweet.
Why I love what I do: I love what I do because I get to facilitate life changing friendships for little people and when I ask a child what they look forward to the most about being matched with their Big Brother I hear “ I really look forward to watching his car pull up to my house every time.”
How long with organization: 10 months in total- 2 with Ottawa
Where you went to school and what you studied: The University of Western Ontario. BA Honours Degree in Psychology and Sociology & Loyalist College Social Service Work
Hobbies/Likes: Volleyball, travelling, boating
Favourite food: Sushi
Favourite colour: Turquoise
Favourite vacation spot: California
If you won a million dollars what would you do with it: Travel to as many countries as possible
Favourite superhero and why: Superman-He can fly, he likes to help others, and he gets to wear a cape to work!
If you could be any type of fruit what would it be and why: A Pineapple so that I could live in a tropical environment.
Why I love what I do: There is nothing that compares to a child’s face when it lights up because they are told that we have found them a Big! I get to watch the friendships grow between the Littles and Bigs and hear the stories about what they have accomplished together.
Isabelle is responsible for interviewing families and volunteers in all programs.
How long with organization: I have been here for less than two months but worked here for two and a half years, about six years ago.
Where you went to school and what you studied: Undergraduate degree in Psychology at University of Ottawa, Master’s in Educational Counseling at University of Ottawa.
Hobbies/Likes: Reading, reading, reading! Cooking (I hardly ever make the same dish twice) running, family time, shopping with my girlfriends.
Favourite food: Chips (there are just too many yummy flavors)!
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite vacation spot: St Lucia
If you could be any type of fruit what would it be and why: I would be a mango because I’m a little kooky, sweet and slightly tangy (I’m not sure what I mean).
Why you love what you do: I love this job because it’s a mixture of everything that I enjoy: helping people, meeting new people and getting to know them and working in a social service program. People at BBBSO see problems and try to find solutions that work for our clients…I love that!
How long with organization: 4 months
Where you went to school and what you studied: Algonquin College; Executive/Legal Secretary
Hobbies/Likes: Enjoy watching my children excel in sports. Collect old currency/coins.
Favourite food: Caesar salad & Fajitas
Favourite colour: Burnt Orange
Favourite vacation spot: Cottage – quiet & peaceful.
If you won a million dollars what would you do with it: Pay off all debt & go on a shopping spree!
If you could be any type of fruit what would it be and why: Apple because it doesn’t perish easily. It is one of the stronger fruits.