Program Assistant, Minds in Motion

(Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Barrie Office)

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Position ID: V-ALL0096 Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 Last Full Update: 02 Feb 2018
Opportunity Details
ContactMarguerite Glanfield, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County; Phone: 705-722-1066 * 1-800-265-5391; Email:
DutiesAssist with participant pre-evaluations and assessments 
Help with the set up and clean up of refreshments, games and activities 
Assist Minds in Motion Coordinator to ensure activity participation and socialization 
Under direction of the Physical Activity Program Leader, provide one-on-one support to participants during physical activity component of the program 
Assist with any other required task 
Complete a post evaluation form
More Info
BenefitsTraining and education received will be of personal value for brain health! Training and experience will be of benefit when applying for professional or volunteer positions in the future 
Be an integral part of a team working toward a better quality of life for persons living with dementia and their care partners 
Gain front line experience working with persons with dementia 
Be a part of an evaluation process by assisting with the delivery and collection of content which will inform a provincial evaluation of Minds in Motion implementation
ClientsPersons living with dementia and their care partners
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Couples ; Individuals
Areas of InterestHealth Care ; Mental Health / Addictions ; Physical Fitness & Exercise ; Program Coordination / Support ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills ; Confidentiality ; Creativity ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Elder Care ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Leadership ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Enjoy working with others, comfortable initiating conversation and including others 
Patient, friendly and fun, comfortable in a non-competitive, inclusive environment 
Have some experience communicating with older adults 
Be physically able to participate in the physical activity component of the program 
Commit to program  
Aware of the aging process 
Have a basic knowledge and experience with dementia - training will be provided 
Experience working with persons with dementia and their care partners 
Physical activity or therapeutic recreation background
Commitment LengthShort Term (3 months or less) ; Three hours per week for 9 weeks 
30 minute set up, 2 hour program, 30 minute take down, clean up, de-brief 
Programs will eventually run 3 times per year - trained volunteers are encouraged to return to assist with programs held throughout the year
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group ; Each Minds in Motion program will have a maximum of 22 participants: 11 persons living with dementia, 11 care partners
Minimum Hours3 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Minds in Motion programs will be held Monday to Friday during the day (morning or afternoon) depending on the availability of space in local communities. Check website for details.
SeasonsSpring ; Summer ; Fall
AccessibilityMinds in Motion will be held at various community locations. Degree of accessibility is dependent upon the community location.
LocationMinds in Motion programs will be held in various community locations in most communities in County
Number of PositionsAlliston: 2 individual(s) ; Barrie: 2 individual(s) ; Bradford: 2 individual(s) ; Collingwood: 2 individual(s) ; Innisfil: 2 individual(s) ; Midland: 2 individual(s) ; Orillia: 2 individual(s) ; Penetanguishene: 2 individual(s) ; Wasaga Beach: 2 individual(s) 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training on the job ; Orientation to local Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County and volunteer policies and procedures 
Orientation to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias 
Orientation to Minds in Motion and specific role 
Opportunity to participate in Minds in Motion specific webinars scheduled throughout the year
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required ; Volunteers must be able to access the location of the Minds in Motion program on their own.
CostThere is no cost to volunteers
Police CheckNot Required
Liability InsuranceAvailable
Start DateOn or after 18 Oct 2017
Agency Details
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Organization NameAlzheimer Society of Simcoe County, Barrie Office
Office Phone705-722-1066
Toll Free Phone1-800-265-5391
Address & Map
20 Anne St S, Unit 3
Barrie, ON L4N 2C6
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Mailing AddressPO Box 1414 
Barrie, ON L4M 5R4