Ottawa’s Longest-Standing Children’s Charities
Since 1970, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa has been creating strong relationships between Bigs and Littles. We’re incredibly proud of how we’ve been able to grow to offer a variety of programs for all children. By changing the course of young lives, we know that we can change the course of a community’s future.
Mentors in our programs are role models that teach by example. The importance of giving and giving back, education, respect for family, peers, and the community are all taught through these life-changing friendships.
The transformation of a child into a confident, concerned, and motivated young person is truly something amazing. Our staff and volunteers take incredible pride in not only the role they play, but in how these children step into their own.
As a national organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada is the country’s leading child and youth mentoring charity. For one hundred years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has used mentoring programs to make a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s youth. Life-changing relationships enable and empower children and youth to reach their potential as individuals and citizens. Over 42,000 children and youth were mentored in 2016.
Our Vision and Mission
All Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa programs and initiatives strive to further our goals for the children and youth of our city.
To develop, facilitate, and support mentoring programs for children and youth. To lead,
collaborate, and educate our community in mentoring best practices.
That well-being and positive development are achieved for all children and youth.
Our Commitment to Diversity
At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, our commitment to diversity is our promise to each other, and the communities we serve as a proud member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada family. We strive to reach out to and welcome every child, mentor, volunteer, and staff person so that we can support, strengthen, benefit from, and contribute to the richness and complexity that is Canada. We are committed to being an inclusive group where differences are valued and respected in everything that we do. By always staying true to these principles, we enrich ourselves and the lives of those we are dedicated to serving.
Board of Directors
|Name||Position on the Board||Role in Community|
|Susan Ingram||Executive Director||BBBSO|
|Emily Villeneuve||President||Transport Canada|
|Tina Hill||Past President||Greenspon Granger Hill Lawyers|
|Jamie Puddicombe||Vice-President||St. Lawrence College|
|Cindy Melville||Treasurer||Private Sector|
|Timon Ledain||Co-Secretary||Macadamian Technologies|
|Cindy McGann||Co-Secretary||ProntoForms Inc.|
|James Sliter||Member at Large||RBC Royal Bank|
|Carl Cartright||Member at Large||Ottawa Police Service|
|Michael R. Foster||Member at Large||Ottawa Blood Services|
|Mitchell Kutney||Member at Large||Bruyere|
|Paul Willets||Member at Large||Vey Willets LLP|
|Mitchell Carkner||Member at Large||IBM Canada|
|Dr. Rana Pishva||Member at Large||Ottawa Centre for Resilience|
|Michel Collette||Member at Large||National Captial Commission|
|Norah Marsh||Member at Large||EQAO|
Read our 2011 – 2014 Strategic Plan for more information.
Read BBBSO’s Annual Reports.
Audited Financial Statements
Financial statements of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa