When Canadians volunteer, everyone benefits. That is the magic of volunteering; it creates value for all. From opportunities to develop new skills, to finding deep and meaningful personal connections, volunteering positively impacts all involved.
CMHA Kelowna is a volunteer-driven organization that depends on people like you to help us to develop our vision and provide services to our community. We provide a place for people to contribute to something meaningful, follow their passion, build skills and friendships.
CMHA Kelowna couldn’t be sustainable and as deeply embedded in our community without our passionate and dedicated volunteers. We are grateful for the commitment of 161 volunteers who provided 4,386 hours of service in 2018 – that’s the equivalent of 2.5 full time employees!
Whether serving as board members, knowledge philanthropists, event planners, group facilitators, or fundraising in the community at events, volunteers are the life-blood of our organization and they make it possible for us to be sustainable and relevant in our community.
Special Event Volunteers help make our events and mental health promotion activities a reality.
- Supporting CMHA Kelowna signature events, such as:
- The Payton & Dillon Budd Memorial Ride
- Mentally Healthy Workplace Awards
- Helping out at Community Partner Events/Fundraisers, such as golf tournaments and hockey games
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with CMHA Kelowna. We are not taking in volunteer applications at this time. If you have a question about the volunteer application process please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hear from some of our volunteers on their experience supporting CMHA Kelowna
“By volunteering with CMHA I have
learned a lot about mental illness and
met some inspiring people. My life is
richer for being a part of it.”
|Wyatt’s Story “I’ve helped raise funds that will
support programming directed at
helping individuals struggling
with mental health issues.”
“What makes this experience a
meaningful use of my time is
witnessing the impact this organization
has on our community.”
“I wanted to help close and
remove the systemic gaps
and barriers in mental health.
I knew this would be possible
as a volunteer for CMHA”
|Nathalie’s Story “CMHA did a presentation
at my workplace on employees’
mental health. It was so
inspiring to me, I decided to
join the CMHA team.
“Having the ability though
my own lived experience to
offer support to those struggling
is what motivated me to
get involved with CMHA.
|Aaryn and Mars’ Story“Dogs can be very sensitive to how we feel, so I think Mars knows when someone he’s visiting is feeling happier or more relaxed.”
Do you want to volunteer at CMHA Kelowna? Check out our available volunteer positions below! For questions or for more information please contact Sonyia Taggart-Mint or click here to download the Volunteer Application form. A criminal record check is required for most positions.
Volunteer Kitchen Helper – Seniors Wellness Group Program
Do you enjoy cooking and meeting new people? The Seniors Wellness group requires an enthusiastic kitchen helper on Monday mornings to prepare or assist in preparing and serving a snack to 10-15 seniors and assist in cleaning up. Experience cooking and Food Safe preferred.
View the full job description here
Volunteer Hairdresser – Wellness Development
Are you a qualified hairdresser? Do you enjoy making people feel great about themselves? We are in need of a friendly and patient person to volunteer their hairdressing skills, providing our wonderful participants at CMHA Kelowna with a hair tidy-up and some fun conversation. The position would be two hours once a month in our Wellness Development Centre. Haircuts can seem like a small thing but has the potential to change the way someone feels by building confidence. Help us build more confidence in our community!
Art Support Person – Wellness Development Centre
Are you an individual with a passion for art and creativity who enjoy supporting a community of individuals working on their wellness? We have the dream job for you!We are currently looking for two individuals to come and volunteer as support persons for the art classes held in CMHA Kelowna’s Wellness Development Centre! The position would be 2 hours on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon (whichever works best for you!). The support you provide can range from having a nice conversation to assisting the art instructor with set up, take down and assisting participants in their art projects. If you feel like you would be a good fit, we would love to hear from you!
Float support – Wellness Development Centre
Are you someone who loves getting involved in game and activities? Thrive on making a positive impact in people’s lives, or maybe someone who is looking for some experience with people who have Mental Health issues? This could be the opportunity for you! We are currently seeking two FLOAT Volunteers to join our wonderful and busy Wellness Development Centre at CMHA.The Wellness Development centre runs Tuesday-Thursday 11 AM – 3 PM, and runs a variety of activities such as; cooking classes, yoga, art, music hours and much more! We are looking for Volunteer who are available anywhere between those dates and times to contribute to the team! If you are reading this and feel like this might be you, please get in touch! Need a bit more information? No problem! Follow this link to find out more about our Wellness Development Centre, and take a look at our monthly activity schedule: http://cmhakelowna.com/wellness/development-centre/
Craft Facilitator – Wellness Development Centre
Are you someone who likes to get creative with crafts and share this passion with others in a positive and impactful way? This may be the craft job for you!We are currently seeking a craft-extraordinare to come once a month to our wonderful Wellness Development Centre at CMHA.With the support of a Wellness Coach, this lucky individual will be in charge of facilitating a craft class of their choice. We provide all the supplies and have enough space for up to 10 participants in our art room. The level of support you provide to the participants will vary from giving advice and instructions to getting hands on helping with cutting, sticking and other activities that need a hands-on approach.
Share your skills
Volunteer Computer Teacher
Do you love computers and technology? Enjoy teaching people new skills? We are looking for a patient person to meet individually with program participants to teach computer skills in the Wellness Development Centre at CMHA. The volunteer will help participants set up e-mail accounts, navigate social media, assist with resumes and learn general computer skills. See the full job description here.
Join our Board
Join our Board CMHA recruits new board members annually just prior to the AGM held in June. We welcome applications from individuals with skills in:
- Property management
- Community development