WHEREAS, Our Kids Count’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Program enables life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people in our community;

AND WHEREAS, investing in young people's futures pays off, with a social return on investment of $23-to-1 through improved economic, health, and social outcomes for young people with mentors.

AND WHEREAS, by changing the course of young lives, we shape our community’s social and economic future;

AND WHEREAS, Our Kids Count Big Brothers Big Sisters Program creates over 50 meaningful opportunities for Canadians to help young people achieve their biggest possible futures, through their volunteer commitment and support;

AND WHEREAS, the agency’s goal is to recruit more volunteers based on the needs of young people in our community;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Mauro, Mayor of Thunder Bay DO HEREBY PROCLAIM September 18th as Big Brother Big Sister Day. I encourage everyone to Volunteer or donate by visiting ourkidscount.ca and learn more about how you can get involved in igniting potential.