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Volunteer opportunities

CNIB Ambassador

Location details: Virtual

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

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

From classrooms to health fairs or corporate lunch and learns, CNIB Ambassador's volunteer their time and talent to help educate the public about blindness. Structured Ambassador presentations cover topics like blindness etiquette, accessibility and inclusion, white canes and guide dogs, braille, assistive technologies, CNIB programs, as well as dispelling common myths and misconceptions. 


  • Represent CNIB 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.


Edmonton Men's Group Peer Facilitator

Location details: Office

In person meetings held at CNIB office, 11150 Jasper Ave Edmonton AB

Ideal for: Individual

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with sight loss? To use your own lived experience to provide support and engagement? Are you looking to contribute your skills while gaining leadership experience? CNIB is looking for a Volunteer Facilitator to lead the Edmonton Men's Peer Support Group. This group connects men living with sight loss in order to discuss issues, personal struggles and possible solutions with others who understand what they’re going through. Often featuring guest speakers on topics such as technology, health, transit, and police/public safety, the members of the Men's Group aim to gain new knowledge with each meeting


Provide community-based support: organize and run regular peer support group meetings in order to help individuals who are blind or partially sighted to access ongoing support from their peers and learn about community resources.  This particular group is specific in supporting Men in their journey with vision loss, providing a safe space to share and talk about issues important to the group.

Responsibilities & Tasks: 

  • This group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, both in-person and over the phone (physical meetings held in CNIB office in Edmonton) from 1-3 p.m., the Facilitator will need to be in-person for the majority of meetings.
  • Inform and remind participants of meeting dates, times, and location via phone and/or email (can also be done with help of an assistant).
  • Run meetings: Engage group discussions, welcome new members to the group, encourage participation, provide information about community resources and available CNIB/VLR programs and services as necessary.
  • Identify and book guest speakers for community resources (optional).
  • Regularly report back to supervisor, including attendance, and volunteer hours.  

Leadership Volunteer – Philanthropy

Location details: Virtual

Edmonton or Calgary

Ideal for: Individual


Provide support in CNIB AB/NWT & BC/Yukon's fund development programs, acting as a resource on the ground and engaging with supporters.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

Under direction of Philanthropy staff, you may be asked to support with some or all the tasks below:

  • Assist philanthropy team with donor stewardship, through potential tasks such as thank you calls.
  • Identify donor prospects through personal contacts.
  • Facilitate meetings between philanthropy staff and donor prospects and attend meetings with philanthropy staff where appropriate.
  • Identify community funding opportunities.
  • Available grants, corporate employee giving opportunities.
  • Speaking/Presenting at service clubs or other networking groups either virtually or in-person depending on the circumstances.
  • Promoting events to individual networks.

Virtual Vision Mate

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

For Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, physical distancing can present a unique set of challenges that can contribute to feelings of isolation that many already experience on a daily basis. 

During this unprecedented time, one of the easiest things we can do is reach out to each other to engage in friendly conversation and offer support. 

To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week. 

With physical distancing measures in place, it can be difficult for people with sight loss to pick up their groceries and prescriptions. If you're willing to help, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we'll ensure our community stays connected.

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the province! 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, Corporate, Student Placements

Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with four main tasks: reading, errands (like groceries and shopping), going for walks, and socializing.