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VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

The 2021 recipients of the Life Without Limits Volunteer Award are Gavin Thomas and Patrick Chan. 

Gavin Thomas joined the CPAA family as a volunteer in 2019, assisting kids in our Calgary Swim Without Limits program. In 2020, he transitioned into a virtual volunteer role with our Buddy System Program where he meets each week with his buddy to play online games, chat, and tell jokes. We were also lucky enough to have Gavin host two fundraisers for us, the first one being in 2020, where he did a 100km cycle around the Glenmore velodrome. The second and most recent fundraiser, in December of 2021, was a "virtual Everesting” where Gavin cycled the equivalent height of Mount Everest on the virtual cycling platform “Zwift”. He raised $5000 in total for our organization. 

 

Patrick Chan has been volunteering with us since 2018. His involvement and passion for helping have been shown since the first time Patrick stepped foot in our organization. Patrick has volunteered at our Computabilities program since the start. He has helped by assisting our clients with learning basic computer skills such as how to use Microsoft office, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. He also assists clients with basic internet skills along with developing social media skills such as Facebook and YouTube, as well as many more aspects of the Internet world.

Thank you to Gavin and Patrick for your continued support of Cerebral Palsy Alberta and our programs! 
 

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN CALGARY

 

Cerebral Palsy Alberta (CPAA) offers volunteer opportunities for all commitment levels including one-time events, ongoing programs or office-based work. Volunteers play a fundamental role in the programs and services that we offer to our members and the community. There is an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to become volunteers.

By volunteering with us, you are a positive representation of our organization in the office, the community and especially in the lives of other people. Volunteering with the CPAA is an opportunity to use your personal interests and skills towards creating a Life without Limits for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

Our program volunteers provide support and instill confidence in our members while they engage in meaningful activities.  We are currently seeking volunteers to support our Kids Aqua Therapy and Dance Without Limits programs. 

Swim Without Limits:

Cerebral Palsy Alberta's Swim Program is back and volunteers are needed! Here are the details:

Role
- Engage in high degree of interaction with children ages 3-15 with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities
- Work with the swimmers on a one-on-one basis to help them with the execution of the exercises 

Primary Responsibilities
- Support program participant with 1:1 interaction
- Follow instructions from the swim instructor and adapt appropriately to the participant you are paired up with
- Ensure safety of the participant and communicate quietly to caregiver/parent if you feel the participant needs their assistance
- Follow up with instructor or CPAA program coordinator after program commences and communicate any problems, needs, or concerns with the participant 

Commitment
- Starts October 2022
Wednesdays: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Inglewood Aquatic Centre - 1527 17 Ave SE  Calgary, AB
A current police check with vulnerable sector screening must be completed prior to volunteering in our programs.


Please contact our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator at 780-222-6654 or via Email.

CONCESSION VOLUNTEER - Shaw Charity Classic 2023 Coming Soon

The Shaw Charity Classic is a unique and fun way to raise money and enjoy fellowship, not to mention the stories you and your friends can share after the tournament.  

Volunteers need to be 18 years of age and up. 

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN EDMONTON

 

Cerebral Palsy Alberta (CPAA) offers volunteer opportunities for all commitment levels including one-time events and ongoing programs. Volunteers play a fundamental role in the programs and services that we offer to our members and the community. There is an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to become volunteers.

By volunteering with us, you are a positive representation of our organization in the community and especially in the lives of other people. Volunteering with the CPAA is an opportunity to use your personal interests and skills towards creating a Life without Limits for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS

Our program volunteers provide support and instill confidence in our members while they engage in meaningful activities.  We are currently seeking volunteers to support our Kids Aqua Therapy and Dance Without Limits programs. 

Kids Aqua Therapy

Cerebral Palsy Alberta's Aqua Therapy Program is back and volunteers are needed! Here are the details:

Role
- Engage in high degree of interaction with children ages 2-12 with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities
- Work with the swimmers on a one-on-one basis to help them with the execution of the exercises 

Primary Responsibilities
- Support program participant with 1:1 interaction
- Follow instructions from the swim instructor and adapt appropriately to the participant you are paired up with
- Ensure safety of the participant and communicate quietly to caregiver/parent if you feel the participant needs their assistance
- Follow up with instructor or CPAA program coordinator after program commences and communicate any problems, needs, or concerns with the participant 

Commitment
- Starts October 2022
- 6-week program
- Classes run from 1:30pm – 2:30pm on Saturdays
- Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes earlier to change and be ready
- Location: Don Wheaton YMCA
A current police check with vulnerable sector screening must be completed prior to volunteering in our programs.


Please contact our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator at 780-222-6654 or via Email.

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Dance Without Limits: currently has a waitlist 

Cerebral Palsy Alberta's Dance program is back and volunteers are needed! Here are the details:

Role
-As a mentor you will be assisting children (4-18yrs) during dance classes, motivating them, helping with balance, movements and positioning.

Primary Responsibilities
- Support program participant with 1:1 interaction
- Follow instructions from the dance instructor and adapt appropriately to the participant you are paired up with
- Ensure safety of the participant and communicate quietly to caregiver/parent if you feel the participant needs their assistance
- Follow up with instructor or CPAA program coordinator after program commences and communicate any problems, needs, or concerns with the participant 

Commitment
- Saturdays starting September 24, 2022
- Classes run from 3:30pm – 4:30pm and 4:30pm - 5:30pm 
- Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes earlier to change and be ready
- Location: Buchanan Centre, 11209 86 Street NW, Edmonton, AB   
A current police check with vulnerable sector screening must be completed prior to volunteering in our programs.


Please contact our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator at 780-222-6654 or via Email.

 

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Primary Responsibilities: 
•   Adapting to the different learning styles of members and accommodating to their needs through demonstrations, simplification of complex instruction through descriptions and examples
•    Demonstrating coaching strategies while commending and providing feedback on member’s progress
•    Instilling confidence in the members while enabling them to apply their newly acquired computer skills
•    Demonstrating flexibility while adapting to the diversity of the member’s abilities, computer knowledge, interests and lifestyle
•    Offering support, suggestions and interaction with new volunteers 
•    Updating CPAA staff with advanced notice of absence - preferably 24 hours’ prior to make alternate arrangements
•    Completing evaluations on member participation and overall program

Commitment:
•    Classes run on Fridays: 
Online 10 am to 11am; In-person from 11am to 12pm and 12pm to 1pm 
•    Location: CPAA office, 10025 Jasper Ave #103, Edmonton,
 


Please contact our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator at 780-222-6654 or via Email.

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Art Expressions

Primary Responsibilities: 
•   Assisting the Art Instructor with the overall facilitation of the classes 
•    Assisting participants with set up and cleanup of the art supplies prior to and following each class 
•    Assisting members with limited physical mobility upon arrival and conclusion of the classes (meeting them at the entrance and guiding them into the designated room)
•    Actively engaging with the members in the class and assisting them with their paintings, drawings and sculptures 
•    Adapting to the different learning styles of members and accommodating to their needs through demonstrations, simplification of complex instruction through descriptions and examples when necessary 
•    Updating CPAA staff with advanced notice of absence - preferably 24 hours’ prior to make alternate arrangements
•    Offering support, suggestions and interaction with new volunteers 
•    Completing evaluations on member participation and overall program


•    Commitment: 
•    Classes run on Wednesdays, from 2pm-4pm
•    Location: Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, Edmonton
 


Please contact our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator at 780-222-6654 or via Email.

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Bingo Event Volunteers 

Date/Time: Thursday, November 3 | 5:00 pm - 9:30pm

                    Tuesday, December 20 | 5:00 pm - 9:30pm

Location: West End Bingo, 17304 105 Avenue NW

Please contact our Edmonton Volunteer Coordinator at 780-222-6654 or via Email.

Must be 18 year of age or older to volunteer for Bingo events. 

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