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March of Dimes Canada Oakville Place, Leighland Avenue, Oakville, ON, Canada Mississauga Fully Accessible Workplace Group, Co-Op Placements, Newcomers, Older Adults
March of Dimes Canada is seeking volunteers!

The 'Next Steps' Walking Program is seeking 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.

2 hrs/wk
Oakville: Wednesdays morning @ Oakville Place Mall
Minimum 10 week commitment

Volunteering location:
+ 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
+ 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 students may earn hours towards their '40 hours' community service graduation requirement
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:

● Committed, dedicated, and reliable (required)
● Able/willing to commit for a MINIMUM of 10 WEEKS
● Empathetic, sensitive to the needs of others (required)
● Able to follow direction (required)
● Self-directed, able to work independently and take the initiative (required)
● Sociable and friendly; comfortable engaging with others (required)
● Respectful, polite, helpful (required)
● Able to demonstrate a positive attitude (required)
Orientation will be provided during onboarding.
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