Volunteer with your local Alzheimer Society

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At the Alzheimer Society we believe we can best achieve our mission and goals through the active participation of volunteers from the communities we serve!

Our volunteers are vital to supporting health promotion, advocacy, and support services to people with dementia, those at greatest risk of developing dementia and their care partners.

Throughout our locations we provide a welcoming and fulfilling environment for volunteers to contribute their time and talents, in-person and virtually.

Volunteer Visiting
Offer socialization and friendship for clients, through in-person, virtual or tele-connect programs.

Education Support
Assist and support our education team with seminars, either virtually or in-person.

Social Recreation Support
Assist persons living with dementia to participate in both small group and individual in-home opportunities to improve quality of life.

Program Support
Facilitate support groups and social groups for care partners, friends and families.

Office Support
Assist our administrative staff with data entry, filing and connecting the community to our services.

Event Support
Participate in planning and actively help with our fundraisers and signature events.

Do I need to get a Police Check to volunteer?
Some volunteer positions require a Vulnerable Sector Check, to be obtained from the local Police Service in the community where you live.

How much does it cost? 
The Police Services around the coverage area of our organization have different policies and fees associated with Police Checks.
Please check the Police Check tab on your local Police Service’s website for more information as it applies to you. Some forces have no fee if the organization requesting it provides a letter, which we will provided where needed.

Can I be reimburse for the cost if there is one? 
Yes, if there is a cost, it is possible to be reimbursed. Please forward a copy of the receipt to your area Coordination of Volunteer Engagement. You will be reimbursed upon presenting a clear Criminal Record Check or a Vulnerable Sector Check.

Do volunteers need to be vaccinated for Covid-19?
Yes, due to the fragile population we work with, and for the safety of our staff, all volunteers with our organization need to be doubly vaccinated for Covid-19. Providing proof of vaccination is part of the application and acceptance process.

Can I get my high school volunteer hours?
Yes, we do offer volunteer opportunities for people under 18 years of age that do involve working directly with clients.

I have dementia, can I volunteer with the Alzheimer Society? 
Yes, we encourage those along their dementia journey to volunteer. We endeavor to match the skills and interests of those that apply to the current roles available.

The Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton is seeking candidates to join its Board of Directors.

We are seeking individuals who share our vision that people with dementia live well as vital and integral members of their community, and who are committed to offering their knowledge and expertise in support of this vision.

We welcome applications from all regions we serve.

The Opportunity

The number of Canadians living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease is rising sharply, and we are seeing a rapid increase in demand for services in the communities served by our Society. At the same time, the healthcare sector in Ontario is undergoing a period of transformation.

Our Society is seeking directors who can apply leadership, professional insight, and innovative thinking to further the work of our Society during this exciting time of growth and transformation.

Roles & Responsibilities

We welcome applications from all interested parties, however we are specifically seeking applications individuals with the following professional backgrounds:

  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Marketing & Communications

The Board operates under a governance model. Directors are expected to stay informed about issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, participate in the work of committees, and actively support the fundraising efforts and events of the organization. Membership requires a minimum commitment of three (3) hours per month – including attendance at monthly meetings of the Board and participation on Committees of the Board.

Commitment to Accessibility & Equitable Recruitment

The Alzheimer Society is an equal opportunity employer and we are dedicated to building a workforce, including volunteers, that reflects the diversity of our communities in which we live and serve. We are also committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes in accordance with the Human Rights Code and AODA and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment process.

The Alzheimer Society welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity and social justice and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black and persons of colour, persons with disabilities, people living with dementia, care partners and those who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

If you have questions or require further assistance, please email Jennifer.gold@alzda.ca

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MISSION

People with dementia are at the centre of everything we do.  The Alzheimer Society leverages its own and community resources to deliver health promotion, advocacy and support services to people with dementia, those at greatest risk of developing dementia and their care partners.

We embrace the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s mission to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and to promote research.

Marilyn
Marilyn Music for Memory Volunteer
Marilyn is happy to be a part of the Music for Memories program out of the Simcoe office. She shared that all the staff there are “just great” and always available to help if she runs in to a problem. Marilyn retired when she turned 60 and saw volunteering as a way to give back to the community she loves. She has active roles with both the Alzheimer Society and the Norfolk Fair. In her time with the Music for Memories program she has enjoyed seeing change in the community being more confident to reach out for help.
Although Marilyn knows that people living with dementia greatly benefit from music, she said the importance of the music program for care-partners cannot be overlooked. While the person listens to music, a care-partner can relax and have a moment, knowing that the person with dementia is happy and calm. Music can be a real bright spot in someone’s day.
Kate
KateProgram Volunteer
Kate was drawn to the Alzheimer Society because of a personal experience with her late grandpa, or as they say in Croatian, Dede. Kate observed her mom, grandma, and uncle in their roles as primary caregivers. She was able to experience first-hand just how rapidly and invasive dementia can be to a loved one as well as for those who care for that individual. In a personal capacity, Kate hopes to achieve a sense of fulfillment that the work she does will contribute to helping those process, learn, and interact with dementia. “Professionally, I want to advocate and educate those with dementia or those with loved ones who suffer from dementia and provide support that extends well beyond a pamphlet or an informational session.”
As a volunteer, Kate will be supporting the Public Education and Social Programming Staff as a co-host for programs. In this role, Kate will be playing an integral role in helping persons living with dementia, as well as supporting the work of the organization to achieve our mission.
Sandra
Sandra Music for Memory Volunteer
The Alzheimer Society of Haldimand/Norfolk is lucky to have a dedicated volunteer like Sandra. In 20`15, while flipping through a “Retired Teachers of Ontario” magazine, she saw an ad from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario about a new program they were starting – Music for Memory. That sparked the desire to volunteer and to help get this program up and running. Sandra loves the flexibility of the her position and the team that she gets to work with each week.
Several year ago, Sandra watched her mother struggle with a dementia diagnosis. As a lifelong lover of music, Sandra saw the pleasure and movement that listening to favourite pieces could provide. One of her best-loved memories if of her mother pulling down the headphones and asking “how did you know that was my dad and my favourite song?” Now she sees those same glimpses of joy when she speaks to care partners who share “he just loves it, he sits there listening with a big smile.”
Ingrid
Ingrid Tele-connect Volunteer
Our Hamilton office is pleased to have Ingrid as one of their regular volunteers. Ingrid is passionate about her role as a Tele-connect volunteer. “It is the perfect opportunity to give back!” Several years ago, Ingrid’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease at the age of 60. The Alzheimer Society sprung into action providing counselors, support groups and a community of people who cared and understood what she and her husband were living daily. Now, after 2 years of volunteering at the office, Ingrid enthusiastically shared that although she may not have lived someone’s exact experience, she can empathize and with compassionate and understanding, share her own journey. “It’s easy to empathize as for many years I was a caregiver for a loved one living with dementia.”

Meet Our Volunteers

We’re proud to celebrate National Volunteer Week. Whether answering the phones, making check-in calls, helping with events, or serving on our Board of Directors, volunteers are integral members of the Alzheimer Society team. Thank you for the skills you share and time you give to help support people living with dementia.

Marilyn
Marilyn Music for Memory Volunteer
Marilyn is happy to be a part of the Music for Memories program out of the Simcoe office. She shared that all the staff there are “just great” and always available to help if she runs in to a problem. Marilyn retired when she turned 60 and saw volunteering as a way to give back to the community she loves. She has active roles with both the Alzheimer Society and the Norfolk Fair. In her time with the Music for Memories program she has enjoyed seeing change in the community being more confident to reach out for help.

Although Marilyn knows that people living with dementia greatly benefit from music, she said the importance of the music program for care-partners cannot be overlooked. While the person listens to music, a care-partner can relax and have a moment, knowing that the person with dementia is happy and calm. Music can be a real bright spot in someone’s day.

Kate
KateProgram Volunteer
Kate was drawn to the Alzheimer Society because of a personal experience with her late grandpa, or as they say in Croatian, Dede. Kate observed her mom, grandma, and uncle in their roles as primary caregivers. She was able to experience first-hand just how rapidly and invasive dementia can be to a loved one as well as for those who care for that individual. “Professionally, I want to advocate and educate those with dementia or those with loved ones who suffer from dementia and provide support that extends well beyond a pamphlet or an informational session.”

As a volunteer, Kate will be supporting the Public Education and Social Programming Staff as a co-host for programs. In this role, Kate will be playing an integral role in helping persons living with dementia, as well as supporting the work of the organization to achieve our mission.

Sandra
Sandra Music for Memory Volunteer
The Alzheimer Society of Haldimand/Norfolk is lucky to have a dedicated volunteer like Sandra. In 2015, while flipping through a “Retired Teachers of Ontario” magazine, she saw an ad from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario about a new program they were starting – Music for Memory. That sparked the desire to volunteer and to help get this program up and running. Sandra loves the flexibility of the her position and the team that she gets to work with each week.

Several year ago, Sandra watched her mother struggle with a dementia diagnosis. As a lifelong lover of music, Sandra saw the pleasure and movement that listening to favourite pieces could provide. One of her best-loved memories if of her mother pulling down the headphones and asking “how did you know that was my dad and my favourite song?” Now she sees those same glimpses of joy when she speaks to care partners who share “he just loves it, he sits there listening with a big smile.”

Ingrid
Ingrid Tele-connect Volunteer
Our Hamilton office is pleased to have Ingrid as one of their regular volunteers. Ingrid is passionate about her role as a Tele-connect volunteer. “It is the perfect opportunity to give back!” Several years ago, Ingrid’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease at the age of 60. The Alzheimer Society sprung into action providing counselors, support groups and a community of people who cared and understood what she and her husband were living daily.

Now, after 2 years of volunteering at the office, Ingrid enthusiastically shared that although she may not have lived someone’s exact experience, she can empathize and with compassionate and understanding, share her own journey. “It’s easy to empathize as for many years I was a caregiver for a loved one living with dementia.”

George
GeorgeVolunteer Visitor
Shortly after retiring, George saw a poster at the Oakville library recruiting volunteer visitors for the Alzheimer Society. He knew it was the perfect fit for him. That was 3 years ago. George’s main role is as a volunteer visitor with the Alzheimer Society of Halton. He has also had the opportunity to help with other Alzheimer Society programs, but his passion is interacting with people living with dementia and their carepartners.

Making a positive difference means a lot to George. Volunteer visiting shows him the impact he can make on the lives of others. As an empathetic volunteer, George can put himself in someone else’s shoes. Being of the similar age and stage of life as a large segment of people living with dementia and their care partners, he can relate to what they must be going through. They have a lot in common. At the end of the day, George wants to do what he can to make their lives a little better.

Cathie
CathieIntake Volunteer
The Alzheimer Society of Hamilton is fortunate to have great volunteers working to support our programs in a variety of ways. One of our newest volunteers is Cathie. The Alzheimer Society is not new to Cathie. Her mother had Alzheimer’s disease for over 10 years and she experienced firsthand how challenging providing ongoing care can be for carers.

Cathie wants to volunteer because she likes being helpful and active as well as doing things with purpose. She just started volunteering and has already found a role that suits her perfectly. She feels that her orientation and training for the role have given her the needed tools to be confident and successful in her role. Cathie will be assisting intake with inputting referrals. She enjoys administrative tasks and keeping busy, and appreciates the importance of completing routine administrative tasks to free up time for staff to connect and interact with clients.