The generous
spirit

The generous spirit of volunteers is how The Centre began over 60 years ago. Parents organized rides for their special needs children to the only treatment centre in Vancouver. In fact, The Centre is truly a testament to what can be accomplished when a community cares.

 

Why We Need Your Help
While The Centre has grown to support over 2,700 children with special needs and their families in the South Fraser area every year, there are over 25,000 South Fraser children and youth who need our help with more families coming to the area every year.

  • Are you a young adult looking to gain new skills
  • Are you a parent who wants to give back to your community?
  • Are you a seasoned professional who is passionate about our cause?
  • Are you a practicum student looking for practical hands on experience?

This is where you come in. There are many ways you can get involved with The Centre and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are helping children with special needs reach their potential.

Types of volunteer roles:

  • Community events – golf tournaments, charity walks, galas, festivals, etc.
  • Recreation and pool therapy
  • Committee members
  • Fundraising
  • And more!

Current Vacancies

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

This position is responsible for supporting the mission of the Centre for Child Development through coordinating the people and administrative activities relating to the volunteer experience. The individual coordinates and completes various recruitment activities, documentation and reporting. The individual will liaise with department staff to understand volunteer needs and work with senior staff to plan for, hire and manage volunteers. This position also maintains the volunteer database. Click for more details.

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EVENT COORDINATOR

This position is responsible for supporting the mission of The Centre for Child Development through coordinating aspects of events including set-up of equipment, materials and resources, assigning roles to volunteers and staff, and coordinating wrap-up and clean-up of space. The individual will also report on events and provide appropriate appreciation to event volunteers. Click for more details.

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EVENT VOLUNTEER

This position is a valued member of an event team representing The Centre for Child Development. The position assists with the running of events to ensure the best possible participant experience. This includes answering questions, promoting the Centre, handing out brochures, serving refreshments. This individual may also handle cash in the form of donations and/or ticket sales. Click for more details.

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COPYWRITER MARKETING

This position is responsible for supporting the mission of The Centre for Child Development through writing, editing and proofreading expertise. The Copywriter will create and revise a wide range of collateral. Examples include: web content, brochures, newsletters, annual reports, fundraising materials and internal communications. Click for more details.

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EVENT SET-UP VOLUNTEER

This position is a valued member of an event team representing The Centre for Child Development.  The position assists with the set up and take-down of booths, tents, and materials for events to ensure the best possible participant experience. This individual may also assist with behind-the-scenes event tasks. Click for more details.

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The Centre embraces the value of volunteerism and we are committed to fostering meaningful interactions for volunteers. Here’s what’s in it for you:

Benefits for you as volunteer:

  • Learn about working with children with special needs from a highly skilled team of professionals
  • Build friendships and enjoy the rewards of working with a committed team
  • Make a positive impact in your community
  • Build volunteer hours needed for reference letters
  • Establish connections and relationships with members of a respected organization
  • Fulfill your passion for giving back
  • Experience how a warm smile can improve a child’s or family member’s day!

If you wish to volunteer at The Centre, click here to apply.

Since 2011, we have had the opportunity to witness the growth & development of both The Centre and Sophie's Place. Volunteering has been and continues to be a positive and rewarding experience. It has taught us all a valuable lesson in that donating a few hours a month can make a positive impact on those in need.

Craig M.Volunteer

My wife and I volunteered for the Run, Walk & Roll for our Kids committee for several years. It gave us the opportunity to help children with special needs and the satisfaction of knowing that our participation helped raise funds to provide the necessary treatments, equipment and programs to help improve their quality of life.

Bill M.Volunteer

Volunteering is not only about helping but an excellent way to explore career choices. While volunteering at this program for The Centre for Child Development, I've been opened up to many career choices that were once non-existent in my field of view. I've gotten a feel for the jobs at hand, their daily routines and duties. I've learned that these jobs aren't as easy as I once thought they were. The day can take so many different turns, depending on the mood of the child, unexpected injuries, and adapting to their changing bodies but then there's this amazing sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. This volunteer experience has better equipped me with the tools necessary to make an informed decision about my career choices.

Karman D.Volunteer

By volunteering for the Adaptive Youth Fitness Program, I have gained many skills that will benefit me in the future. Working with the children every week has taught me a lot about patience and responsibility, which are very important attributes that will help me be successful in my career choice. Being around the children has also opened my eyes to the possibility of me working in the paediatric field in the next couple of years. I’m very appreciative of the opportunity I have received which has led me to meet such great people and I look forward for the oncoming years with this program.

Tanya R.Volunteer