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Newred  Recruiting healthy older adults for a memory study

My name is Dylan, and I am a PhD candidate in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. We are currently recruiting older adults (age 60+) to participate in our brain imaging study on aging and memory. To be eligible to participate, you must be fully vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, have not tested positive for the virus within the past 14 days and have not had any severe symptoms, have normal or correct-to-normal vision, right-handed, and be in good physical/mental health.

After a quick phone call to make sure you are eligible, you will be scheduled for the first session which involves completing a series of cognitive tasks on a computer, along with a few questionnaires. Afterwards, you will be scheduled for the second session which will take place at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, where you will have MRI scans of your brain taken. Both sessions take about 2 hours each, and you will receive $60 for participating and an image of your brain.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at ncmlab@uottawa.ca

Thank you for your consideration,

Dylan Franklin, MSc
PhD Candidate - Experimental Psychology
Neural Cognitive Mapping Laboratory | ncmlab.github.io
School of Psychology
University of Ottawa

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Newred The University of Ottawa Research Ethics Boards (REB)
are currently looking for community members

The University of Ottawa REBs were established as required under Article 6.1 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement:  Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (2018, 2nd ed.). The REBs play an important role in supporting researchers in their pursuit of excellence in research by ensuring that all research involving human participants is conducted according to the highest ethical standards. The effectiveness of the REBs relies on the collective engagement, expertise and wisdom of its members.

Community Member
The community member shall not be affiliated with the institution. The community member requirement (Article 6.4[d]) is essential to help broaden the perspective and value base of the REB, and thus advances dialogue with, and accountability to, relevant communities. It is advisable that members are not currently engaged in research or legal work as their principal activities.
The role of community members on REBs during the ethics review process is unique and at arm’s length from the institution. Their primary role is to reflect the perspective of the participant. This is particularly important when participants are vulnerable and/or risks to participants are high.
Mandate: June 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025 (3 years)
Time commitment: an average of 10h/month, including monthly REB meetings.
Summary of responsibilities: review the ethical acceptability of projects submitted to the REB and attend the monthly REB meetings.
  • Each member is assigned an average of 2 – 5 files each month.
  • REB meetings are typically held the 3rd week of each month (except December – no REB meeting). These are currently held via Zoom, but some in-person meetings may be held after September 2022.
  • All members should be able to read both French and English files, but their feedback can be provided in the language of their choice. Note, however, that both languages are spoken during meetings so at a minimum, verbal comprehension of both languages is needed.
·         Observation of one REB meeting
·         Completion of the TCPS2 online tutorial
·         Group or individual training with a Protocol Officer
If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Paquet, Director, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity at cpaquet@uOttawa.ca or at ext. 1787. Please provide your c.v. if you are interested.

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The Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) is looking for skilled and passionate volunteers to help with the delivery of both its virtual and in-person Smart Aging Programs. Smart Aging workshops are meant to help older adults anticipate and prepare for certain life transitions. Using an activity-based approach, facilitators provide participants with key pieces of information that will help them navigate those transitions more easily. Our presenters guide participants through periods of self-reflection and engages the audience in group discussions about a variety of subjects that will ultimately affect their future well-being.

Workshop presentations, materials and scripts have already been created and facilitator training will be provided to interested applicants. If you want to find out more about this opportunity, please send an email to the COA's Director of Education, Stéphanie Cadieux at s.cadieux@coaottawa.ca or call at 613-789-3577 ext. 4.

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Are you interested in volunteering with Connected Canadians? Please sign up using our volunteer form:


Retired educators are being sought by Connected Canadians for a variety of volunteer positions from Mentor to Evaluator. Connected Canadians is an Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization that provides technical support services free of charge to older adults in the National Capital Region and across the country..

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The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre is looking for volunteers

Are you a dedicated, reliable and passionate person with a particular skill or talent to share?

If so, we would love to hear from you! Limited volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year and interested parties can apply to volunteer by completing the following: DSYTC Volunteer Application (opens in new tab or window)

We are currently looking for volunteers at Carleton Place:

  • High school level math & science tutors; preferably mornings, flexible days Monday through Friday.
  • Specific activities – running, music, arts and crafts, sports, playing board games. Flexible hours weekends and weekday afternoons

To date, we have had volunteers lead youth in drama/improv, yoga, visual arts and physical fitness. These volunteer contributions have been sincerely appreciated by the youth in residential treatment. In their words:

‘Yoga gave me a way to relieve my stress at the end of the day.’

‘Drama/improv was helpful because it kept us busy and it helped me achieve one of my goals which was to interact with others.’

‘Doing visual arts helped me get my mind off my worries for a while. It also helped me tap back into my creative side.’

Visit the website for more information (opens in new tab or window), or you can e-mail or call 613-594-8333 ext. 2202.

Looking for participants:
Face perception study

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The Perception and Cognition laboratory at the University of Ottawa is currently recruiting persons 65 years and older wishing to participate in a scientific study on face and object perception. Participation will last two hours and will take place at the main campus of the University of Ottawa. A compensation of $25 will be provided. For more information, contact us at 613-562-5800 x 2612 or email iboutet@uottawa.ca

The Nunavut Department of Education is seeking teachers to teach in the Qikiqtani Region of Nunavut starting as soon a possible!

Volunteers at Roger Neilson House, Pediatric Residential Hospice

If you are a retired teachers who is looking for a rewarding and highly meaningful volunteer experience, Roger Neilson House may be the place for you. Roger Neilson House is an eight-bed pediatric residential hospice which offers compassionate services in collaboration with CHEO’s palliative care team. We depend on the valued contribution of volunteers who continually devote their time, efforts, skills and talents to enhance the quality of care offered at Roger Neilson House. We have a number of volunteer opportunities and we are currently experiencing a significant need in the following areas:

  • Play & Learn, where you will assist the professional care team with direct guest care to enhance the quality of life for the child and his/her family during their stay at Roger Neilson House;
  • Reception / Friendly Greeter, where you will greet visitors, direct them to the appropriate area and be a caring presence for children and family members.

For more information about Roger Neilson House and the various other volunteer opportunities, please visit our website at http://rogerneilsonhouse.ca/. You can apply online to become a volunteer by visiting the ‘volunteer’ page.

Many thanks for considering Roger Neilson House as your volunteer opportunity.

Contact information: Bruno Perrier,Manager, Community Engagement and Volunteer RelationsTel/Tél: (613) 523-6300 ext. 605 E-mail: bperrier@cheo.on.ca

Meals on Wheels

CAN YOU SPARE 2 HOURS AT LUNCHTIME? Your help is needed! Once a week or twice a month is all it takes to stay active and give back to your community. Support the Ottawa Meals on Wheels by delivering a hot, nutritious meal to a senior and make someone’s day a little brighter.

For more information, please call Pauline or Peggy at (613) 233-2424 or visit our website: www.mealsonwheels-ottawa.org.


The Ottawa Mission

Retired teachers who are interested in volunteering their time, skills and abilities can do so at The Ottawa Mission. Various opportunities are available within the new Client Services Computer Lab, Monday to Friday from 9 am–4 pm.

If you are, or know of someone who is able to provide computer support and direction in the lab, assist with teaching a basic computer skills workshop, (MS Office applications, internet access and email), provided one-on-one support to individuals, trouble shoot basic software issues and/or help clients with writing, typing, printing, photocopying & faxing resumes you can be a tremendous help to the Mission.

Volunteer Tutors to assist adult learners in developing/improving basic reading, writing or math skills; preparing to write the GED; upgrading in other areas (ESL, Distance Learning or basic computer skills) are also needed.

Contact Carolyn MacDonald, Volunteer Services Program Manager,
The Ottawa Mission, 35 Waller St, Ottawa,
234-1144 ext 236,

cmacdonald@ottawamission.com or www.ottawamission.com

Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County Needs Your Help

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County will be leading “Thanks for the Memories”, a music program intended to bring the joy of music to people with dementia and their caregiver. This program will provide an opportunity for those with dementia and their caregiver to sing, reminisce and play music in a fun and social outing together. The Dementia Society is currently looking for volunteers with a background in music to lead the 8 week program in English.

Reaching Out to Isolated Seniors (ROTIS)

Did you know that approximately 9000 or 10% of Ottawa’s senior population live in isolation? This means that these individuals do not have anybody to turn to in times of crisis and are falling through the cracks of the systems designed to help them.

Reaching Out to Isolated Seniors (ROTIS) is a City-wide program that provides a single phone number for concerned individuals to call to ensure that appropriate and timely services are provided for the senior.

In addition to these direct services, a network of agencies and faith communities are working together to address the challenges which prevent isolated seniors from participating in community programs and services. As well, ROTIS aims to create public awareness around the issue of isolated seniors and to mobilize the community to address the needs of seniors in our community. ROTIS is currently looking for volunteers to help with this initiative.

If you are interested in: facilitating information sessions in local businesses; conducting presentations to community groups; or sitting on one of our working committees please contact the ROTIS program. Members of the working committees should be interested in advocating and taking action on one of the following issues related to seniors: Volunteerism; Transportation; Public Awareness.

For more information please contact Stephanie Piovesan at 613-232-0727 or Stephanie.piovesan@rogers.com

Help us help seniors in need!

"Teachers make the best volunteers…" says Karen Support Group team

Be a part of a team who enjoys supporting the wonderful new Canadians from the Burma-Thai refugee camps.

The Karen Support Group would greatly appreciate volunteer hours from interested individuals to support the English language learning of students attending public school in all grades.

Do what you can with a commitment based on what you can regularly fit into your schedule. Orientation is provided.
[Karen Support Group October, 2010 Newsletter (PDF)]

Please respond to Mindy Woolcott
by mindyw@rogers.com OR phone 613-612-172
Work with social group for adults with physical disabilities

We are looking for a volunteer pianist and also someone else to serve as choir director for a group of about twenty physically challenged adults and their volunteers. Other volunteers would also be welcome.

HIGH HORIZONS is a social group for adults (aged 18 - 65 years of age) with physical disabilities that meets Tuesdays from September to June at MacKay United Church Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin Rd. in Ottawa. Activities include crafts, an exercise group, a choir, watercolour painting led by a professional artist (Stuart Beaty), a choir and after lunch entertainment. Nineteen churches donate lunches. We also have attendant care provided by Good Companions. Our problem is that our volunteers are getting older, and our pianist has indicated that this is the last year she can help us. We have had someone filling in as choir director who is also anxious to leave the post because of her many commitments to the group.

Please contact Yvonne Cadieux at 613-746-9699 if you can help