National Elections Advocate

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This role is a 'set your own schedule' and there is no fixed time commitment. However, when advocacy issues arise, we expect that you will work with us to plan and act.

We will begin training in July about what it means to be a CNIB Volunteer. In August we will begin training on our election campaign. Throughout the summer we will ask to help with some pre-outreach activity. This will be no more than 2 hours per month.

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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.
Benefit of position
  • Being part of a larger movement of advocates across Canada, working towards the same goal.
  • Support grassroots community initiatives in your community and across Canada.
  • Making a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted in your community and across Canada by making sure their concerns and issues are heard.
  • Access to advice on individual advocacy issues and learning from other advocates who have overcome a similar situation.
  • Opportunity to gain or share skills in communications, media and government relations, strategic planning and advocacy.
  • Being part of a dedicated and passionate team of like-minded individuals working to further CNIB’s mission.
Qualities, Skills and Training
  • Excellent communication skills and confident speaking on the phone and in-person.
  • Strong public speaking skills and comfortable with delivering presentations.
  • Comfortable interacting with elected representatives and senior officials.
  • Ability to make connections and mobilize others to act.
  • Ability to keep calm even in high pressure situations or in conflict.
  • Ability to articulate key messages clearly and concisely.
  • Reliable, organized and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • You’ll learn about CNIB, our community, and sight loss.

We'll be making society a more accessible place together and will have fun doing it!

Position Commitment
Short Term
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If you are interested in this position please send an email to

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