Do you want to give back to your community, meet new people, have unique experiences, or gain valuable work experience? Sign up as an SCI BC volunteer today!

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We are always looking for friendly people with a passion for helping others. Whether you decide to help out at one of our fun events or lend a hand at our offices, we greatly appreciate your time and your commitment to making a difference in your community. If you’d like to learn more about who we are and what we do, check out our About Us page or read our staff bios—we hope to hear from you soon!

Volunteer Opportunities

General Event Day Volunteers

*Please note, due to COVID-19 we have temporarily suspended all in-person events and event volunteer opportunities.*

Position Description

We need volunteers to help us with:

  • bringing supplies from the office to the event
  • set-up
  • registration
  • cooking
  • serving food and beverage
  • taking photos
  • take-down
  • returning supplies to the office

Time Commitment: min 2hrs

Qualifications

  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Professional and courteous
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Able to assist where needed; flexible
  • Own vehicle is an asset
  • Foodsafe is an asset

Accountability

You will report to the Event Manager and/or Volunteer Coordinator.

Benefits

Special Event experience.
Opportunity to make a difference in a great community organization

To Apply

Please apply below or send your resume and a cover letter listing your interests to Jenna Wright at jwright@sci-bc.ca.

Event Day Photographer / Videographer

*Please note, due to COVID-19 we have temporarily suspended all in-person events and event volunteer opportunities.*

Position Description

  • Photography of participants during events
  • Videography of a specific topic during events as instructed
  • Editing of photos post-event
  • Editing of video post-event
  • Providing SCI BC with all the footage post-event

Time Commitment: 2-8 hours depending on the event

Qualifications

  • Some photography experience required
  • Ability to provide a portfolio of previous work
  • Owning equipment is necessary
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Professional, courteous and understanding
  • Ability to take direction when required

Accountability

You will report to the Communications Manager.

Benefits

  • Event photography experience
  • Opportunity to make a difference in a great community organization
  • Opportunity to work with a well-recognized Vancouver based non-profit
  • Networking opportunities

To Apply

Please apply below or send your resume and a cover letter listing your interests to Alison Brierley at abrierley@sci-bc.ca.

Adaptive Cycling Volunteers

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. 

REQUIREMENTS (BOTH ROLES):  

Spinal Cord Injury BC has adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires all staff and volunteers to be fully vaccinated. For those not able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please provide documentation verifying medical exemption from the vaccine to be considered for this role.  Applicants selected for volunteer roles must undergo a Criminal Record Check for Vulnerable Persons (at no cost to the volunteer) or share results of a current equivalent Criminal Record Check.

 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 

Apply by email to hr@sci-bc.ca. 

Due to the high number of applicants, only those who meet the criteria will be contacted for an interview.  

Peer Mentorship at GF Strong

Position Description

SCI BC needs peer volunteers who have experienced rehab at GF Strong and have spinal cord injury to assist SCI BC Peer Coordinator staff to support and connect peers at our SCI Resource Centre office at GF Strong Rehab Centre in Vancouver. You’ll receive in-person and online training in peer mentorship and SCI resources and support in BC.

Responsibilities

  • Share support and experiences with clients at GF Strong Rehab Centre with new injuries and their families, and outpatient clients and visitors.
  • Provide coffee, hospitality and a listening ear to visitors to the Resource Centre office.
  • Help connect clients and family members to community supports and information.
  • Get peers involved in our busy summer events calendar and peer coffee groups.

Qualifications

  • Lived experience with spinal cord injury and physical rehab at GF Strong Rehab Centre
  • Unique life experiences and interests to share
  • Non-judgemental listener, familiar with local supports and services for people with disabilities
  • Can reliably attend a scheduled volunteer shift

Time Commitment

  • 3-4 hour shifts between 11 am and 3 pm at least one weekday/month
  • There are shifts available as often as once a week, depending on your level of interest and time

Must be 19+ and able to pass a criminal record check.

To Apply

Please apply below or send your resume and a cover letter listing your interests to Jocelyn Maffin at jmaffin@sci-bc.ca

We are always happy to discuss opportunities that aren’t listed above!

If you have any questions please contact Jenna Wright at jwright@sci-bc.ca.

Your Impact

Your volunteer work has a huge positive impact on the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and related physical disabilities. Read stories from previous volunteers and see how your generosity makes a difference.

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“I think my favourite part about SCI BC events is seeing the look on people’s faces when they actually get out and they’re able to do stuff that they normally would not be able to do.”

– Rachel Allenbrand, SCI BC Volunteer

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