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The Council on Aging of Ottawa

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Sarah Bercier
Executive Director
The Council on Aging of Ottawa

217 – 815 St. Laurent Blvd.
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1K 3A7

E-mail: s.bercier@coaottawa.ca
Web: www.coaottawa.ca

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Seniors

The Council on Aging of Ottawa serves as a leading community voice in both official languages for Ottawa’s seniors. Our aim is to help Ottawa become more Age-Friendly by identifying and addressing issues and services that impact the lives of seniors.

www.coaottawa.ca

Volunteer Opportunities

The ODC is a full inclusive community in which all persons with disabilities have equitable access to the same opportunities as every other citizen of the City of Ottawa and surrounding region. This is an opportunity for you to meet people who share that vision and turn ideas into action.

The role of Chair is to provide leadership and direction to allow the ODC to move forward in achieving its mission and objectives. This will achieved through: Facilitating the sharing of ideas and information, participating and guiding in setting the strategic direction and priorities and undertaking work on behalf of the ODC; Playing an active role in the strategic planning, educational, advocacy and partnership building; Promoting the work and image of the ODC.

A full description of the Chair position can be obtained here (https://a68980db-086c-44c8-b244-2712ec278e25.filesusr.com/ugd/cf7ea4_59235c0b43144a5fa9de87b7e2e98be5.pdf)

If you are interested in more information on the work of the Ottawa Disability Coalition, visit the website https://www.ottawadisability.com/ If you wish to be considered for the volunteer position of Chair or have any questions about the ODC or this position, please send an email to Ottawadisabilitycoalition@gmail.com

Applicants expressing interest in the position are asked to explain their interest and share information on the skills and experience they have to contribute to the role.
Location: virtual
Deadline: Sep 8, 2021
The ODC is a full inclusive community in which all persons with disabilities have equitable access to the same opportunities as every other citizen of the City of Ottawa and surrounding region. This is an opportunity for you to meet people who share that vision and turn ideas into action.

The role of Co-Chair is to work with and support and/or fill in for the Chair to provide leadership and direction to allow the ODC to move forward in achieving its mission and objectives. This will be achieved through: Facilitating the sharing of ideas and information, participating and guiding in setting the strategic direction and priorities and undertaking work on behalf of the ODC; Playing an active role in the strategic planning, educational, advocacy and partnership building; Promoting the work and image of the ODC.

A full description of the Co-Chair position can be obtained here (https://a68980db-086c-44c8-b244-2712ec278e25.filesusr.com/ugd/cf7ea4_59235c0b43144a5fa9de87b7e2e98be5.pdf).

If you wish to be considered for the volunteer position of Co-Chair or have any questions about the ODC or this position, please send an email to Ottawadisabilitycoalition@gmail.com.

If you are interested in more information on the work of the Ottawa Disability Coalition, visit the website https://www.ottawadisability.com/

If you are not ready to try the Co-Chair role but are interested in the Ottawa Disability Coalition you might consider becoming a member-at-large on the Committee. A full description of the member-at-large position can be found here (https://a68980db-086c-44c8-b244-2712ec278e25.filesusr.com/ugd/cf7ea4_c979112669bc41b4ae8bbc979543feb3.pdf). Applicants expressing interest in the position(s) are asked to explain their interest and share information on the skills and experience they have to contribute to the role.
Location: virtual
Deadline: Sep 8, 2021
If you’re looking to make a difference at a Board level, The Council on Aging of Ottawa is looking for new Board members. Interested in advocacy work on behalf of older adults in Ottawa? Or providing information and education for older adults on life transitions? Or perhaps you’re interested in leading fundraising initiatives? Our Board members provide leadership and support to staff and our many volunteers who work together to make Ottawa an increasingly Age-Friendly city.

Resource Development Chair

You know that most of the work in fundraising is done behind the scenes. You love the idea of leading a group of volunteers and staff to brainstorm ideas on the best way to ensure sustainable funding. You’ll be working with a small but dedicated group to develop a long-term strategy and identify and grow sources of funding.

From successful donor stewardship strategies to grant writing, you’ll help the COA fulfill its mission. Working with staff and other Board members, you’ll ensure the COA has a well-thought-out communication plan to elicit continued support from our members and sponsors. And at some point, there will be a need to plan in-person events that will not only raise funds but will allow our members and others to network.

If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and help make Ottawa an increasingly Age-Friendly city, please apply today.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7 or virtual at present
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Committee Chairs provide leadership and direction to their specific committee to achieve its work. They work closely with and are supported by committee members, staff, the Board, and others in the community. They are knowledgeable regarding the issues that their committee represents.

Chair, Health Issues
Healthy is top of mind for everyone these days but never more so for older adults.
Would you like to work with talented individuals who have expertise in public policy and advocacy and professionals who have experience in the various sectors of the health care continuum?

Our Health Committee works with and for older adults to improve their quality of life by influencing public policy and practices related to health and health care. Your organization and facilitation skills will ensure the COA Health Committee’s success in achieving its goals.

Committee Chairs, with the support of the Advocacy Chair and senior staff, lead the development and execution of an annual workplan and coordinate the work of any sub-committees. Your interest in health and older adults, and perhaps your personal experience, will help the committee bring to light any issues or opportunities that affect older adults in Ottawa.

The Health Committee will benefit from your leadership and oversight of the logistics of the committee’s operations. Collaboration with other committees, regional partners, and other community health organizations is key to developing and implementing health and health care strategies.

Your fluency in French would be welcome. We also recognize the diversity of the population we serve and encourage applicants who reflect this diversity. Apply today!
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7 and virtual at the present
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Committee Chairs provide leadership and direction to their specific committee to achieve its work. They work closely with and are supported by committee members, staff, the Board, and others in the community. They are knowledgeable regarding the issues that their committee represents.

Chair, Social Inclusion

Do you know what it feels like to be invisible? Have you been affected by ageism? Are you passionate about ensuring all older adults are connected? If so, we’d like you to Chair our Social Inclusion Committee.

At the COA we believe all older adults can, and should, be socially engaged and have opportunities and support services in their community to connect them with others and needed services. The Social Inclusion Committee works to identify issues of at-risk groups in particular, and possible actions that can be taken.

As Chair of the Social Inclusion Committee your facilitation and organizational skills will ensure the committee is focused on achieving its goals. Your passionate leadership and oversight of the logistics of the committee’s operations will ensure a smooth operation. Workplans, with the assistance of the Advocacy Chair and senior staff, are developed by you and the Committee each year. Collaboration with COA Committees, City staff, and other organizations is key to making an impact in combating isolation and loneliness while creating opportunities for inclusion and connectedness.

French and English language skills would be an asset. We also recognize the diversity of the population we serve and encourage applicants who reflect this diversity.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Committee Chairs provide leadership and direction to their specific committee to achieve its work. They work closely with and are supported by committee members, staff, the Board, and others in the community. They are knowledgeable regarding the issues that their committee represents.

Chair, Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Sub-Committee

Have you ever wished that city streets and sidewalks were safe and accessible for seniors and people with disabilities year-round?

As Chair of this committee, you would work with a COA staff member and a team of dedicated volunteers to coordinate the Snow Moles Program and assessments (audits) of the walking conditions in Ottawa neighbourhoods. For further information on this program contact snowmoles@coaottawa.ca.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7 and virtual at the present
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Committee Members play an active and engaged role on their committee, contributing relevant knowledge, skills, and expertise and carrying out specific activities aimed at determining and furthering the priorities of their committee.
Healthy is top of mind for everyone these days but never more so for older adults.
Would you like to work with talented individuals who have expertise in public policy and advocacy and professionals who have experience in the various sectors of the health care continuum?

Our Health Committee works with and for older adults to improve their quality of life by influencing public policy and practices related to health and health care. Your organization and facilitation skills will ensure the COA Health Committee’s success in achieving its goals.

French and English language skills would be an asset. We also recognize the diversity of the population we serve and encourage applicants who reflect this diversity.

Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Committee Members play an active and engaged role on their committee, contributing relevant knowledge, skills, and expertise and carrying out specific activities aimed at determining and furthering the priorities of their committee.

Do you know what it feels like to be invisible? Have you been affected by ageism? Are you passionate about ensuring all older adults are connected? If so, we’d like you to Chair our Social Inclusion Committee.

At the COA we believe all older adults can, and should, be socially engaged and have opportunities and support services in their community to connect them with others and needed services. The Social Inclusion Committee works to identify issues of at-risk groups in particular, and possible actions that can be taken.

French and English language skills would be an asset. We also recognize the diversity of the population we serve and encourage applicants who reflect this diversity.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is currently seeking skilled, energetic, and knowledgeable volunteers to help with the coordination and delivery of its Smart Aging Program.

If you have a desire to give back to the community and work with Ottawa’s older adults, then the following opportunity might just be for you!

Do you have a passion for teaching, tutoring and/or public speaking? If so, the COA invites you to consider this great opportunity to inspire older adults and make a real difference in their lives. We are currently looking for Workshop Facilitators to join our Smart Aging team.
Workshop Facilitators must have an interest in and ability to engage with an audience in an empathetic way. Smart Aging workshops are meant to help older adults anticipate and prepare for certain life transitions therefore can be sensitive in nature. Workshop topics vary from social connectedness to exploring housing options, embracing a healthier lifestyle to addressing common financial concerns. A full list of topics is available.
The Workshop Facilitator is there to present subject material, give participants some direction and walk them through a journey of self-reflection. Facilitators are not expected to be experts on the subjects they will be presenting. They must, however, be open to helping people interpret their current lives and anticipate future needs.
Details
- Workshops take place either over Zoom or in-person. We will provide training to applicants who aren’t comfortable with that technology.
- All Volunteer Facilitators will be invited to participate in a Facilitator training session/Meet & Greet.
- Workshop presentations and materials have already been created. Scripts and materials would be provided to you during the orientation session.
- Facilitators will communicate with the Smart Aging Course Director and the COA Director of Education to work out any necessary details of their presentation(s).
Responsibilities:
- lead anywhere from one 2-hour workshop a month to two 2-hour workshops per week based on your interest and availability.
- familiarize yourself with the topic and provided workshop materials sufficiently to be able to grasp the purpose of each workshop, the objectives of each activity, and present to a group using the presenter notes only as a reference – however, facilitators do not have to be content experts to lead any of the workshops.
- create an energetic, professional, safe, and fun environment during the programs and provide encouragement and constructive feedback to participants.
- direct participants to the resources listed in the course materials and to consult with professionals, if need be - facilitators are not expected to answer any detailed questions beyond the course materials.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to our Administration coa@coaottawa.ca as well as our Director of Education, Stéphanie Cadieux, at s.cadieux@coaottawa.ca.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1J 6S3
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Course Directors

The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is currently seeking skilled, energetic, and knowledgeable volunteers to help with the coordination and delivery of its Smart Aging Program.

If you have a desire to give back to the community and work with Ottawa’s older adults, then the following opportunity might just be for you!

Are you a people person who prides themselves on their sense of organization and attention to detail? Do you have experience organizing and MC’ing events? Would you be comfortable doing a bit of public speaking? Then we could use your help! We are currently looking for Course Directors who can help host our in-person and online Smart Aging Programs.

Details
The Course Director is the face of the Smart Aging Program. Course Directors attend and oversee the execution of each of the 8 weekly sessions of the Smart Aging Core Program (9 weeks if done virtually).

- Workshops are held on the same day and time for the entire duration of the program. For example, workshops could be held every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm.
- Course Directors oversee event logistics. They are the first and last ones on the scene. They can expect to work approximately 4 hours per week.

Responsibilities
- ahead of the program, confirming event details with the COA’S Director of Education (i.e. event date/time, facilitators, location/venue, hospitality arrangements, registration list, Zoom link etc.)
- for in-persons sessions only, distributing course materials weekly
- for in-persons sessions only, conferring with host venue’s staff to ensure room set-up and takedown is done properly and that hospitality/refreshments are provided on the day-of
- liaising with Workshops Facilitators to go over sequence of events and assist with the projection of their PowerPoint presentations (Screen Sharing if done on Zoom)
- recruiting a couple of program participants to take attendance each week
- introduction and concluding announcements: welcoming the group, making housekeeping announcements, introducing the workshop topics, recapping content of the previous week’s workshop, reviewing homework, and introducing facilitators
- reporting back on activities (e.g. how the sessions went, any potential areas of improvement/issues that need to be addressed etc.)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to our Administration coa@coattawa.ca as well as our Director of Education, Stéphanie Cadieux, at s.cadieux@coaottawa.ca.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is currently seeking skilled, energetic, and knowledgeable volunteers to help with the coordination and delivery of its Smart Aging Program.

If you have a desire to give back to the community and work with Ottawa’s older adults, then the following opportunity might just be for you!

Are you a pro with Zoom Meetings? Are you willing to share your expertise with others? Then maybe tutoring is for you!

Details and Responsibilities
- As a Zoom Tutor, you would be coordinating Zoom Orientation sessions with the COA’s Director of Education.
- Training can and will be provided to ensure you are familiar with various device and app configurations.
- Orientations would be organized per your availability.
- Sessions are usually one-on-one or done with a small group.
- Orientation sessions are meant to familiarize COA event participants with Zoom’s most basic functions: Mute/unmute, start/stop video, changing from gallery view to speaker view, locating and using the Chat and Reactions features.
- As a Zoom Tutor, you would also be expected to track attendance and report concerns, issues to the Director of Education.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to our Administration coa@coattawa.ca as well as our Director of Education, Stéphanie Cadieux, at s.cadieux@coaottawa.ca.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is currently seeking skilled, energetic, and knowledgeable volunteers to help with the coordination and delivery of its Smart Aging Program.

If you have a desire to give back to the community and work with Ottawa’s older adults, then the following opportunity might just be for you!

Do you have a solid knowledge of Zoom and are looking for an opportunity to put those valuable technical skills into practice? Then, look no further! We are always searching for people willing to provide tech support during our virtual workshops.

Details and Responsibilities
- provide technical assistance in two-hour blocks, once or twice a week (maximum of 4 hours/week), over a 2-month period.
- Main duties include monitoring the Chat feature and resolving participants’ audio/video issues. On the rare occasion, you might have to call participants to help them troubleshoot and you might also have to divert them to a breakout room to reduce distractions/interruptions to the entire class.
- As a Tech Support person, you would also be asked to manage Breakout Room sessions. With a list of groupings in hand, you would be responsible for creating breakout rooms, assigning participants, and launching the breakouts when prompted by the Course Directors and Workshop Facilitators.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to our Administration coa@coattawa.ca as well as our Director of Education, Stéphanie Cadieux, at s.cadieux@coaottawa.ca.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Who we are: The Aging and Spirituality Committee has traditionally planned and delivered an annual face-to-face conference that explores some aspect of the spiritual journey of aging. During the COVID lockdown, we offered two virtual events: a three-week online journaling workshop and a “virtual conference” that included a taped panel discussion followed by a virtual workshop with the three panel presenters.

What we need: Ideally, we are looking for new committee members of all faiths (or no faith) who are interested in how spirituality evolves as we age. We are particularly interested in creative people who can work with us to plan, develop, and implement some new educational events. If you are a spiritual individual who enjoys public speaking and/or event planning, we’d love to hear from you.

Note: Applicants should submit a brief paragraph describing their interest in the committee and what they feel they could contribute.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Who we are: The Aging and Spirituality Committee has traditionally planned and delivered an annual face-to-face conference that explores some aspect of the spiritual journey of aging. During the COVID lockdown, we offered two virtual events: a three-week online journaling workshop and a “virtual conference” that included a taped panel discussion followed by a virtual workshop with the three panel presenters.

What we need: Ideally, we are looking for new committee members of all faiths (or no faith) who are interested in how spirituality evolves as we age. We are particularly interested in creative people who can work with us to plan, develop, and implement some new educational events. If you are a spiritual individual who enjoys public speaking and/or event planning, we’d love to hear from you.

Note: Applicants should submit a brief paragraph describing their interest in the committee and what they feel they could contribute.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021
Who we are: The Aging and Spirituality Committee has traditionally planned and delivered an annual face-to-face conference that explores some aspect of the spiritual journey of aging. During the COVID lockdown, we offered two virtual events: a three-week online journaling workshop and a “virtual conference” that included a taped panel discussion followed by a virtual workshop with the three panel presenters.

What we need: Ideally, we are looking for new committee members of all faiths (or no faith) who are interested in how spirituality evolves as we age. We are particularly interested in creative people who can work with us to plan, develop, and implement some new educational events. If you are a spiritual individual who enjoys public speaking and/or event planning, we’d love to hear from you.

Note: Applicants should submit a brief paragraph describing their interest in the committee and what they feel they could contribute.
Location: 217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7
Deadline: Aug 27, 2021