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Agency Receives National Accreditation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Eastern Newfoundland Receives Accreditation St. John’s, NL – Today Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland was 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.

“The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada Accreditation Program ensures that not only are Standards being met, but that the services delivered are done so at the highest level of quality.” says Nancy Snedden, Chair of the Board. “I would like to extend a huge congratulations to our Executive Director, Kelly Leach, and to all the staff for their immense contributions not only to this crucial process, but for the amazing work they do every day in supporting the youth in our community. After a thorough review of our standards, policies and practices, we are given something much more than being an accredited agency, it is a testimony of our position as the premier mentoring agency in Newfoundland - one who truly takes pride in the services we provide and the smiles we bring to those children, families and volunteers who are a part of our organization.”

”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 of Eastern Newfoundland ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­has been serving the community for more than 35 years. It is committed to serving children and youth by providing them with quality mentoring relationships with volunteers. We are currently serving over 400 children annually.