Communication Program Volunteer

(March of Dimes Canada, Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program)

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Position ID: V-OSH1210 Last Modified: 22 Jul 2019 Last Full Update: 22 Jul 2019
Opportunity Details
ContactMaryam Iqbal, Volunteer Coordinator, March of Dimes Canada; Phone: 647-223-4960 ext 6266; Email:
DutiesFacilitate small group discussions with adults with Aphasia and acquired communication disabilities who have difficulty speaking, reading, listening or writing as a result of stroke, brain injury or brain illness 
Learn and apply supportive communication techniques * with guidance and support from Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants, volunteers provide clients with opportunities to engage in conversation and increase life participation  
Volunteers Support the Program in the following ways: Assist staff and clients during client arrival/departure, program set-up/clean-up and breaks * use a variety of supportive communication strategies to enhance group participation of clients * participate in program pre and post meetings with staff and volunteers * prepare and/or bring in materials and resources for the communication groups (minimum 30 minutes of non-program time per week)
BenefitsAn engaging experience for both volunteer and client * gain experience in creative communication methods and related topics 
Hands-on experience with adults with aphasia and acquired communication disabilities * the opportunity to become strong, proficient user of supportive communication strategies * gain hands-on experience developing augmentative communication aids * participate in regular training workshops on a variety of topics * develop leadership, decision-making and creative communication skills * develop more self-confidence and patience * help evaluate and shape our community program * chat, smile and laugh in a safe and supportive environment * participate as a valued volunteer of March of Dimes Canada
ClientsAdults with aphasia and related, acquired communication disabilities
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestSpecial Needs / Differently Abled ; Speech & Hearing Support ; Support Group Facilitation
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor
Commitment LengthShort Term - Minimum of 4 months
Interaction LevelSmall Group ; Large Group
Minimum Hours4 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationWestminster United Church, 1850 Rossland Rd E, Whitby
Number of PositionsDurham Region ; Whitby 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on-going
TransportationNear public transit
Application Deadline31 Aug 2019
CostCost of the Vulnerable Sector Screening check * cost is reimbursed by the organization once the applicant starts volunteering
Police CheckRequired
Start DateOn or after 09 Sep 2019
Agency Details
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Organization NameMarch of Dimes Canada, Aphasia and Communication Disabilities Program
Office Phone905-773-7758 ext 6272
Toll Free Phone1-800-567-0315 ext 6272
Address & Map
13311 Yonge St, Ste 202
Richmond Hill, ON L4E 3L6
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