Alberta

Community Connector

Wellspring Alberta is a charitable organization that supports, informs, and empowers those diagnosed with cancer by helping them address the fear, isolation, disruption and practical problems cancer can bring to their lives. An affiliate of the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation, Wellspring Alberta provides a comprehensive range of programs, support, resources, and programs so anyone living with cancer and the people who care about them can improve the quality of their lives. All programs and services are informed by evidence and offered free of charge and without referral in three centres and online. Our vision is that no one has to face cancer alone.

The collective efforts of our wonderful team of volunteers contribute to the heartbeat of Wellspring Alberta. Their commitment of time and talent is a gift of immeasurable worth. Volunteers embody the kindness, compassion and community that Wellspring Alberta extends to all who seek support in dealing with cancer.

 

Position Description:
Wellspring Alberta is building a team of passionate community connector volunteers to help raise awareness of Wellspring throughout Alberta with the goal of building localized cancer support communities, so that no one in Alberta has to face cancer alone.

Community Connectors are the voice of their local communities, and are responsible for building relationships, as well as providing ideas, feedback, and recommendations to Wellspring to help further support individuals and their families who are living with the impact of a cancer diagnosis.

While we are always looking for Community Connectors throughout the province, we are particularly interested in volunteers from these communities: Banff, Barrhead, Bonnyville, Drumheller, Grande Prairie, High River, Hinton, Lloydminster and Peace River.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Be an ambassador for Wellspring Alberta by sharing Wellspring’s mission, vision, programs, and services within your
  • Build awareness of Wellspring in your community by distributing brochures and posters, attending information booths, delivering presentations, and talking to healthcare providers and community members.
  • Assist patients, caregivers, and family members in registering as a Wellspring member and into
  • Conduct new member welcome calls and support people in accessing resources within Wellspring and the greater cancer community.
  • Help build local connections and relationships on behalf of Wellspring to assist with building localized cancer support communities.
  • Support Wellspring programing online and/or in-person.
  • Liaise with Wellspring team lead to pass on identified gaps, opportunities, ideas and needs on behalf of the local community.
  • Assist with identifying local support services that should be added to our Wellspring additional resource page.
  • Complete Wellspring admin processes as
  • Attend community connector meetings (held via zoom every 2 weeks) – required.
  • Attend peer support meetings (held every 2 weeks) – optional; for additional learning and training.
  • This volunteer position is not responsible for leading Wellspring programs.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • May be a Wellspring member or member of the general community, such as a health care
    professional or student; if a Wellspring member, no longer using programs for their own acute
    cancer support needs.
  • Must successfully complete a screening process (including interview, reference check, and police record check for the vulnerable sector) and training sessions.

 

Training requirements (provided):

  • Wellspring
  • Completions of three training sessions (including in-home and online facilitated learning).
  • Welcome call training.
  • Participation in a minimum of three Wellspring programs and a peer support phone
  • Ongoing in-service training as offered.
  • Sign off on Wellspring Alberta Code of Conduct and Confidentiality agreements.

 

What’s the commitment? Volunteer time is flexible based upon your availability. While we understand that personal circumstances might change, we ask that you do your best to commit to the role for a minimum of one year.

 

To apply:

Please contact outreach@wellspringalberta.ca for more information. To apply, complete the Wellspring Volunteer application form and we will be in touch soon.

 

Inclusion Statement

Wellspring Alberta is committed to being an inclusive organization. We are in a process of expanding the diversity of identities and lived experiences, to be more reflective of the communities in which we work and live. To support this process, we’ve become an employer partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, developed an Advisory group, and we are taking action as part of our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. We understand we’re on a journey, which will take time, and that increasing equity in our organization and in cancer care is critical.

We encourage applications from groups that are typically under-represented in cancer-serving organizations including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) individuals, LGBTQ2S+ identifying individuals, persons with disabilities, and candidates from all equity seeing groups.

We welcome you to contact us for a conversation about accessibility and accommodations throughout the recruitment process.

We know that women and people of colour are less likely to apply for roles unless they meet every single requirement. If you’re excited about the role, but your qualifications don’t match perfectly, we encourage you to apply.

We appreciate your interest in Wellspring and warmly welcome all applications.

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