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PHARA now accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards

PHARA (Physically Handicapped Adults’ Rehabilitation Association) has announced it’s been accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards.

Officials with the association say that means they’re now part of a “respected community of nonprofit organizations dedicated to operational excellence”.

The non-profit provides services to people with disabilities, as well as housing opportunities for those with low or moderate incomes. Their services are offered in North Bay, West Nipissing, Thessalon, Thessalon First Nation, Iron Bridge and Bruce Mines, and within the Nipissing and Algoma regions.

Officials add Imagine Canada’s Standards are designed to elevate organizational excellence and transparency within charities and nonprofits.

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“Becoming accredited is a thorough process that involves meeting 73 rigorous standards that include an independent peer review of our operating and governance practices,” said Matt Duquette, PHARA Board Chair. “I’m extremely proud that PHARA has proven itself across standards that span financial management and accountability, fundraising, board governance, human resources, and volunteer involvement.”

Mike Van der Vlist, PHARA CEO, says with 50 years of history backing PHARA, receiving the designation is another way they can prove to the community, their clients, and their team that we have the highest standards.

“Across the board, people are choosing PHARA,” he adds. “This includes people who are joining our team because they know we provide a quality place to work; people who are donating to our programs and services because they see the positive impact it makes; and the people who join our board because they are able to make a difference.”

Officials say accredited organizations are required to complete full reaccreditation on a five-year basis. Compliance and continuous improvement during the accreditation period are supported through a reporting process that requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met.

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