Skip to content

Big Brothers will light up the sky Monday — including New West City Hall

The teal light-up event hopes to encourage more volunteers to mentor youth in New Westminster.
City hall1
New Westminster City Hall will be lit up teal Monday night, Sept. 18.

If you think you're seeing teal at New Westminster City Hall Monday night, don't worry, you haven't time travelled back to the 1990s.

The civic facility will be among dozens of landmarks around Metro Vancouver that will be aglow for Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Sept. 18.

Other prominent sites include the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC Place and the sails at Canada Place, as well as Science World, which will rejoin the light-up party after being left in the dark last year because of maintenance.

It's the first year the event has spread beyond Vancouver.

In a news release, the organization said it hopes the mass lighting will raise awareness of Brig Brothers and Big Sisters programs and perhaps spark interest from new volunteers to mentor more than 700 youth in New Westminster, Burnaby, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Delta, White Rock and North Shore.

"There are hundreds of children who could greatly benefit from a mentor, if they had one," said Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) spokesperson Rosa Higgins.

She added the need has become particularly acute since the pandemic; prior to 2020 it helped more than 1,000 children annually.

For more information about volunteering, go to the BBGV website.