Volunteer and Employment Opportunities


Volunteers Wanted for Speech Language Programs at Vancouver Coastal Health – Acute and Residential and Vancouver Coastal Health Community.

VCH Acute and Community Volunteer Resources are looking for volunteers to help with speech pathology programs at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, George Pearson Centre, Purdy and Banfield Pavilions (residential care) and in one to one setting in the community. Clients require assistance with speech and language for a variety of reasons including aphasia after a stroke and long term physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy.

Volunteer assignments range in length from 1 to 3 hours a week and you may be helping with a small aphasia group or paired up to work 1 to 1 with a client in the community. Clinical supervision is provided by the client’s Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), via email, phone call, meetings etc.  You must be comfortable working  independently both on site or out in the community.

Requirement for volunteers include a minimum four month commitment, minimum age of 18 years old,  a criminal record clearance, a three hour orientation to aphasia and being a SLP  volunteer provided by a SLP and specific training for the program or site you are assigned to  (i.e. Orientation to GF Strong). The training session will take place in late April or early May, 2017. Because of the types of clients we support, you may not receive a placement immediately. We do a large intake and training of  volunteers once or twice a year and you will be matched with a client when one becomes available.

If you are interested, please apply  by submitting a volunteer application and resume. To find the application, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to the VCH web site: www.vch.ca
  2. Click- Get Involved, then
  3. Volunteer
  4. VCH Acute Services. Print the application, fill it in and return it by email, fax or post to the central processing address at VGH.

Note: In the category of Placement, please mark with an ‘X’  Other and indicate Speech-language Pathology, as it is not currently a printed option.

OR  contact Rachel Miles, the Coordinator, Volunteer Resources, at GF Strong at rachel.miles@vch.ca

Please apply by March 31, 2017.



Student in Linguistics or Speech Sciences needed to work with a six-year-old boy, who lives in Burnaby, not far from Boundary Rd.  The position would essentially be to “tutor” him in phonological and phonemic awareness and general reading readiness skills, and the goals and program would be supervised by a registered SLP in private practice.  Time spent directly with the child would be approximately one hour once or twice a week, and prep time would be at the student’s discretion.
 Interested students can send applications to Levonne (parent), at: levonneabshire@icloud.com
COLUMBIA SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SERVICESColumbia Speech and Language Services has an immediate need for one or two volunteers to provide some practice, under the direction of an SLP, to a gentleman who lives in Point Grey; this could ideally begin as early as next week.

In addition, Columbia Speech and Language Services has a variety of needs for volunteers to work with speech pathologists over the year both in Vancouver and in Surrey, so they keep a list of potential volunteers on hand.

Please contact Columbia directly if you are interested in either opportunity: info@columbiaspeech.com

Website: http://www.columbiaspeech.com/


Learning Buddies Network, founded by paediatrician Dr. Alisa Lipson, is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping struggling young children from inner-city elementary schools develop essential literacy and numeracy. Matching them with older positive role models, like you, help provide an opportunity for these struggling students to improve their self-esteem and allow them to believe, despite challenges they have faced, that they can succeed when someone is there to believe in them!
Our reading and math tutoring programmes run once a week, after school, at elementary schools across Metro Vancouver. By volunteering with LBN, volunteers take on significant responsibilities and develop leadership, communication and organization skills. You will have the opportunity to work directly with one child and develop a supportive mentoring relationship that will help foster building their learning skills, self-esteem and a positive attitude. If you are a university student looking for a meaningful volunteer experience, we are looking for you to join us! For programme details and to apply, please visit http://learningbuddiesnetwork.com/?p=87. We accept applicants on a rolling basis and our spots fill up quickly so please apply early to maximize your chances of getting into the programme of your choice!

New Vista Care Home in South Burnaby is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles working directly with elders with dementia, stroke, and other conditions relevant to rehabilitation sciences. Please email Margaret Hansen, margareth@newvista.bc.ca to apply.



A local non-profit that serves stroke survivors and others who are in need of communication opportunities is looking for student volunteers. Hours available would be Wed or Fri 10:30-1:30 or Wed 1-3. (Volunteer one hour or more per week). For more information, please contact:  Marilyn Piticco Executive Director/Program Facilitator at marilynpiticco@gmail.com


Paul’s Club

Paul’s Club is a social and recreational day program in Vancouver (111 Robson Street) that has been developed to cater to the specific needs of those living with Early Onset Dementia. Diagnosis or symptoms prior to age 65.

Paul’s Club is open three days per week Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4pm. Membership is limited to 15 members per day. We would be delighted if any undergraduate is interested in volunteering at Paul’s Club for any period of time and on any day. We do require a Criminal Record Check and are happy to provide a brief orientation.

Please call Nita Levy (Executive Director) 778 558 1894.



The SFU Summer Camps team is seeking enthusiastic, energetic, and fun individuals to join their summer camps team. They are currently looking for ESL Camp and Mini University- Linguistics Camp Head Instructors and Instructors, who will be responsible for planning and carrying out various activities for campers. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to become educators or to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in their program. Camps will provide many different opportunities to implement lesson plans, utilize specific activities, and interact with children of all ages and abilities. The deadline for Head Instructor applications is March 5th, 2017 and the deadline for Instructor applications is April 9th, 2017. Employment with SFU Summer Camps will range from June 19th to September 8th. For any additional inquiries or information, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/camps/career.html or email admin_camps@sfu.ca