The purpose of Queen’s University Best Buddies is to promote and support friendships between Queen’s University students and individuals with special needs in the community. Best Buddies provides the opportunity for students to develop close friendships with people with intellectual disabilities with the goal of fostering respect and understanding for the diversity of people and abilities.
Queen’s University Best Buddies is a campus affiliate of Best Buddies Canada, an organization that aims to provide people with intellectual disabilities the chance to have experiences that many people take for granted. As a club, Queen’s University Best Buddies facilitates and supports friendships between students and individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Kingston community. Students are paired with a buddy and are responsible for contacting their buddy regularly and meeting their buddy biweekly for a one-on-one activity. These friendships are intended to be similar to any other friendships and time spent together may include going for coffee, watching movies, going to the mall, attending a local sporting event, engaging in physical activity, or another mutually enjoyable activity. At least once a month Queen’s University Best Buddies hosts chapter-wide group events where everyone is invited to socialize with other buddy pairs and enjoy refreshments, crafts, dancing, and various other activities.