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Volunteer Playroom Assistants

Program: Circles of Care and Connection, Early Years Refugee Program, Mt. Pleasant Family Centre

Location: Vancouver – ISSofBC Welcome Centre, (2610 Victoria Drive)

Duties:

  • Provide a welcoming, safe, respectful and inclusive environment
  • Assist with set-up and clean-up of activities
  • Engage with children during playtime, hold infants, engage in friendly adult conversations
  • Assist with general housekeeping tasks (washing of toys/cleaning tables/ sweeping floor etc)

Skills and Qualities:

  • Good command of spoken English, excellent interpersonal skills, and an ability to speak other languages an asset (especially Arabic)
  • Knowledge and commitment to the principles and practices of Family Resource Programs and family-centred child-care
  • Sensitive to the ethnic and cultural diversity of newcomers to Canada, and willing to work cross-culturally
  • Self-motivated, patient and nurturing
  • Non-judgmental and genuinely positive attitude (culture, religion, sexuality, special needs) and freedom from stereotypes

Education:

  • ECE course, certificate or experience preferable

Commitment:

  • 1-2 consistent morning or afternoon shifts per week for a minimum of 3 months

Hours available are:

Mondays: 1pm to 3:30pm

Tuesdays: 9am to 12pm, or 1pm to 3:30pm

Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm, or 1pm to 3:30pm

Fridays: 11am to 3pm (Community Kitchen)

Contact: If interested, please email your resume and availability to laura.pasut@issbc.org


Volunteer Librarian for the ESL/LINC Program – Vancouver

Location: Vancouver – Welcome Centre (2610 Victoria Drive)

Duties:

  • Working in partnership with another volunteer librarian, you will familiarize yourself with texts on the student library cart, keep the texts organized, and manage the student lending system.
  • Wheel the library cart to morning and afternoon ESL/LINC classes.
  • Record books taken out and returned by students.
  • Recommend reading material to students based on their English level.
  • With some levels, facilitate groups of students in reading aloud and helping them with their comprehension.
  • Assist in maintaining the organization of the instructors’ library which may involve shelving, labeling and organizing books, and keeping the database up to date.

Skills:

  • Basic understanding of adult ESL or similar adult education background is very helpful.
  • Able to adjust language to communicate with adults with very low levels of English (CLB1).
  • Able to evaluate adult ESL texts (in the student library) and make useful recommendations at different CLB levels.
  • Able to organize a student library cart and keep accurate records of texts and loans.
  • Physical ability to do the job.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TESL training an asset

Commitment:

  • Thursdays from 10:00am until 3:00pm (5 hours per week including 30 minutes for lunch, for a minimum 3 months)
  • Volunteers will be required to do a criminal record check.

Contact: If interested, please email with resume attached to laura.pasut@issbc.org


Settlement Mentor – New Westminster

Location: New Westminster – #280 – 610 Sixth Street

Duties:

  • Meet once per week for a 6 – 12 month period with a newcomer.
  • Welcome newcomers to Canada and connect them to their community.
  • Be a resource person who assists newcomers to learn about different aspects of life in Canada.
  • Be an explorer who is interested in learning about newcomers’ culture and language.
  • Be a friend who provides friendship and support to newcomers.
  • Be an initiator who takes the lead to develop a connection with the newcomer and maintains contact each week.

Skills:

  • Willingness to learn and appreciate the cultural practices of others
  • Desire to help others
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Knowledge of services and resources available in New Westminster (or the ability to research them)

Commitment: 2-4 hours a week for 6 – 12 months

Dates: Continuous intake throughout the year

Contact: Vanessa Galt
604.522.5902 Ext. 1712
volunteernewwest@issbc.org


Settlement Mentor – Langley

Location: Langley Office – #204 – 20621 Logan Avenue

Duties:

  • Meet once per week for a 6 – 12 month period with a newcomer.
  • Welcome newcomers to Canada and connect them to their community.
  • Be a resource person who assists newcomers to learn about different aspects of life in Canada.
  • Be an explorer who is interested in learning about newcomers’ culture and language.
  • Be a friend who provides friendship and support to newcomers.
  • Be an initiator who takes the lead to develop a connection with the newcomer and maintains contact each week.

Skills:

  • Willingness to learn and appreciate the cultural practices of others
  • Desire to help others
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Knowledge of services and resources available in Langley

Commitment: 3 hours a week for 6 – 12 months

Dates: Continuous intake throughout the year

Contact: Ana-Marie
604.510.5136
ana-marie.panczel@issbc.org


Canadian citizens and immigrants are eligible to become ISSofBC volunteers. You must be willing to commit to a minimum of three months. Due to the nature of working with ISSofBC clients, a valid criminal record check for vulnerable populations will be required prior to volunteering. In addition, all applicants must attend an orientation session and additional training as needed. We ask for applicant’s patience as these strict selection criteria and processes can take time to complete.