At Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Johnís we are all about kids. We recognize that every young person has the potential to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Our goal is to help them get there. For over 60 years we have been offering a variety of programs and services designed to meet the needs of local children, youth and their families. We give them opportunities to discover, develop and achieve their true potential every day by engaging them in activities that stimulate and challenge their mind, body and spirit.
Operating from two locations Buckmasterís Circle and H.G.R Mews Centre on Mundy Pond Road, our staff and volunteers act as positive role models and provide a warm environment where children and youth are encouraged to be the best they can be. Thatís why Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Johnís is so important. We have been a home away from home for young people in St. Johnís since 1946. Our caring environment enables over 750 children and youth every year to learn and develop the skills they need for life.
We invite you to explore our website to get a sense of our history, our vision and all the programs and activities that we have developed (and continue to develop) that realize our vision every day.
Smiling Land Foundation Donates Van to Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's
The Club was one of two gift recipients in 2011and received a much needed van to assist in allowing members to have more opportunities to get around to a variety of activities.
"With the addition of the new passenger van, Smiling Land Foundation has helped the Club move to the next level of providing quality programs fo rthe kids in our community. Not only will it eliminate transportation as a barrier for a child to attend Club in the critical after school hours, it will also allow us to incorporate more field trip opportunities for all our kids" said Kelly Sandoval, Executive Director. "The positive impact of this will be huge and we are very grateful"
Smiling Land Foundation consists of five ordinary people with extraordinary plans and hearts to match. The Foundation' Board of Directors consists of Paul Sparkes, Jennifer Bishop, Chris Henley, Jen Power, and Tim Powers- all proud Newfoundland & Labradorians who have come together for a common cause- to give back! The Foundation strives to spread Canada's warm and welcoming East Coast culture and spirit through the Rockin' Big Give fundraiser in support of a different Newfoundland & Labrador charity each year. This one-of-a-kind kitchen party held each December in Toronto is guaranteed to provide a unique cultural experience.
Pictured here is Trevor Murphy, Director of Community Partnerships for St. Johnís IceCaps Hockey Club, Anna Patten and Kelly Sandoval, Vice President and Executive Director , Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's. On February 12, 2012, the Club was delighted to receive $5000 from the Ice Caps Cares Foundation. This generous support will go toward our Health and Wellness Programs at Mundy Pond and Buckmaster's Circle.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Club, a sincere thank you to the Kiwanis Club of St. John's for their ongoing support of our programs. Pictured here is Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's Executive Director, Kelly Sandoval and Past President of the Kiwanis Club of St. John's, David Molyneux on June 12th as he presents a cheque for $4000 for the Clubs.
A special thank you to Boston Pizza for supporting the 2011-12 Boy and Girls Club banquets
Weston Bakeries Surpass Fundraising Goal
On February 15th, Weston Bakeries manager, Don Lane (far left) presented a cheque for $5504.00 to Kelly Sandoval, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's. George Weston Ltd and the local Weston Bakeries have been long time supporters of the Club. The Weston Bakeries staff held multiple raffles for donated items which resulted in the most successful initiative to date.
Michael's Stavanger Dr Donates Arts & Crafts Supplies
The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's would like to extend a huge thank you to Michael's Stavanger Dr and it's valued customers. For the month of October customers purchased arts and crafts for our busy arts and crafts programs at the Clubs. Michael's was thrilled to present a huge inventory of much needed supplies for our members. Pictured here in front of a sampling of the generous donations is Michael's manager Ed Hanlon and Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's Executive Director, Kelly Sandoval.
On August 17th, 2012, Baker Hughes hosted it's 10th Annual Charity Golf Tournament in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's at Glendenning. In the 10 years of partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs they have raised in excess of $200,000 . This year's tournament was another successful event with a total of $35,000 raised with the help of Baker Hughes' industry partners and local businesses. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Baker Hughes for their 10 years of commitment to the Club and the children and youth that we serve. Pictured here is Blair Albers- Baker Hughes, Craig Ralph- Baker Hughes, Kelly Sandoval- Executive Director BGC, and Anna Patten- Vice President BGC
On June 15th, the staff of Astra Zeneca came to the Buckmaster's Circle unit as part of their yearly Community Connection Day. We were delighted to welcome them back again this year as they set out to transform our front entrance area into a beautiful garden. This was an ambitious project but the crew of Astra Zeneca worked tirelessly and the results are amazing. Now it is the job of our young member's to help water and care for the new garden and they are happy to do so. Astra Zeneca is a Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada National Sponsor.
Munn Insurance Donates Computers
A big thank you to Munn Insurance who recently donated their gently used computers to the Club. Featured here is C. J Nolan and Adam Nolan with Kelly Sandoval, Executive Director.
Mundy Pond Gets a Makeover
As recipients of the Growing Greener Community Grant from The Home Depot Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's Mundy Pond Unit underwent a kitchen makeover featuring a recycling centre and cabinetry made of recycled materials.
And No Makeover is Complete Without a Fresh Coat of Paint
As part of their Annual Day of Caring initiative, Suncor Energy graciously came to our aid and repainted our kitchen and arts & crafts room making the transformation complete. Featured below are some of the awesome staff who came to help.
United Way Campaign Kickoff 2011
On Friday September 30th The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's Buckmaster's Circle unit was priveledged to host The United Way Campaign Kick off for 2011. United Way is committed to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. Corporate sponsors whose employees give to United Way through payroll deductions were just some of the attendees who came to enjoy the kick off bbq. The Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's is just one of many local non profits who benefit from this support. Featured here is Tammy Davis, United Way Executive Director presenting a cheque for $13,000 to Kelly Sandoval, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. John's along with Kyle Hennessey, Recreation Coordinator at Boys and Girls Club's Mundy Pond unit and the event's impact speaker.
The Cup Stops Here
The morning of Tuesday, August 20th started like any other day but the children and youth from our Mundy Pond and Buckmaster's Circle Summer Day Camps were about to get the experience of a lifetime for any hockey fan. Before Michael Ryder was scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to his home town of Bonavista for thousands to see, he made a surprise visit to the Boys and Girls Clubs to say hello. The visit was kept under wraps so the surprise and excitement in the room when Mr. Ryder and the Stanley Cup made their entrance was palpable. Also in attendance were other camps from the community, Camp Sport Explore and Buckmaster's Circle Community Centre. This was a memorable way to end the Summer Day Camp season for everyone!