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									the
                                                              ensure that Big Brothers/Big
                                                              Sisters     was    chosen as
                                                              Community Savings’ charity
                                                              partner this year.
                                      FROM ROB’S DESK

                          Wow, what a spring it has been!     Again this year, with summer




BIG
                          We have completed our first         comes a change in our office
                          “Ultimate Room Makeover” for        hours. Effective June 28th –
                          2004 and I am happy to report       August 27th our office hours
                          that it was an outstanding          will be 8:30 – 4:30 Monday –
                          success. Thanks to all of the       Thursday and 8:30 – Noon on
                          extra time put in by volunteers     Friday.
                          and staff members in this effort.
                          We have also completed another      Finally, I want to mention the
                          “Bowl for Kids” and are in the      fact that I will be attending the
                                                              Big Brothers/Big Sisters of



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                          process of setting up BBQs and
                          other fundraising events for the    Canada National Convention
                          summer months. Please see           during the first week of July. I
                          Rae’s and Michelle’s articles for   am pleased to report that Sears
                          more details.                       in Medicine Hat has been
                                                              nominated for the Medal of
                          At the Annual General Meeting       Excellence Award for the
                          in June we reluctantly accepted     contributions made to BBBS in
BIG BROTHERS / BIG        the resignation of our President    the last year and will be granted
                                                              this     award     at    National
SISTERS                   (Terry     Cook)      and    Vice
                                                              Convention. Thanks Jackie for
                          President (Bernadette David).
ASSOCIATION OF                                                all of your work and for
                          Both of these individuals have
MEDICINE HAT &            contributed to this agency in too   initiating    this     partnership
                                                              between Sears and BBBS and
DISTRICT                  many ways to count. Terry will
                                                              congratulations on this award.
                          stay on the Board as a Director
201, 665 KINGSWAY         while Bernadette will be            While I am at Convention, I will
AVE SE                    focusing her energy and             be representing our agency via a
                                                              presentation highlighting some
MEDICINE HAT, AB          attention on other areas.
                                                              of the innovative work being
T1A 2W8                   As we move into the summer          done by our agency in an attempt
                          months,      some      of    our                    Continued on Pg. 2
PHONE (403) 527-6640      programming tapers off but we
                          are already very busy making
FAX (403) 526-7998        preparation for our September
EMAIL                     Kick Off, wherein we will be
office@bbbsmedhat.ca      celebrating        our       30th
                          Anniversary as an agency in
www.bbbsmedhat.ca         Medicine Hat. There will be
                          more details available through
                          the agency as the end of August
                          approaches so please call us to     In This Edition…
                          see how you can be a part of this
                          event. In addition to this, we      From Rob’s desk
                          have already started working
                          together    with     Community      Updates from Michelle
                          Savings in preparation for the
                          “Community Savings Golf
                                                              Babbles by Beth
                          Classic”. The date has been set
                          for this event (August 13th) and
                          we are hoping to see every spot     Rae’s Update
                          filled with a golfer. There are
                          more details on our website or      ISM News with Melissa
                          you can call our office with
                          questions or to sign up. Thanks     Miscellaneous
                          again to Community Savings for
July, August, September   their support and to Trevor
                          Anhel for working so hard to
to expand our mentoring              really are making a difference in    smokie and pop from 11 am to 2
services. I am proud to be part      the lives of the children we serve   pm. Check out their office entry
of such a successful organization    but we can’t do it without all of    in the Stampede Decorating
and I want to return credit to the   you! So thanks to everyone!! If I    contest while you are there!
deserving volunteers and staff       can find 18 new “Bigs” before        They are located at #120 – 1310
team. Without your individual        the end of the year, I will be one   Kingsway Ave.
contributions, this level of         happy Recruitment and Training
success could not be a reality.      Coordinator!!!                       Below is a list of the many
Your continued support will help                                          events Big Brothers / Big Sisters
us to reach even greater heights.                                         has planned over the next few
Thanks again and have a                                                   months. The success of these
wonderful summer.                                                         events    and     our    ongoing
                                                                          programming is made possible
Rob Lewis                            And on a final and very              by the efforts of our volunteers
Executive Director                   appreciative note….extra special     who so generously give of their
                                     thanks go out to the following       time and talents. Thanks to all of
                                     supporters:                          you!

                                                                          Just a friendly reminder to all
                                     The great staff at CHAT T.V.
                                                                          parents of Littles that your
                                     6&3
           UPDATES FROM                                                   Agency /Parent contract asks
            MICHELLE                                                      that you volunteer 25 hours a
                                     New Country 1270 CHAT and
                                                                          year in support of the agency.
Hello from Michelle and thanks       MY 96 radio stations
                                                                          Here are some events for you to
to everyone for making this a                                             choose from.
great summer of activity and         Medicine Hat Sign Works
excitement! We have really been
“out there” in the community in      The Medicine Hat News
the past few months – thanks to
so many great volunteers! A fun      Judy White and the gang at
night and soggy time was had by      Shaw Communications Inc.
those of us who attended the
Relay for Life on May 28.            Pitch Inc. Outdoor Advertising
Sharon, Donna, Rob, Madi and I
made up the Big Brothers/Big         SEARS
                                                                          Friday, August 13
Sisters team. We raised close to
$500 for the Canadian Cancer         Parkers Countrywide                  Community Savings
Society and had a great time         Furniture                            Golf Classic
doing it! Next year we plan to
encourage matches to join our        Tim Hortons
                                                                          This new event is taking place at
team and experience a night to                                            the Connaught Golf Club on
remember.                            for all of their ongoing             Friday, August 13. Community
                                     promotion of Big Brothers / Big      Savings Foundation has chosen
A team of volunteers and             Sisters of Medicine Hat. It is       Big Brothers/Big Sisters to be
students from Master’s School        because of their support that we     the recipients of the proceeds of
of Hair Design had a blast at        have so many new volunteers!         their 2004 Golf Classic. This is a
Spectrum 2004 on June 4 and 5                                             fabulous opportunity for us and
in Kin Coulee. We wrapped hair,                                           we thank the Community
laughed and tanned (and some of                                           Savings Foundation for thinking
us got soggy…..again)! Thanks                                             of our agency.
to everyone who helped make
                                                  CALENDAR OF
this event such a success                                                 If you would like to enter the
                                                    EVENTS
including all the hair wrapping                                           tournament, be a sponsor,
volunteers, Master’s students,
Culligan, and the Spectrum           Thursday, July 22 –                  provide an item for the Silent
                                                                          Auction or volunteer at the event
organizers.                          Community                            please contact Rae.
                                     Employment Services
New volunteers continue to                                                Saturday, July 30 – Evening
come through our doors every
                                     BBQ
                                                                          Bingo
week and we appreciate all of
our current volunteers, and          Join the CES Gang at “Smokies’
                                     Stampede Saloon” for a BBQ           Friday, August 13 – Afternoon
families spreading the word! We                                           Bingo



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                                     Festivities will start at 2 pm
                                     and refreshments will be
                                     served from 2 to 4 pm.
August 23 to August 28
Million Dollar Hole in               Please call the office to let us
One                                  know you will attend!
                                                                         Saturday, September
Golfers have the opportunity to
                                     Special thanks to Denise            11 Big Brothers/Big
try for a hole in one and win a      Earl of Café Mundo for her          Sisters Night at the
million dollars!!!! We are           generous support of this
                                                                         Speedway
looking at holding this at more      event!
than one of the local golf courses
                                                                         The Medicine Hat Speedway has
during the week of August 23.
                                                                         generously supported our agency
Golfers are able to come out and
                                                                         through the years by providing
qualify all week for a chance to
                                                                         matches with free tickets to the
be in the finals at the end of the
                                                                         races. This year is no exception!
week. The winning golfer will
                                                                         They are also helping us
then have a chance to get a hole
                                                                         celebrate our 30th Anniversary
in       one        and       win
                                                                         and National Big Brothers/Big
$1,000,000.00!!!                     September Is National               Sisters month by promoting our
For more information on this         Big Brothers / Big                  agency at the races on
event or to volunteer at it please                                       September 11 from 6 to 11 pm.
call Rae at the office.
                                     Sisters Month                       There will be lots of giveaways
                                                                         so check it out!
Saturday, August 28 –                The purpose of National Big
Barbeque at Sears                    Brothers/Big Sisters month is to    Special thanks to Dennis and
                                     generate awareness of our           Kathy Doll for all they do for us!
Tuesday, August 31 –                 programs, recruit new volunteers
                                     and create community support
Afternoon Bingo
                                     for the agency.
                                                                         Tuesday, September 14
Tuesday, September 13 –
                                                                         Medicine Hat College
Afternoon Bingo                      During the first week of            Volunteer Fair
                                     September, we will have a photo
                                     in the Medicine Hat News with       Michelle Sauvé and Melissa
                                     Rob Lewis and Mayor Vallely         Waechter will attend this annual
                                     “proclaiming” National Big          student   recruitment      event,
                                     Brothers/ Big Sisters Month.        hoping to find new In School
                                                                         Mentors, Big Brothers and Big
                                     We will also be celebrating the     Sisters.
Sunday, August 29th –                launch of our “new” look
Our 30th Anniversary                 website. Check it out at
                                                                         Thursday, September
                                     www.bbbsmedhat.ca            in
Party!                               September.                          30th National “E-Day”
Everyone is invited to join us
                                                                         of Action
                                     We would encourage all parents
in Celebrating Big Brothers /        and/or matches to consider
Big Sisters of Medicine Hat          picking up a few of our             In support of National Big
                                                                         Brothers/Big Sisters Month, our
& District’s 30th Anniversary        bookmarks and delivering them
                                     to     mailboxes      in     your   National     organization,   Big
of providing service to the                                              Brothers / Big Sisters of
community.                           neighbourhood. You can also
                                     help     us     promote       Big   Canada,      wants      you    to
                                     Brothers/Big Sisters by putting a   participate in a Virtual Event!
We will be at Café Mundo             poster up at your office, gym or    The concept is simple. On
Downtown on 3rd Street in            church. Please call Michelle        September 30, we ask that all
the       Gaslight       Plaza       Sauvé to arrange pick up of         Canadians visit their local or
reminiscing      over      old       bookmarks and posters.              national Big Brothers/Big Sisters
fashioned floats, coffees, and                                           websites to find out how they
cake. Recognition awards                                                 can help Canada’s kids. The goal
                                                                         is to generate 10,000 visits in
will be presented too!


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one day which is one inquiry for                                          of hard work that goes on behind
each of the approximately                                                 the scenes in Big Brothers/Big
10,000 children on our agency                                             Sister. I want to personally
                                                BABBLES BY BETH
waiting lists. So check us out at                                         extend my thanks to you for
www.bbbsmedhat.ca              or                                         rallying together in support of
www.bbbsc.ca                        2004 is a pillar year, this being     Big Brothers/Big Sisters grilling
                                    our 30th Anniversary year             at the bbq’s, cooling off around
                                    serving the community since           the dunk tank, painting faces,
                                    1974! The agency is continually       running at bingos, rounding it up
                                    striving to raise the image and       at Sears, wrapping brightly
                                    presence of Big brothers/Big          coloured hair, selling tickets,
                                    Sisters in the community. The         webbing through designs, and so
                                    embarking of several advertising      much more. It is through your
October 1, 2 and 3rd                and recruitment campaigns has         unending support this agency is
Face Painting at the                brought Big Brothers/Big Sisters      more and more visible in the
                                    more into the public eye. The         community. Thank you all for
Trade Show                                                                being so thoughtful, caring, and
                                    traditional volunteer core base is
                                    showing a steady growth               kind you all are making me have
Once again, Big Brothers / Big      presently due in part to the          a “happy heart’ I am happy
Sisters will offer free face        marketing       and    recruitment    being a part of such a wonderful
painting at the Fall Trade Show.    campaigns.       As I write this      organization; all my co-workers
We could really use lots of         article there are currently 15        have such enthusiasm and drive
volunteer support for this event.   Big/Little Brother matches; 13        they are a terrific group of
If you are 14 and older and have    Big/Little Sister matches, 4          people and I appreciate each of
an interest in face painting,       Big/Little Buddy matches, 1           them mentoring me. THANKS
please call Michelle Sauvé for      Couples for Kids match, and 1
details on how to volunteer. We     Wrap match! These statistics
                                                                                      Kidz
will offer a workshop if there is   are amazing and I’m proud of
interest!                           the great work the Medicine Hat
                                    Big Brothers/Big Sisters Team is                  Klub
                                    doing, friendships are building
                                    brighter futures! The traditional     Kidz Klub is open to any child
                                    program is breaking waves and         or youth who is not matched yet
                                    cutting loose through new             to a special friend. Kidz Klub
                                    initiatives like matching multiple    will be meeting on a regular
                                    teen sibling brothers to a big        once a month basis in the
Sunday, October 17th                brother! There are lots of great      Scouts Hall on Cuyler Road,
Skate with the Tigers               things going on in the traditional    beginning in September right
                                    program.       I think all these      through to May 2005. On
                                    positive changes can only speak       September 18 from 10am to 12
Come out and meet the Tigers,
                                    to the depth and degree of            noon all Kidz Klub Kids & Bigs
get a few autographs and have a
                                    service our agency and team is        get back into the swing of
great afternoon of skating! We
                                    providing to the children and         hanging out and having some
will be down at the Arena from
                                    volunteers. Medicine Hat Big          fun      and      good      times.
2 to 4 pm. Call Rae or Michelle
                                    Brothers/Big Sisters is truly         September’s activity is “kidz
for details or to volunteer.
                                    forging ahead.       We are not       Klub      Kick-off      Karnival!”
                                    leaving any rock unturned; each       Parents, just a reminder, you are
                                    staff member has been busy with       responsible for getting your child
                                    many different tasks and              to and from each monthly
                                    pursuing new innovative ideas so      activity. As a parent with a child
                                    the agency will be continually        in kidz klub any support you can
                                    growing and raising awareness         give is greatly appreciated.
                                    in the community. The goal by         Support like sending snacks for
Michelle Sauve                      the end of this year is there shall   the activity, taking on the job of
Recruitment/Training                not be any Kidz Klub Kid              calling the families in Kidz Klub
Coordinator                         waiting for their special friend,     about the monthly activities, or
                                    there will be a Big’s Klub, big’s     being a Kidz parent helper at one
                                    waiting to be matched in              of the activities are just a few
                                    friendship instead…Thank you          ways you too can be involved
                                    all     for     your     continued    and offer a helping hand. I’ll
                                    commitment by sharing a little        keep you all in tune to what’s
                                    time with a child. There is a lot     new with Kidz Klub! If you



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have any questions please feel      Brother’s Tyrel, Terry & Steve;      big sister, a big bunch leader,
free to call me @ 527-6640 or       & the return of Jason after a long   kidz klub big and special events
email beth@bbbsmedhat.ca            awaited absence; I’m so glad to      volunteer. I will miss your
                                    have all of you on the friendship    giggling smile; take care and all
                                    bus sharing a little magic           the best in your future. Big
                                                                         Sister Heather is moving ahead
                                    Hooray! New                          in her life, she is deep into
                                                                         wedding         plans,       home
                                    friendship matches!                  renovations and work; so she has
                                                                         decided to resign from being a
                                    April:    Trisdyn to Brian &         big sister, take care and all the
Kidz Klub Big’s                     Jamie!                               best. Congratulations and best
                                    May: McKenna to Terry; Ryley         wishes to Big Sister Jen and In-
                                    to Tyrel!                            School Mentor Melissa, you
Don’t forget about the              June: Mike & D.J. to Jason;          both looked very beautiful in
training night on September         Mark to Steve, Vanna to Jen,         your wedding finery, what a
9, 2004 at 6pm at the               Brittany to Sheleen, Maria to        magical moment in both your
Scout’s Hall. This training         Amber, & Blair to Sue!               lives.      Congratulations Big
is being hosted by the              July: Tamara & Rachel!               Sister Dana on the birth of your
                                                                         new little “pink” bundle of joy!
Scouts and supper is
included. Come prepared                                                  Beth Metcalf
to have fun and learn.                                                   Friendship Consultant
Wear comfortable clothes….

                                    Big, Little & Other
                                    Announcements                                  AE’S UPDATE

                                                                         Hmmm, lazy days of summer,
July-Vanna & Taelar both are        Little Sisters Kristy and Maria      where are they? Spring and
turning 10!                         worked & studied hard all year       summer has continued to be just
August- Jordan, Evan, Ben,          at school and they made the          as busy as the first few months
Kayla, Megan, Diane, Rachel,        “honour roll”, great job! I’m        of 2004. However, I do feel like
Sue & Tyrel!                        sure there are other littles who     I’m settling into my position and
September- Blair, Trisdyn,          also made honour roll or             getting more comfortable with
Colin, Brent, Savannah, Cynder,     received     an      award      so   all the events that are constantly
Marissa, Matt & Rob!                congratulations to you too!          either taking place or in the
                                    Little Brother Blair got an          planning stages. There certainly
                                    award for the “Most Improved         isn’t any time to get bored
                                    Student” awesome job! Little         around this busy little office.
                                    Sisters Vanna & Trista are
                                    “flying high” they are going to
Friendship Anniversary              the Tim Hortons Children’s
                                    Camp in Parry Sound, Ontario
Greetings:                          for 10 days in July (thanks to the
July- Two Little Brother/Big
                                    on-going support of Marlies &
Brother matches are both
                                    Wally from Medicine Hat &
celebrating their 2nd friendship
anniversary….sooooooo
                                    Redcliff      Tim       Hortons.)    Ultimate Room
                                    Congratulations Big Sister Deb
congratulations Jordan & Kevin
                                    on receiving the “Chat 6 & 3
                                                                         Makeover
and Joseph and Gordon!
                                    Standing Ovation Award”
September- Colin & Sarah and                                             The room has been completed
                                    being     recognized     as     an
Mikha & Jen are celebrating                                              and it is fabulous!!! Kim Lewis
                                    outstanding community member
their 1st friendship anniversary,                                        from Carpet One, our interior
                                    volunteering       with       Big
hats off to you!                                                         designer for the event, created a
                                    Brothers/Big Sisters! Farewell
                                                                         wonderfully calming and serene
                                    to Big Brother Clare; he leaves
Congratulations     and                                                  living room for our winner,
                                    the agency after sharing 4
welcome to Little Sisters                                                Marilyn, and her family over a
                                    magical years; thanks a bunch
                                                                         weekend in June.
Brittany & Melissa; Little          and take care of yourself. Fond
Brother’s Bradley, Blake and        farewell to Big Sister Jen S; she
                                                                         The weekend started Friday
Blair!   Big Sisters Sheleen,       has been volunteering for the
Amber, Jen & Rachel; Big                                                 evening with a limo from
                                    past 3 years in many ways-as a



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Saamis Memorial coming to            propped on a ladder. Thank           have seen it or will see it. Judy
pick up Marilyn and her family       goodness all went well and the       did a wonderful job and put in
to take them to the Days Inn for     wall turned out great. The           many hours to document our
a weekend stay. That is when         afternoon was spent cleaning up      Ultimate Room Makeover from
our crew got to work. Marilyn        after the painting and getting the   start to finish!! Thank you Judy
had washed the walls to prepare      room put back together. Thanks       for all your work and also for
them for painting the week           to Edwin, Rob and Terry for          your enthusiasm.
before the makeover so that          getting the existing furniture out
saved us an hour or two of work      of the room on Friday and            Thank you to everyone who
right away!! Freddie’s Paints        moving the new furniture in on       helped with this project in any
donated all the paint, tinted to     Saturday. An area rug, donated       way whether you sold tickets,
Kim’s specifications, so, we         by Carpet One, a new sofa and        bought tickets or were there on
were ready to go. We had a great     loveseat and a new entertainment     the weekend helping out. Kim’s
painting crew, some were there       centre were the main pieces that     great design and the many, many
Friday evening, some Saturday        went into the room. Kim had          hours of unseen work that she
and some both days. I want to        most of the accessories but she      selflessly put in, helped unsure
thank Janet, Terry C, Eunice,        wanted to get a silk floor plant     the success of this project. Like
Terry K, Marilyn, Karen, and         and a few other finishing pieces     all of our events, it was a great
Rob for rolling up their sleeves     after the furniture was in place.    success because of the people
and getting the room painted in      So, Saturday afternoon off she       involved with this agency.
record time. Mind you, without       and I went, in our painting          Thank you.
Larry and Adele from Paint           clothes, to go shopping. If any of
and Paper we would not have          you saw us that afternoon,
been finished in such record         hurrying into stores with our
time. Wow, those professional        heads down and our sunglasses
painters certainly know what         on, that is why. Once we were
they are doing. Their help on        back at the house Kim finished
Friday evening was invaluable.       “grotting” the tile table and we
In the midst of all the painting,    called it a day. All that was left   Vintage Car Club
Jurgen, our electrician arrived to   to do on Sunday was to put in
change the light fixture in the      the finishing touches.               Show & Shine
entranceway. After the painting
was finished Kim and I went          Sunday was a much more               This event took place Saturday,
over to her garage where she         relaxed morning than Saturday        July 3 in downtown Medicine
taught me how to create a work       had been. Adele came back on         Hat and this year the club invited
of art from an ordinary coffee       Sunday to hang the blinds and to     Big Brothers/Big Sisters to
table and some tiles. We painted     help Kim hang the new                participate. We borrowed the
the table and broke tiles until      draperies. We hung pictures,         Royal Bank parking lot and set
midnight at which time I went        placed the accessories and the       up a dunk tank and a barbeque!!!
home. Kim, however, carried on       lovely bouquet of flowers            What a lot of fun!! You may
working on the table until           donated by Our Flower Shop           have seen the picture of the
3:00AM!! The completed table         and had time to go for coffee        Medicine Hat News reporter,
was indeed a work of art and         while we waited for Marilyn to       Natalie Bank, on the front page
Kim’s late night was definitely      return for the “reveal”. The limo    of the paper. Natalie was one of
worth it.                            from Saamis Memorial picked          seven people that agreed to be a
                                     up Marilyn and her husband           “dunkee”. Sgt. Dave Townsend
Saturday dawned bright and           from the Days Inn and they           of the Medicine Hat Police
early and by 8:00 we were back       returned home shortly after 2:00     Crime Prevention unit was also
at the house to get the second       PM. We were all anxiously            a “dunkee” as was Pastor Jake
coat of paint on the walls while     waiting to see her reaction. She     from Hillcrest Church. Chris a
drinking our coffee and listening    was very pleased with the            BBBS board member and
to some Jimmy Buffett tunes.         changes we had made and of           Mentor, along with Bern,
(Thanks Janet!). Kim’s design        course that made the weekend all     Sarah and Amber made up the
called for one wall to be a          worthwhile.                          rest of the brave souls that
“feature” wall. Of course the                                             agreed to sit on the “hot seat”.
wall had to be the one that was      Judy, from Cable 10, was at          All the dunkees were such good
the most difficult to paint – the    Marilyn’s house several times        sports and I can’t thank them
one going down the stairs. I had     over the weekend. She has            enough. The day was lots of fun.
sweaty palms and a jumpy             created a tape of the weekend        Michelle and Michael J were
stomach as we watched Terry,         and the room transformation          very creative in making up little
our Board President, crawl           which is currently playing on        rhymes to call out to entice the
precariously along a board           Cable 10. Hopefully you will         crowd to try their hand at




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dunking someone. One of our
little brothers, DJ, was also on
hand to scoop up any wayward
balls that went bouncing around                                                        NEW MATCHES
the parking lot. We had crowds       IN SCHOOL MENTORING
of people watching the dunking        NEWS WITH MELISSA
                                                                         Congratulations…
and having a burger. Thanks also
to the barbeque volunteers –        ISM has truly blossomed this         Brigette and Kyla
Jim, Jinelle, Sylvia, Florence      year; there was even a recorded      Kim and Samantha
and Marlene. It was fun to have     breaking 45 matches in late
some       entertainment   while    winter/early spring. My first full
flipping and serving the burgers.                                        ISM Kick Off Meeting
                                    year in this position has come
As an added bonus to such a         and gone so quickly and now
great day, the Vintage Car Club     here it is summer again. I have              Mentors Only
presented our agency with the       enjoyed this past year so much.
proceeds from a raffle and          What can beat a nine year old            August 30th 12-1 PM
auction that they held during       trying to tell you the best thing
the day.                            about having a mentor but you           The Volunteer Centre
                                    can’t understand him because he
                                    is talking so fast and not making        860 Allowance Ave.
                                    any sense? Or witnessing the
                                    excitement of a grade six mentee
Bingos                                                                    RSVP to Melissa 527-6640
                                    and her mentor when I inform
                                    them they can continue their
I want to thank all of the many     friendship in Junior High this         melissa@bbbsmedhat.ca
faithful bingo volunteers for       fall.
their help over the past months.
The revenue we receive from         The other students call me “The
Alberta Gaming is crucial to the    Mentor Lady” when I visit the
continued success of our agency     various schools. It’s funny how
and these volunteers make it        they know who I am when they
possible. We must have the          are not even in the ISM program.     New ISM Schools !!
required number of volunteers at    The students approach me, the
each bingo or we may be fined       “The Mentor Lady”, to show me        In 2003/2004 AJHS and Jr.
and we could lose our bingo         how many push ups they can do        High level CHHS welcomed
license. If you are unable to       on the stairs or maybe show me       BBBS ISM Program into their
work a bingo that you were          the new charm on their bracelet,     schools. In the fall of 2004 I am
scheduled for, it is imperative     how great is that? The ISM           thrilled to announce three
that you let the office know as     mentees are not being singled        additional schools that have
soon as possible so we have time    out because they have a mentor;      accepted ISM for students. Due
to try to find someone to replace   in fact they are envied because      to mentees relocating schools,
you.                                they are in the ISM program.         parent referrals, and mentees
                                                                         going on to high school, ISM is
                                                                         expanding. In the fall MHHS,
                                                                         Herald, and Webster Niblock
                                                                         School will be joining our team.
Barbeques                                     EXCITING NEWS!!            WELCOME!

We have been busy with              Sue and Blair have decided to        New Recruits!
barbeques since the beginning of    take their ISM friendship to a
May. Barbeques have been held       new level. They are now              Michelle and I are busy this
at Green Power, Sears &             matched in the Big Buddy             summer trying out different
Sobey’s. Thanks very much to        program. Congratulations Sue         recruitment strategies and we
Jim, Brent, Rob, Michelle,          & Blair!!!                           want you all to be getting the
Sheila, Lopa, Yvonne, Lynda,                                             word out. If you know a co-
Brent, Nikki, Denise, Nicholas,                                          worker, friend, or family
Terry, Cal, Sheryle, Mary,                                               member that you think would be
Melissa and Jinelle.                                                     a great mentor, don’t wait until
                                                                         September. If they get their
Rae Wahl                                                                 applications in now they will be
Community Liaison                                                        ready to be matched to a mentee



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in September. So let’s get those   Employees of MHC will have      Looking for a FUN summer
applications in and friendships    the opportunity to mentor a     ACTIVITY to do with your
on            the            go!   child for one hour a week       little brother or sister?
                                   during work hours and still     Build a SCARECROW
                                   be compensated. Employee        together and you could
                                   Based Mentoring is a great      WIN a THREE MAN
                                   way for an organization to      TENT. Display your
                                   give back to their community    creation at the Aberdeen
                                   and to their employees. We      Sunflower Festival on
Goodbye to Mentors Elisha,         thank the MHC and we            Aberdeen St 4th Ave on
Charlotte, and Krystal who         WELCOME                 their   Saturday August 7th.
will be moving to different        employees.                      Scarecrows should be free
parts of Alberta to attend                                         standing or able to hang
University.                        Melissa Waechter                from a fence. Entrants can
                                   In School Mentoring             set up their Scarecrows
Goodbye to Jaime, I will           Caseworker                      between 9-10 am. The
miss you and I wish you luck                                       community will be given a
wherever life takes you.                                           chance to vote for their
                                                                   favourite throughout the
Goodbye      to    Theresa.                                        day.
Congratulations on finishing
school.                                                            The festival will have other
                                                                   activities for children as
Goodbye to John and                                                well as music, crafters, and
                                   K i d S p o r t ! !             a sidewalk sale. For more
Margaret who have served
as our longest ISM matches                                         info, please call Dawn
ever.                              KidSport Society of Alberta     Knowles at her home
                                   funds low income families       number: 527-5057.
Words do not express the           with children aged 5-18 yrs
amount of gratitude that I         up to $200 to participate in
feel. You all have truly           sport programs. Applications
mentored a child, you have         can be picked up here at the
made an impact, and they           BBBS office.
have made an impact on you.
I encourage you all to
continue      to     mentor
“informally” like helping a
child when he is having
trouble adding his change
when buying candy at the
corner store. Thank you for         Looking for some fun
your time, dedication, and             things to do this
commitment that you have
given BBBS and to your                summer with the
mentees.                                   family?

                                         Check out…

Welcome Medicine Hat               medicinehatevents.com
      College
                                    for up to date events
We are thrilled to announce        that are happening all
that MHC has joined our              summer long right
“Employee             Based        here in Medicine Hat!
Mentoring         Program”.



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. Thank you for         Looking for some fun
your time, dedication, and            things to do this
commitment that you have
                                      summe r with the
given BBBS and to your
mentees.                                  family?

                                         Check out…

Welcome Medicine Hat               medicinehatevents.com
      College
                                    for up to date events
We are thrilled to announce        that are happe ning all
that MHC has joined our              summe r long right
“Empl oyee           B ased        here in Medicine Hat!
Mentoring        Program”.



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