Walking Partner for Next Steps Walking Program

(March of Dimes Canada, Head Office - Toronto)

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Position ID: V-CWD0386 Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 Last Full Update: 07 Jun 2021
Opportunity Details
CommentsCOVID-19 Alert 
This program is currently not running their volunteer program due to COVID-19. Please call or email for updates.
ContactRodrigo Konigs, Senior Manager, Volunteer Engagement, March of Dimes Canada; Phone: 905-301-9995; Email: volunteer@marchofdimes.ca
DutiesThe 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. 
If you are interested in joining our Next Steps team, please contact volunteer@marchofdimes.ca with “Next Steps” and your desired location in the subject line for more information.
More Info Linkwww.marchofdimes.ca
BenefitsBenefits of the Position: 
* 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) 
March of Dimes Canada’s mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with physical disabilities. To this end March of Dimes Canada provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities throughout the country. To learn more about March of Dimes Canada please visit website.
ClientsStroke survivors
Ages16 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDYes
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Youth (12-18) ; Highschool students ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Couples ; Families ; Groups ; Individuals ; Community Groups ; Workplaces / Corporate Groups
Areas of InterestPhysical Fitness & Exercise ; Rehabilitation Support ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work
Commitment LengthMinimum commitment is 3 months.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group ; Large Group
Minimum Hours3 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Afternoon (Barrie - Georgian Mall) 
Tuesday: Morning (Orillia - Orillia Square Mall) 
Barrie location: Monday afternoon Orillia location: Tuesday morning
SeasonsYear Round ; The minimum commitment for this program is 3 months
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance
LocationVarious locations in Simcoe County
Number of PositionsBarrie: 5 individual(s) ; Orillia: 4 individual(s) ; Simcoe County: 1 individual(s) 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on-going
TransportationNear public transit
Additional RequirementsExperience 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: 
Reliable (required) 
Empathetic (required) 
Able to follow direction (required) 
Self-directed; able to work independently and take initiative (required) 
Sensitive to the needs of others (required) 
Sociable and friendly; comfortable engaging with others (required) 
Respectful, polite, helpful (required) 
Able to demonstrate a positive attitude (required) 
Dedicated and committed (required)
Agency Details
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Organization NameMarch of Dimes Canada, Head Office - Toronto
Office Phone416-425-3463
Toll Free Phone1-800-263-3463 * Assistive Devices Program, Intake Centre: 1-866-765-7237 * Home and Vehicle Modification Program: 1-877-369-4867
Address & Map
10 Overlea Blvd
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4