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Volunteer V2 – Aphasia Institute

Volunteer V2

Join our Team of Volunteers

Why Volunteer at the Aphasia Institute?
We have a dynamic team of approximately 100 volunteers ranging in age from 18 to 90.  We seek applicants of diverse professional, cultural and education backgrounds.  Our volunteers are curious, enjoy conversation and are open to on-going learning opportunities. View the video below to hear from our volunteers about how this is a unique place to volunteer.

Created by one of our very own volunteers, Gayle Wilmot, this videos captures what volunteers do and their perspective in our community. It’s the “voice” of our volunteers.

Training & Support for Volunteers
We value the importance of training and support for our volunteers. All volunteers attend our 15-hour virtual classroom-style training which teaches the skills of Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) along with group facilitation (online as well as in-person), teamwork and practice. 

At the Aphasia Institute, we believe that learning is on-going.  Every week volunteers working in our Direct Service programs will participate in education sessions.  Following every program volunteers engage in a debriefing to reflect on their experience, ask questions and provide insight about our clients.  This combination of learning and program delivery make up their 3-hour weekly shift.

Volunteer Roles

What do volunteers do?

Conversation facilitation:
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 clients 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:
Creative Painting / Art, Music Discussion, Documentary Talks, Virtual Travel, Book Group, Meditation & Relaxation, Hear My Voice (Karaoke), Toastmasters, Outreach and New Beginnings. Additionally, outside of Client Programming, volunteers assist in areas of governance, research administration and fundraising.

Volunteer Opportunities Online And Onsite:  
We are currently engaging volunteers online as well as in-person.  

Virtually on Zoom:
One-to-one Outreach, Virtual Travel, Meditation & Relaxation, Book Group, Toastmasters, Karaoke, Sports Discussion, Current Events and Music Discussion. In-Person Programming at our Centre: Conversation Groups, Painting, New Beginnings

Attention Student Applicants:
If you require a clinical reference from our Speech and Language Pathologist as part of your application process for Graduate Studies, please ask our Manager Volunteer Services about our specific requirements for clinical references.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
The Aphasia Institute’s priority is to ensure health and safety in the workplace by requiring all agency personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19; by personnel, we mean Staff, Volunteers and Students.

This means that all current and new volunteers will be required to provide proof of vaccination from COVID-19, or provide a certificate of medical exemption.

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.

Myriam Shechter, Conversation Facilitator, 10 years.

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.

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application Form.
  2. Attend one of our Volunteer Information Sessions (see below for dates)
  3. The Manager Volunteer Services will contact you to arrange an interview.

While it is not unusual for us to receive a high volume of inquiries, we are currently experiencing an exceptionally high volume of volunteer applications. Please expect that it may take a few days for us to respond to all inquiries.

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 occur on specific Fridays (see below), 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.

To attend an information session please fill out our Volunteer Application Form. All sessions are via Zoom, with a 2:00pm start. All sessions are on Fridays.

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 2024 program take place during the following weeks: 

Week of…

  • Monday, January 15th
  • Monday, April 15th
  • Monday, July 8th
  • Monday, October 7th

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 Manager Volunteer Services about our specific requirements for Clinical References

"This course has given me lots of tools to communicate with my clients with aphasia. It has given me new ideas and visions and I’m looking forward to share the SCATM method with my colleagues and other professionals in my rehabilitation centre. Thank you for the course! "
- Anonymous
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