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Weston CI Best Buddies Program among top 25 in Canada

Weston CI Best Buddies Program among top 25 in Canada

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

The Best Buddies Program at Weston CI has been chosen as one of the top 25 programs of its kind in the country. Led by Child and Youth Worker Nancy Marshall, the Weston Best Buddies team supports meaningful friendships and leadership opportunities for students. 

Steven Pinnock, Executive Director of Best Buddies Canada, visited the school on February 11 to present the award for going beyond the expectations of the program. “Promoting inclusion and friendship for students with special needs is very important in all schools,” he said, lauding staff for “an incredible job running Best Buddies at (Weston).”  

“Since the Best Buddies program first began at Weston CI in 2010, we have seen an incredible difference in the atmosphere of the school,” said Special Education Assistant Curriculum Leader Cristina Marques. “Our students on the Autism Spectrum report they feel safe, included and happy in our school environment.” 

The program sees students with exceptionalities paired with other students at the school for a period of one year.  The buddies keep in touch throughout the year, meeting regularly for various activities. The friendships formed enhance the lives of all involved and help to build acceptance in the school and in the community.

There are some 450 Best Buddies chapters nationwide.

 

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