SSAIC offers unique volunteer opportunities; scroll down the page to see if any of these listings might be a fit for your skillset:
- Puppeteer for our child sexual abuse prevention program, “I’m the Boss of Me”
- Graphic Design Volunteer
1. Child Abuse Prevention Puppeteer Information
“I’m the Boss of Me” is an engaging puppet show delivered to Grade 4 classrooms in partnership with Saskatoon school divisions. This child sexual abuse prevention program tells a gentle story of four friends, two of which have experienced sexual abuse. One child discovers through her friend that sexual abuse is not her fault, that is should never be kept a secret, and that there are people who will believe and help her.
Approximately 45 puppeteers are needed between January and April each year to deliver this child sexual abuse prevention program, and recruitment begins in the Fall.
This program offers excellent training for those who will work with children in their careers, and many of our puppeteers are students in education, nursing, social work, or other human service programs—but that’s not a prerequisite!
If you have a flair for the dramatic and want to help educate children about their right to bodily autonomy and their ability to say no, this opportunity may be right up your alley.
A: Information on SSAIC and its programs and services; history of this program; child sexual abuse / criminal code offences; internet luring and safety; legal information related to child sexual assault / school board policies / duty to report; how to respond to disclosures of abuse; self-care and boundaries; general discussion about what to expect in the classroom, from the teachers and the children; and our expectations of puppeteers.
We will watch a performance of the puppet show, and participants will have a Q & A with previous puppeteers.
A: Yes. Attendance at the full day training session, as well as a minimum of one rehearsal, is mandatory to ensure our puppetry volunteers are completely prepared for the experience.
A: The training takes place in our building, the Saskatoon Community Service Village. You will be sent clear directions and information about training as we near the date.
A: All shows take place during elementary school hours – usually between 9:15 am and 3:45 pm. During training we will have participants provide us with their preferred week days and times, and we will contact you by email on a weekly basis for shows that are scheduled on those days. All scheduling is done through a volunteer coordinator, and via email. We expect prompt responses from our puppeteers (we can deal with as many as 80 shifts weekly, and so we require excellent communications with our volunteers).
A: Yes! We encourage car-pooling with your team; if that isn’t possible, we invite puppeteers to meet the narrator at the office or another convenient location. It is your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements. You will be walked through this during training.
We will attempt to answer any other questions during training. You can also read the complete description of the program and the on-boarding process on this page.
Please email Heather Pocock, Public Education Coordinator, for more information.
2. Graphic Design Volunteer
Whether you are a student looking for workplace experience as part of a course requirement, or an experienced professional looking to volunteer, your talents are needed to help us create professional communication materials for print, web, and social. SSAIC will help to fulfill evaluations and reporting as necessary.
- Work with the Manager of Communications & Development to meet timelines and deadlines for creative material
- Creation of a brand package (vector files, guidelines, etc.)
- Regularly produce visual components for print, web, and social
- Knowledge of HTML, Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign
- Ability to work effectively to deadlines
- Detail oriented, and ability to follow-through on projects
- Collaborative and possesses the ability to work effectively as part of a team
- This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record check
- A maximum of 3 hours per week
- Working remotely with phone, Skype, or in-person meetings as required
Interested parties may submit their cover letter, resume, and 2 sample works quoting the position title in the subject line to this email address, addressed to Megan Evans, Manager of Communications & Development.