Administrative/Office Work - MS Society of Canada: Thursday Progam Coordinator


MS Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter

Volunteer Position Description

Programs & Services

Thursday Program Coordinator, Social Programs


Purpose: To assist in the planning, and facilitation of the one, two or three of the Thursday Programs (Crafts & Conversation, Morning and Afternoon Coffee Break).



  • Assist in planning theme days and program plans for each week of programs
  • Create a plan and design a calendar for each month outlining the program plans for the month
  • Ensure supplies are available – notify staff to the needed supplies for each week’s program
  • Set up of the room and any supplies as well as with preparation of coffee and snack each week.
  • Ensuring the safety of all clients while at programs and ensure that all clients have a ride home at the end of the program
  • Refer clients to an MS Society staff member as needed
  • Greet clients as they arrive/say goodbye and assist with jackets


Skills, Attitudes, Knowledge Required:

  • Knowledge of MS and the MS Society
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to assist clients
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to adapt activities to meet individual client needs and assist clients in accomplishing specific tasks
  • CPR/First Aid would be an asset


Training and Orientation:                                                                                

  • Overview of social programs
  • On-site training for adaptation skills and program planning skills
  • 2-hour overview of Multiple Sclerosis Society & Multiple Sclerosis, symptoms and symptom management
  • On going training (1 more training session in the first year and 2 training sessions in subsequent years


Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week for 8 months. Program runs from September – June.


Supervisory Relationships/liaison:  Coordinator Programs & Services


Authority/Decision Making:

This is considered a position of trust and therefore volunteers are required to undergo a screening process involving a police background check facilitated by the MS Society at no cost to the individual. Volunteer in this role will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.


Working Environment: This position takes place indoors, volunteers are expected to set up chairs and any equipment, trolleys and bins are provided.


Volunteer Benefits:

  • Gain hands on work experience within the non profit sector
  • Have an opportunity to meet new people
  • Be part of the MS Society Volunteer program which helps in fulfilling our mission
  • Reference letter upon request


Contact: Dionne Hemsley