Here is my gift to you for the New Year. Everybody needs a buddy! Happy New Year!
Best Buddies – Vrais Copains Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to enhancing our communities through one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and students. Best Buddies is grounded in the belief that friendship is important to the development of everyone and that for all people with intellectual disabilities friendship is a medium through which they can become a part of their communities.
Why Support Best Buddies? Everybody Wins!
Buddies: For a person with an intellectual disability, friendship helps to ease the isolation, disempowerment or loneliness that often deepens the challenges that he or she faces daily. By having a student friend, Buddies are able to explore their world with a peer who brings empathy, laughter and support.
One Buddy at each chapter becomes a part of the Chapter Executive and assumes the role of the Buddy Advocate. Their special role within the chapter is often their first opportunity to be in a leadership role, and the confidence they gain provides a platform for personal growth.
The years from the beginning of high school to the end of university are impressionable ones. Students are often exploring their volunteer role in their communities for the first time. The Best Buddies program allows them to contribute to the community and promote a sense of belonging. A positive volunteering experience may foster a life-long commitment to volunteering and community service. As well, social interaction with people with intellectual disabilities can dramatically change attitudes and help understand the diversity of people and talents within the community.
With nearly 900,000 Canadians with an intellectual disability, many families face the challenge of caring for a family member with special needs. The Best Buddies program provides a safe and caring way for individuals with intellectual disabilities to become more independent, and enjoy the benefits of a special friendship which extends beyond their family members and paid care providers. Read all.