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Accreditation 2014

 For Immediate Release                                                                                         Date: November 17, 2014

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region Receives Accreditation

Kamloops, B.C. In November, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region was granted Accreditation for having successfully met the review standards outlined by the national governing body, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC).   To continually ensure maximum child safety and the pursuit of organizational excellence, the Big Brothers Big Sisters review process for its member agencies has been in existence for more than 25 years.

The national Accreditation program is conducted by professionally trained reviewers who must complete Accreditation training given by BBBSC. 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, and offers 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.

For 50 years we have enriched the lives of local children and families through the power of volunteer-based mentoring.” says Jean McLean, the President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region. The Accreditation program is an important part of our development as a trusted and recognized charity, as the peer review process helps our staff and volunteers meet best practices in non-profit management and in the safe and effective delivery of personalized mentoring services.

The Accreditation program continues to be a critical element of ensuring both the highest standards of program quality for children and young people as well as the professional management of all local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies states Steve Jones, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.  As we strive to serve even more young people in quality mentoring relationships in the future, having open and transparent accountability systems will be important for community leaders, volunteers, funders and families as they entrust their time, money and above all, children to our organization.’

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region has been serving Kamloops and surrounding communities for more than 50 years and is committed to serving children and youth by providing them with quality mentoring relationships with volunteers. They are currently serving almost 400 children each year with the help of more than 300 volunteers.

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For more information please contact:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops & Region

Name: Ian Gerbrandt Position: Executive Director Phone: 250-374-6134

Email: ian.gerbrandt@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca