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Course Director


Organization: The Council on Aging of Ottawa

Commitment: Short term (less than 6 months)

Availability: Weekends; Flexible; Evenings; Days

Language Preference: Bilingual

Number of Positions Available: 6

Location: Ottawa - Central

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.

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.

- 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.


Stephanie Cadieux


Ext: 4


Volunteer Opportunity Address
217-815 St-Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7


Good for people interested in: Teaching/Tutoring

You will be working with: Youth (19-24 years)

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
The COA offer an intimate and dynamic environment where the right person will be able to grow and utilize their skills while benefiting older adults in the Ottawa area by contributing to making our city more age friendly.

How will the organization benefit?
The COA will benefit through the participation, expertise and engagement of it's Course Directors in offering relevant information to participants helpful in planning for successful and active older years.

Organization category: Social services

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - 2-3 weeks

This position would be great for - Seniors (65+)

This position can accommodate persons with a disability: Yes