Spinal Cord Injury BC is the go-to resource for the spinal cord injury (SCI) community. But we’re so much more than your typical non-profit organization. Join our team!
Spinal Cord Injury BC is a national leader in peer support, we excel at helping people form social connections and challenge themselves, and we take pride in developing our information resources. We’re innovative—we like to push the envelope and try new things. And we tell powerful stories through our magazine, videos, and donor communications about how our members adapt, adjust and thrive after an injury.
All of our staff come from various backgrounds and areas of expertise but we all share one thing: a passion for people. We challenge, support, and inspire one another. We are invested in each other’s personal and professional development and foster a flexible, fun, and dedicated office culture.
We are growing our team of high-performing, innovative people with a passion for positive change. If that sounds like you, read on!
We’re looking for Adaptive Cycling Program Volunteers and Peer Cycling Mentors to support our Adapted Cycling Program Coordinator. Help us build the first Adapted Cycling Club in Vancouver! Volunteers must be confident cyclists who are interested in inclusion in recreation and cycling, and supporting people with disabilities.
Volunteer positions are available supporting Bike Fitting and Cycling sessions (Saturdays) or Group Rides (on Wednesday Evenings) from May 14-August 28, 2022. Volunteers will receive training in adapted cycling instruction and those able to commit to regular sessions may receive free training in First Aid or Ride Leading. The program is based out of Trout Lake Park in Vancouver with monthly sessions in outlying communities including Burnaby, Surrey and North Vancouver. We are looking for several volunteers, however priority will go to those able to volunteer regularly.
Adaptive Cycling Program Volunteers:
DUTIES: Program set up and take down, equipment assessments and fittings, pre-ride check-ins, basic cycling skills clinics, participant safety, equipment cleaning and maintenance, and engaging with and supporting participants throughout the sessions to ensure a quality experience.
SKILLS NEEDED: Must be a confident cyclist on roads and urban trails and have access to a bike. Volunteers must be comfortable riding for 2 hours at a time, and Adaptive Cycling Program Volunteers must be able to lift 20lbs multiple times per session. Strong communication skills is an asset.
EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION: Experience with cycling instruction or organizations, supporting people with disabilities, or spinal cord injury is expected. Students or clinicians in human health, rehab and physical activity disciplines such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation are preferred.
Peer Cycling Mentors:
DUTIES: Experienced handcyclists or adaptive cyclists act as peer mentors, offering their expertise, troubleshooting tips and support for participants during Saturday Cycling Clinics or Wednesday Group Rides. Peer Cycling Mentors assist in demonstrating skills, offering feedback on technique and assist the program instructor and facilitator in looking after the safety and wellbeing of participants.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE: These volunteers must have personal disability experience and have been cycling for more than 2 years. Peer Cycling Mentors must have access to their own handcycle or adaptive bike in good condition.
To Apply: Please forward your cover letter and resume including
- the date you are available to begin volunteering
- Which volunteer position you are interested in
- Why this volunteer opportunity interests you
No later than May 22, 2022 – by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the high number of applicants, only those who meet the criteria will be contacted for an interview.
What have past interns and summer students said about SCI BC?
“My time working with SCI BC was filled with many incredible opportunities. I was ecstatic when the opportunity arose to collaborate with individuals who were passionate about spreading information and awareness regarding spinal cord injury and other related disabilities. I highly recommend volunteering or seeking information through the SCI BC team, as I have left with an abundance of new knowledge, new outlooks, as well as new friends.” – Christina
“My first co-op role was for Spinal Cord Injury BC which is a provincial non-profit. That was a job where I felt like I did not go to work, I went there and enjoyed what I did so much every day, that there was no way I could label it as a job. It was just a great time and you helped out so many people. I got to be creative and plan events but then also have more technical components of managing a budget. I definitely see myself going back to a nonprofit role, long term.” – Gazal
“Working at a non-profit organization gave me the opportunity to use my knowledge and skills in a meaningful way. The community at SCI BC is welcoming, friendly, encouraging, and inclusive. The organization trusted me to manage and complete a variety of important tasks from day one. I was given the freedom to execute many different jobs, and I was able to see events through inception to completion which I found very rewarding. The skills I learned and the connections I made at SCI BC are invaluable. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in working in an energetic and innovative environment.” –Gill
“[Working at SCI BC] was a tremendous opportunity as a student to gain hands-on experience from such a unique and encouraging group of individuals every single day.” –Michelle
Spinal Cord Injury BC strives to ensure equal employment opportunities to all qualified candidates, without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis. Spinal Cord Injury BC complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in the performance of Canadian Labour Codes and the BC Employment Standards.