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Edmonton Women's Group Peer Facilitator

Location details: Office

Both phone and in-person meetings. Physical meetings held at CNIB office, 11150 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB.

Ideal for: Individual

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with sight loss? To use your own lived experience to provide support and engagement? Are you looking to contribute your skills while gaining leadership experience? CNIB is looking for a Volunteer Facilitator to lead the Edmonton Women's Peer Support Group. 

This group connects women living with sight loss to discuss issues, personal struggles and possible solutions with others who understand what they’re going through. Often featuring guest speakers on topics such as technology, health, transit, and police/public safety, the members of the Women's Group aim to gain new knowledge with each meeting. 


Provide community-based support: organize and run regular peer support group meetings in order to help individuals who are blind or partially sighted to access ongoing support from their peers and learn about community resources. This particular group is specific in supporting women in their journey with vision loss, providing a safe space to share and talk about issues important to the group.

Responsibilities & Tasks: 

  • This group meets on the first Thursday of each month of each month, both in-person and over the phone (physical meetings held in CNIB office in Edmonton) from 1:30 to 3 p.m., the Facilitator will need to be in-person for the majority of meetings. There is a possibility of meeting twice a month, depending on the facilitators availability. 
  • Inform and remind participants of meeting dates, times, and location via phone and/or email (can also be done with help of an assistant).
  • Run meetings: Engage group discussions, welcome new members to the group, encourage participation, provide information about community resources and available CNIB/VLR programs and services as necessary.
  • Identify and book guest speakers for community resources (optional).
  • Regularly report back to supervisor, including attendance, and volunteer hours.  

Event Volunteer: General Support (Calgary)

Location details: Community Location

CNIB Calgary (10 11a Street NE, Calgary)

Ideal for: all
  • Assist with event set up (i.e., stuffing swag bags, setting up exhibitor booths, arranging technology, etc.).  
  • Support exhibitors and attendees with event registration.  
  • Provide sighted guide to people with sight loss. 
  • Help with serving and cleaning up meals.  

Virtual Event Volunteer: Session Facilitator

Location details: Virtual

Virtual event. Open to volunteers across Canada.

Ideal for: all
  • Welcome and introduce session speakers, presenters and panelists at CNIB’s virtual Connecting the Dots conference.
  • Support speakers conducting Q&A sessions.
  • Session timekeeper. 
  • Summarize and communicate key themes and trends that the group has proposed.
  • Support the presenter to effectively create closure.

Virtual Event Volunteer: General Support & Concierge

Location details: Virtual

Virtual event. Open to volunteers across Canada.

Ideal for: all
  • Provide general support to conference participants navigating the event platform and trying to access virtual sessions.
  • Concierge service to those looking to find virtual sessions, needing general info, etc.

CNIB Ambassador

Location details: Community Location

We get requests for Ambassadors throughout the region. Geography and travel are considerations when assigning Ambassadors to presentations. You will have all the information about the location and travel arrangements before you decide whether to accept or decline an assignment. Locations can include locations such as elementary and high school classrooms, office environments, boardrooms, hotel ballrooms, and aggregate settings.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth


Ambassadors are empowered to put our cause and our clients in the spotlight by giving presentations on the needs, experiences and issues faced by people who are blind or partially sighted, as well as staffing info tables at community events.

From classrooms to health fairs or corporate lunch and learns, CNIB Ambassador's volunteer their time and talent to help educate the public about blindness. Structured Ambassador presentations cover topics like blindness etiquette, accessibility and inclusion, white canes and guide dogs, braille, assistive technologies, CNIB programs, as well as dispelling common myths and misconceptions. 

Responsibilities & Tasks:  An ambassador presentation in a school. Two Ambassadors sit in front of a classroom of young children.

  • Receive bookings for presentations and info tables. Confirm booking with host and finalize travel arrangements.
  • Confirm speaker’s kit is stocked; arrange delivery or pick up of any needed materials (pamphlets, etc.).
  • Represent CNIB to the general public and specific audiences including seniors’ groups, schools, community groups, corporate groups, event attendees, and vision health professionals. 
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB services and programs. 
  • May include setting up of displays and demonstrating technical aids.
  • Some Ambassadors may receive additional training and requests to do media interviews.
  •  Submit a brief report after each booking including travel time, length of engagement, number of attendees and how it went.

Virtual Vision Mate

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

The Virtual Vision Mate program gives volunteers an opportunity to engage in friendly conversations with people who are blind or partially sighted. You can schedule your chats on a set day and time every week, or you can schedule week-to-week, whatever works for both of you. 

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

Community Locations across the province! CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region.  We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Corporate, Student Placements

Vision Mates provide regular, one-to-one assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted. Matches are made with someone who lives close to your home, school or work. You visit once a week for a couple of hours to assist with tasks like reading, errands (like groceries and shopping), going for walks, and socializing.