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Darlene Smith

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR

The 2022 recipients of the Life Without Limits Volunteer Award are Darlene Smith and Kalvin Eng. 

Darlene Smith has done so much for us from volunteering in three programs, Gleeful Gardening, Art FUNdamentals, and the Heart & Soul Music Therapy as well as the well known, Gifts from the Heart event. Darlene has also helped with our Parent Support Group and has assisted various presentations for grants and videos using not only her volunteer voice but that of a concerned parent as well. 
Darlene is very reliable, punctual and always helps with the set up and clean up of all the programs she volunteers in. Darlene has gone above and beyond, and all her hard work is greatly appreciated.  
We want to thank Darlene for her time and devotion to our great cause and congratulate her on receiving this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award for CP Alberta, Calgary.
 
 
Kalvin Eng started volunteering at our Computability program in 2016. Since the start, he has been a passionate and dedicated volunteer.  Kalvin has such a great approach, motivating people to learn and grow in each program, he shows examples on how to use iPad from the basics to more advanced features and accessories. He is also very knowledgeable about computers and technology.  A favourite memory is when Kalvin helped one of our clients create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint, working on slides from the basics to finishing with a very advanced presentation. The client was able to proudly present their PowerPoint to everyone in the program at the end of the session. 
Kalvin’s leadership has shown through the years, as he is able to run the whole program in the instructor’s absence and is very good at following instructions and putting them into practice.
Kalvin is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Alberta in Software Engineering. His hobbies include running and rock climbing. 
We want to thank Kalvin for his support and service to our organization and congratulate him on receiving this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award for CP Alberta, Edmonton.

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Kalvin Eng

Online Volunteer Opportunity

 

Funding Request Program Committee Member (volunteer)

Time commitment:  2 hours per month, September thru June
Remote within Alberta


The Funding Request Program assists Albertans with Cerebral Palsy to achieve a better quality of life by providing financial support to cover costs of essential everyday needs, including adaptive equipment, camps, treatments, medications, etc. 

The Funding Request Program Committee is made up of up to 10 volunteers who are not connected to the disability community, to provide neutral feedback and approvals on submitted applications.

By volunteering with us, you are a positive representation of our organization, 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.

 

The Funding Request Program Committee volunteer must:

             

  • Be a resident of Alberta 

  • Have no connections to the disability community

  • Have a commitment to giving back to the community

  • Be comfortable with online communication tools (meetings over ZOOM)

  • Have great communication skills

  • Be available to commit up to 2 hours per month for 10 months (September – June for a 1 hour meeting and approximately 1 hour to review applications prior to the meeting)

  • Follow policies and procedures (training provided)

  • Be able to join from all over the province, as monthly meetings will be conducted online

  • Fill out our Volunteer Application and have a clean Police Vulnerable Sector check

  • Be willing to undergo an interview process

 

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

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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 children & adults in the disability community.

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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 Splash Time Aqua Therapy and Dance Without Limits programs. 

Kids Aqua Therapy

Cerebral Palsy Alberta's Splash Time 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 of all abilities
- 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
- 6 week Fall Session program: Sept 23 - Nov 4 (no classes Oct 7)

- 6 week Winter Session program: Nov 18 - Dec 23 (Nov 25 class time will be 3:30 - 4:30pm)

- Saturdays: 6:30 - 7:30pm

- Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes earlier to change and be ready
- Location: MNP Centre - 2225 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB
 

Dance Without Limits

Cerebral Palsy Alberta's Dance Without Limits Program is back and volunteers are needed! Here are the details:

Role
- Engage in high degree of interaction with children ages 4+ with of abilities
- Work with the dancers on a one-on-one basis to help them with the execution of the exercises and movements

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
- 10 week Fall Session program: Sept 16 - Dec 2 (no classes Oct 7 & Nov 11)

- Saturdays: 4:00 - 5:00pm

- Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes earlier to change and be ready
- Location: MNP Centre - 2225 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB

A current police check with vulnerable sector screening must be completed prior to volunteering in our programs.


Please contact our Calgary Volunteer Coordinator at 403-219-3614 or via, Email

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Edmonton Volunteer

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 children & adults in the disability community.

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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

- 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.

"Me N U" Time: 

Role
-Play with and supervise little ones aged 6 mo to 4 yrs with and without disabilities, while parents/caregivers are networking and listening to guest speakers.  
 

Commitment
- Thursdays 
- Program runs from 10:30am - 11:30am 
- Volunteers should arrive 10 minutes early to settle in
- Location: Orange Hub Adaptabilities Multisensory Room 10045 156 St Edmonton
 
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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All Stars Adapted Gymnastics

Role
-Assist kids as they learn about gymnastics under the guidance of the Physical Therapist. This program is run in a group setting and takes place in a fully professional gymnasium.  

Commitment
- Wednesday: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: South Edmonton Gymnastique, 5140 67 Ave, Edmonton, AB

- Volunteers should arrive 10 minutes early to settle in
 
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 LimitsProgram on pause

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 
- 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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