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High Five Accreditation

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Kinbridge has been working toward becoming an accredited High Five Organization over the last few months!

Across Canada, HIGH FIVE is trusted to help people and organizations make a difference in over 1 million children’s lives annually, giving them ‘the best way to playTM’.

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s only comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs. Founded in 2001 by Parks and Recreation Ontario, HIGH FIVE offers a holistic approach to healthy child development, based in years of research, validated by experts in related fields.

HIGH FIVE maintains a vision that, through sustained involvement in quality sport, recreation and physical activities, all children are experiencing healthy child development. To accomplish this, we work with over 400 HIGH FIVE Registered and Accredited Organizations to ensure that they develop a high level of expertise in child development and are equipped with tools for enhancing and maintaining a high level of program quality. HIGH FIVE also provides parents across the country with a recognizable mark of quality when looking for a program in which to enroll their children.

HIGH FIVE holds true to the following five Principles of healthy child development that the research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids:

  • A Caring Adult
  • Friends
  • Play
  • Mastery
  • Participation

HIGH FIVE empowers organizations to provide the best possible experiences for children in their programs through the active application of these five Principles. Together with our network of national delivery partners, HIGH FIVE strives to have a positive and long lasting impact on children’s lives through healthy child development. We do this by maintaining a quality standard in children’s programs across Canada through research-based training, scientifically-validated assessment tools and advocacy.

HIGH FIVE’s proprietary approach is built on a Quality Framework, consisting of:

  • Training and Development for staff working in children’s programs
  • Program Assessments using the scientifically-validated QUEST 2 Tool
  • Establishing Policies and Procedures to manage risk through QUEST 1
  • Creating Awareness for parents of the benefits of high quality programs for kids

Each component of the Quality Framework works proactively with the rest to create an all-encompassing strategy of quality assurance which, when implemented consistently over time, has been proven to ensure that children age 6 to 12 have positive experiences in programs. This has the tangible outcome of retaining the child’s interest in remaining active.

Simply put, quality experiences at play mean that kids will come back for more.

HIGH FIVE works because of its comprehensive, evidence-based approach to positive experiences for kids. Through the use of HIGH FIVE tools, like QUEST 2, quality becomes measurable, quantifiable and attainable. Organizations can identify areas for improvement with confidence, program satisfaction is increased and organizations enjoy the benefits of meeting an increasing demand for quality assurance certification.

HIGH FIVE matters because kids excel in life through positive experiences. Through our national network of delivery partners, we are able to address societal challenges like children’s mental health and physical inactivity while educating practitioners on the cognitive, social and emotional needs of kids.

Meet Joe-Ann

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_DSC8938Joe-Ann McComb is the Executive Director of Kinbridge Community Association for the past 11 years. Joe-Ann passionately engages community in creating a neighbourhood of belonging.

Joe-Ann leads a team who actively engages and empowers community through positive relationship building and the facilitation of programs and services that embrace equity, inclusion and diversity. Her volunteerism and professional career in the nonprofit sector gives her 30 years of experience committed to community development with all ages from pre-birth to seniors, meeting people where they are at. Joe-Ann holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University specializing in Therapeutic Recreation and Community Development. She was a National Trainer for Families and Schools Together Canada and a graduate of the pilot “Certificate in Senior Management and Leadership” through Conestoga College.

As a senior leader and Board member in social service and recreation organizations, Joe-Ann is continually motivated by the creative solutions of individuals and communities when they work together. Her Board service include Family and Children Services including term as President and the Alliance for Children and Youth including term as Vice Chair. Joe-Ann is excited to continue engaging and learning alongside people to create a space where everyone can belong.

 

Areas of Expertise: Community Development; Nonprofit Organization Leadership; Building Networks, Relationships and Capacity.

Young Philanthropy

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leadershipMeet Haedin, one of KCAs youngest and most dedicated volunteers. His compassion and passion for giving back to the community can be seen in the many events and programs he assists in. From picking up litter in our annual Earth Day event, serving food at our Volunteer Recognition dinner, helping decorate the hall for Breakfast with Santa, serving hot dogs at our Bike Rodeo or just playing outside with local youth, Haedin can always be counted on for a smile and good attitude.

This past Halloween Haedin asked his mother “…instead of buying candy to give out to kids at home could they buy candy for the community centres to give out…” which his mother happily obliged. Staff were able to make enough bags of candy to give out to all the local kids who visit the centres.

Thank you Haedin.

KCA Youth Champion

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abdul1Abdul was recognized as the 2016 Youth Volunteer of the Year in the Southwood Neighbourhood. He is such a positive asset for our Youth Committee.  Abdul is friendly, punctual and willing to pitch in wherever he is needed.  We look forward to work with you and endless supply of amazing ideas. Thank you Abdul!

The Amazing Balloon Artist

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balloonChris is a local literary enthusiast who lives in the area of Southwood Resource Centre. While visiting SRC the first time he had the opportunity to help staff with after school snack. While chatting and mingling with many of our local youth Chris was hooked into the beauty and diversity of the centre and our neighbors and has been an avid volunteer ever since.

Using his artistic talents to bring joy to the faces of young and old, Chris comes to the centre with pockets of balloons and creative genius. As large crowds of children form around him you can see the happiness this chaotic event creates for all who are there. I am pretty sure most of us here can now proudly announce we can create a balloon sword from our lessons with Chris.

Thank you Chris!

Freezie’s for Everyone!

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John is a friendly volunteer with KCA who donated his time assisting us with some heavier maintenance we needed in our Southwood Resource Centre. On one afternoon while here it was incredibly hot and humid in our centre and outside. He noticed all the children who played inside and outside of our community centre and shared in helping staff hand out snacks to the many kids who come in.

John went home that eve and shared his heartwarming and fun afternoon with his sister Teresa, a local school teacher in the City of Cambridge. They decided it would be a great opportunity for them to help out. John and Teresa purchased and donated enough freezies to last an entire summer in both of our resource centres to help our young friends keep cool on our hot and humid days.

Thank you John and Teresa.