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ForewordsAcknowledgementsManygovernmentsundersandcommunityagencieshavecontributedtothedevelopmentoHIGHFIVEsinceresearchbeganin1994.BecauseothevisionotheseleadersHIGHFIVEhasbeenabletogrowandthriveensuringlongtermsustainability.HIGHFIVEAqualitystandardorchildrenssportandrecreationFoundedbyParksandRecreationOntarioPARKSANDRECREATIONONTARIOLarryKetchesonCEOParksandRecreationOntarioParksandRecreationOntarioPROispleasedtopresentthisveryrstQualityMattersReportonHIGHFIVE.ForalmosttwodecadesPROhascontinuedtoinvestinresearchanddevelopmentonhealthychilddevelopment.Theresultisarobustandcomprehensivequalityassurancestandardorchildrenssportandrecreation.ThisreportcapturestheachievementsoHIGHFIVEasithasgrowntobecomeanationallyrecognizedstandardbeingdeliveredinbothociallanguagesacrossCanada.ItalsooutlinescurrenttrendsthatarehavinganimpactonthehealthoourchildrenandhowHIGHFIVEisresponding.YoullseehowHIGHFIVEmakesadiferenceinthelivesothousandsochildreneachyear.PROwouldliketorecognizeitsmanystakeholdersromnewRegisteredOrganizationstoAuthorizedProvidersacrossthecountrywhoshareourcommitmenttochildrenandcontributetothesuccessoHIGHFIVE.LJBartleDirectorHIGHFIVENationalStandardPeopleotentakequalityorgrantedandtheydontnecessarilylookorit.BeoreHIGHFIVEtherewasnocomprehensivequalitystandardorchildrenssportandrecreation.Noworganizationsaretakingqualityseriously.Theytraintheirstaftoensurekidshaveapositiveexperience.TheyassesstheirprogramsusingHIGHFIVEsscienticallyvalidatedtoolsandtheyensurekeypoliciesandproceduresareinplaceandbeingusedontherontlines.Butitsdenitelyintentional.Andthoserunningqualityprogramsorchildrenwantyoutoknowthat.HIGHFIVEhelpshundredsoorganizationsworkingwithmorethan600000kidsalloverCanadatoprovidethemwiththepositiveexperiencetheyneedsotheykeepcomingback.50000childrenliveonCanadianForcesBasesacrossCanada.Thosekidsparticipateinsportandrecreationandarehavingpositiveexperiencestherebecauseothemilitaryscommitmenttoprovidingtheiramilieswithquality.HIGHFIVEsupportsallCanadianswhovaluequalityandarecommittedtokeepingkidsphysicallyactiveandemotionallyhealthyorlie.