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Call for Braille Camp mentors - July 27th to August 2nd, 2014 at Lake Joseph

As announced in previous President's Reports, the AEBC has been working  in collaboration with Jeff Stark, Braille Literacy Canada, Citizens with Disabilities Ontario, and CNIB to organize an enriching and exciting "braille camp" for blind and visually impaired children between the ages of 8 and 12 to be held at the Lake Joseph Centre in Muskoka, Ontario. 

AEBC has been working hard, along with the very dedicated and hard-working efforts of Jeff, to fundraise for this special event. The camp will provide children with an opportunity to further develop their braille reading and writing skills through a fun and educational curriculum that will take into account their individual needs, and that will also incorporate activities to foster self-confidence and other important blindness skills. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Martiniello (nmartiniello@gmail.com) or Anthony Tibbs (tibbs@blindcanadians.ca) should you have additional questions!

We come to you, fellow AEBC members, to tell you about an important opportunity. One of the key features of the braille camp will be the inclusion of volunteer adult braille mentors who will function as positive role models and supports for the young campers. Each blind or visually impaired mentor will be partnered with a camper to assist with braille related learning activities, and to provide encouragement and positive support.   (The complete 'mentor' job description is provided below.)

Though mentors are volunteers, we have been able to secure transportation from central locations in Toronto and Sudbury, and a small subsidy (of up to $200) is available to assist with travel expenses. Please share with your qualified braille-using friends, and help us support this very exciting and important program!

We encourage each and every one of you to consider participating in this new and exciting program, and to submit an application for consideration. Let's help make this happen!

Download an application form

Learn more about the camp (including registration forms for campers) at http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/facility/Lake-Joseph/summer-camping/Pages/Braille-Program-Registration.aspx.

 

Mentor Position Description

Position: One on One Braille Mentor – Lake Joe

Supervisor: Manager, CNIB Lake Joe or alternate staff

Objective: Provide one-on-one mentoring in Braille for youth at Braille Camp, being held at the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre through: creative goal-based planning; energetic (and enthusiastic) implementing of programs; providing an accessible learning experience in Braille for youth is a safe environment.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Implement and supervise braille instruction programs and activities
  • Provide one-on-one support mentoring for the braille program
  • Support the Head Braille Instructor and youth participating in programming
  • Prepare and deliver participant assessments, on site during program and 3 times throughout the year (by phone)
  • Conference Call pre-planning for program
  • Conference Call wrap up after program
  • Participate in feedback
  • Complete an evaluation of the program

 

Qualities, Skills and Training:

 

  • Braille background, knowledge required
  • Experience with youth in an instructional braille setting strongly desired
  • Knowledge of UEB a strong asset
  • Standard First Aid and CPR C an asset
  • Enjoy working with children and youth;
  • Friendly, patient and empathetic
  • Reliable, organized and able to work as part of a team
  • Orientation, including: About CNIB, About the people we help, About vision loss, and About volunteering at CNIB
  • Minimum 18 years old

 

 

Commitment:

 

  • July 27th-August 2nd; Braille Instruction occurs July 28th-August 1st
  • Volunteers are engaged during active camper hours (breakfast to lights out)
  • Agree to abide by CNIB’s Volunteer Code of Conduct, including policies and procedures concerning confidentiality, conflict of interest, and the prevention of workplace harassment and violence.

 

 

Preliminary Screening:

  • Level 3: long application form and interview, orientation, two character references, police record check with vulnerable sector check
  • Candidates for this position will also be required to submit a short paragraph written with the use of a Perkins brailler or slate/stylus outlining why they would be best suited for this position

 

Supervision and Ongoing Screening: Supervisor or alternate staff will always be present for ongoing training and support

 

Benefits:

 

  • Make a difference for youth who are attending Braille Camp
  • Develop or use experience and skills in mentoring
  • Reside at the beautiful Lake Joseph Centre near MacTier, ON (minimum two people per room) for the duration of volunteering
  • Room and board is provided at no cost to volunteers during their volunteer time
  • Travel from a central location (in Toronto) is available upon request
  • Be part of a dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer team working to further CNIB’s mission
  • Reference or confirmation of hours upon request, after successful participation as a volunteer

 

 

Boundaries:

  • Alcohol and smoking are not permitted while on-site for program

 

Archival Date: 
Saturday, May 31, 2014