Current Volunteer Opportunities


Please note: Although many of our volunteers do work from home, all positions require volunteers submit a resume and be available for either a face-to-face meeting in our Toronto office or via Skype. To express your interest in a particular volunteer position, please email the respective address listed below. For general volunteer inquiries, please email us at [email protected]

Video: Healthy Minds Canada’s Katie Robinette speaking about why mental health matters and how you can make a difference.

1. Silver Dinner Committee Member

Healthy Minds Canada is looking for new Silver Dinner Committee Members!

Heading into our 12th year, HMC’s Annual Silver Dinner is our biggest fundraising event of the year and we are looking for a few new and energetic people to join our Committee. Last year’s dinner sold out early and raised more money than any year on record.  Plus – we got a tonne of media attention.  This is sure to be an event that you’ll want to be a part of! While all people interested in joining a dynamic planning team are welcome to apply, we are looking for a few star people to help sell sponsorship tables, individual tickets, and source silent auction items.

Please send an e-mail with a short paragraph highlighting your past event/fundraising experience and/or reason for your interest to Katie at [email protected], or apply using the form to the right.

 

2. BOOST Intern Program

If you are a young adult (age 18-29), have a mental illness &/or are in recovery from addiction, Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) wants to help you in your career!

HMC is proud to announce BOOST, a new pilot Intern program designated to help young people who are living with a self-declared mental illness or are in recovery from addiction.

We are currently taking applications for one position for a 4 month long Intern opportunity (and yes – there is an opportunity to serve for two terms).

If you are someone starting out in your career or are someone who wants to build up their resume, AND are someone who self declares as having a mental illness and/or are in a 12 step or other type of addictions recovery program AND you’re interested in the work HMC does, please consider applying!

The best part?  You can create your own job title and job description.  So if you want or need experience in event management, you can help manage some upcoming events.  If you want or need experience in fundraising or grant writing, that could be your primary function.  If you want to manage adding content to our web site, well…you get the picture.

Just spend some time on our web site and get to know that work we do and let us know what you’d like to help with.  You’d be required to work 25 hours per week out of our offices in Toronto, but you could determine the hours.

We will provide you with a monthly TTC pass for the duration of your time here (or reimburse you for that amount) AND provide a small per diem ($5 per working day).

Please be advised that there is a high demand for our Intern positions and only candidates being considered will be contacted for an interview in our offices.

If you’re interested, please send your resume and a short cover letter indicating what you’d like to do during your internship to Katie at [email protected] with the subject line “BOOST”, or submit via the form to the right. 

3. Grant Writing Volunteers

Interested in using your brilliant writing skills to help charities find the funding they deserve? Healthy Minds Canada is seeking a volunteer to help with all things grant writing for five specific initiatives: three projects in the eHealth space and two projects in the events/programming space.

As a grant writer with HMC, you will be actively involved in compiling proposals related to an area of your choice.  More information on the specific programs will be provided during a phone call.

Qualifications:

  • Preferred candidates are working towards a Master’s or PhD
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with government or not-for-profit agencies is greatly desired
  • Past experiences writing proposals and successfully earning grants is ideal
  • The ability to work under tight time constraints

Please note that this is a volunteer, unpaid position.

If interested, please send your resume and a short cover letter outlining your experiences to Jumana at [email protected] with the subject line “Grant Writing Volunteer”, or submit via the form to the right.

We appreciate all submissions and thank all applicants for their interest, however only a few individuals will be contacted.

4. Governance Volunteer

Are you interested in channelling your interests in non-profit Board governance into a volunteer role?

Healthy Minds Canada recently completed a very extensive and thorough strategic review and we are seeking an individual with expertise in Board governance, writing governance documents and aiding in our efforts to fulfil our objectives around Governance Effectiveness.

Please note that this is a volunteer, unpaid position.

If interested, please send your resume and a short cover letter outlining your experiences to Jumana at [email protected] with the subject line “Governance Volunteer”, or submit via the form to the right.

We appreciate all submissions and thank all applicants for their interest, however only a few individuals will be contacted.

5. App Developers

Backend Developer / Application Architect for Medical App Team

 

Healthy Minds Canada is looking for 2 app developers who can build a functioning prototype for a mutual help app to help alcoholics.

We are looking for 2 backend software developers with a passion for what they do, and an interest in health tech, apps, and improving healthcare.

Our team is smart, ambitious, and passionate, and our work is driven by the desire to improve the lives of alcoholics by helping them become abstinent.  Currently in a research environment, we are able to concentrate on this goal without being distracted by short term profit motives, or keeping investors happy. Every member of our tightly knit development team has full input into every stage of project architecture, design and implementation. Our underlying goal is to build an app that has real, meaningful, and measurable impact on people’s lives.

Technology

It will be an iOS and Android app and you will also be responsible for building and designing web based dashboards and management consoles. This app will be built using technologies such as:

  • Java / JEE / JPA
  • Spring
  • RESTful Web Services + Swagger
  • PostgreSQL Database
  • HL7 FHIR for data modelling and exchange
  • Docker for deployment

The ideal candidate would:

  • Have experience with Java server technologies.
  • Have experience planning, designing, and ultimately building a multi-tier application that span platforms.
  • Know how to wrestle a SQL database into submission.
  • Know enough about web technologies to make something neat (HTML, CSS, JS, etc.)
  • Be a big open source nerd.
  • Want to try every new technology they discover, and have trouble resisting that urge.
  • Have a BSc/MSc in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or equivalent experience.

Some other stuff that would be cool too:

  • Experience with various server stacks and languages (Ruby, Java, Python, Node, etc.)
  • Experience in app development.
  • Knowledge of the health system and building healthcare applications.
  • An interest in UI/UX design.

You will also be involved in a majority of our initial focus groups and there will be many.  However, you will not be required to be at all of them.  Meetings are likely to be held in our downtown offices at the Richmond Street WeWork office building (a super fun environment!!).

If you are interested, please send a copy of your resume and a cover page indicating why you are interested in this project to Katie W. Robinette at [email protected].  Please put App Development in your subject line.

We thank everyone for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be notified.  

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About Healthy Minds Canada

Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) is a national charity in the mental health and addictions space with a mission to empower Canadians to take charge of their mental health by helping them identify issues early and navigating them to resources to achieve healthy outcomes faster. Since 1980, HMC has funded 400 research projects at 42 universities and teaching hospitals across Canada. HMC has reached over a hundred thousand people through knowledge transfer initiatives such as workshops, symposia, conferences, printed and online resources and hundreds of thousands more through social media.