At 15 years old, Tenille started the first ever Big Hearts For Big Kids in 2010, after hearing about the number of kids her age, in her hometown, who were turning to the local youth shelter, The Sunrise House.
The day of the first event, the shelter director came to Tenille in tears, explaining that the shelter had to be shut down due to lack of funding. But the event continued, and that evening, raised over $30,000 and a momentum of community spirit that has made it possible for Big Hearts For Big Kids to substantially grow.
A year and a half after the first event in 2010, the Sunrise House was fully renovated, re-staffed, and re-opened, available for the youth in need in northern Alberta.
Since re-opening, The Sunrise House has served over 6000 bed nights.
In 7 years of Big Hearts For Big Kids, thanks to every volunteer, committee member, sponsor, artist, and community member who believed in and attended the event, we have raised over $1,000,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society.
History of years:
2010 - Over $30,000
2011 - Over $60,000
2012 - Over $104,000
2013 - Over $160,000
2014 - Over $195,000
2015 - Over $225,000
2016 - Over $225,000
Tenille is a recipient of the Queen’s Gold & Diamond Jubilee Medals, a two time Association of Country Music in Alberta’s Fan’s Choice, and was the youngest ever recipient for the 2012 CCMA Slaight Music Humanitarian Award. Her concert fundraiser, Big Hearts For Big Kids, has raised over $1,000,000 in seven years for her hometown youth shelter, and her school tour, Play it Forward, reached over 35,000 kids across Canada in 2012 & 2013. Over the past year, Tenille has been focused on songwriting, travelling back and forth from Nashville, and is looking forward to launching new music soon!