Position: Volunteer Mentor
Location: Online – Volunteer Remotely from Home (You can be based anywhere in Canada).
Start Date: September 2022 to June 2023 (10-month commitment; Average 1 to 2 volunteer hours per month).
Deadline to apply: August 15, 2022. Rolling deadline.
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About the Organization
Easter Seals is a national charitable organization with close to 100 years of community service in Canada. We are a trusted industry leader and together, Easter Seals Canada and Easter Seals provincial organizations are one of Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community. We strive to enhance the quality of life, well-being and independence of Canadians living with disabilities.
Easter Seals helps to ensure that all children, youth and adults who are living with disabilities have access to the equipment, technology, programs, services and support they need to make the most of their abilities and participate fully in society.
About the Position
Easter Seals Canada is looking for enthusiastic and resourceful individuals to volunteer with Easter Seals as Volunteer Mentors for high school students living with disabilities. Approximately 25 to 50 volunteers from the following provinces are needed: Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Each Volunteer Mentor will be paired with a high school student, and are expected to meet with the student, primarily online, for one hour at least once a month. The primary role of the Volunteer Mentor is to provide encouragement, guidance, motivation and support to students in their studies/academic career, and assist them in preparing for post-secondary studies (as well as summer jobs, or to transition to the labour force after graduating high school if they so choose). The overall aim of the mentorship program is to promote educational success, graduation and successful transition to post-secondary education or the workplace among students with disabilities currently in high school.
Candidates interested in the Volunteer Mentor position will have to participate in an interview. Shortlisted candidates will have to undergo a police check, and participate in an orientation/training session prior to being paired with a student mentee.
Desired Skills and Characteristics
The ideal candidate will have a genuine interest in volunteering and in supporting persons living with a disability. Essential Skills include:
- Trustworthy, Reliable, proactive, creative/resourceful, collaborative, adaptable, patient and diplomatic.
- Can carry out volunteer duties with limited supervision
- Able to communicate online, via email, Zoom/Teams, and computer/internet literate
- Ideally, have attended and graduated from a post-secondary institution (trade school, college, university) in Canada
- Have at least two to three years work experience
Benefits of volunteering with Easter Seals
- Be part of a friendly and dynamic team/network of staff and volunteers at charitable organization with a proven history and track record that provides impactful and meaningful programs and services in support of individuals and families living with disabilities.
- Help make a meaningful contribution/impact to community
- Build your resume and portfolio for future opportunities.
Qualified and interested applicants are encouraged to complete the following online form, OR complete and send the following application form to Easter Seals Canada via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank all applicants for their interest and will only contact those selected for interviews.
Candidates from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to a disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise and we will work with you to meet your needs.