Campus Life

Gain Experience On-Campus and in the Community

On-Campus Activities

The Language Centre (TESL) - Conversation Partner
Conversation Partners spend one hour per week talking with a Language Centre Student. The first meeting will take place at the Language Centre. Each meeting after the first will be organized and planned by the students; they may choose to go wherever they want, whenever they want. As long as they are speaking English it is okay.  Contact Rachel MacDonald at Rachel.MacDonald@smu.ca

Centre for Housing and Residence Life - Residence Student Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.)
RSVP is a program that provides one-time volunteer opportunities for residence students. This means that you get the experience without a long-term commitment. This year we have partnered with numerous organizations from around Halifax including the Atlantic Film Festival, Adsum House for Women, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. You could be doing anything from painting a deck for a women’s shelter to selling 50/50 tickets for a Mooseheads game.

CCR Community Partner Programs

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Current Activities and Events in Halifax

Frontier College: Tutor 1.5-2 hours/week
Our fall training will be on Saturday Oct 1st from 1pm to 5pm. In addition to the many volunteer literacy tutors we are seeking, we are also looking for 2 volunteers to lead our math program for 1.5 hours a week. This program will require some pre-planning each week and a short training on how to implement the program will be provided. The program will be designed to support 8 to 10 children on a weekly basis (Wednesday evening) who are in Grade 3 this year. Complete our orientation on line – (and the quiz):  http://www.frontiercollege.ca/orientation_en/cover.htm   Complete an application form: http://www.frontiercollege.ca/Get-Involved/Volunteer/Volunteer-Application-Form  For more information please email Ramona Clarke at rclarke@frontiercollege.ca.

Ecology Action Centre: Front Desk Volunteer Opportunity
We're looking for friendly folks to volunteer at our front desk! You'll be responsible for reception duties like answering the phone, greeting guests, responding to emails and helping out with ad hoc assignments. Basic computer skills and English language are required, and solid problem-solving abilities are a plus. The front desk is a great way to learn more about what happens at the EAC, get to know the staff, and be part of our office! We're currently looking to fill 1-5pm shifts on Mondays and Wednesday, as well as 9am-1pm on Tuesdays. Contact Joanna if you're interested at 902-454-5226 or communications@ecologyaction.ca.

Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank19 Volunteer Spots Available
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Hali-Ditarod, which will be held on September 25 at the Oval.  If interested please email to Stephanie MacWhirter at Stephanie@parkerstreet.org.  Positions include: Set-up, Registration, Race Timer, Challenge Station Assistant, Snack/Water Table Assistant, and more!!!

 

IT position: 1) Public Navigator – scoping out and building a digital platform using existing open source software (Menteer - Career Skills Incubator is the organization that developed Menteer) to support members of the public contacting, online, a trained public navigator in their locale (within the Province or located anywhere in the Province). Information about this award winning initiative which is a first of its kind in Canada is available at http://www.legalinfo.org/public-navigator/recognition.html and http://www.legalinfo.org/lisns-spotlight/public-navigator-info-clinics.html

IT position: 2) Free Wills Clinics for disadvantaged Nova Scotians – scoping out and building an online platform to guide people starting the process of preparing a will with the steps to get ready for a meeting with a lawyer, accessing forms, creating interactive templates to facilitate having wills prepared by lawyers who volunteer their time (these clinics are a first of their kind in NS). Currently Free Wills Clinics are being provided in the Preston communities but we wish to move this out across regions of the Province where the need is great and make this information available to anyone who wishes to undertake will planning. More information is available here. Have you heard 'More legal help for Preston residents - Wed, Mar 9, 2016' on CBC Radio One, entitled “Leaving a Legacy: The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia is helping residents of Preston create their wills. Information Morning speaks with Heather de Berdt Romily"?

 
IT position: 3) Digitizing the Delivery of Legal Information – scoping out requirements for modernizing an outdated platform currently used to deliver legal information in Nova Scotia. Undertaking research of best practices, available technology to support not for profit work – partnership opportunities with emerging technology start-up networks – opportunity for socially conscious start-ups to receive positive recognition for work and possibly access tax receipt for pro bono services (through not for profit charitable status). Considering LiveChat, Textline, using (building) artificial intelligence to gather intake for telephone calls to legal information line, interactive website information delivery with fillable forms, online form filling service supported by legal information telephone counsellor, etc.
 
IT position: 4) Online Game Design to deliver legal information concepts to school-aged children from primary to Grade 12 – scoping out options, technology requirements, best practices concepts for various age groups, themes – use of animatics etc; consider psychology of audience according to various age levels to determine best means of gaining interest; research possibility of gaining approval for not for profit use of existing game models such as Minecraft etc.

Branding / Social Media:
 5) Develop a branding strategy for the Legal Information Society of NS – consider leveraging talent of recent Board members to develop a brand that the newly established Fundraising Committee can use in its work to seek financial support for LISNS worthy initiatives. For example, how can the Board members be better profiled on our various communication vehicles; how is this most appropriately done; may involve interviews with Board members. Identify a social media strategy to support the branding strategy and provide suggestions for how to integrate it across LISNS existing social media outreach through the website (almost half a million unique visitors annually), Twitter, Facebook, and telephone service to the public through the Legal Information Line.
 
Promoting Legal and Financial Literacy: 6) Identify best practices for communicating with the public on topics that require and provide both legal and financial literacy according to youth – student loans, first time renters, first auto purchase; young families – first home purchase, RESP’s, RRSP’s, TFSA’s, savings, wills and estate, life and disability insurance; middle age individuals – planning for retirement, wills and estate, LIFT, RRSP, debt management; seniors – wills and estate, annuities, pension; newcomers – orientation to Canadian, Nova Scotian, financial planning for the life cycle.
 
Nocturne Art at Night: Various Roles - Oct 15, 2016;  Training on the 6th and 7th of Oct.
By supporting and promoting artists, galleries and art organizations, we aim to enrich the cultural, social, and economic vitality of our community. You can support the festival by volunteering during one or both of our 3-hour shifts taking place between 6 p.m. and midnight. No experience is necessary, but you must be available on the evening of October 15th 2016. For more information, see our CCR Profile.
 
Canadian Standards Association: National Academic Challenge 2017 (for full time Undergraduate students)
Would you be interested in participating in a national standards competition?  This challenge is open to all full time undergraduate students (any discipline) interested in standards development.  Students have to be supervised by their Faculty or Academic Advisor and they could participate individually or as a small group (up to 4 individuals on a submission team).  The finalists will present their projects at the CSA Conference which is taking place at Delta Halifax in June of 2017.  Intent to submit deadline is in March; for more information see: http://www.csagroup.org/national-academic-challenge/