The community is our compass, and has charted FOCUS’ direction since our inception in 2004. We continue to develop and maintain strong community involvement, and we encourage you to get involved in FOCUS’ activities by taking part as a:
We encourage people who use and work in services to share their views in a number of ways, including sitting on committees, responding to surveys and taking part in focus groups. For more information about how to get involved, contact us. We will be happy to hear from you.
The FOCUS Accreditation Committee ensures the integrity of our Quality Improvement and Accreditation Program. The volunteer committee members are professionals with vast knowledge and experience in the sectors in which FOCUS client organizations provide services. Committee members have no direct affiliation with any one organization, and their professional backgrounds differ – some are adult educators, consultants, retired executive directors and Ministry employees, board members, and more.
Three members form an ad-hoc committee for each organization that has completed the onsite validation component. These committee members review the organization’s accreditation report, meet via teleconference, review the findings in the report, conduct a question and answer session with the Lead Accreditor who led the onsite process, and provide the final decision as to the level of accreditation awarded: a 4 year, deferred or non-accreditation.
FOCUS is currently recruiting Accreditation Committee members. To inquire into membership, please fill in the contact form indicating your interest.
“Being involved on the Accreditation Committee has given me much greater insight into the whole process of accreditation and a new appreciation of how much work is involved in becoming accredited and how committed the individual organizations are to continuing to improve their services. Participating on this committee would be the perfect introduction to FOCUS as an organization and the process of accreditation.”