Big Brothers Big Sisters turns 100

Getting Higher Choir performs at celebration

A century ago in Toronto, Big Brothers Big Sisters began matching young people with volunteer adult mentors and since that time, the organization has branched out to 1000 communities across Canada. Victoria celebrates the centennial Jan. 15 at the Greater Victoria Public Library, central branch, from 2 until 3:30 p.m.

The event will include a performance by the Getting Higher Choir and a giveaway of free children’s books. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria has been in Victoria for 33 years. In 2012, 690 children and youth across the capital region were matched with a trained mentor to help build resiliency, confidence and self-esteem.