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The John McGivney Children's Centre provides family-centered holistic care to the community, enriching the lives of children and youth with special needs by helping them reach their full potential.

General Volunteer Opportunities 

If you have a passion to make a difference and are interested in volunteering at JMCC, we ask that you please complete the volunteer form and drop it off at the Centre, fax it in to 519-252-8573 or scan and email it to with your inquiry. 

Therapeutic Recreation Volunteers 
We are looking for volunteers to support our therapeutic rereation program. These volunteers will work with children and youth as they participate in various recreation opportunities and work with JMCC staff to run recreation programs. The majority of these programs will take place on weekday evenings. If you are interested in volunteering for our therapeutic recreation programming, please email

Ways to Get involved: JMCC Families, Caregivers, Clients & Alumni

At JMCC there are many opportunities for families, caregivers, clients and alumni to volunteer and get involved in our Centre. These include:
  • Family Advisors
  • Family Resource Centre
  • Family Advisory Council
  • Parents United: Parents Support Program 
  • Youth Leadership 
What is the role of a Family Advisor? 
Being a Family Advisor is all about making a difference in the lives of our children. Family Advisors work alongside JMCC clinicians and managers on projects, short-term working groups, fundraising events, public awareness opportunities and more.

The time commitment for being a Family Advisor is whatever you can give and you can choose which areas you would like to be a part of. Most projects and events only require a few hours of your time and as much as possible are scheduled around times that are most convenient for parents and graduates of JMCC.

Family Advisors have a family member receiving services from JMCC or a family member that received services in the past. Advisors can also be current or former clients.

Projects and Events our Family Advisors have contributed to:
  • Redesigning therapy templates to make them more family-friendly
  • Hiring committees for JMCC’s Recreation Therapist and Service Navigator
  • Presenting to JMCC staff on cultural awareness
  • Public speaking engagements to build awareness of JMCC services
  • Starting our Family Resource Centre
VIDEO: JMCC Family Advisory Network - We need you!

Family Resource Centre
Our Family Resource Centre volunteers help parents and kids feel comfortable while they wait for their appointment. They offer the opportunity to chat over a cup of coffee to share their knowledge of JMCC and community services as well as funding supports.

Our volunteers also run our Toy Lending Library which is free to join and stocked with therapeutic toys and equipment that families can borrow to work on their child’s development at home. Volunteers offer two hours of their time once every one to two weeks.
What is the role of the Family Advisory Council?
JMCC's Family Advisory Council is made up of eight parents of children receiving services through JMCC or past clients of JMCC as well as our CEO, Director of Client Services and PEER Manager. The Council brings ideas forward to enhance services and supports for the children and families JMCC supports. The Council also provides input and recommendations on organizationally identified topics and issues related to child and family experiences, programs, services, strategic directions, initiatives, research policies, and procedures.

JMCCs Family Advisory Council First-Year Accomplishments:
  • Developed and Initiated the Parents United: Parent Support Program
  • Met with Irek Kusmierczyk, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion 
  • Revised JMCC’s Orientation Booklets for Centre-Based and School-Based Rehabilitation Services
  • Provided input on the development of satisfaction surveys and parent training
VIDEO: Meet our Family Advisory Council

Parents United: Parent Support Program
This program was designed by members of JMCC’s Family Advisory Council to connect parents with experienced and trained parent volunteers to offer emotional support and to share their lived experiences and learn from one another. The support offers parents an opportunity to talk with someone who has walked in their shoes and truly understands what they going through.   

Youth Leadership Opportunities
We are interested in hearing from young people receiving our services and recent graduates. Maybe you have an idea for a group, a new way of doing things or are looking for a way to get involved, if so we would love to hear from you!

To find out how to be a volunteer for one of these programs please contact Wendy Tavares at ext. 242.

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