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 Volunteer At Dreamcatcher

 Do you have a love for animals and a passion for helping people?

One of the key aspects that make the Dreamcatcher programs successful are the many dedicated volunteers who commit their time to helping Dreamcatcher in many capacities. Volunteers assist with the care of the animals, the general maintenance of the Dreamcatcher site, implementing programs and special events, fundraising and more.

We are recruiting for volunteers to help us with Programs, Special Events, Animal Care and Property Maintenance. Programs include the Fuzzy Face Express mobile animal program, day camps, retreats, and groups. These types of programs occur throughout the year at various times. Special Events include tours, presentations, open houses, fundraisers, appreciation events and more. These events take place at various times during the year. Animal Care and Property Maintenance typically involves work done on a regular basis (weekly, monthly) but on occasion may be a one time only project. Some examples of Animal Care and Property Maintenance include cleaning animal enclosures, socializing animals, animal training, and plowing snow, fixing fences, building enclosures, mowing lawns, gardening and more. There is also potential for volunteers to share their skills and interests by volunteering do things such as photography, administrative assistance, presentations, assist with program development and more. Volunteers will work alongside Dreamcatcher staff in all of these capacities. (Although, there may be times where volunteers are working independently).

All of the Dreamcatcher Programs involve working with vulnerable people or people in need of help in some capacity as well as working with the Dreamcatcher animals which are specially chosen, screened and trained. 

What is crucial for volunteers at Dreamcatcher is having good solid animal (including horse) experience, a comfort level around the animals and the ability to read the animals' body language to help prevent things before they might happen - this is to help keep everyone safe and to ensure a great animal experience. Animal experience may not be a requirement depending on the volunteer position. We also look for people who are patient with children or youth who might have trouble listening or following directions.  The populations we work with all need help in some way so we conduct all of our work through love and kindness. As a result, volunteers are required to attend specific trainings and seminars provided by Dreamcatcher which pertain to the areas of work the volunteer will be involved with.

Volunteers at Dreamcatcher do not participate in any aspect of counselling with the clients at the Dreamcatcher program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe and learn about the experiential aspects of an Animal Assisted Therapy group and will interact with and support clients during these activities.  If a client were to make a disclosure to a volunteer or seek counselling support in any way, the volunteer needs to refer and report this to one of the counsellors working with the group as soon as possible. Also to be reported immediately is any animal related concerns such as any abusive behavior witnessed.

How to Get Started

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fuzzy Face Express Program Assistants

Other Programs and Special Events

Animal Care and Property Maintenance

If you would like to volunteer with Dreamcatcher please fill out our Volunteer Application Form. Please submit form by email, fax or mail to the volunteer coordinator. For more information please connect with us through the contact information below:
Phone: 780-809-1047 ext 1
Fax: 780-809-1046
Email: info@dreamcatcherassociation.com
Mailing Address: 53044 RR #213, Ardrossan AB, T8G 2C4

 Do you have a love for animals and a passion for helping people?

One of the key aspects that make the Dreamcatcher programs successful are the many dedicated volunteers who commit their time to helping Dreamcatcher in many capacities. Volunteers assist with the care of the animals, the general maintenance of the Dreamcatcher site, implementing programs and special events, fundraising and more.

We are recruiting for volunteers to help us with Programs, Special Events, Animal Care and Property Maintenance. Programs include the Fuzzy Face Express mobile animal program, day camps, retreats, and groups. These types of programs occur throughout the year at various times. Special Events include tours, presentations, open houses, fundraisers, appreciation events and more. These events take place at various times during the year. Animal Care and Property Maintenance typically involves work done on a regular basis (weekly, monthly) but on occasion may be a one time only project. Some examples of Animal Care and Property Maintenance include cleaning animal enclosures, socializing animals, animal training, and plowing snow, fixing fences, building enclosures, mowing lawns, gardening and more. There is also potential for volunteers to share their skills and interests by volunteering do things such as photography, administrative assistance, presentations, assist with program development and more. Volunteers will work alongside Dreamcatcher staff in all of these capacities. (Although, there may be times where volunteers are working independently).

All of the Dreamcatcher Programs involve working with vulnerable people or people in need of help in some capacity as well as working with the Dreamcatcher animals which are specially chosen, screened and trained. 

What is crucial for volunteers at Dreamcatcher is having good solid animal (including horse) experience, a comfort level around the animals and the ability to read the animals' body language to help prevent things before they might happen - this is to help keep everyone safe and to ensure a great animal experience. Animal experience may not be a requirement depending on the volunteer position. We also look for people who are patient with children or youth who might have trouble listening or following directions.  The populations we work with all need help in some way so we conduct all of our work through love and kindness. As a result, volunteers are required to attend specific trainings and seminars provided by Dreamcatcher which pertain to the areas of work the volunteer will be involved with.

Volunteers at Dreamcatcher do not participate in any aspect of counselling with the clients at the Dreamcatcher program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe and learn about the experiential aspects of an Animal Assisted Therapy group and will interact with and support clients during these activities.  If a client were to make a disclosure to a volunteer or seek counselling support in any way, the volunteer needs to refer and report this to one of the counsellors working with the group as soon as possible. Also to be reported immediately is any animal related concerns such as any abusive behavior witnessed.

How to Get Started

Volunteer Opportunities:

Fuzzy Face Express Program Assistants

Other Programs and Special Events

Animal Care and Property Maintenance

If you would like to volunteer with Dreamcatcher please fill out our Volunteer Application Form. Please submit form by email, fax or mail to the volunteer coordinator. For more information please connect with us through the contact information below:
Phone: 780-809-1047 ext 1
Fax: 780-809-1046
Email: info@dreamcatcherassociation.com
Mailing Address: 53044 RR #213, Ardrossan AB, T8G 2C4

 
  

"Volunteers polish up the rough spots in our communities" ~ Alice Sandstrom

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"Volunteers polish up the rough spots in our communities" ~ Alice Sandstrom

Ben Calfe Robe Society Headstart Program 2012

Maier Centre for Autism Services: Community Services Expo 2013

 
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