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Position Number: 2471
Position Title: Senior Volunteer Lead - Grandpals Project
Organization Name: The Story Garden
Area(s) of Interest: Education & Learning, Youth Programs, Event Planning, Marketing/Promotion, Literacy, Senior Support, Volunteer Coordination, Youth Mentorship, Multilingual
Position Description: The 'Grandpals Project' will have seniors volunteering in the following ways:

I. Story Circles (Tuesday (weekly) from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
- Seniors will share stories/experiences with children based on a theme (or object) suggested by the session facilitator
- Seniors also will have the opportunity to lead 'story circle' sessions
II. Story Keepers (Wednesday (weekly) from 1 - 4 pm)
- Seniors will document/share their stories/experiences through scrapbooking
III. 'Bridging the Gap' (Tuesday (weekly) from 3 - 5 pm)
- Seniors will reciprocate with teens (who will acquaint seniors with 'social media') by sharing 'pre-technology' games/crafts that remembers the 'old ways' and shows that they're still fun!

TEA PARTIES (April 26; June 21; October 25; December 13; February 21)
- A gathering over tea by seniors and local families with young children to socialize, with an opportunity to share stories, experiences, music

****** LEADERSHIP volunteering roles include:
> 'Recruiters' (who will reach into the seniors' communities (associations, residences, etc.) to inform, invite, and secure participation by seniors)
> 'Activity Coordinators' (who will organize seniors and their transport to/from their residences)
> Seniors to help coordinate/provide language interpretation, if needed (in keeping with 'diversity and inclusiveness')
> Seniors to plan/coordinate/sustain marketing/promotion of the weekly sessions ('get the word out')
> Seniors to lead delivery of the weekly Project sessions and 'tea party' events

PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY, as the project is ALREADY ACTIVE (FIRST 'tea party' - April 26th)! Thank you!
Goal of Position: The Story Garden is a space dedicated to promoting reading and inclusiveness, regardless of age, race, religion, language or culture, with programs aimed at fighting illiteracy within the communities we serve. Our Mission: Growing vibrant communities through the transforming power of literacy ... one child, one family, one neighbourhood at a time.

Our 'Grandpals Project', about to launch (lasting 52 weeks), includes 3 weekly programs and 5 (event) 'tea parties', all of which need senior volunteer leads, who will assume leadership roles relating to planning and delivery of the various sessions/events. The Project foremost is for the engagement of older adults, and there are few better ways to engage with your community than being a volunteer!

Please see the balance of this 'posting' for details.
Position Benefits: + Great opportunity to join with other older adults and youth
+ Learn/enhance your leadership skills/experience in respect of program/volunteer coordination/promotion in a community service organization
+ 'Network' and expand your social circle
+ Add to your knowledge of your local community (especially its 'diversity and inclusiveness')
+ Enjoy constructive interaction with children and their families
+ Personal satisfaction that your leadership as a key volunteer will have contributed towards the success of the 'Grandpals Project', an important outreach embracing seniors and youth
Training Details: 'Grandpals Project' orientation/training will be arranged, having regard to your specific role. As a 'lead', you may have an opportunity to assist in training development/implementation.
Position Qualifications: ● Minimum age - 55
● Solid oral/written English communication skills
● Prior programming/event leadership/planning experience welcome
● Friendly, engaging, confident in interaction with volunteers, children (and teen youth), and other Project participants
● Fluency in another language welcome
● Organized, committed to abide by Project schedule(s)
● Willingness to assume a lead role as part of a team, plus independently contribute
Time Commitment: Tuesday Afternoon, Wednesday Afternoon
Duration: Medium Term (4 - 6 months)
Time Detail: 'Bridging the Gap': Tuesday's from 3 to 5 pm
'Story Circles': Tuesday's from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
'Story Keepers': Wednesday's from 1 to 4 pm

TEA PARTIES (see dates above, subject to change, specific times TBA)
Start Date: 2019-04-25
Min Age: 55
Ideal for: Individual, Older Adults
Location: Sheridan Centre, 2225 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga, ON, Canada
Geographical Area(s): Mississauga, Brampton
Police Check: No
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
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Website: http://www.thestorygarden.ca

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