Deaf & Hear Alberta is all about breaking down communication barriers for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals, their families and those who surround them. If you are interested in joining our team, please view the career and volunteer opportunities below.
There are no employment openings at this time.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Deaf & Hear Alberta (DHA) has more than 50 years of history in Calgary and other Alberta communities and is dedicated to addressing the accessibility, advocacy, education and communication needs of the Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing populations of Alberta.
Would you like to serve on the Board of Directors of Deaf & Hear Alberta?
The DHA Nominating Committee is seeking nominees for its Board of Directors to fill some upcoming vacancies.
The next board year will begin in June 2019. New members will join us as we continue to implement our strategic road map, pilot a new business model and continue to find new and innovative ways to serve our community.
Board members at DHA fill a governance role. Board members recently agreed to the following core values:
This year we are seeking new Board members with competencies in one or more of the following areas:
- Government relations
- Business or corporate management
- Technology or IT entrepreneur
- Community engagement
- Social Sector
Prior experience in the following areas would be an asset:
- Serving on a non-profit or for-profit governance board
- Developing social enterprises
- Human resources
Each Board member commits to a minimum 2-year term. Meetings occur approximately 5 times per year, in the evenings and are held at our DHA office in Calgary. Depending on interest, Board Directors may participate on Board Committees and are actively encouraged to participate in events and activities to support DHA.
Please indicate interest by submitting your name to the Nominating Committee by March 31, 2019. Please contact: Board@deafandhearalberta.ca
Deaf Seniors Companion
Would you like to make a difference in a senior’s life? We are currently seeking volunteers who would be willing to be a companion to a Deaf senior. Depending on the individual, this could involve a variety of things- visiting them in their home, going shopping together, or even just going for a walk. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide friendship and companionship to a senior who may not be able to participate in the same activities that they used to.
Please note: Due to the nature of this position, volunteers must be fluent in ASL.
For more information or to apply for this volunteer position, please contact our Manager of Deaf Services, Cindy Pilz, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Peer Mentors
Hearing loss can be devastating but with perseverance, positivity and the support of friends, family and community, it can be successfully navigated. Our Peer-to-Hear Mentoring program is supported and funded by FCSS (Family and Community Support Services), which allows us to offer support and assistance to adults at risk of isolation due to hearing loss. As the volunteer mentor, you will act as a support person and be willing to draw on your own experience to provide support. Mentors will attend a training session at Deaf & Hear Alberta.
In our individual mentoring program, the Mentor is expected to:
- Attend Mentor/Mentee Group Meet & Greet (1-2 hours) to:
- review the commitment, expectations, policies & procedures of mentoring program
- determine mentee’s goal for the length of the program
- Meet with their Mentees weekly for approximately one hour in a public space
- Complete program evaluations
In our group mentoring program, the Mentor is expected to:
- With the coordinator, meet with a group of between 3 – 6 adults on-site (within Calgary city limits)
- Attend one-hour bi-weekly meetings to assist in setting goals, and supporting issues of the group mentees
- Complete program evaluations
Support and monitoring are provided so that if you need access to Deaf & Hear Alberta resources our staff can help with that, or if any issues arise they can be dealt with quickly. If you would like to assist others in this journey, please contact our Peer-to-Hear Mentoring coordinator to volunteer.