Volunteer opportunities

National Youth Council Member

Virtual with an annual in-person meeting.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

Membership

Members of the National Youth Council shall include Canadian youth, at least half who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind, between the ages of 15 and 30 years old.

Position Description

Are you a Canadian youth, passionate about changing what it means to be blind? Do you want to influence change and increase awareness of issues of importance to youth with sight loss? Then this opportunity is for you!

Under the direction of the CNIB (which includes Deafblind Community Services, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada, and CNIB Foundation) the National Youth Council provides a voice for youth who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind. National Youth Council members provide bold advice to CNIB to ensure that current and new initiatives, programs and policies are reflective of, and responsive to, the needs of children and youth with sight loss.

The National Youth Council provides opportunities for members to grow as future leaders within the sight loss community through training, fellowship and practical work leading to meaningful influence within CNIB efforts.

Specific Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Council members are expected to attend quarterly meetings, be familiar with materials provided, support CNIB's mission and contribute their expertise and experience to the work of Council. 
  • Council members shall serve on at least one Standing Committee of Council.
  • Council members shall undertake to complete assignments and requested activities in a timely manner.
  • Council members shall conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner at all times.

Other Responsibilities

  • To work collaboratively, act as ambassadors and advocate for solutions to relevant issues.
  • To increase awareness on issues specific to children and youth who are blind, partially sighted or Deafblind.
  • To provide oversight and recommendations to the Boards on issues as tasked.
  • To provide advice on improving CNIB services delivered to children and youth experiencing sight loss.
  • To give youth a voice and provide a youth perspective that will address the gap to adult programs and services.
  • To increase youth involvement in a positive and supporting environment that allows for networking and freedom to share experiences.
  • To engage in activities that will support the work of CNIB and youth initiatives.

 

Red Deer Peer Support Group Co-Facilitator

Location details: Community Location

Red Deer Golden Circle 

4620 47A Ave Red Deer

Ideal for: Individual

Provide community-based support: organize and run monthly peer support group meetings in order to help individuals who are blind or partially sighted to access ongoing support from peers and learn about community resources.

In this role, you would be responsible for working with your Co-Facilitator to identify and book guest speakers, plan and coordinate monthly meetings, and facilitating discussions at the meetings. 

 

Men's Peer Support Group Co-Facilitator

Location details: Office

CNIB Office

600 - 11150 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB

Ideal for: Individual

Provide community-based support: organize and run monthly peer support group meetings in order to help individuals who are blind or partially sighted to access ongoing support from peers and learn about community resources.

In this role, you would be responsible for working with your Co-Facilitator to identify and book guest speakers, plan and coordinator bi-monthly (twice per month) meetings, and facilitating discussions at the meetings. 

 

National Elections Advocate

Location details: Virtual
Ideal for: Individual, Youth, Groups

We are looking for Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deafblind, or part of the wider community to join the CNIB Foundation in changing what it means to be blind today. Join us as an advocate!

Celebrating 100 years in 2018, CNIB Foundation is a non-profit organization driven to change what it is to be blind today. We deliver innovative programs and powerful advocacy that empowers people impacted by blindness to live their dreams and tear down barriers to inclusion.

Our focus over the next few months is ensuring the needs of Canadians with sight loss are on the agenda of all federal political parties and candidates. With a federal election this October 2019, CNIB's advocates will be a powerful voice. Join us to advocate in your community by engaging with federal candidates, voters and community organizations. Our goal is to have at least one advocate in each federal riding.

Specific Responsibilities and Tasks

Advocacy is persuading a person with influence, the public, businesses, organizations or governments to change their attitudes, policies and/or practices around an issue. We will advocate for an inclusive and barrier-free society in which people with sight loss can participate fully and are equal in every respect.

  • Become part of a network of active volunteers and create positive change for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Connect with the candidates in your riding to find out how, if elected, they would work to improve the lives of Canadians with sight loss.
  • Raise awareness of CNIB's election campaign by attending town halls and local debates, sharing information and key messages on social media, and connecting with other advocates.
  • Share CNIB advocacy resources and tools to build awareness.
  • Take part in CNIB advocate training opportunities when required.

When advocating as representative of CNIB, you are agreeing to keep to CNIB's messaging and not express personal opinions that are in conflict with CNIB's mission and values.

Other Responsibilities

  • Act as a community representative to raise awareness and deliver key messages on advocacy issues.
  • Participate in community events and consultations to ensure the needs of Canadians with sight loss are always top of mind.
  • Work with decision makers, such as local elected representatives and government officials, as well as businesses and organizations to discuss issues and concerns facing individuals living with sight loss.
  • Build community relationships to work together to break down barriers to accessibility for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
  • Raise advocacy issues for discussion with the wider community and provide regular feedback on your community advocacy initiatives.

Trishaw Pilot

Location details: Community Location

Calgary or Edmonton

Ideal for: Individual

Tasks will include:

  • Piloting a trishaw bike with participants while following all necessary safety precautions & procedures
  • Signing up for shifts using the online registration system
  • Picking up the trishaw and meeting clients at the CNIB office
  • Providing sighted guide for participants
  • Attending any necessary trishaw training
  • Ensuring the safety and care of participants to the best of the volunteer's ability
  • Wiping down any equipment after use (including but not limited to trishaw, helmets, safety vests)
  • Immediately reporting any malfunctions or safety issues to the Program Lead

Ambassador

Location details: Virtual

Anywhere: Initial training will be provided in Calgary & Edmonton with expansion to other areas of province. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

To promote education on vision health, vision loss, and prevention. Share stories about the impact of vision loss, the abilities of blind and partially sighted Canadians and the role CNIB plays in their lives.

  • Represent the CNIB Foundation to the general public and specific audiences including (but not limited to) community groups, corporations, schools senior centres, community health fairs and vision health professionals.
  • Work with Program Lead to coordinate bookings and travel to events
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB's role.
  • Set up display and demonstrate technical aids as required.
  • Submit a brief report after each booking, including travel time, length of engagement, number of attendees and how it went.

Ambassador Partner & Driver

Location details: Virtual

Anywhere Ambassadors are (variant throughout province)

Ideal for: Individual

To promote education on vision health, vision loss, and prevention. Support Ambassadors out in the community.

  • Work with Ambassadors to educate the public about the CNIB Foundation programs and Vision Loss Rehabilitation services, and vision loss as a whole.
  • Work with Program Lead to coordinate bookings and travel to events.
  • Drive Ambassadors to engagements and return them to their homes.
  • Contact Ambassadors to confirm time of pick-up and associated details.
  • Set up display and demonstrate technical aids as required.
  • When necessary, accompany Ambassador from the vehicle to the specific location to make sure they arrive, providing sighted guide as needed.
  • Help set up and tear down any associated materials.
  • Submit mileage expenses to Program Lead.

 

 

Braille Creative Writing Contest Judge - National

National program 

 

Ideal for: Individual

The 2019 CNIB Foundation’s annual braille creative writing contest is now open, and we are seeking a Bilingual Contest Judge to help us to find this year’s winner! Blind and partially sighted students from across Canada will show off their braille and writing skills and will be recognized at our annual conference.

 

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, all

Vision Mates provide community-based support through one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Regularly visit a client in his/her home or other suitable environments at a mutually convenient time
  • Activities are determined by client need and mutually agreed upon
  • Some approved activities are: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting