Congratulations to 2022 HIGH FIVE® Re-Verified Organizations

TORONTO, ON (March 9, 2022) – HIGH FIVE Accreditation is the highest recognized level of quality and safety in children’s sport and recreation in Canada. Organizations that have achieved Accreditation have been registered with HIGH FIVE for at least three years and are distinguished by their focus on healthy child development in all aspects of their operation, from programming to policies and risk management. Developed by Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO), HIGH FIVE is a nationally recognized quality standard for recreation and sport programs.

Today, PRO extends its warmest congratulations to four organizations, the Town of Essex, Alison Neighbourhood Community Centre, Langs Farm Village Association, and Rainbow Programmes for Children. “These four organizations have shown tremendous commitment to quality recreation programs” says Cathy Denyer, CEO of Parks and Recreation Ontario. “Through a global pandemic, they have put children at the centre of their programming and have worked through considerable constraints to ensure that every child in their care has the opportunity to engage in genuine, joyful play. We couldn’t be prouder of the work they have done.”

HIGH FIVE is Canada’s comprehensive quality standard for children’s programs and holds true to the following five Principles of Healthy Child Development that our research indicates are essential for providing a positive experience for kids: A Caring Adult, Friends, Play, Mastery and Participation. HIGH FIVE consists of Training and Development, Program Assessments, Policies/Procedures, and Awareness. 

About Parks and Recreation Ontario:
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is a non-profit membership association that advances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through evidence-based practices, resources and collaborative partnerships.

For more information please contact: Pari Rajagopalan, Director, Public Policy and Communications Parks and Recreation Ontario