Here at CLSA, volunteers are the heart of our organization. From smiling at our reception desks, to helping organize social and special events, to serving on our Board and various committees, we couldn't do it without them. Last year our generous and dedicated volunteers donated over 10, 000 hours of their time to us. We are incredibly grateful.
Being a diverse centre means there are a plethora of volunteer opportunities to choose from, depending on your interest, skills, and time commitment. Here is a comprehensive, but not exhaustive, list of CLSA's volunteer opportunities:
- Front Desk reception: answer phones, greet new and existing members, help provide membership, program information, and room keys to facility users, includes some cash handling.
-Fitness Desk reception: answer phones, greet Fitness Centre users and check fitness memberships, aid Fitness Centre monitors in cleaning/general maintenance, help provide Fitness Centre information, includes some cash handling.
-Facility Liaisons: welcome members into the facility, escort members to their classes, help provide centre schedule information, sell 50/50 raffle tickets, includes some cash handling.
- Data entry/office support: file management, membership data organization, general miscellaneous office tasks.
- Board Member: works closely with other board members and the Executive Director to organize and implement executive functioning of CLSA
- Committee member: works with other volunteers in a team to plan, organize, and carry out functions of the specific committee to which they join. Committee examples include - finance, fundraising, special events, clubs, volunteer management, and marketing and communications.
- Events: pre-planning events, event delivery, event execution, and/or post event activities, seasonal events, and casino or related activities. Specific roles may include event set-up and decoration, event hosting, ticket-taking, bar-tending, bar stock inventory pre/post- event.
Neil Always a people person and a vigorous advocate for health and wellness, Neil Milner is passionate about volunteering. While working as a busy Calgary real estate broker, he always took time to man a Salvation Army Christmas kettle. Since relocating to Edmonton seven years ago, he enjoys managing the Central Lion’s fitness centre desk one morning a week and devotes two days to The Bridge to Wellness class at Don Wheaton YMCA. His long history of active living includes over two decades as a marathon runner, thirty years of Y membership and completion of Y Fitness Trainer certification. The Bridge to Wellness program offers training and active participation to those who are recovering from stroke, brain injury, and other mobility issues, providing specialized exercise classes to improve mobility as well as create a social network for those who join. Neil assists with the program but also meets with individual members on a one-to-one basis patiently encouraging and accompanying those who desire more time and repetition. Prior fitness training allows him to create individualized rehabilitation and self-improvement programs which both challenge and encourage participants to set goals and commit to these. He understands the difficulties of recovery from life changing health conditions because his personal history includes two open heart surgeries and a surgery-induced stroke; he is indeed a role model who overcame the odds through exercise and healthy living. In the fall of 2017, he added yet another volunteer position. Participating in the SHAPES (Supporting Healthy Aging by Peer Education and Support) program initiated by Dr. Wang at the University of Alberta, he and others like him, have been trained at the university to offer sessions to seniors in the areas of heart, brain and bones. These sessions will run for 12 weeks with each senior participant being given a Fitbit and tracked as to progress after the program is completed. This is a pilot project aimed at showing that education improves health. Positive and upbeat, Neil is an excellent communicator, enthusiastic coach and empathetic mentor who values each participant and welcomes the opportunity to make a difference. Volunteering has opened new vistas and friendships for Neil and improved the quality of his life. He invites others to explore the many rewarding opportunities involved in taking time to work with others.
Want to meet new friends and make a difference? Join us as a volunteer today! See below for our volunteer application form.