Working with groups of 4 – 6 people with aphasia, volunteers enable members to interact, engage, challenge and develop amazing conversations. Always working in partnership with another co-facilitator, your role is to provide communication techniques specific to the members with aphasia, while also taking part in the conversation. This is an integral position in our program and a great starting place for new volunteers.
Other volunteer opportunities include:
Painting/Creative Program Assistant; Fitness Assistant; Book Group Co-facilitator; Introductory Program Facilitators; One-to-One Computer Facilitator; Outreach Home-Visit Communication Facilitators.
There are also positions available in the areas of research, administration, fundraising, and governance.
Every day is a ‘learning day.’ This is a volunteer experience that challenges me to explore new knowledge about communication, conversation and language.
We value the long-standing commitment and dedication our volunteers bring to our centre. We require that volunteers make a one year commitment typically consisting of a weekly 3-hour shift.
Monthly information sessions provide an opportunity for us to present the wide range of volunteer opportunities, provide a “big picture” of our programs and then allow you to “interview” us to ensure that we can provide what you are looking for in a volunteer experience.
Volunteer Orientation Sessions typically occur on the last Friday of each month. They start at 2:00pm and are generally one hour in length. These sessions provide information about our volunteer opportunities, expectations of our volunteers, and what you can expect from us. They are highly recommended if you are considering applying for a volunteer position at the Aphasia Institute.
Please contact Shannon Hill, Coordinator, Volunteer Services at 416 226-3636 x17 to reserve your spot at one of the following 2:00 p.m. Friday sessions in 2017:
- Jan 27
- Feb 24
- Mar 24
- Apr 28
- May 26
- Jun 23
- Jul 28
- Aug 25
- Sept 8 & 15
- Oct 27
- Nov 24
Start dates for volunteers are coordinated in conjunction with our member registration and our Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia training program.
Entry points for volunteers into our 2017 Program are the following weeks:
- Jan 9
- Apr 3
- July 10
- Oct 2
Our Conversation Program is an ideal opportunity for students who are pursuing a degree in Speech and Language Pathology. However, due to the high number of student applicants, we accept a fixed number of students at each entry point into the program. We therefore have a highly competitive process for student applicants. If you require a clinical reference from our Speech and Language Pathologist as part of the application process for Graduate Studies, please ask our Coordinator of Volunteer Services about our specific requirements for Clinical References