As you may be aware, individuals approved as volunteers (Bigs) have a two-fold duty to perform. First, each volunteer must be a person of mature character who can provide friendship to a girl or boy (Little Sister or Brother) in his or her role as a mentor. Secondly, they must be willing to co-operate with the agency and meet the high standards of supervision and accountability established by National Standards and Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa.

In order to select appropriate candidates, a police check and references from reliable and responsible person are obtained and an interview is conducted before accepting an individual.

Your name has been provided as a reference and we would appreciate you help in determining his/her qualities for this important role. Applicants must submit a family, character and employment/volunteer reference. Additionally applicants who identify any previous volunteer experience (including vulnerable sector), are asked to submit contact information so that we may contact the organization as a reference.

Please download the brief questionnaire for you to complete and return as soon as possible. All information you provide is very much appreciated and will remain confidential. Please remember to sign/type you name and date at the bottom of the form.

You can return the questionnaire via fax (613.247.2240) or email at

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at