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Formerly the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, Seniors First BC (SFBC) is a charitable, non-profit society that provides information, legal advocacy, and support to older adults across BC with affecting their well-being through 6 programs: the Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL), Victim Services Program, Education & Outreach Program, Elder Law Clinic, Legal Advocacy Program, and the Advance Planning Clinic Program.

Volunteers are a key part of our team, helping to raise awareness about issues affecting older adults and resources to assist them, as well as supporting the delivery of our services. Some benefits of volunteering with us include:

  • Learning about the law and issues affecting older adults, as well as how to navigate resources and services for seniors.
  • Enhancing public speaking, community engagement, and outreach skills.
  • Giving back to the community and supporting a meaningful cause.

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age and may be required to complete a criminal record check depending on the role. If you are seeking meaningful volunteer opportunities, please consider our available positions below.

 

Current Opportunities:

The Public Education & Outreach Program hosts unique provincial learning events that raise awareness about prominent issues affecting older adults in BC and empowers participants with information about their options, rights, and assistive resources. Older adults across the province can attend our learning events for free both in person and virtually, which are held in partnership with and by request from other service providing agencies.  

Due to high demand for our learning events, we are seeking volunteer legal professionals who can assist with the delivery of legal presentations, which include Financial Abuse, Advance Planning, Government Benefits, Fraud and Scams, and Residential Tenancy, as well help with developing public legal education materials. 

Volunteer Requirements: 

  • Complete a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Have a combination of relevant legal education and experience. 
  • Have access to reliable transportation to learning events if presenting in person. 
  • Have experience communicating with clients or older adults and be comfortable doing so. 
  • Experience delivering public legal education events. 
  • Cultural competency and respect for all older adults in BC, including people who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and seniors with disabilities. 
  • Ability to present in languages other than English an asset. 

Start Date: February 2023 

Location: Volunteers can present virtually or in-person. Most requests for sessions in person come from the Lower Mainland. 

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month, depending on number of presentation requests. 

To apply, please complete the form below.

In February 2024, our Advance Planning Clinic Program is launching a clinic in Williams Lake in partnership with the Cariboo Friendship Society. At these clinics, our staff lawyers will assist eligible low-income older adults (55+) with drafting and executing Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Representation Agreements.

We are seeking Community Outreach Volunteers in Williams Lake to join our team of volunteers to help connect with older adults and other service providers who can benefit from our services. Working with our Public Education & Outreach Team, the volunteers will assist with:

  • Engaging with the public and other service providers at seniors' networks and community events.
  • Sharing Seniors First BC informational materials with the public.
  • Identifying community outreach opportunities.
  • Attending and setting up Seniors First BC Learning Events held in Williams Lake.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Be 19 years old or older.
  • Complete a satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Have access to reliable transportation to events.
  • Have experience communicating with the public and be comfortable doing so.
  • Basic computer skills, including emailing, spreadsheets, accessing files, and using Zoom.
  • Cultural competency and respect for all older adults in BC, including people who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and seniors with disabilities.

While we welcome all applicants, we encourage older adults and retirees to apply!

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Williams Lake

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month.

To apply, please complete the volunteer form below.

Volunteer Application Form

Seniors Abuse & Information Line (SAIL)

SAIL is a confidential means for seniors to speak to a professional intake worker about issues that affect their well-being, receive information, or learn about our programs. Call 604-437-1940 or Toll-Free at 1-866-437-1940 weekdays 8am to 8pm and weekends 10am to 5:30pm. Language interpretation is available. 
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Seniors First BC’s services are funded through our valued funders and donors.
Law Foundation
British Columbia

ABOUT US

Seniors First BC is a charitable, non-profit society that provides information, advocacy, and support to seniors across BC who are dealing with issues affecting their well-being.

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