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Position Number: 2410
Position Title: Next Steps Walking Partner
Organization Name: March of Dimes Canada
Area(s) of Interest: Sports & Recreation, Event Planning, Social Media, Program Coordination, Senior Support
Position Description: March of Dimes Canada seeks volunteers!

The 'Next Steps Walking Program' seeks WALKING PARTNERS! Next Steps serves individuals who have suffered from a stroke & their caregivers by providing them with a safe setting to interact with their peers and engage in physical activity. Next Steps seeks to improve participants' quality of life.

The Walking Partner is responsible for providing program support to staff and participants. The Walking Partner will assist the coordinator as needed (i.e. set-up and clean-up) in order to ensure the effective delivery of the program. This volunteer will also provide companionship and support to participants by developing positive and encouraging relationships with them, ultimately helping participants to maximize their experience in the program.

Time Commitment (see 'Time Detail' below)

Volunteering Location:
Oakville Place - 240 Leighland Ave (indoor mall, north of the QEW, west of Trafalgar Rd)

If you are interested in joining our Next Steps team, please email volunteer@marchofdimes.ca with 'Next Steps' and your desired location (eg. Oakville Place) in the subject line for more information. ALSO, please 'click on' 'Apply Now!' below to place yourself on our contact list of applicants.
Goal of Position: March of Dimes Canada's mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with physical disabilities. To this end, March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities throughout the country. To learn more about March of Dimes Canada, see 'Social Media' (incl. our website), below.

We intend that all our volunteers enjoy and benefit from their vital contributions to our programs that help those in our communities with physical disabilities.
Position Benefits: - Opportunity to have a positive impact on those who are living with a disability
- Gain hands-on work experience working with individuals with disabilities in a therapeutic environment (add to your resume)
- Develop and/or strengthen your personal and professional networks - meet new people
- Enhance your communication skills
- Participate as a valued volunteer of March of Dimes Canada
- Receive relevant training (ie. AODA, Health & Safety)
- Secondary school student may earn credit towards their '40 hours'community service
Training Details: Orientation and training will be provided. Details to be discussed with successful applicants.
Position Qualifications: *** Skills and Qualifications needed or preferred:
● Excellent communication skills (required)
● Strong interpersonal skills (required)
● Comfortable providing physical support to participants as needed (preferred)
● Able to walk comfortably at a slow pace for a minimum of 30 minutes (required)

*** Experience Needed or Preferred:
● Must be 16 years of age or older (required)
● Experience working with people with individuals who have suffered from a stroke (preferred)
● Experience working with individuals with physical disabilities (preferred)
● Previous volunteer experience (preferred)

*** Qualities Needed or Preferred:
● Reliable (required)
● Empathetic (required)
● Able to follow direction (required)
● Self-directed; able to work independently and take initiative (required)
● Sensitive to the needs of others (required)
● Sociable and friendly, plus comfortable engaging with others (required)
● Respectful, polite, helpful (required)
● Able to demonstrate and maintain a positive attitude (required)
● Dedicated and committed (required)
Time Commitment: Wednesday Morning
Duration: Short Term (3 months or less)
Time Detail: Wednesdays, 10am-Noon

MINIMUM 10 week commitment, for at least 2 hours per week
Min Age: 16
Ideal for: Individual, Group, Placement & Co-Op Students, Newcomers, Older Adults
Location: 240 Leighland Avenue, Oakville, ON, Canada
Geographical Area(s): Mississauga
Police Check: No
Accessibility: Fully Accessible Workplace
How to Apply
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How to Contact
Email: Send an Email Message
Social Media
Website: http://www.marchofdimes.ca
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarchofDimesCanada/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/modcanada
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/marchofdimescda

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