Exercise Leader (Chair Exercises) - Nanaimo Stroke Recovery Group

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Position description: 

The Stroke Recovery Association of BC (SRABC) offers programs to help stroke survivors and their families/caregivers improve their quality of life after stroke.

In Nanaimo, stroke survivors participate in exercise, speech therapy, and caregiver support, and enjoy chatting over lunch. Chair exercises offer an opportunity for stroke survivors with limited strength and mobility to participate in an exercise program and work towards their physical fitness goals.

Interest and some personal experience in fitness is preferred. Volunteers will receive training and support from the program coordinators.

Training provided includes:
- Recommended chair exercises
- Recognizing health/physical concerns (when to seek help/guidance)
- Emergency procedures
- Overview of the program; site health and safety requirements

This role is considered high risk (position of trust with vulnerable adults) and medium autonomy (tasks are self directed after initial training; staff support is available).

The Nanaimo Branch meets on Fridays from 10:45 AM to 2 PM, at Bowen Park Complex. For this position, the time commitment is once a month from 11 AM to 12 PM. Your commitment is done at noon, but you are also welcome to stay for the rest of the program, which includes conversation and lunch (bring your own).

March of Dimes Canada is proud to be affiliated with SRABC, and the two organizations collaborate on volunteer recruitment and engagement.


- Setup and cleanup of chairs and equipment
- Leading group in chair exercises, providing support and accommodation for individuals’ ability level
- Observing participants and report any concerns to coordinator(s)
- Engaging group members in social activities and conversation


- Personal experience and interest in fitness
- Experience working with people with a disability and/or seniors, or a desire to learn
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (required)
- Ability to learn and demonstrate basic seated exercises (required)
- Able to move furniture/equipment (tables, chairs)
- Friendly, warm, interested in talking with people
- Energetic, enthusiastic and encouraging
- Patient, kind and empathetic
- Team player
- Conscientious and reliable

Role is suitable for: 
13 - 18
All Ages
English as a second language (ESL)
Additional Information: 

- Be part of a friendly community group
- Make a difference to people recovering from stroke
- Get to know people in your community
- Excellent opportunity for acquiring volunteer hours in a health-related field
- Gain knowledge in understanding the needs of those impacted by the effects of a stroke

Volunteers are required to undergo screening, including a police record check, to work with vulnerable adults.

How to apply: 
Please email us for more information and an application form.
Contact person: 
Jill Jukes
Contact phone: 
Contact e-mail: 
Volunteer Centre: 
Cause Tags: 
Disability Services
Health, Social Services
Through its local Stroke Recovery Branches, SRABC is committed to assisting stroke survivors and their caregivers throughout the province to improve their overall quality of life. March of Dimes Canada's Mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with disabilities.
Position type:
Number of volunteers required:
Position start/end date:
1 Sep 2017
Time Committment:
1 Hours Per Month
Time of day:
Daytime, Weekdays
Work location:
Bowen Park Complex
500 Bowen Rd
Nanaimo, BC V9R 1Z7