Update letters: Why the police?
Lonesome lady in Mississauga wrote back to Bubby to explain the deal with the police check [Aug.24]:
Where I live (Canada), you can't volunteer anywhere until you have paid for a police check, and the amount it costs is keeping a lot of unemployed people and pensioners from volunteering. The volunteer agencies don't foot the bill. Thank you for answering me, Bubby. Still a bit lonesome in Mississauga, but you've brightened my day!
And she wasn't the only who explained it to us. Here's another one:
I wanted to write to let you know why the lonely 53-year old needs a police check to volunteer in her community. I have also had to have one in order to become a volunteer coach to a child with Attention Deficit Disorder. Mississauga is in Ontario, Canada, and so is London, where I live, and our laws state that anyone wishing to work with children for a volunteer organization must submit to a police check--for the child's safety. Even Big Sisters and Big Brothers follow this procedure.
And to all this, Bubby replied:
I can't comment on the laws in Canada so I have no input in the matter. However, I would say "follow the law" or go to someone who can help you - perhaps another teacher or an attorney. I am sure they will explain the reasons for this. I know one must consider the welfare of the child and the ability to take care of the child or the patient. So I disqualify myself in this case.
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