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What kind of person volunteers

Victim Assistance Services relies on volunteers who can offer understanding and support to others.  Ideal volunteers are dependable men and women who can respond without judgment, have great listening skills and can respect confidentiality.

Most people volunteer because they want to help and give something back to their community.  Our volunteers come to us from a wealth of cultural and social backgrounds and are both male and female.  All volunteers have a commitment to care and support victims of crime and tragic circumstance in our community.

It is an excellent opportunity to meet other dedicated people like yourself and learn skills that you can use for a lifetime.


Volunteers are required to take 60 hours of training before becoming a volunteer.  The community has been most supportive of the programme as indicated by the following list.  All the speakers donate their time to help make our community a better place in which to live.  The timing of the sessions may change slightly with each class.

Session 1
Welcome—Detachment Commander
From an Officer’s Point of View
Overview of Program

Session 2
Trauma of the Victim,
Crisis Intervention Skills

Session 3
Principles of Ethics and Helping

Need to Notify Children’s Aid Society

Session 4
Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault Centre

Session 5
Domestic Violence
Liz Westcott, Director Green Haven Shelter for Women

Session 6
Jack Vandenberg, CAMH

Session 7
Elder Abuse

Session 8
Disasters/Multi Casualty occurrences
Fire Chief Ralph Dominelli

Session 9
Referral Manual, Policy and Procedures

Session 10
Brian Adams, Retired Director Community Mental Health

Session 11
Aboriginal Awareness
Mark and Christine Douglas from Rama First Nation

Self Care
Deborah Duncan

Session 13,
Death Notification

Session 14

Session 15
Communication Skills
Ret. Insp. Gail Webster

Session 16
Tour of Hospital
Manager, Emergency Services

Identification Badges
Visit to Morgue

No Fault Car Insurance
Sue Giffen

Session 17
Property Crime/Robbery
Officer, Crime Unit

Session 18
What Happens when an incident occurs?
Questions and Answers

Hand out Exam to take home

Session 19
Group Picture

Role Playing—volunteers

Session 20,
First Call

Take up exam

******NEXT TRAINING March 2016***********

Contact us at nsvcsvolunteers@encode.com

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