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National Volunteer Week: Board Member Spotlight

National Volunteer Week is all about recognizing the incredible work that our dedicated volunteers do year-round. This year’s celebration takes place from April 24th-30th.

This National Volunteer Week, we would like to recognize our outstanding Club Board members and Boys and Girls Club of London Foundation Board members for being advocates for the Club and providing a solid foundation of support and encouragement that enables young people to discover, develop and achieve great futures!

Valerie: Representative for the Seniors, Club Board for 11 years

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Q. What inspired you to become a board member?

A. I wanted to be a part of the management of the Club, particularly with how it affected the Senior Members.

Q. If you could give any advice to a Child or Youth Member of the Club, what would it be?

A. The Club offers you wonderful opportunities to get ahead with your plans for the future and, at the same time, enjoy the many social activities. My advice would be to take full advantage of everything offered to you and have fun.

Elinor: Member, Boys and Girls Club of London Foundation Board since 2019

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Q. What inspired you to become a board member?

A. I had been aware of the great programming and positive opportunities for youth and when I was asked to consider being a board member, I jumped at the chance to contribute.

Q. If you could give any advice to a Child or Youth Member of the Club, what would it be?

A. I would encourage them to participate wholeheartedly in the programs at the Club, to stay curious and ask questions, say yes and try new things, and never stop being excited about possibilities in life.

Aleix: Board Director, Club since 2021

Q. What inspired you to become a board member?

What the Club offers and does to enhance the needs of the community. I wanted to be part of it.

Q. If you could give any advice to a Child or Youth Member of the Club, what would it be?

If you want it, go for it. Someone will have your back.

Nutrition Programs at the Club

Last year, over 3,700 individuals were served nutritious and delicious meals during Supper Club and deliveries!

From fan-favourites like mac and cheese and chicken burgers to delicious casseroles, there is something for everyone at Supper Club. Our in-house chef, Marieke Graham, ensures that each meal is nutritious and follows Canada’s Food Guide.

Nutrition Month BlogKids are enjoying Supper Club. Last night, the kids exclaimed that they love Supper Club and often go back for seconds!

For some children and youth, the meals offered at Supper Club are the only balanced meal they will have that day. Our Supper Club program also plays an integral part in family meal planning.

“Thank you so much for another delicious meal. We really appreciate them, as they do help us a lot to get through the week. So thank you again.”

Supper Club is made possible by our generous and committed donors, and to community organizations, including President's Choice Children's Charity, London Lawyers Feed the Hungry, and the London Food Bank.

Pink Shirt Day 2022

Pink Shirt Day was on February 23rd this year. Now a national initiative, Pink Shirt Day had humble beginnings. It all started in small-town Nova Scotia. In 2007, a group of teenagers wore a pink shirt in support of a boy in Grade 9 that was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. The group decided to buy 50 pink tank tops, send a message to all the boys in the school, and distribute them the next day. The grade 9 boy was never bullied again.

Today, over $2.5 million has been raised to support anti-bullying programs at Clubs. This year, we have had the great pleasure of working with Side Hustle Signs by D and Sign Designs by Jenny. Both small businesses created shirts to recognize Pink Shirt Day and chose us as recipients of a portion of the proceeds!

Sign Designs by Jenny raised $50! Based in Rodney, Ontario, Jen’s business started out as a hobby and blossomed into a thriving business. From custom-made signs, to mugs, to t-shirts, and everything else in between, there is something for everyone. See the Pink Shirt Day t-shirts below!

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Check out Sign Designs by Jenny on Instagram and Facebook.

Side Hustle Signs by D raised $1,200, doubling their donation from last year! Even though Danielle’s business is no longer a side hustle, she continues to keep the name, as her first job will always be being a mom. Based in London, Ontario, Side Hustle Signs by D is great for all your signage needs. See the shirts made for Pink Shirt Day below!

Signs Danielle

Check out Side Hustle Signs by D on Instagram or Facebook.

Donations from the t-shirt sales were allocated to the Club’s Social and Mental Health program, which helps children and youth learn about themselves, build resiliency and confidence, and learn practical life skills.

To celebrate Pink Shirt Day, children in the program traced their hands and wrote in a kind message. These messages are posted at the Club as a reminder to everyone to be kind to one another!

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Season of Review - Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Review Blog

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There are five bubbles of text on the infographic. “Over 1300 coats” states that a record number of winter coats were given out to children and youth and many businesses and community members made that possible.

“Evening Adventure Fun” includes a quote from a Club parent complimenting our staff because of how happy her children were to be in the program.

“A Spook-tacular Event” states that 95 children attended Family Fright Night and trick-or-treated in the club.

“Holiday Festivities” says that 800 children and youth were served holiday meals and attendees of the Family Event received gifts and a take-home meal and played holiday games.

“In the Spirit of Giving” says that every family who requested holiday support received gifts for their children.

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