MS Ambassador Program - Volunteer
The MS Ambassador Program helps the MS Society increase its government relations activities and create awareness in communities across Ontario & Nunavut Division. The program is strategically focused and offers individuals with an opportunity to support the work of the MS Society in a unique way. The role of the MS Ambassador is variable, and the time commitment is influenced by current and emerging issues taking place in the community, within the Society, and within government. The time commitment of an MS Ambassador can vary. Typically, the involvement ranges from a few hours per month to a few hours per week when special events & activities are taking place. Some key activities that involve MS Ambassadors include:
- Community meetings with government representatives
- Day at Queen’s Park, an annual event to spend time with, and present issues to, MPPs
- Webinar training sessions /issues briefing
- Local MS Society fundraising events such as MS Walk, MS Bike, Carnation Campaign, A&W's Burgers to Beat MS Campaign, etc.
Key Areas of Responsibility: Ambassadors fulfill a key volunteer role as champions of the MS Society who are a visible face and voice of the organization in communities throughout Ontario & Nunavut. Key areas for Ambassadors are:
- Government Relations: increasing awareness of key MS Society social policy issues such as continuing care, transportation, accessibility, disability-related supports.
- Fund Development: helping to attract more donors, sponsors and core government funds.
- Communications: increasing awareness and helping disseminate MS Society key messages within their communities.
- Awareness: reading updates and notices and participating in conference calls, training and development to be knowledgeable and supportive of the MS Society’s strategies, plans, initiatives and key messages.
- Engagement: encouraging individuals, groups and politicians to support the MS Society’s mission and its programs, providing input and feedback to the MS Society, and taking part in surveys and evaluations that inform initiatives and achievement of goals.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Team player who is also comfortable working independently with minimal supervision.
- Experience and skills in one or more of these areas: public speaking, advocacy, education, fund development, communications or marketing
- Responsive to the needs of the Society and ability to travel to occasional meetings, information and training sessions, and events
- Is comfortable approaching key influencers and stakeholders in community politics, businesses, and/or media
- Supports the values and mission of the MS Society
- Access to internet and email needed for communication
Skills and Competencies:
- Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
- Sensitive to issues of disability and diversity
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Comfortable with electronic communication such as email, webinar
Interested in applying? Please click here to fill in an application.