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Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition

MOUNT FOREST - Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Wellington was granted accreditation last week for successfully meeting the review standards outlined by the national governing body, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC).

As a measure to ensure maximum child safety and the pursuit of organizational excellence Big Brothers Big Sisters introduced a review process for its member agencies more than 25 years ago and has most recently turned that process into the national accreditation program.

It is conducted by professionally trained reviewers who must complete accreditation training from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. 

The accreditation certificate is granted upon approval of agency practices in the areas of child safety, service delivery, and organizational excellence.  Organizational excellence includes a consultative process with agency volunteers, parents and board members, assurance of sound fiscal management practices, and agency strategic planning.

Each agency in the BBBSC organization is studied every five years. Agencies also participate in a mid-term evaluation as an interim measure ensuring adherence to national standards.

“Although this process is time consuming and seems onerous; it is our responsibility as a child serving agency to guarantee their safety and well being, always,” said Marnie Mainland, executive director of BBBS of North Wellington. “We are proud to be part of such a reputable National organization.”  

Bruce MacDonald, president  of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada said, “This accreditation program is critical as we move forward in our efforts to reach and support more children.

The program provides the local agency with the information and assurance that its officers need to know that they are doing a good job and that they are doing the right things.

 “The national strategic plan has outlined an ambitious goal of serving 100,000 children by 2013; our accreditation program has a direct and positive impact towards achieving the strategic goal.”

The local group has been serving the community for more than 35 years.  It is currently serving 76 children.

January 13, 2012


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