Peer-Support Volunteer

Overview

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

Locaton

Remote

Availability

Any day

Flexible hours

Commitment

2 - 5 months

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Individual

Sector

Community & Care

All ages

Development

Skills you would develop

  • Greater awareness for various disabilities

  • Active listening

  • Interpersonal

  • Empathy

  • Advocacy

Ideal for

  • High school students

  • University/college students

  • Young adults

  • Seniors

  • Caring and compassionate individuals

Contact

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Minette Samaroo

(437) 999-3839

Locaton

n/a

About the position

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a peer support advocacy group where we advocate for equal opportunities for the blind, partially sighted and deaf-blind. We have approximately 40 members who meet on a monthly basis.


AEBC has long been a leader in levelling the playing field for Canadians who are blind, deafblind or partially sighted. Since 1992, AEBC has participated in working groups and committees at the national, provincial and municipal levels and has advocated for equality in the way organizations and businesses deliver products, programs and services across Canada.


We are looking for volunteers to support individuals with visual impairments. This role would normally take place in person but is being conducted virtually (on Zoom) for the moment.


AEBC is committed to changing public perceptions about who we are, which have historically led to low expectations of our capabilities and have resulted in unacceptably high levels of unemployment.

Requirements

Your primary responsibility would be to attend Zoom meetings.


Once COVID-19 restrictions ease, your responsibilities would extend to:

  • Attending monthly meetings and act as a sighted guide to members at meeting (finding seats, connecting to one another)

  • Participating in events and acting as a sighted guide

  • Assisting with reading printed documents

About the organization

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) is a national grassroots, peer support organization that is comprised of Canadians who are blind, deafblind or partially sighted and our supporters from the public at large. We work to ensure we have a voice on all matters affecting our participation in Canada’s mainstream society.

Impact

By volunteering as a Sighted Support volunteer, you can play a meaningful role in supporting our mission to increase awareness of rights and responsibilities, so blind, deafblind and partially sighted individuals can have equal access to the benefits and opportunities of society.

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