Positively Changing Our Community

Big Brothers Big Sisters Wood Buffalo mission is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.  Mentoring is an essential service and intuitively, an effective prevention program for children and youth. BBBS matches young people to a positive mentor, through individual one- to –one matches or group programming.

Operating within the community of Wood Buffalo since 1979, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Buffalo originally started out by matching Big Sisters with Little Sisters, but as the community grew and the needs changed, we responded by developing new programs and expanding existing programs to suit the diversity of our region. Our programs and community-based matches include Traditional Community Based Mentoring program (Bigs/Littles), In School Mentoring, Corporate Mentoring, Couple Matches, Youth Initiated Mentoring, Full Circle Mentoring program, Game On and Go Girls.

To date, Big Brothers Big Sisters has provided mentors to over 6,000 young people. With the growing needs within our region, we have an increased demand for additional programming and mentoring for the many children and youth anxiously waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non profit charity and is a member in good standing of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters International. We are proud of our achievements and continue to strive to be on the leading edge of the Big Brothers Big Sisters movement in Canada.

“We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of a community’s future.”


All young people realize their full potential.


Enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people in the Wood Buffalo region.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Buffalo serves the Fort McMurray region including the rural areas of Anzac, Janvier, Conklin and Fort Chipewyan .


Many children and youth in Canada struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives.


Facing prolonged adversity creates toxic stress in the brain that can negatively impact development.


With the support of a mentor, these risks can be reduced or even avoided, and youth can reach their full potential.

Our Values

Making a Difference

    • Relentlessly pursuing excellence and continuously striving to provide the best programming possible

Inclusivity and Diversity

    • Fostering an environment that helps all people feel welcome, engaged and valued

Resiliency and Flexibility

    • Adapting to change, overcoming setbacks, and pursuing goals even in the face of adversity

Supportive Relationships

    • Building trusting relationships and bringing people together to co-create meaningful change

Safety and Integrity

    • Constantly doing what is right to ensure that people feel physically, mentally, and emotionally secure