The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy.
Heart & Stroke launched the second phase of its brand-new innovative project, Activate, in January 2019 and we are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Activate team!
Activate, Canada’s first social impact bond, is a free six-month health and wellness program that encourages Canadians to eat better, move more, and manage their stress.
This role offers volunteers practical experience in community health promotion to help Canadians manage their blood pressure and improve their overall wellness.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to join an energetic and dynamic team who is passionate about health and wellness! They will experience personal and professional development while encouraging a healthier, more active Canada. Volunteers’ primary responsibility will be program enrollment at public community spaces (e.g. community centres, pharmacies) as well as health events around the GTA. As part of the enrollment process, Volunteers will be trained to take participants’ blood pressure reading, help participants understand their current risk of cardiovascular disease, and explain how the Activate program will support them to make small, yet significant, lifestyle changes.
To learn more about Activate please visit:
Activities associated with this role include:
Complete mandatory program training
Engage with the public, sharing how Activate, “this free wellness program” can help them reach their health and wellness goals!
Assess potential participant’s blood pressure reading (using an automated machine) to see if they qualify for this free program
Enroll pre-hypertensive participants into the program’s digital health platform using a mobile tablet device (provided by Heart & Stroke)
Facilitate completion of a cardiovascular health risk assessment questionnaire
Briefly discuss with participants how the program can support their health goals based on their cardiovascular risk profile and provide next steps
Be a part of a dynamic team seeking to create a healthier Canada
Locations: GTA and surrounding areas
We are committed to fostering an inclusive, barrier-free and accessible environment. If you have been contacted for an interview and require an accommodation due to disability to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please advise us and we will work with you to meet your needs.
Timeline: Present – July 2019
Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 1 shift per week. Each shift is approximately 3-4 hours.
Volunteers are also required to attend one in field training session along with one follow up meeting with the Activate team. Training sessions are mandatory.
Qualities you’ll need for this role:
Passionate about healthy living; willing to learn the basics of cardiovascular disease
Experience with community health promotion programs, community health nursing, social work, personal support worker, and other similar programs is a strong asset
Friendly, approachable, and enjoys interacting with people
Strong English communication skills (written and verbal)
Comfortable and proficient using computers/ mobile tablet devices
Committed to the program’s success and diligent about “going the extra mile” as required to achieve this success
Benefits and Competencies developed:
Exposure to an innovative health program and its impact in the community along with opportunities to educate the public about high blood pressure risks and preventive measures
Training in areas such as communication and client care
Hands-on experience in measuring blood pressure
Increased knowledge around cardiovascular disease and healthy living
Opportunities to interact with a dynamic team of Heart & Stroke volunteers and employees
Heart & Stroke certificate
Verification of service hours (by request). Please note that volunteer hours may count towards relevant practicum programs where applicable
Please email your resume and a short statement about why you are interested in the role to firstname.lastname@example.org