YMCA of Greater Saint John

Silver Linings Facilitator - Schools/Classrooms, peer support settings, community centres, shelters

Location: Schools/Classrooms, peer support settings, community centres, shelters to assist temporarily displaced youth and/or families
Status: accepting
Type of Position: Volunteer - Temporary (approximately 3 sessions per week is recommended)
Placement Date: TBD

Qualifications and Skills:
Current and clear security clearance with vulnerable sector screening, have worked closely with children/youth and enjoys them, able to listen, communicate and share openly, emotionally healthy, sensitive to the needs of the bereaved, accepting of negative emotion and tension, have a motive of love, concern and profound respect of grieving people of all ages, compassionate, patient, understanding, accepting and flexible.


  • Lead activities and guide discussions to work through specific topics
  • Create a safe and comfortable environment in which to share
  • Answer questions honestly with facts, remaining non-judgemental
  • Show acceptance of feelings while using words and phrases appropriate to their understanding and age
  • Contact the Rainbows Registered Director before facilitating any programs
  • Contact the Rainbows Registered Director before facilitating Silver Linings program to request Silver Linings materials
  • Use respectable language at all times
  • Well groomed and appropriately dressed in clothing that is fitting for the position and that will leave the best possible impression on the public
  • Accept the guidance and decisions from the Supervisor/Director as well as reporting planned or unplanned absence to the Supervisor/Director
  • Treat staff, clients and other volunteers of the YMCA of Greater Saint John with respect and dignity and be responsible in the use of the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s resources
  • Perform Volunteer responsibilities promptly, reliably and to the best of the Volunteer’s ability
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Accept and work within the YMCA of Greater Saint John’s Guiding Principles, the Mission Statement as well as the Values of the YMCA of Greater Saint John
  • Display appropriate YMCA of Greater Saint John Volunteer identification as required
  • Participate in orientation and training programs when required


  • Be a part of the YMCA team and promote the Mission, Vision and Values of the YMCA
  • Opportunity to enhance skills as well as learn and develop new skills in a child care environment
  • Learn about diversity at the YMCA and meet new people from all walks of life
  • Enhance communication and interpersonal skills and gain valuable work experience, volunteering reflects and supports a complete picture of an individual, and gives real examples of their commitment, dedication and interests
  • Reference letter supplied with successful volunteer experience upon request

Name of Contact or Department: Jennifer Galbraith, Volunteer and Rainbows Coordinator

Application Deadline: On-going, submit volunteer application to J.Galbraith@saintjohny.ca

YMCA Youth Volunteer Application (Under 18 years of age):

YMCA Volunteer Application: 

For more information on other Volunteer Opportunities at the YMCA of Greater Saint John visit the website https://saintjohny.ymca.ca/Volunteer