Ready, set...reconnect, with Best Buy's BIG Reunion!

    Best Buy continues its support of Big Brothers Big Sisters with a new
    initiative reconnecting long lost "Bigs" and "Littles"

    OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW/ - The chance for past Big Brothers Big Sisters
mentors to reconnect with long lost "Littles" is just a click away! Would you
like to know what your Big or Little is doing today? Have you ever thought of
reuniting with your former Big or Little, but were not sure how to go about
it? Throughout the month of July, former Bigs and Littles are encouraged to
visit Best Buy's BIG Reunion website at and register
with Big Brothers Big Sisters ALUMNI. Once registered, alumni members will
have the opportunity to complete an online Reconnection Request and
participate in Best Buy's BIG Reunion.
    BBBS ALUMNI is a national program dedicated to reconnecting thousands of
past and current Bigs and Littles. Those who register with the program between
July 1 and July 31, 2008 will receive a $20 Best Buy gift card.
    "Best Buy is thrilled to continue its commitment to Big Brothers Big
Sisters and recognizes the importance to the organization of reconnecting with
Alumni," said Loveena Chera, director of marketing, Best Buy. "We are excited
to offer an incentive for Alumni registration and to be able to provide
reconnected Bigs and Littles with the technology to keep these long lost
friends in touch."
    Continuing its multi-faceted support of BBBS and its member agencies,
Best Buy is sponsoring the reconnection of former Bigs and Littles through
Best Buy's BIG Reunion. Best Buy will also give up to three reunited pairs a
Best Buy Reconnection Grand Prize technology package which includes: a laptop
computer, webcam, digital camera and more.
    "Best Buy's support of Big Brothers Big Sisters ALUMNI has been
instrumental in our goal of reconnecting with our thousands of past volunteers
and supporters," said Monika Paquette, alumni director, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Canada. "Best Buy's BIG Reunion will allow us the opportunity to
recognize and potentially reunite with our Bigs and Littles, and thank them
for the difference they have made through mentorship."
    Jaime, A Big Sister from Ottawa shares her thoughts on her involvement
with BBBS:
    "Everyone asks me if I think I've made an impact on her life and without
a doubt I have, but just as importantly she has made an impact on my life. She
has increased my self esteem and has made me a better person - I love her."

    About Best Buy

    Best Buy stores in Canada are a division of Burnaby, BC-based Best Buy
Canada Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:  BBY). Best
Buy is Canada's fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer
( of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment
software and also operates the Geek Squad ( There are
currently 51 stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba,
Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
    Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest
technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure
(non-commissioned) sales environment. The Company is committed to kids and
communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their
skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.
    For more information about Best Buy, including store locations, visit

    About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the nation's leading youth
mentoring agency, offering the Big Brothers and Big Sisters and a host of
other innovative mentoring programs, including In-School Mentoring and group
programs like Go Girls! Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Canada has 150 member agencies in over 1,000 communities across the
country providing mentoring services to more than 24,312 children. For more
information visit

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For further information: Sarah Jennings, (416) 848-1709,

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