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 develop, facilitate, and support mentoring programs for children and youth. To lead,
collaborate, and educate our community in mentoring best practices.

Our Vision

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
James Puddicombe Vice-President St. Lawrence College
Michel Collette Treasurer National Capital Commission
Timon Ledain Co-Secretary Macadamian Technologies
Cindy McGann Co-Secretary ProntoForms Inc.
Michael R. Foster Member at Large Ottawa Blood Services
Carl Cartright Member at Large Ottawa Police Service
Paul Willets Member at Large Vey Willets LLP
Mitchell Kutney Member at Large Bruyere
Mitchell Carkner Member at Large IBM Canada
Dr. Rana Pishva Member at Large Ottawa Centre for Resilience
Norah Marsh Member at Large EQAO
Jessica Ripley Member at Large Ottawa Police Service


Read our 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan for more information.

Annual Reports

Read BBBSO’s Annual Reports.

Audited Financial Statements

Financial statements of Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa

To see Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa’s CRA reporting click here.