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Welcome! Every year we are inspired by the dedication and compassion of our volunteers. The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre would not be able to provide the services it does without the support and commitment of volunteers.

Volunteering at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre may mean providing support to recent survivors of sexual assault, helping out with administrative tasks, assisting with events, or developing policy. There are all sorts of volunteer opportunities with The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre; each demonstrates a commitment to support, empower, and advocate for women and trans individuals  who are survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse; and to work toward the prevention of sexual violence.


You can find more information about our volunteer roles below.
To register your interest and be notified when we are next recruiting for that role,
click the "Fill in an application" button on the top right side of the page. 

If you have further questions, you can email
Ali, Coordinator of Volunteers at volunteers@vsac.ca.

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Volunteer Roles

Sexual Assault Response Team - Support Worker

**Applications for the Fall 2021 training are now closed. The application form on this page will now link to the general interest application form. If you would like to volunteer with SART, please fill in the general interest form and you will be notified as soon as the dates are set for the next training.**

Please let us know if or how we can make the application process more accessible to you.

Time Commitment:

~50 hours of training + ~42 hours (or 3 shifts) on call per month for one year

Responsible to:

Coordinator of Volunteers, Access Line Coordinator/Clinic Coordinator

Position open to:

Trans, Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming people, and cis-women age 19+

To Apply:

Click the "Fill in an application" button on the top of this page

Application Deadline:

Monday, August 9th, 2021  

Policy Restrictions:

Applicants who have used VSAC services must be 1 year past last date of service at time of application. This position is not open to cis-men. Other volunteer opportunities are available.

Positions available:

12

 

About SART

The purpose of SART is to provide survivors of recent sexualized assault with emotional support and information on the community resources available to them. This requires Support Worker volunteers to liaise with hospital and police staff (as requested by the survivor) to support the survivor in accessing the services of their choice. Support may be offered over the phone, or in person at Victoria General Hospital, any of the local police departments, or at the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic (operated by VSAC). The Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic is the only fully integrated sexualized assault clinic in western Canada, meaning that a survivor can access support, medical services, and police reporting all at the Clinic.

 

VSAC Mission Statement

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention.  We are dedicated to supporting women and all Trans survivors of sexualized assault and childhood sexualized abuse through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.

 

Values of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

  • Communicating in a direct, caring, confidential, and honest manner, showing respect, gentleness, acceptance, and celebration of each other in all our diversity
  • Each individual’s self-defined inner knowledge, empowerment, and right to dignity
  • A safe, accessible, and effective Centre where folks can engage in healing from sexualized violence
  • Social justice for all
  • Enacting an anti-oppressive framework, that acknowledges societal and systemic barriers and our own positions of power and dominance
  • Being transparent and accountable to the community regarding how and why our policies and practices are determined, enacted, and altered

COVID-19 Planning

This training is typically delivered all in-person over 3 months, including trips to Victoria General Hospital and the Victoria Police Department. Due to COVID-19, those trips are to be determined.  

Training will be delivered via a combination of in-person and Zoom sessions, and through self-paced online modules. The training cohort may be separated into two groups to make social distancing possible.

 

Dependent on governmental guidelines and the safety of meeting in person, the training could condense to Tuesday evenings only, and have all trainees meeting together in-person instead of on Zoom or in separate, smaller groups. Applicants will be updated as new safety information develops. 

 

SART Support Worker Responsibilities

  • Provide an immediate support response at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Clinic, the Victoria General Hospital and/or a police station to recent (0-30 days) survivors (all genders, 13+) of a sexualized assault, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
  • Provide phone support to sexualized assault survivors
  • Provide information regarding medical and forensic examination procedures
  • Provide information on options for reporting to police
  • Liaise and consult with the Forensic Nurse Examiners (FNE) and the police (if involved)
  • Provide information and support to family and friends of the survivor
  • Provide information on follow up support for survivor
  • Provide links to counselling and victim services at VSAC

 

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of the root causes of sexualized violence
  • Working knowledge of intersectional feminism
  • Demonstrated respect for survivors of sexualized assault
  • Ability to work comfortably with recent survivors of sexualized assault either in the hospital, clinic, or police station
  • Ability to liaise with various community partners including police and hospital staff
  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team
  • Proven communication skills
  • Strong ability to give and receive feedback
  • Time management skills
  • Strong problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking, and diplomacy skills
  • Strong boundaries and self-awareness
  • Basic understanding of the complex emotional reactions of sexualized assault survivors
  • Flexibility to adapt in unpredictable situations
  • Confidence to advocate for the survivor, if necessary
  • Ability to listen compassionately and without judgement
  • Demonstrated self-care practices
  • To feel stable in your personal healing process
  • Can commit to 3 months of intensive training
  • Can commit to 3 shifts per month over 1 year after the completion of training

 

 

Working Conditions

SART includes team members from Forensic Nurse Examiners and all Police Detachments.  VSAC volunteers work both independently and as part of the team.  Work will take place at the VSAC Clinic, Hospital, Police Station or other community agency in mixed indoor environments.  Volunteers will provide emotional support over the phone from their home on a VSAC provided cell phone.  This position requires overnight shift work and being on call for between 8-16 hrs, carrying a pager. 


Benefits to Volunteer

  • Advanced communications training
  • Training grounded in social justice and trauma informed practice
  • Ongoing training events
  • Build community connections
  • Team building skills
  • Education on the intersectional root causes of sexualized violence

 

Training Provided

  • 3 months of intensive group training including ongoing evaluation and feedback
  • Ongoing trainings

 

Fall 2021 Training Schedule

Date

Day

Time

Format

14-Sep-21

Tuesday

5:15 - 7:45 pm

In person, all together

21-Sep-21

Tuesday

7:00 - 8:30 PM

Zoom

28-Sep-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 7:20 PM

In person, scheduled half of cohort at a time

7:40 - 9:00 PM

05-Oct-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 7:20 PM

In person, scheduled half of cohort at a time

7:40 - 9:00 PM

12-Oct-21

Tuesday

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Zoom

19-Oct-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 9:00 PM

In person, half of chohort each day

20-Oct-21

Wednesday

26-Oct-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Zoom

02-Nov-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 7:20 PM

In person, scheduled half of cohort at a time

7:40 - 9:00 PM

09-Nov-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 9:00 PM

In person, half of chohort each day

10-Nov-21

Wednesday

16-Nov-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 9:00 PM

In person, half of chohort each day

17-Nov-21

Wednesday

23-Nov-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Zoom

30-Nov-21

Tuesday

6:00 - 9:00 PM

In person, half of chohort each day

01-Dec-21

Wednesday

07-Dec-21

Tuesday

5:15 - 7:45 pm

In person, all together

*Sessions that are split by time or date require trainees to attend only one of each time/date*

 

Recruitment Timeline
Applications open: July 9th – August 9th

Interviews: August 24th – September 2nd

Successful applicants contacted: September 3rd  

 

Application Check-List

  • Available for all training dates
  • Completed application form, including resume, and references
  • Can commit to volunteering with VSAC until December 2022

Event Support Volunteering

VSAC relies on volunteers to support us in hosting
events throughout the year.
Our biggest is the Triathlon of Compassion.

This year's Triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 8th from 6am-11am.

**Applications are now closed**

Volunteers stand throughout the course to direct and cheer on the athletes. VSAC will not be able to provide water and safety vests, due to COVID-19, but you are encouraged to bring sunscreen, a folding chair, water, snacks, a hat, and anything you'd like to help you cheer on the athletes!

You must be age 19 or older to volunteer at this event. 

Due to COVID-19, volunteers will be well-spaced out along the course. You will be assigned to your station alone, unless someone in your bubble also signs up and you both indicate on your application form that you would like to be stationed together. 

Board of Directors

Looking for an opportunity to support your community?  To share your skills and experience with a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention?  The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) is seeking new board and committee members to support the work of the organization in the coming year. 

 

We encourage applicants with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities in Board roles such as Treasurer and Secretary and those with experience in Fund Development, Human Resources, and  Property Management/Real Estate to support our board committees. 

 

To reflect the diversity of the community we serve we strive for the VSAC’s board and committees to reflect the diversity of the community including members of visible minority groups, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, sex workers, LGBQ+ persons, Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Non-Conforming persons. 

 

Time Commitment:

  1. Board of Directors
    1. two year term
    2. Attend, monthly,  2 hour board meetings
    3. provide additional support to committees  (1-4 hrs a month)
  2. Committee Members
    1. provide expertise and advice to our Fundraising committee, People & Culture (HR) committee and Growth Inclusion Facility Transformation (GIFT) Committee
    2. attend committees meetings (1-4 hours a month)

 

    To Apply:

 

Click the "fill in an application" button on the top right side of this page, or send an email expressing your interest to boardchairs@vsac.ca (you will receive a response with more information)  

Application Deadline:  Monday May 17th, 2021

Please let us know if or how we can make the application process more accessible to you.

Policy Restrictions - VSAC has policies that restrict the participation of cis-gender men, members or former members of police organizations, current and recent clients.   If any of these apply to you please contact us for more information at:  BoardChairs@vsac.ca

 

Responsibilities

  • Attending monthly board meetings

  • Attending and participating in fundraising initiatives

  • Functioning as the agency’s governance structure, articulating and communicating the vision and formulating broad governance policies

  • Fulfilling the obligations of the centre’s constitution and by-laws and making policy in accordance with the agency’s mission, values, goals and beliefs

  • Developing policy in such areas as finance, personnel, programs and communications

  • Taking fiscal responsibility for the centre as determined by the BC Societies Act & Regulations

  • Monitoring organizational effectiveness in terms of adherence to mandate and service delivery

  • Hiring of the Executive Director, developing clear performance standards, and conducting regular performance reviews

  • Ensuring the Executive Director is accountable for the operations of the organization

  • Consulting with the Executive Director on all matters the Board is considering, and ensuring the Executive Director is informed of all external correspondence.

  • Supporting the Executive Director in all decisions and actions consistent with policies of the Board and the stands of the agency.

  • Participating on committees of the Board and where agreed by the Board, establishing committees and  defining their terms of reference.

  • Reviewing all reports to the Board, agendas, minutes and other materials prior to Board meetings. Read and, as required, respond to Board e-mails.

  • Attending VSAC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and where possible, represent the Board and/or VSAC at the AGMs of other agencies.

  • Mentoring new Directors of the Board.

 

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • An understanding of the work of the Centre including VSAC’s Mission (Values, Beliefs and Goals).

  • Knowledge of the root causes of sexualized violence.

  • Ability to work within  anti-oppressive and decolonizing frameworks.

  • Understanding of the legal responsibilities of a board member/ willingness to learn.

  • Demonstrated understanding of building community through networking.

  • Ability to work both independently and part of a team.

  • Good communication skills including ability to give and receive feedback.

  • Strong problem-solving, decision-making, critical thinking and diplomacy skills.

 

Working Conditions

Current COVID-19 policies have all board meetings and committee meetings hosted virtually.  

 

Values of Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

  • Communicating in a direct, caring, confidential, and honest manner, showing respect, gentleness, acceptance, and celebration of each other in all our diversity.

  • Each individual’s self-defined inner knowledge, empowerment, and right to dignity.

  • A safe, accessible, and effective Centre where folks can engage in healing from sexualized violence.

  • Social justice for all.

  • Enacting an anti-oppressive framework, that acknowledges societal and systemic barriers and our own positions of power and dominance.

  • Being transparent and accountable to the community regarding how and why our policies and practices are determined, enacted, and altered.

 

 

 

 

Office Assistant

Office Assistant Volunteers support the day-to-day operations of VSAC.

***Please note this volunteer opportunity is on hold due to COVID-19***

Responsibilities include database entry, assistance with fundraising projects and events, helping staff with various administrative activities, assistance with any photocopying and/or typing, filing, and processing and sending out mail.

 

Prospective volunteers should have a strong ability to work with others, be comfortable working independently, posses strong computer skills, and be comfortable with repetitive tasks. 

 

VSAC will provide an orientation to the agency and volunteer role, as well as additional training in specific software as appropriate. Office Assistant Volunteers are welcome at all additional VSAC volunteer events, such as ongoing training, social events, and volunteer appreciation. 

VSAC is looking for volunteers who share our values:

  • Communicating in a direct, caring, confidential, and honest manner, showing respect, gentleness, acceptance, and celebration of each other in all our diversity
  • Each individual’s self-defined inner knowledge, empowerment, and right to dignity
  • A safe, accessible, and effective Centre where folks can engage in healing from sexualized violence
  • Social justice for all
  • Enacting an anti-oppressive framework, that acknowledges societal and systemic barriers and our own positions of power and dominance
  • Being transparent and accountable to the community regarding how and why our policies and practices are determined, enacted, and altered

We are not currently recruiting Office Assistant Volunteers. If you are interested and would like to be notified when applications are open, please fill in the general interest application form linked at the top right-side of this page.

Mission Statement

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization committed to ending sexualized violence through healing, education, and prevention. We are dedicated to supporting women and all trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, through advocacy, counselling, and empowerment.