CCSN works to connect patients, survivors and other stakeholder groups with decision makers and the wider community to engage in discussion and to act on evidence-based best practices to alleviate the medical, emotional, financial and social costs of cancer. CCSN encourages and engages in research on ways to overcome barriers to optimal cancer care and follow-up for survivors in Canada.
Health and Medicine
Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
1750 Courtwood Crescent, Suite 210, Ottawa, ON K2C2B5
Volunteer Information for Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
What services does your organization provide? One of CCSN's main objectives is to promote and encourage advocacy among survivors and patients. Our goal is to work with government and all political parties to educate and promote positive and considered policy ideas that will result in an optimum experience for cancer patients and survivors in the health care system. With empowered survivors as our advocates and partners, we bring a practical perspective to the discussion.
We host yearly breakfasts at Queen's Park in September to raise awareness about metastatic prostate cancer.
Do you have any age requirements? 18
Do you require language proficiency other than in English? No.
What time commitment(s) are you expecting from a volunteer? Volunteers who will work in our office set a schedule according to their university hours. Volunteers working on specific projects attend meetings scheduled according to available time; do work remotely and particpate in skype or similar consultations with others.
Are there any other requirements for being a volunteer? Enthusiasm, willing to take the time to understand the organization's purposes, programs and activities to be most effective in the time they volunteer.
Are there any specific skills and experience required? Interest in drug approval submissions, policy making in health care, marketing communication and fundraising, social media.
What type of volunteer positions are typically available? Social media - for example tweeting on one or more of our ten twitter feeds, blog writing, etc. Fundraising - for example researching new potential funders, writing grant applications, being involved in special events.
Do you provide training for volunteers? There is a group volunteer orientation session every month.
What are the typical volunteer activities occurring at your organization? Fundraising, social media, office administration, policy writing, advocacy preparation, special events.
How will a person benefit from volunteering with Canadian Cancer Survivor Network? Lots of responsibility as we have a small staff; opportunity to participate in staff meetings, attend Ottawa events related to cancer survivorshipl. We provide references for volunteers after three months participation.
Do you accept high school students? Not available at this time.