Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley has been granted accreditation after 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 25 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.
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.
"It is important to us to know we provide the best and safest mentoring program that we can-for both families and volunteers. Our national standards and the accreditation program including the regular reflection and review that is included help to create that safety. It guides us as governors and our staff in their practice with volunteers and families," said Daniel Sorensen, board chair.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fraser Valley has been operating for 44 years and served 440 children in 2012.