Annual Signature Events

Pink Shirt Day

Date: February
Location: All BGC locations, participating schools, and community workplaces

Join the movement against bullying by participating in our empowering Pink Shirt Day. On this day, wear a pink shirt and stand up for kindness and inclusivity. Through engaging awareness campaigns and educational activities, we foster a culture of respect and compassion. All proceeds from the sales of the campaign fund anti-bullying and positive mentoring programs for over 3,000 local children and youth every year.

Your involvement in this event helps us create a safe and supportive, bully-free environment for thousands of local children and youth!

Pink Shirt Day means that you are nice to each other and to never be mean

A., 6 years old

Pink Shirt Day is very important to me because I was bullied for 8 years. So when I see someone getting bullied I feel like I should help them. I wear a pink shirt to support and help people who are getting bullied around the world.

O., 12 years old

To me, Pink Shirt Day means a safe place. I feel like we can speak our opinions at the Club and people listen. When I was going through a rough time, the Club was there for me. So I just kept coming, and have been here for four years. The Club is my second home.

P., 17 year old youth

McClement Family Charity Golf Classic

Date: July 11, 2024
Location: Smugglers Glen Golf Course

Spend the day with us at Smuggler’s Glen Golf Course! Help us fundraise for the McClement Family Sports League at BGC South East. BGC offers free sports programming for 500 local youth, removing barriers to access and providing life-changing opportunities. BGC Sports Leagues develop beyond sports skills, and support youth well-being and leadership, confidence, and sense of belonging. All abilities are welcomed in our safe, supportive environment. 

Making a Difference Speaker Series

Prepare to be inspired at our signature Making a Difference Speaker Series. Join us for a formal evening featuring a keynote speaker, annually delivered by an accomplished individual who has made a significant impact in their respective fields. Gain valuable insights, discover stories of resilience, and learn about the power of positive change.

Proceeds from the gala fund the Speaker Series, Youth Edition, which provides over 1,000 local high-school youth with a life-changing presentation from a highlight speaker every year.

By participating in this event, you contribute to empowering and uplifting youth in our community.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Date: August
Location: Lake Ontario Park

Get ready for a heartwarming experience at the community-loved Teddy Bear Picnic! Gather your loved ones and bring your cherished teddy bears for a delightful family day at the park.

Participate in lively games, exciting activities, and share the joy of creating lasting memories. Every contribution made during this event supports Big Brothers Big Sisters free mentoring programs for hundreds of children and youth facing adversities.

For more information and to get involved with our events, please connect with our Partnerships and/or Events staff!