Liz O’Neill began her career at the Department of Secretary of State in youth policy and programming and then became the Field Director of Youth Services for the Ontario Youth Secretariat. In 1979 Liz became the Executive Director of then Big Sisters of Edmonton. The agency at that time served 50 children with a budget of $60,000. In 1991 Big Sisters and Big Brothers merged and created Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area.
In 2011, Big Brothers Big Sisters merged with Boys and Girls Clubs of Edmonton to create Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters, the first amalgamation of its kind in North America. Today the agency has over 3,000 volunteers, serves over 5,300 children and youth, has a staff of 125 and a budget of just over $7.5 Million.
Liz is currently the Co Chair of the Alberta Mentoring Partnership, a member of the Edmonton Community Foundation and a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada National Strategic Planning Committee. Liz has served on numerous local, regional, provincial and national boards over the years.
Liz received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Social Services and was named a Women of Vision by Global TV. Liz received the Government of Canada 125th Anniversary Medal for Community Service as well as the Alberta Centennial Medal for Community Service. In 2010, she was named the Dr. Charles Allard Chair in Business from MacEwan. Liz was also awarded an Excellence in Community Service Award from Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Edmonton and was inducted into the City of Edmonton’s Community Service Hall of Fame. In 2016, Liz received an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta.
Boys and Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area has for decades explored from time to time the concept of a retirement plan for staff in the not-for-profit sector, and while there was always interest, carving out time to develop the concept was never possible. We are pleased to support the work of Common Good in the exploration and development of a retirement plan for the sector and look forward to working with you to bring this important benefit to those that work so hard to meet the needs of families and communities across this country.