Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex Receives Accreditation
May 12, 2011
Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor Essex has been granted Accreditation having successfully met the review standards outlined by the national governing body, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC). As a measure to continually ensure maximum child safety and the pursuit of organizational excellence Big Brothers Big Sisters introduced a review process for its member agencies more than twenty-five years ago and has most recently evolved this process into the national Accreditation program. The national Accreditation program is conducted by professionally trained reviewers who must complete Accreditation training given by 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 within the BBBSC organization is Accredited every five years. Agencies also participate in a mid-term evaluation as an interim measure ensuring adherence to national standards.
“We’re thrilled to be a member of such a renowned national organization and proud of our ability to offer quality mentoring programs to the children of Windsor-Essex”, said Executive Director John Sutton. “Achieving Accreditation is a testament to the hard work of our Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers who consistently put the needs of kids first”, Sutton declared.
”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 they need to know that they are doing a good job and that they are doing the right things,” states Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. “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.”
BBBS Windsor Essex has been serving our community for more than 45 years. It is committed to serving children and youth by providing them with quality mentoring relationships with volunteers. They are currently serving over 350 children.