Volunteer at the Community Resource Centre!


We are currently recruiting volunteers for the SCI Community Resource Centre, in the atrium of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre. Our goal as a Community Resource Centre is to make spinal cord injury (SCI) research accessible and understandable for members of the community. Volunteers help by showcasing and sharing information about the research being done at ICORD, providing online resources, helping to connect members of the community to existing SCI services, and enhancing the recruitment of current research studies being performed at ICORD. We are looking for committed and reliable volunteers to help build a welcoming space where community members can expect reliable information regarding SCI.

The position requires you to complete one 2-hour shift per week (every weekday from 10am-12pm, 12-2pm, or 2-4pm), in addition to writing a lay summary of a research article once per academic term, which is then posted to our blog. If you are interested in volunteering your time for this initiative, please read on!

Key responsibilities of Resource Centre volunteers include:

  • Providing information about ICORD research and activities to the community.
  • Writing lay summaries to be posted on ICORD’s community blog.
  • Fostering an environment of inclusion and support for everyone.
  • General way-finding around the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre and Vancouver General Hospital

Special projects may include:

  • Creating mini “study ads” to display at the Resource Centre
  • Helping with ICORD activities and special events

As a volunteer, you can:

  • Learn about cutting-edge research in your community
  • Gain valuable experience in knowledge translation and science communication
  • Join a diverse community of talented individuals at ICORD
  • Have the opportunity to participate in social and scientific events
  • Work in one of the most uniquely accessible spaces in Vancouver

We are looking for people with the following skills & experience:*

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of initiative to stay informed about ICORD research and news regarding SCI and healthcare
  • Science background is an asset
  • Respectful and sensitive to the challenges faced by those with SCI

*On-the-job training will be provided

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, click here to download application instructions. If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact the Resource Centre Coordinator at icordvolunteer@gmail.com.