Best Buddies-Vrais Copains Canada

Service: Ottawa Chapters

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Description and Services
Description (Service) National charitable organization facilitating meaningful friendships between people with intellectual disabilities or Autism and students. 
 
Students and people with intellectual disabilities are matched in one-to-one friendships based on their interests and spend time enjoying experiences most people take for granted, like going for coffee, watching a movie or simply enjoying the company of a friend. 
 
There are more than 425 Best Buddies chapters at elementary and middle schools, high schools, universities, and colleges across the country. * Volunteer-led, students both with and without intellectual disabilities are involved in running the program and develop their leadership skills.
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Dates Year-round, based on the academic calendar.
Areas Served Frontenac County ; Hastings County ; Lanark County ; Leeds and Grenville United Counties ; Lennox and Addington County ; Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Prince Edward County ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
Eligibility Ages: 7 year(s) - 65 year(s) 
 
* Elementary, middle, and high schools: Students with and without special needs participate together from within their school 
* University and college level: Students are matched with adults with intellectual disabilities or Autism through a partnering community organization * must be able to form a socially appropriate and mutually enriching friendship
Application Registration is available online. To participate, students get involved in their school group of Best Buddies 
 
Adults with intellectual disabilities or Autism join the program through the partner community agencies (for the University/College program).
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Buddy Programs ~ Developmental Disabilities
Waiting List At times, depending on the chapter.
Contact Information
Office Phone Toll free 1-888-779-0061
Fax 416-531-0325
E-Mail info@bestbuddies.ca
Website www.bestbuddies.ca
Social Media Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube
Primary Contact Ethel Maamo, Program Manager; Email: ethelm@bestbuddies.ca
Alternate Contact Steven Pinnock, Executive Director; Phone: 416-531-0003; Email: sp@bestbuddies.ca
Primary Executive Steven Pinnock, Executive Director; Phone: 416-531-0003; Email: sp@bestbuddies.ca
Names
Legal Name Best Buddies of Canada
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Eastern Ontario
Address & Map
Mailing Address 1243 Islington Ave, Ste 907 
Toronto, ON M8X 1Y9
Physical Access Not Applicable
Other Details
Established 1995
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 895300861 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Available upon request
Resources Website, social media
Accreditation No

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