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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

NATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada



IMPORTANT: Instructions for filling out the questionnaire

Please respond to the questions below, and return to us by June 11, 2004.

Please provide a specific response to each question. You may send us additional information. However, evasive answers which do not address the questions, or failure to reply, will be considered as indications of non-support.
If you have any questions, please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada at 905-639-0461.

Please return by e-mail to buildinginfluence@bbbsc.ca

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Question 1

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) provides a range of quality one-to-one mentoring programs to children and youth across the country.

Matching adult volunteer mentors with youth can have a positive and lasting impact on the life of a child. A growing body of research supports the notion that mentoring is more than just a nice service; it is essential to the healthy development of at-risk youth:
• 78% of former Little Brothers who came from a social assistance background do not rely on social assistance as adults
• Little Brothers and Little Sisters were found to be 46% less likely to initiate drug use than children studied in the control group
• Little Brothers and Little Sisters were found to be 27% less likely to initiate alcohol use than children studied in the control group
• Over 80% of former Little Brothers attained at least a secondary school diploma, compared to 60% of other people in their own age group

Do you agree that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) has the proven experience and expertise to be included in consultations on policy and program initiatives affecting children in Canada

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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Question 2

BBBSC gratefully acknowledges the program and operational support of the following federal Ministries: Human Resources Development Canada, Health Canada, Heritage Canada, and Justice. Each has made an important contribution to BBBSC’s ability to meet its aggressive targets for service growth, research and program development, and sustained organizational strength.

However, demographic and policy changes are resulting in an exponential increase in both the need and demand for effective mentoring programs.

a) Do you agree that the Government of Canada has an important role to play in supporting the voluntary sector?

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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b) Do you agree that the Government of Canada has an important role to play in supporting BBBSC?

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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c) Will you advocate for enhanced financial assistance to such proven leaders in children’s services as BBBSC?

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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Question 3

In the voluntary sector today, it is unlikely that there are any issues more pressing, and with the potential for greater negative impact, than the issues of liability and access to appropriate insurance coverage. Service delivery organizations (particularly those focused on children and youth) are having an increasingly difficult time finding adequate and/or affordable insurance coverage. If this trend continues, there is a strong likelihood that organizations that provide necessary community-based services will be forced to close.

BBBSC has not had an award of damages in our 90 years of service in Canada, and yet we are in imminent danger of losing most of our insurance coverage.

Do you believe that the federal government has an important role to play in ensuring the viability of the voluntary sector by working with the insurance industry to safeguard accessible and affordable insurance for the sector?

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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Question 4

BBBSC has 170 member agencies across the country, currently serving 18,500 children in over 300 communities. While each must adhere to stringent national standards with respect to child safety, volunteer screening, and monitoring, each agency is registered as a separate charitable organization with its own Board, staff, volunteers, and its own range of regionally appropriate one-to-one mentoring programs.

a) Do you know whether there is a Big Brothers agency, Big Sisters agency or Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in your riding and, if so, what is its name?

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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b) If there is an agency in your riding would you be interested in helping in local initiatives related to fund- and/or awareness raising

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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Question 5

Have you been involved with a Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in the past? If yes, which agency? Were you a Big Brother, Big Sister, Little Brother, Little Sister, Board member, staff, or a volunteer?

( ) YES

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( ) NO

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If you have been associated with BBBSC in the past, please join our ALUMNI association.
Just go to www.bbbsc.ca and click on the “Alumni” link to register.

Thank you for your continued support!