We are mindful of the importance of social distancing and the role we play in our communities to protect the health of our clients, employees and their families during COVID-19. We have therefore suspended the Society's in-person activities and volunteer engagement program for the next while - this includes Minds in Motion®, support groups and other education.
In the meantime, if you would like to complete a volunteer application, we will follow up when the programs re-opens. We look forward to discussing next steps with you as soon as we return to business as usual!
“I learned that dementia is a journey, that each day is a new day, that we are not alone and that we (and how we feel) matter. There is help and support.”
- Workshop participant
About the role
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers workshops on a variety of topics related to dementia and caregiving for persons with dementia. Education Support Volunteers assist workshop facilitators to set up/tear down workshop space, register participants, organize refreshments, greet and assist individuals as they arrive, and facilitate break-out sessions during the workshop.
- Between 5 – 10 hours per month, 1 year commitment preferred OR;
- 2 presentations and one information booth per month.
- Flexible as scheduling permits
- Primarily week day/daytime hours, some evening/Saturday availability
- Increase knowledge about dementia and family caregiving
- Gain experience facilitating group discussions
- Spread awareness and support to persons with dementia and those caring for them
- Position may count towards training and experience for direct support volunteer positions, including workshop or support group facilitator roles
- References/reference letters may be provided to volunteers who have successfully completed 6 or more months in their position
- Friendly, outgoing personality and well-developed listening skills
- Willingness and eagerness to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as family caregiving
- Self-awareness and ability to recognize and respect boundaries with regards to answering questions and interacting with participants
- Ability to travel within the South Fraser region
- Ability to lift up to 30 lbs
- Orientation to Society programs, services and information resources