MS Canada (2024 Regina MS Walk Committee – Route Coordinator)

Organization Name: MS Canada
Opportunity Title: 2024 Regina MS Walk Committee – Route Coordinator
Category: Special Events / Festivals
Commitment: Less than 6 months
Start Date: January 2, 2024
End Date: June 30, 2024

Email: karyn.heidrick@mscanada.ca
Website: https://mscanada.ca/
Details:
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged between 18 and 55
  • Appropriate for volunteers aged 55 and over
Opportunity Description:

MS Canada is an organization founded by volunteers and continually fueled by the initiative and dedication of thousands of volunteers across the country. Join an exciting, dynamic and diverse organization that is committed to creating a world free of MS!

Event Description 

MS Walk is a community-driven event for people living with or affected by MS as well as those who want to support our vision of creating a world free of MS.  Canadians come together in their communities every May to fundraise for and participate in MS Walk to help find the cause and cure for this disease.

As part of the MS Walk Committee, you will plan and execute an inclusive, engaging event to connect and empower the MS community in your region.  MS impacts all Canadians, which is why we urge people to move forward together at MS Walk and help build awareness for the disease, raising much needed funds to allow us to continue to support people affected by MS.  This is a great opportunity to make an impact in your community using your talent and time.

The Route Coordinator plays a key role in ensuring our participants have an enjoyable, accessible, and safe route to experience during the event. As the local route expert, your advance planning and event day execution will ensure a fabulous event experience for all Walk participants.

Responsibilities 

  • Plan the route, required route signage and set-up locations, rest stop location(s), and route marshal requirements as applicable 
  • Assist in the development of a route map 
  • Work with MS Walk Coordinator to get appropriate municipal permits 
  • Determine route safety requirements (i.e. possible road closures, traffic control requirements, Route Marshal placement, route emergency response plan, etc.) based on municipal event requirements, participant numbers, and direction from local law enforcement as needed 
  • Provide Route Marshal and Rest Stop volunteer briefings and support the volunteers on the event day  
  • Ensure the route signage and rest stops are set up on event day and all volunteers are in place at the start of the event 
  • Champion the Walk in your community by promoting the event and helping to recruit participants and day-of-event volunteers  

Interested? Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • Energized and positive attitude. A friendly face helps create a fun atmosphere!
  • Strong leadership, communication, organizational and customer service skills
  • Passion for supporting the MS Community and funding MS research
  • Basic computer proficiency including email, internet searches, Word, Excel
  • Self-motivated and reliable; able to fulfill duties on time
  • Must be comfortable making decisions and problem solving with limited supervision.
  • Previous experience managing people is considered an asset
  • Ability to perform physical labour along with heavy lifting

Time Commitment:

  • Long term (January– June)
  • Hours will vary based on the size of your community event. Hours will increase as the event approaches. We estimate these roles will take between 1 – 3 hours per month
  • Meet online via Teams once or twice a month OR meet monthly in person
  • Must be available to attend the event at the end of May for approximately 8 hours

Why Volunteer? 

  • Gain valuable experience and skills by supporting the organization of a well-recognized signature event while working with experienced organizing team members and comprehensive resources
  • Contribute your time to an important cause and see your impact on the organization
  • Obtain a reference letter 
  • Build a strong network and connect with the MS community

MS Canada is dedicated to encouraging a supportive and inclusive culture where people from all backgrounds can thrive.

Our aim is to ensure that all those interested in joining our team are given equal opportunity and that our organization is representative of all sections of society. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.

We are committed to accommodating applicants’ needs throughout the selection process. Please contact volunteer@mscanada.ca should you need accommodation.

To learn more about MS Canada and the great work that we do, we encourage you to visit http://www.mscanada.ca.

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