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Position: 2582 - Peer Visitor to Stroke Survivors
Organization: March of Dimes Canada
Position Address: Various hospitals within Peel region
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon

Goal
March of Dimes Canada's (MODC) mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with physical disabilities. To accomplish this, 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, 'click' on our website 'link' in 'Social Media', below.

Our 'Peers Fostering Hope' program hugely depends on volunteering by stroke survivors and caregivers who have assisted stroke survivors firsthand. If you have had these experiences, becoming a volunteer in the program affords you the chance to give back, plus 'show the way to recovery' for others. Bearing this in mind, EVERYONE WINS!
Description
March Of Dimes Canada (MODC) seeks volunteers to act as Peer Visitors for our 'Peers Fostering Hope' program! 'Peers Fostering Hope' connects volunteers who are stroke survivors or caregivers well into their recovery, with new stroke survivors or caregivers in a hospital setting (acute care, inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation unit). The volunteers who support the program have a firsthand understanding of the factors associated with psychological and physical health after stroke, and utilize their experience to provide hope, encouragement, and emotional support to people who are entering the recovery process.The peer visitor draws on their personal experience with stroke recovery and their resilience to elicit a positive response in stroke patients. The peer visitor helps patients become more hopeful about their new situation by facilitating informative and emotionally supportive conversations. The peer visitor also acts as positive role model for stroke recovery and resuming life after stroke.Location: Various hospitals across Southern Ontario, including TRILLIUM Mississauga network in Peel region, Oakville, Toronto, Milton, and BurlingtonAre you interested in joining our team? Contact [email protected], and include "PFH Volunteer" in the subject line. IF you have created a 'volunteer profile' with Volunteer MBC, you may also 'click' on the yellow box 'Apply Now!', below, to indicate your interest in exploring this valuable opportunity further.

Benefits
> Receive training from MODC and assigned hospital> Gain experience in a hospital setting and develop greater knowledge of stroke rehabilitation> Opportunity to have a positive impact on those who have been affected by stroke> Opportunity to develop and strengthen your communication skills> Develop and/or strengthen your personal support network> Participate as a valued volunteer of March of Dimes Canada and the assigned hospital team

Qualifications
Skills NEEDED or PREFERRED: ● Strong interpersonal skills (preferred)● Reliable (required)● Self-directed, able to work independently (required)● Able to follow directions (required)● Able to demonstrate a positive attitude (required)● Respects and values the opinions and ideas of others (required)Experience NEEDED or PREFERRED: ● Minimum age - 20● Must be a stroke survivor (18 months minimum since stroke occurred) or a caregiver for someone who has had a stroke (preferred)● Independently mobile (with or without supports)Commitment REQUIRED:● Length of volunteering engagement - 6 months to 1 year● At least 1 visit to the hospital assigned per weekMin Age: 20   
Police Check: Not required   
Resume: Not required   
Driver's Licence: Not required


Time Commitment
This is a Long Term (More than 6 months) commitment
Shifts are available Anytime

Successful candidates can expect to visit their assigned hospital WEEKLY.

Volunteers may expect to set the specific schedules in cooperation with MODC and their assigned hospital.

Training
Training and orientation to be provided to successful candidates.

More Details
Areas of Interest: Education & Learning, Counselling & Mental Health, Healthcare, Life Skills & Accessibility, Senior Support
Accessibility: Partially Accessible Workspace
Ideal for: Individuals, Newcomers, Older Adults



How to Contact
Send an Email Message
Social Media
http://www.marchofdimes.ca
https://www.facebook.com/MarchofDimesCanada/
https://twitter.com/modcanada
https://www.youtube.com/user/marchofdimescda
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