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Best Buddies Canada

Who Are We

Our History BG

Our History

Best Buddies was founded in the United States by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, nephew of the late 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. There are Best Buddies programs operating in over 49 countries and territories world-wide.

Best Buddies Canada was established in 1993 by Daniel J. Greenglass and Penny Shore and was incorporated as a registered Canadian charity in 1995. Our school programs help to create lasting friendships between individuals with and without an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). Our ultimate goal is to promote inclusion, acceptance, and friendship in every school and community across Canada.

Best Buddies Canada does not receive any direct government funding. Our important work has been made possible through strong corporate partnerships and generous donations from good friends. Through our annual signature event and fundraising, we have raised over $25M, which is used with minimal administrative expense and overseen by our Board of Directors.

Overview of Best Buddies

Mission Statement


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



Our program helps alleviate loneliness and isolation and builds leadership skills, independence, and confidence through friendships. Our vision for the future is a world that fosters awareness and inclusion and supports individuals with an IDD.

This means working hard to expand our network of caring volunteers across the country to new schools and communities where we can continue to foster awareness and inclusivity through lasting friendships.


Our programs are geared towards people who have an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.

Who We Serve