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Caregiver Support Group Co-Facilitator

Organization: Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County

Commitment: Long term (6 months to a year)

Availability: Weekends; Evenings; Days

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 2

Location: Ottawa - West

Deadline: Jul 12, 2019


The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County (DSORC) is currently seeking two Co-Facilitator Volunteers, with one position open in our Arabic Community Support Group and one in our Rural Ottawa South Support Group.

The Caregiver Support Group Facilitator is expected to support the DSORC mission to alleviate the personal and social consequences of living with dementia by providing a safe and welcoming environment for caregivers’ discussion and support.

Primary Role and Responsibilities:

• Facilitate group discussion
• Inform the participants about the objectives and ground rules for the group
• Empower participants by discussing the important role they play for themselves and each other
• Involve participants through invitation and inclusion
• Initiate, clarify and summarize discussions as required
• Harmonize to reduce tension and encourage participants to explore differences
• Set up room and coordinate logistics
• Complete support group report including attendance and debrief with staff lead

Qualifications and Skills:

• Proficiency in English and/or French
• Excellent communication skills
• Experience in group facilitation
• Professionalism
• Respect for diversity and cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Effective listening skills, empathy, and adaptability
• Ability to work collaboratively with co-facilitator and supervisor and take initiative
• Reliability
• Respect for the boundaries of the position
• Experience as a caregiver is an asset
• Education in the social sciences is an asset


Successful applicants will submit a volunteer application form and provide a valid Vulnerable Sector Police Record check. An interview and reference checks will be conducted as part of the application process.

Position suitability evaluation and approval will be conducted by supervisory staff after completion of the volunteer application process with the Volunteer Coordinator. This evaluation period extends throughout training/mentorship prior to final approval of volunteer assignment.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit their CV and a cover letter describing their interest to volunteer@dsorc.org.


Jesslyn Smith


Ext: 3105


Volunteer Opportunity Address
1750 Russell Road
Suite 1742


Good for people interested in: Mediation and Facilitation

You will be working with: Visible Minorities or New Canadians; Men; People with disabilities or medical conditions; Seniors; Women

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
This volunteer co-facilitator position is an excellent opportunity to increase knowledge of dementia and understanding of DSORC programs and services, while establishing positive relationships and helping members of the community.

How will the organization benefit?
Volunteers strengthen the DSORC organization by allowing us to continue to offering programs, guidance, and support that meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Organization category: Health

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 1 week

This position would be great for - New Canadians; Seniors; None of the above

Vulnerable sector check required: Yes