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JA Central Ontario is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to support students through JA learning experiences* JA engages volunteers from the local business communities to add value to the student experience by sharing industry insights and expertise* Using our highly interactive education programs you will aid students in developing necessary business and life skills, to enter tomorrows’ workforce* Acting as a resource, facilitator, motivator, and role model you will facilitate a JA learning experience in the classroom for a half a full day.
Our Humane Education Volunteer Team plays a vital role in representing the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society in schools and the local communities we support across the province.
This is a flexible role that gives you the chance to get involved in lots of different activities.
Each activity helps to raise awareness and fosters empathy, promotes a sense of responsibility, and inspires connection with animals and the environment.
As this is a varied role, you might get involved in any, or all, of the following:
Delivering presentations (30-75 minutes in length) primarily to local schools, however, this could be extended to community groups.
The content for presentations will cover the Ontario SPCA mission and reflect humane education`s goal to inspire compassion, empathy, and respect for all animals.
Attend community events hosted by the organization or other community partners, as a representative of the Ontario SPCA, for example hosting an information booth at a local event or activity.
Raising awareness of our work by utilizing your personal and professional contacts.
- Positive role model
- Have a good working knowledge of PowerPoint, Google Classroom, and other presentation software
- Ability to clearly communicate instructions to participants
- Enjoy working with youth
- Ability to stand for periods of time and comfortable conversing with the public
- Desire to learn more about animal well-being and our Humane Education programs
- Ability to provide a clear Vulnerable Sector Clearance -VSC Comfortable interacting and engaging with children
- A vehicle in good working order will be required for this role
- Previous teaching, presenting or experience working in a school setting would be helpful
We recognize the time contribution of being a volunteer. Therefore, we support a customized approach to your schedule to best suit your availability.
During our onboarding process, we will capture your time preferences and availability. We are always looking for individuals who are dependable and responsible.
This role is flexible, each volunteer will be travelling within their local community, with a focus of presenting to schools.
Anywhere from eight to twenty hours a month is expected for this role.
*Mileage reimbursement is NOT available for this role; therefore, we do our very best to schedule presentations within a 25km radius of your community.
Supervision and Support
As a Humane Education Volunteer, you will be supported by Ontario SPCA Humane Education staff.
This staff partner will provide you with training for your specific role, your schedule, and any required administration, feedback or updates.
The Volunteer Development Team will always be available to offer support and guidance.
You will also have direct access to our online communities, where you can find organizational updates, and contact information for your staff partners.
Act as a community liaison and collaborate with like-minded individuals to raise awareness * plan education events * plan fundraising events such as the Gutsy Walk