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.

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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.

Our Mission

To foster, facilitate, and support

Our Vision

We see a future in Ottawa where all children have access to a mentor when they need one.

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
Tina Hill President Hill ADR Solutions
James Sliter Past President RBC Royal Bank
Timon LeDain Vice-President Macadamian Technologies
Michael Laurie Member at Large Ministry of Education
Cindy Melville Treasurer
Emily Villeneuve Secretary Augustine Bater Binks
Jason Neubauer Member at Large Crown Attorney’s Office
Becky Rossi Member at Large
Jacob Tummon Member at Large Environment Canada
Ilan Yampolsky Member at Large Skate Canada
Sloane Mask Member at Large
Michael R. Foster Director, Internal Audit Canadian Blood Services
James Puddicombe Member at Large
Carl Cartwright Member at Large Ottawa Police Services
Paul Willets Member at Large
Mitchell E. Kutney Member at Large
Cindy McGann Member at Large


Read our 2011 – 2014 Strategic Plan for more information.

Annual Report

Read the 2016 BBBSO Annual Report.

Audited Financial Statements

Financial statements of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa