Volunteer

When you become a volunteer of The Dementia Society, you have a chance to:

  • Help make life better for those living with dementia
  • Help improve the quality of community life
  • Support a cause that you believe in
  • Work with other members of the team to achieve a specific goal

Volunteering also helps you make a difference in your own life. You can:

  • Use your professional skills  in a new setting
  • Meet other people who share your interests and passions
  • Learn new skills and discover new talents
  • Advance your career or gain experience and qualifications for future employment, scholarships, bursaries and academic programs
  • Build your network and establish contacts in your field of interest
  • Boost your health and reduce your stress
  • Create a schedule that works for  you
  • Have fun!

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau

Volunteers reach out to our community to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and the services available at The Dementia Society. No one needs to go on this journey alone. This is achieved by making presentations to community, church, service and seniors groups, retirement home residents and their families, multi-cultural associations, college and university students, government employees, etc.

Volunteers may also manage booths across the region at senior wellness fairs, conferences, businesses, government agencies, etc.

We are a member of Health Partners along with 15 other National Health Charities in Canada. Volunteers speak on behalf of The Dementia Society during Health Partners fundraising initiatives.

Dementia Tele-Support

The Dementia Tele-Support Counselors are responsible for providing support and information to caregivers of persons living with dementia and on occasion the individual with dementia. Volunteers in this role are required to complete 30 hours of training which is done on-line and in person.  They commit to 4 hours per week for a minimum of six months.

Support Services

Support Group Facilitator — Volunteer facilitators lead monthly support groups for caregivers of individuals with dementia. We have support groups throughout Ottawa and Renfrew County offering a wide variety of specializations in both English and French. These groups offer a confidential, compassionate and knowledgeable environment where caregivers can discuss the challenges they encounter in everyday living with dementia. Participants have the opportunity to meet other caregivers, share experiences and find support.

Social Group Facilitator — Volunteers convene a social group for individuals in the early stages of dementia and their family members. Groups such as Lunch Bunch and Café Rencontre offer opportunities for building networks and having fun.

Minds in action

Minds in Action is a one hour exercise program led by a City of Ottawa trained fitness instructor. The program is for individuals with early stage dementia and their care partners.
Volunteers will help participants experience the physical benefits of improved balance, mobility and flexibility. Participants will enjoy the social benefits of meeting with others who are living with dementia and their care partners.

Thanks for the memories

Volunteers will lead this recreation program which offers an opportunity for dementia partners (caregiver and person with dementia) to spend time listening to music, singing, drumming or using mouth organs with perhaps the odd dance.  A very special shared experience offered once a week for eight weeks four times a year in a variety of locations.

Fundraising

Volunteers help raise awareness and secure financial support by participating in various fundraising events. This may involve planning, public relations, preparation and assistance on the day of fundraising events. Our largest annual fundraising event is the Walk for Dementia.

Office/administration

Volunteers provide essential support in many areas of administrative and computer services in our Ottawa office. Opportunities include working at the reception desk, photocopying, assembling workshop packages, preparing mail outs, tracking memorial donations, making workshop reminder phone calls and managing database entries and updates during business hours.

Communications

Volunteers share their communications skills to assist in raising awareness of dementia in our community.  Opportunities include writing articles for newsletters and community newspapers, posting events on community/media websites and providing photography services.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Scheidegger, Manager of HR and Volunteers, at mscheidegger@dsorc.org or 613-523-4004 Ext. 3105

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time and skills with The Dementia Society.

It is only with the help of volunteers that we can meet the rising demand for outreach and support of individuals and their families living with dementia. We strive to find the best match for your interests and talents and to provide a fulfilling and enriching volunteer opportunity for you.

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Please send us an email with any of your questions and we'd be happy to get back to you.

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