Seniors Program Practicum Placement

Next start date: Fall 2020 (flexible)

QMUNITY operates on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of Indigenous people across British Columbia. In particular, QMUNITY offices are located on the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Accessibility: Please note QMUNITY’s main office space is located on the second level of the building. Applicants should be aware that there is a flight of 23 stairs to reach the office, without access to elevator, lift nor ramp.

The Older Adults and Seniors Program offers opportunities for community connection, social support, and personal development for folks fifty-five and older. In the time of Covid-19 most of this programming has gone digital. Computer literacy will be necessary to complete most tasks.

The QMUNITY Seniors Program practicum placement will enable students of Social Work, Gerontology, Aging, Gender Studies and other courses the opportunity to gain practical experience and earn course credit or gain the experience needed for graduation. The successful student will provide assistance with day-to-day operations, membership support, maintenance, and outreach. They may also undertake special projects (e.g. research reports, literature reviews, community initiatives, etc), events (workshops, socials, advisory meetings) and other tasks as required.
This practicum is an unpaid position. The placement hours are to be determined.

Requirements:
● 19 years of age or over
● Currently enrolled at a college or university.
● Pursuing a program related to Social Work, Gerontology, Aging, Gender Studies, or other applicable fields.
● Able to dedicate a minimum of 15 hours a week over a 3+ month period.
● Experienced working with older adults or seniors is an asset.
● Computer literacy, knowledge of applications such as Zoom and Google Docs.
● Knowledgeable about anti-oppressive frameworks and inclusive language.

● Experienced working or volunteering within 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.
● Proactive and able to facilitate, support, and hold space for participants within senior-led and co-led groups.
● Or similar and comparable experience and education.

QMUNITY practicum students are put in a position of trust and responsibility with our community members, clients and youth. We conduct Vulnerable Sector Checks for all our volunteers, in accordance with Public Safety Canada’s best practices.

Peers are able to uplift each other in unique ways – we strongly prefer our applicants to identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Preference will be given to people of all marginalized genders, Indigenous people, people of colour, and people with disabilities.

Benefits:
● Flexible volunteer hours
● Experience working in an established local non-profit
● Opportunities to network within the BC/Vancouver community
● Ongoing training and professional development opportunities
● Potential for letters of recommendation and references

Accountability:
The Seniors Program Practicum Student will report to the Seniors Coordinator.

Evaluation:
Feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis through regular check-ins with the Seniors Coordinator or another supervising staff member.

How to apply:
Please email your resume and a cover letter to the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

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