Become a Volunteer

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

DEAF & HEAR ALBERTA

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 volunteering, please view the volunteer opportunities below.

For more information please contact leslieb@deafandhearalberta.ca

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors

Deaf & Hear Alberta is seeking nominees for its Board of Directors to fill upcoming vacancies.

The next Board of Directors term will begin in June 2020. New members will join us as we continue to implement our strategic plan and continue to find new and innovative ways to serve our community.

The Nominating Committee is seeking new Board members with competencies in one or more of the following areas:

  • Government relations
  • Finance and/or Accounting
  • Community engagement
  • Health, social or community services sector

Prior experience in the following areas would be an asset:

  • Serving on a non-profit or for-profit governance board
  • Developing social enterprises
  • Connection to or within the DHA community

In addition to the above competencies, province-wide representation on the board is important.  Through technology, online attendance at board meetings is a possibility, and we encourage applicants throughout the province to apply.

Each Board member commits to a minimum 2 year term. Meetings occur monthly, approximately 10 times per year, in the evenings.  Depending on interest, Board Directors may participate on Board Committees and are actively encouraged to participate in events and activities to support Deaf & Hear Alberta.

DHA strives to integrate our values of diversity and social inclusion in all that we do. Strong leadership is created through the sharing of diverse experiences and perspectives. We actively seek candidates who embody these principles and who reflect the communities we serve.

Please indicate interest by submitting your name to the Nominating Committee by April 10th, 2020. Please contact board@deafandhearalberta.ca

Step Ahead Program

Are you interested in working with Deaf & Hard of Hearing isolated seniors within your community to feel better connected with friends, family & the community? Do you enjoy teaching others how to safely use technology? Deaf & Hear Alberta has a new funded initiative – the Deaf & Hear Alberta Step Ahead program where we work towards diminishing social isolation and loneliness with the use of technology & volunteerism. If this sounds like you, please contact Leslie at Deaf & Hear Alberta.

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: cindyp@deafandhearalberta.ca

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.