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As Canada’s leading child and youth mentoring charity, Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.

 

Our History in Estrie, Quebec

In 1903 the Big Brothers Association was founded in the United States. It was the result of the action taken by a group of businessmen who were worried about the high rate of cases of juvenile delinquency among children from single parent families. They began to help these children on an individual basis with a significant presence of friendship, trust and encouragement.

In 1908, women became involved in the same way with the girls in a similar situation.

In 1913, the movement gradually grew and crossed borders. The first agencies founded in Canada were first affiliated with the Big Brothers of America. It wasn’t until 1964 that the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada was founded; this association has more than 180 agencies across the country, including 19 in Quebec.

In 1979, the Big Brothers of Sherbrooke was implemented, and it was incorporated in 1980. Affiliation with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada was in 1986, and the Big Sisters program was put into place in 1991.

In January 2001, a new pairing program was initiated in elementary schools. This program is geared toward children in traditional families, single parent families, as well as reconstituted families.