Buddy Benches

More Information on the Buddy Bench’s at the Bridlewood Community Elementary School!

A young boy named Christian Buck from the UK started the Buddy Bench initiative. Want more on his story?  Please visit: www.buddybench.org

Through social media and the Children’s Village monthly magazine subscription to Highlights Magazine. The teachers and kids fell upon an article, sharing Christian’s story. The children immediately began to advocate to get their own buddy benches for their play yard at their school, Bridlewood Community Elementary School.

The CVAB (Children’s Village at Bridlewood) team was thrilled with this idea! Therefore through fundraising (bake sales, used book sales, children’s art sales, car washes and more) the school raised enough money to purchase not one bench but two!

The unveiling of the Buddy Bench's at BCES!

The unveiling of the Buddy Bench’s at BCES!


As a non-profit organization The Children’s Village of Ottawa-Carleton has been servicing children in our communities for 150 years. The children of CVAB have voiced how important it is to give back. Last year they donated their funds raised to other charities and this year they are not just giving back to themselves, but they are giving back to our community as well.

CVAB’s Executive Director Deborah Thompson, plans on challenging other childcare centers, third party operators and schools to jump on board and do the same. We believe every play yard should have a buddy bench, every child deserves an environment that reduces loneliness, spreads kindness and fosters friendships!