Volunteer Opportunities

All applicants to the MOT program are required to complete a minimum of 70 hours of volunteer or paid work experience that involves direct, meaningful and in-person interaction with persons with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities. The experiences listed here have been posted for reference only and are not guaranteed to fulfill the Volunteer/Work Experience Requirement. It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm whether an experience may fulfill the Volunteer/Work Experience Requirement for the purpose of admission to the MOT program.

Looking for volunteering opportunities?

Many hospitals are looking for volunteers to help out with their rehabilitation services. Contact your local hospitals and/or health authority to inquire about volunteer positions. You can also check out the following databases to help you find volunteer opportunities:

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Volunteer PG

The following are agencies who are looking for volunteers. Please contact them directly for details:

 

WHO: UBC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
WHAT: The Department of OSOT is looking for volunteers for a course that requires mock patients. This opportunity is geared towards applicants who would like a better look at what the program looks like, and who are willing to commit to a full-day session.

Please note that this opportunity will involve personal contact with a student practicing transfers.

WHERE: The Department of OSOT. T325 – 2211 Wesbrook Mall (Located on the 3rd floor of the UBC Hospital).
WHEN: October 29th, 8:30am-4:30pm.
CONTACT: Contact Angela Sun at angela.sun@ubc.ca or call 604-822-7240 for more information.

 


WHO: Rock Steady Boxing
WHAT: Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing based fitness program designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease. This international program has over 600 locations worldwide. The program helps individuals with Parkinson’s to improve their gait, balance, hand eye coordination, agility, speed, flexibility and overall quality of life. Recent studies have shown that this forced intense exercise program can actually work to delay the progression of symptoms.

Volunteer duties include: assisting with donning and doffing boxing wraps and gloves, helping to keep boxers hydrated, assisting with transfers on and off the floor, helping with set up and clean up of equipment, helping to explain modifications of exercises as needed.

WHERE: Located in Downtown Vancouver.
WHEN: Our classes take place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10:45-11:45 AM,  and Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 PM. Must be able to commit to one class per week. 
CONTACT: Contact Allie Saks at 778-918-2475 or email vancouver@rsbaffiliate.com for more details.


WHO: Power for All
WHAT: Volunteer to be a Kayak Buddy for our clients for at least four sessions in the summer outdoors and fall/winter at a local pool in Surrey. You will have the opportunity to gain experience with some basic disability/chronic condition training as well as some basics to help clients with mobility.
WHERE: Locations in Fort Langley & Surrey. For full description click here.
WHEN: The volunteer commitment for the summer season is from July to September we ask for each volunteer to help out with at least four sessions throughout the paddling season. Only those committed to helping through the season should attend the training.
CONTACT: Contact powerforallATS@gmail.com for more details and to arrange training.


WHO: Aquafit for All Association
WHAT: Our Aqua Vision program is the first aquatic exercise program adapted to meet the needs of those with visual impairments in Canada. And our new program, Aqua BLAST is a series of water aerobics classes customized for stroke survivors. We are looking for volunteers for both programs to assist participants with directions/sighted guide (training will be provided), set up and clean up before/after each session, etc. This is a fun opportunity to meet new friends, enjoy water aerobics and small snacks after each session.
WHERE: Bonsor Pool and Eileen Dailly Pool
WHEN: Weekly on Saturday evenings (5-6pm) and Friday mornings (11am-noon)
CONTACT: volunteer@aquafitforall.org


WHO: Behavior Interventionist Learning Opportunity – UBC Campus
WHAT:We are looking for individuals who want to work 1 on 1 providing tutoring using applied behavior analysis to our very fun, happy and engaging 11-year-old daughter with autism, working on language development, play skills, social skills and some academic skills. Training and supervision will be provided by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and sessions will take place at our home located on UBC campus. For full description click here.
WHERE: Vancouver, B.C. (UBC Campus)
WHEN: Mon-Fri (2 hr long sessions) between 4:00PM – 7:00PM with flexibility on start/end times. Sat-Sun (2/3 hr long sessions) with timing flexible around your schedule.
CONTACT: Email cover letter and resume to Aligermaa Bayarsaikhan at aligerm.alicia@gmail.com


WHO: George Pearson Centre (GPC) – Vancouver Coastal Health
WHAT:GPC is a residential, long term care facility for adults with disabilities. Many residents have extensive physical disabilities including persons with acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disabilities. Volunteers work with the Recreational Therapy staff to help residents participate in different activities including: Adapted Aquatics, Community Outings, Yoga, Cards & Games, and 1 to 1 Visiting.
WHERE: 780 W 57th Ave – close to Langara College
CONTACT: Julia Lowe at julia.lowe@vch.ca or (604) 828-0152


WHO: Reach Community Health Centre
WHAT:In collaboration with health care and social service providers, Basics for Health volunteers assist individuals and families with meeting their needs for housing, employment/income security, healthy child development, food security, education and social support as needed. Volunteers will provide support to clients through information/resource provision, referrals, advocacy and follow-up while working with other volunteers to maintain an efficient service. For full description click here.
WHERE: 102-2732 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
CONTACT: Email resume to Allie Stephen at b4hcoordinator@reachcentre.bc.ca


WHO: False Creek Residences for Independent Living Society
WHAT:We are looking for volunteers to work with adults with disabilities in fun and inclusive environments that encourage active living, community engagement, and independence. Opportunities include accompanying individuals on outings and activities such as gallery and museum visits, adaptive sailing, adaptive paddle boarding and kayaking, 1-1 exercise sessions, swimming, adaptive yoga, cooking, baseball games, local arts and sporting festivals and events. We have very flexible hours and can easily accommodate schedules.
WHERE: False Creek Sea Wall 10 minutes east of Granville Island
CONTACT: Email recreation coordinator at volunteerfalsecreek@rils.ca


WHO: KIN Student
WHAT: Looking for students currently taking second or third year courses with the goal of applying to the Masters of OT or Physio program starting in September 2018 or 2019. You will be working with a very verbal, very fun and engaging 11 year old boy, who has developmental delay and mild to moderate autism. You will be supporting him at a basketball class held at Dunbar Community Centre which he enjoys attending.

Tasks will primarily be focused on helping him stay in the group, participate in drills, gross motor skills, as well as physical literacy. Successful candidates will be working under the guidance of our Occupational Therapist and/or Physiotherapist.

WHERE: Dunbar, close to # 25 and #7 bus routes
WHEN: Fridays 3:45-5pm at Dunbar Community Centre. Candidate must be willing to commit till end of June 2018 for the above-mentioned sessions, and be serious about working regular weekly sessions, with the exception of spring break (mid to end of March).

Opportunity to continue volunteering in the Fall is quite possible

CONTACT: Anne-Maree Fortes at amfortes.elijah@gmail.com


WHO: Blind Beginnings
WHAT: Blind Beginnings coordinates an outdoor adventure camp for blind and partially sighted children and their families. The camp takes place for a week each July at the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island, and volunteers are crucial to the camp’s success! Duties as a volunteer will include helping individual campers with personal needs, dorm supervision at night, working with outdoor education centre staff during program planning and delivery, being a “buddy” for the week to one or more unaccompanied campers.
WHERE: Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island
WHEN: Camp Dates Thursday July 21 – Monday July 25, 2016
CONTACT: Shawn Marsolais at shawn@bllindbeginnings.ca. Volunteer details and application form.


WHO: Canucks Autism Network
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist with the delivery of sports and recreational programs that cater to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their siblings and their families. The programs include I CAN Play Soccer, I CAN Swim, and I CAN Skate. Previous experience working with children with ASD is not required, however, you must have patience, understanding, a positive attitude and lots of energy!
WHERE: Each activity will be run out of a variety of locations throughout British Columbia. Volunteers will be supporting coaches in organizing and running the various activities and helping the kids to acquire basic skills.
WHEN: The time commitment is approximately 2 hours per week for 10 weeks – three separate 10-week sessions are held between September to June.
CONTACT: Harold Cecchetti at volunteer@canucksautism.ca or (604) 685-4049 (ext 221). Volunteer details at www.canucksautism.ca/volunteer


WHO: CommUniversity Connection: Connecting University Students with Community Needs
WHAT: Offering training and practical experience for undergraduate students interested in working with individuals with autism, mental handicaps, physical disabilities and developmental delays. Volunteers are needed to assist children and youth who require extra supports with a variety of activities, such swimming, after-school programs, in-home care, social involvement, community outings, hands-on activities, one-on-one activities, etc.
WHERE: North Shore
WHEN: Part-time or seasonal
CONTACT: Cindy Frostad at jfrostad@shaw.ca
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WHO: Kiwanis Pavilion
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist the Activity & Rehabilitation Departments with exercises classes, walking program and other related duties.
WHERE: Victoria, BC
WHEN: A few hours per week, Monday-Friday
CONTACT: (250) 598-2022


WHO: North Shore Community Resources, Better at Home Program
WHAT: The Volunteer Driver will provide transportation for frail, elderly seniors to enable them to get out of their homes and go grocery shopping, attend appointments, or participate in social activities in the community.
WHERE: North or West Vancouver – starting at client’s home.
WHEN: At clients’ request, on weekdays between 9 am – 4:30 pm (No evenings or weekends would be required.)
CONTACT: Elaine Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, elaine.smith@nscr.bc.ca or 604-985-7138


WHO: Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports
WHAT: Volunteers needed to assist individuals with disabilities to enjoy snow sports such as sit ski, stand ski or snowboard. The volunteers work as a team and receive proper training in order to assist the individual enjoy snow sports.
WHERE: Vancouver
WHEN: Training begins in October and/or November for 1-3 days in which volunteers are then certified and receive a nationally recognized CADS certification. The season then begins in the end of January till March. During the season the program takes place during the evening on week days, and during the morning/day on weekends
CONTACT: Malouf Blanchard at info@vass.ca or (604) 646-8277


WHO: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
WHAT: The Vancouver Park Board’s Adapted and Integrated Recreation Program needs volunteers to support individuals with disabilities in an adapted aquatics environment and in other adapted recreational activities. Interested individuals should be comfortable in water.
WHERE: Vancouver, BC
CONTACT: Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation: Access & Inclusion Services Dept. at access.services@vancouver.ca


WHO: Western Society for Children
WHAT: Sensory Integration / Play Therapy position
WHERE: New Westminster
CONTACT: (604) 515-0810


WHO: Windermere Care Centre
WHAT: The Windermere is a long term care facility with close to 200 residents. It is located At 900 West 12 Ave, Vancouver, close to UBC, and across the street from the Vancouver General Hospital. We have a variety of programs that would benefit from volunteers input. Volunteers can come into the facility or even meet some of the programs that are implemented outside of the facility community. Our residents shop regularly at the Oakridge Shopping Mall, and access the therapeutic pool at the George Pearson Centre. We have residents that would like to attend a seniors aqua-fit at Kerrisdale pool and many residents would just like to have a regular walk in the outdoors but would feel safer with a companion.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can download and complete the volunteer application on their website
WHERE: Vancouver
CONTACT: Azmina Khimji at (604) 737-5455


WHO: YMCA of Greater Vancouver
WHAT: The 2018 summer program for kids with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) will offer participants a chance to engage in a group therapy program specifically designed for children with DCD. Up to 20 children, ages 8-12 will be enrolled in the 2 week day-camp. The curriculum of the program will include lots of opportunities to have open discussions about DCD – what it is, how it affects children with the condition and how to manage many different aspects of DCD.
WHERE: Vancouver
CONTACT: Pam Chater at pam.chater@gv.ymca.ca see PDF here.