“It truly is impossible to spend a few hours at ARBI without feeling the positivity that radiates from every nook and cranny of the building because the energy is absolutely infectious. Volunteering at ARBI has without a doubt been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I am elated to be able to call ARBI my home away from home.”
Jenny, ARBI volunteer (pictured above).
“We started the day in music therapy. I remember welling up with tears as the clients and their volunteers sang and played instruments to Bob Marley’s “Don’t worry, about a thing, cause every little thing is going to be alright....” All I could think was how tragically their lives had changed due to a brain injury—unexpected and unprepared. I quickly realized, however, how positive the energy was and that nobody seemed sad or angry as they tapped and sang to the music.
Later, through a songwriting exercise, I found that nobody dwelled on the past or their injury. They wrote about the positive things in their life, their goals, and how lucky they were to be survivors and to have a place like ARBI to help heal. I felt so inspired! ”
Liz, ARBI volunteer (pictured above), remembering her first day.
Volunteers sustain our programs. In 2015-16, 194 volunteers dedicated 12,022 hours to ARBI.
An average of 107 volunteers give of their time weekly to improve the lives of brain injury survivors, a selfless act that reflects the heart of our community.
ARBI’s unique approach ensures clients receive high quality care to meet their individual needs. This is achieved with a blend of professional therapists, rehabilitation staff and volunteers working together to deliver rehabilitation in a community setting. Each client is assessed, goals are identified and a personalized rehabilitation program is developed by the team. After extensive training, and with staff support, volunteers implement a daily rehabilitation program.
We incorporate recognized best practices by using a blended approach to our volunteer training program, combining online learning with face-to-face instruction. The online component occurs on our private, volunteer intranet site.
Our volunteers are recruited through various sources and come from all walks of life. Their reasons for volunteering are as varied as the individuals themselves. This is an ideal opportunity for individuals working from home, employed part-time, retired, semi-retired, with a flexible work schedule or students planning to enter medically related fields.
Volunteers receive in-depth training and ongoing support as they work diligently with survivors to improve their quality of life. The result: incredible relationships are formed and lives change forever.
We are looking for individuals who:
- Are physically able to implement the exercise portions of the program for one-on-one therapy
- Have a positive attitude
- Possess a great sense of humour
- Are willing to commit at least nine months to make life better for a brain injury survivor
- Are available one weekday from 9:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-3:30 p.m.
- We also welcome volunteers for our group programs, which require less physical involvement. A variety of groups run throughout the week. Volunteers may choose the group based on its focus or by the time that suits their schedule. Please refer to the Community Integration Program page for a list of the groups we offer. You can contact us for more information about the requirements of each group as well as the availability of volunteer positions in each group.
For more information please contact:
Main Line: (403) 242-7116
Main Line: (403) 242-7116
“ARBI is the perfect place to get involved within the Calgary community and meet some incredible people at the same time. As a student of neuroscience spending a lot of my time in a lab, ARBI provides me with a highly social and dynamic environment with which to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.”
Erik, volunteer, graduate student and researcher at the University of Calgary.
“I started volunteering at ARBI to see if I would like a career in occupational therapy working with neurological patients. I have really enjoyed learning how occupational, physical and speech therapy all work together in rehabilitation. But what has been most rewarding is the interactions with clients–learning about their lives, helping them stay motivated to work toward their rehabilitation goals, and seeing the progress they make!”
Meghan, volunteer, PhD in psychology, future occupational therapist
“Volunteering at ARBI exposed me to a clinically oriented experience, the likes of which I don’t think I could have found anywhere else. As someone entering with no practical skills or knowledge of rehab I found the team at ARBI to be incredibly supportive, patient, and inclusive while I was learning. I think the best thing about volunteering at ARBI is working with the clients, because I got to meet interesting people and got to be a part of their pathway to recovery.”
Michael, Cummings School of Medicine, class of 2019, University of Calgary (pictured above)
“I have been volunteering at ARBI since 1998. What keeps me coming back? It is to be able to work alongside people who want to help other people. It is so rewarding to feel so appreciated by all the clients and the staff.”
Lorn, retired firefighter, Calgary Fire Department, client volunteer and board member
“To give and give and not for once thinking of a reward is the beginning of immortality." ARBI is all about people dedicated to giving a piece of themselves (smiles, time, expertise, positive energy and good thoughts) to improve the wellbeing of others. As a volunteer at ARBI, I learn daily from the staff as they go about their work with extreme care and so much love, thereby restoring hope to their clients. At ARBI, caring for clients is not seen as a duty but as a way of life. Thanks for the opportunity to volunteer at ARBI and meet all these lovely people. I love every moment spent at ARBI.”
Bola, physiotherapist (pictured above)
ARBI is accredited by the Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS) for its unique rehabilitation program that blends professionals and volunteers.
ARBI is also a member of Propellus (formerly Volunteer Calgary), Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO) and Volunteer Alberta.