Career/Volunteer Opportunities at BrainTrust Canada

BrainTrust Canada employees are compassionate, skilled professionals.  We work in a culture that welcomes diversity, and we honour the uniqueness of each individual member of our team.  We believe that:

  • everyone affected by brain injury deserves meaningful support,
  •  in most cases, brain injury can be prevented, and
  • impact is possible if we do our part to give brain injury a louder voice.

Our team is based in Kelowna, BC with a secondary office in Vernon, BC.

 

Employment Opportunities

Community Support Facilitator - Full-Time

Are you passionate about helping vulnerable people in your community? 

One of the most under-recognized, under-funded social issues we have today, brain injury affects approximately 1.5 million people in Canada and is considered a silent epidemic.

BrainTrust Canada was founded in 1986 when a small group of committed people recognized a need for greater support and resources in the Okanagan for those affected by brain injury.  Today we remain committed to reducing the stress experienced when someone has sustained a brain injury.  We help ensure that these individuals receive adequate funding, housing, and healthcare, and assist them in living as independently as possible in our community.   

BrainTrust Canada is currently adding a Community Support Facilitator to our Kelowna-based team of professionals who work directly with individuals affected by brain injury.  This is a full-time position.

As a Community Support Facilitator you help individuals with brain injury develop strategies for managing the tasks of daily living, create rehabilitation plans that promote inclusion, and find fulfilling social and recreational opportunities.  You may also advocate on behalf of your clients with the justice and healthcare systems, providing education about brain injury and helping to reduce stigma.  We put people first, so your clients are always at the centre of your work. 

Your Human Services Diploma (or equivalent) plus one year or more of related experience has prepared you well for this dynamic position.  Knowledge of acquired brain injury is a definite asset, and a class 5 driver’s license and reliable vehicle is required.

Committed to our cause of brain injury (passionate), you thrive in a supportive work environment (collaborative), have healthy boundaries (separate self from the job), understand what your clients need (independent), value opportunities for professional growth (lifelong learner) and like knowing that no two days at work will ever be the same (creative and adaptable).

BrainTrust Canada looks forward to hearing from you.  Please send a resume and cover letter to mhennenfent@braintrustcanada.com by Friday, January 12th, outlining why you’d like to join our team.

Volunteer Opportunities

Cooking Coach

Teach clients with brain injury how to prepare simple meals.

Hours:                                    

  • 2 hours per week in BrainTrust Canada kitchen
  • 1 hour per week shopping for food/supplies and menu planning
  • 1 year commitment appreciated

This position can be shared with another volunteer.

Personal Attributes:

  • a people person
  • organizational skills
  • cooking skills
  • able to work well with others
  • able to understand and work with people with diverse abilities

Key Responsibilities

Develop classes that teach nutrition, safe food preparation, budgeting, menu planning, grocery shopping, and how to make simple, healthy meals that follow the Canada Food Guide.  Clients will be taught at their own pace to be independent around meal preparation and kitchen safety.

The Cooking Coach will work with the Group Programs Coordinator to develop a program that includes:

  • healthy and inexpensive menu planning (Canada Food Guide)
  • shopping tips and budgeting
  • meal preparation with safety

If you'd like to volunteer or want more information about becoming a Cooking Coach, please contact Amanda McFarlane.