Volunteers are a vital component of the Society. They make invaluable service contributions to our Board of Directors, staff and all Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton programs such as:
How to apply:
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tamara Chomyc at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your resume, references (one personal and one professional), and the Elizabeth Fry program that you are interested in volunteering with. Thank you!
Prison Visitation Program
The mandate of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton is to advance the dignity and worth of all women and girls who are criminalized or at risk.
The Prison Liaison will connect with women in the Edmonton Remand Centre and the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre. The role of the Prison Visitation Program is to provide support, advocacy, and resources to women who are remanded or who are provincially sentenced. A key piece of the program is helping the women to prepare for successful release into the community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- assist women to deal with their incarceration
- provide information and referrals
- advocate on behalf of women whenever necessary
- assist women to plan for release
- provide one-to-one support
- assist women to maintain and build family and community support
- be present twice weekly in each institution
- conduct workshops that relate to both hard and soft skills; these workshops will provide information and resources and help women to develop skills whilst incarcerated
- conduct effective evaluations of workshops
- identify and develop self-help and leisure activity programs at the Edmonton Remand Centre and the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre
- conduct effective program evaluation
- with all other Efry programs to ensure smooth transitions
- with institutional staff
- with community resources and professionals
- with members of the legal profession
Supervision and Team Work
- supervise volunteers, students, and/or contract staff as necessary
- develop and delegate (when appropriate) work assignments
- participate in the evaluation process
- monitor and provide back up for all programs when necessary
- participate in Agency-wide volunteer recognition
- on-going program evaluation and quality improvements
- accurate statistics and reporting as required
- participation in Agency and community meetings
- assist with summer activities as required
- intake duties as part of main office team
- other duties as required by the Executive Director or designate
This program works closely with the Team Lead for Community & Prison Programs with input and feedback from the Executive Director.
Desired Education, Skills, and Personal Attributes:
- post secondary education related to the human services field
- strong links to and respect for the Aboriginal Community
- knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, issues involving women in conflict with the legal system, addictions, self-harming behaviours, communication, conflict resolution, and stress management
- volunteer experience and/or employment with non-profit agencies an asset
- must be non-judgmental, empathetic, and sincere
- must possess strong communication and listening skills
- access to own vehicle
- must be able to satisfy a prison security clearance.
This position is a full time salaried position with benefits available upon completion of the probationary period.
Salary is based on agency scale.
This position is subject to funding availability.
Applications including Covering Letter and Resume can be sent to:
Toni Sinclair, Executive Director
Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton
10523 100 Avenue
The Application deadline is: 4 pm, June 6, 2017. Only those applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.