Providence Health Care (Non-profit), BC Office of Seniors Advocate

There are over 29,000 seniors living in 294 publicly subsidized care homes in BC. Of that, 2000+ seniors live within long term care in the Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, and Hope. Every one of them will be approached to participate in an in-person interview conducted by trained volunteers (training provided). The Seniors Advocate’s intention is to listen to the voices, experiences, and stories from those directly living in long term care AS WELL AS the voices of their loved ones and visitors. Many residents are also at the mercy of volunteers (YOU!) who can speak their unique ethnic languages (Korean, Chinese, Italian, Punjabi…etc) to have their stories be heard.

The resident survey could not be conducted without the support of volunteers in every region of the province from November 2022 – Spring 2023.

Listen to the stories of every single senior in your community’s long term care homes:

  • Abbotsford: 1000 seniors
  • Mission: 200 seniors
  • Chilliwack: 552 seniors
  • Agassiz: 105 seniors
  • Hope: 50 seniors

 

Qualifications needed:

  • Enjoy being with seniors
  • Able to communicate effectively with seniors
  • Professional demeanour
  • Non-Judgmental
  • Patient, positive attitude, good listener, warm and friendly
  • Reliable
  • Teachable, follow directions carefully
  • Work well with others
  • Good time management skills
  • Good English language skills in reading, writing, speaking
  • Legible handwriting, printing or cursive
  • Computer literacy
  • Regular access to email and internet browser

 

Commitment required:

  • Weekday mornings/afternoons – shifts are self-scheduled and flexible.
    • Flexible hours, flexible training options
  • Minimum 40 hours before April 2023

 

Benefits to Volunteer:

  • Opportunity to positively impact seniors living in long-term care
  • Opportunity to engage community and other amazing volunteers
  • Opportunity to build leadership skills
  • Reference letter upon completion of 40 hours of interviews
  • Reimbursement of pre-approved out-of-pocket expenses/mileage
  • Skill building in communications with seniors, conducting structured interviews, and interviewing skills

 

Contact Info:

 

Anyone interested in volunteering as a interviewer/surveyor can apply through the external website: www.surveybcseniors.org/volunteer