High Schools

Best Buddies Canada launched its high school program in the fall of 2002. By matching high school students with their peers who have intellectual disabilities, we improve the quality of life for all involved.

What role can you play in Best Buddies?

The positions available to you as a High School Student:

Chapter President

A high school student responsible for the leadership of the chapter; tasks include the administration, delegation of responsibility and recruitment of volunteers with the goal of establishing a strong chapter.

Executive Member

A Peer Buddy who helps the Chapter President to lead, organize and maintain a Best Buddies chapter at his/her high school. An Executive Member has a specific role within the Chapter Leadership Team, for example, Fundraising Coordinator, Social Media Coordinator or Recruitment Coordinator.

Buddy Advocate

A student with an intellectual disability responsible for assisting the Chapter President with the leadership of the chapter, with the goal of establishing a strong chapter.


A student with an intellectual disability who is a member of a Best Buddies chapter who is paired with a high school student in a one-to-one friendship. Buddies call their “Peer Buddies” on the telephone once per week, and see them every two weeks.

Peer Buddy

A high school student who is a member of a Best Buddies chapter, who is paired up with a student with an intellectual disability. Peer Buddies call their “Buddies” once per week, and go out for coffee, dinner, movies, walks, etc. every two weeks.

Associate Member

A chapter member who is not paired with a Buddy. Associate Members can assist with planning activities and events, fundraising, marketing and can attend group activities.

The Special Education Advisor

The Special Education Advisor is a teacher who works with students with intellectual disabilities and is a resource for students who need more information about intellectual disabilities. They are also a contact for the Buddies if they have concerns, as well as a general support person for the Chapter Leadership Team.

The Staff Advisor

The Staff Advisor is a teacher who assists students with volunteer recruitment and working with the school’s administration. This position is optional, but recommended.


Start a Chapter

To start a Best Buddies chapter at your school,please fill in the information below.

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Our Mission

To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Best Buddies provides all participants with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a new friend. We have chapters in every province of Canada.

There are several ways that you can help Best Buddies Canada enhance our communities through one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and students.

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