Linking Survivors with Survivors: Hospital Visitation

(March of Dimes Canada, Kitchener Office)

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Position ID: V-GUE2629 Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 Last Full Update: 19 Jan 2018
Opportunity Details
Impact StatementTo assist new stroke survivors to THRIVE
ContactBarbara Moore, Community Coordinator, March of Dimes Canada; Phone: 1-866-380-0758 ext 269; Fax: (519) 579-5479; Email:
DutiesAre you a stroke survivor or caregiver? Our hospital peer visitors visit new stroke survivors within the hospital environment providing help with recovery by providing hope, hands-on-tangible knowledge to manage the emotional and physical stages of stroke using hope, optimism and encouragement. We are currently recruiting for Grand River Hospital-KW Site, Grand River Hospital-Freeport Site, Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Guelph General Hospital and St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph.
BenefitsMeet with other stroke survivors and their caregivers to help them learn to thrive. An opportunity to build a strong network of stroke survivors, caregivers and health care providers, educational training events.
ClientsStroke survivors, caregivers and family members within the hospital settings of St. Joe's Health Centre Guelph and Guelph General Hospital
Ages19 year(s) - 99 year(s)
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Persons with limited mobility ; Couples
Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Distress / Crisis / Bereavement Support ; Health Care
Skills/ExperienceConfidentiality ; Customer Service ; Mentoring & Training ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Must be a stroke survivor or caregiver
Commitment LengthLong Term (More than 1 year)
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours4 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon, Evening
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Easy access to elevator
LocationWellington County Health Care Centres
Number of PositionsGuelph: 5 individual(s) 
5 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Volunteers must complete the mandatory Linking Survivors with Survivors training and hospital training as well as AODA training before being placed within the hospital. They will also attend 4 mandatory training sessions throughout the year.
TransportationNear public transit ; There is public transportation within Guelph. You you prefer a hospital outside of the city for example Fergus or Palmerston you must supply your own transportation.
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsYou will need to ensure that all your immunizations are up-to-date and provide this information. You will also have to have a TB Test.
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Start DateOn or after 29 Jan 2018
Agency Details
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Organization NameMarch of Dimes Canada, Kitchener Office
Office Phone519-579-5530
Toll Free Phone1-866-380-0758 * Post-Polio Canada 1-800-263-3463 * Post-Polio Canada Warmline (information, resources, connection with staff, post-polio support groups) 1-888-480-5903 * Assistive Devices Program 1-866-765-7237 * Home and Vehicle Modification Program 1-877-369-4867 * Stroke Recovery Canada Warmline 1-888-540-6666
Address & Map236 Victoria St N, Unit 1B
Kitchener, ON N2H 5C8