Who We Are

Serving Our Youth

BGC Cornwall/SDG is a safe, fun and supervised place where children and youth from all cultural and economic backgrounds, can participate in social, recreational and educational programs that are designed to enhance growth, personal development, and potential.

At BGC Cornwall/SDG, we recognize that every child has the ability, potential, and skills to fulfill their individual dreams. Unfortunately, many kids do not see this potential in themselves. Our programs are organized by qualified staff and volunteers and take a child-focused approach to help develop self-esteem, cultural awareness, confidence, behaviors of healthy living and a desire to become positive members of our community. Our staff and volunteers are positive role models who encourage and motivate our members towards a more independent, gratifying, and successful life. BGC Cornwall/SDG provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. 

Opportunity Changes Everything

Our History

1900: A safe place to play

A group of concerned local citizens in Saint John, New Brunswick set up a “public playground movement” to provide a safe place for children to play, in particular boys from disadvantaged circumstances who had no place to go after school. Originally established as the “Every Day Club,” it was later named The East End Boys Club of Saint John, the first Boys Club in Canada.


1929: Officially established

In 1929, the Boys’ Club Federation of Canada was officially established by Vernon McAdam, the first National Executive Director. In 1947, the organization was renamed Boys’ Clubs of Canada, and a year later was recognized by the Canadian government as a national nonprofit. In 1974, to reflect the growing number of young girls participating in Club programs, the organization changed its name to “Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada”.


2021: Meet BGC

In March 2021, Boys of Girls Clubs of Canada became BGC Canada. Clubs across the country open their doors to all kids and teens, and our name should reflect that. The brand refresh embraces that we serve young people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities. Removing gender from our name modernizes the BGC brand and echoes the inclusive practices we’re known for without straying too far from our history and national brand awareness.


Today: In communities nationwide

The need is still great for the vital educational, recreational, and skills development programs and services BGC Clubs offer in communities nationwide. In small and large cities, and rural and Indigenous communities, Clubs continue to help young people overcome barriers, form positive relationships, and mature into responsible, caring adults.