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Volunteer – Aphasia Institute

Volunteer

What do volunteers do?

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.

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 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; New Beginnings Program Facilitators; One-to-One Computer Facilitator; Outreach Home-Visit Communication Facilitators.

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

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. Attend one of our Volunteer Information Sessions (see below).
  2. Complete the Volunteer Application Form.
  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.

Please fill the below form to reserve your spot at one of the following sessions. All sessions are via Zoom, with a 2:00pm start. All sessions are on Fridays.

Sessions in 2024:

  • Friday, January 26th
  • Friday, February 23rd
  • Friday, March 22nd
  • Friday, April 26th
  • Friday, May 24th
  • Friday, June 14th
  • Friday, August 23rd
  • Friday, September 20th
  • Friday, October 25th
  • Friday, November 29th


    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 are the following weeks:

    • 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

    "It was an amazing week of learning. A great occasion to deepen and increase my knowledge on treatment for PWA and their families. "
    - Anonymous
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