SWITCH Office Help

Hey SWITCHers!

On Monday and Tuesday this week (July 27th and 28th) SWITCH will begin the transition to paperless record keeping. Admittedly it is not the most entertaining job that SWITCH has to offer, but there’s a lot of work to be done and I would really appreciate some help. If you’re available and willing to lend a hand on either of those two days please send me a message at my USask email account – reg758.


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SWITCH Committees


Are you looking to get more involved at SWITCH and contribute to our organization in a different capacity than volunteering on shift?

SWITCH has two committees that are always looking for more people to join.

1. Programming & Special Events Committee:  This committee is responsible for planning and executing all of SWITCH’s community and fundraising events (including our Zombie Run, Halloween Helping Hands, Charity Breakfast, Women’s Pamper Night, and Art Auction).  We also work toward providing clients with new and innovative programming topics.

2. Community Outreach Committee: This committee is responsible for representing SWITCH at community events/activities to increase awareness of our organization.  We also strive to create new relationships with other like-minded organizations in the city and strengthen our existing partnerships.

If you would like more information about either of these committees or are interested in joining one, please contact our Program Coordinator at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

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July 8th Shift

In our endeavour to fight health disparity in Saskatoon, SWITCH has decided to run a special clinic this upcoming Wednesday, July 8th. From 5:30PM – 8:00PM we will be offering gynecology and pediatric services. This is in addition to our normal social work, family physician, pharmacy, physical therapy, and chiropractic services offered on that day. We hope that evacuees from Northern Saskatchewan will be able to utilize these services on that day, reducing barriers related to access to health care services.

If you know of anyone who may be able to utilize these services please send them to SWITCH on July 8th.

Also: we could use more SWITCH clinical students on that day. If you are a current SWITCH volunteer with clinical insurance who would like to volunteer on the clinical team that day, please sign up or e-mail Mike at switchclinic@gmail.com.


The SWITCH team

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Community Dinner – May 27th


We will be having a Community Dinner on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00-8:00pm at SWITCH!  Sign up on the scheduler to help out with the event.

If you would like to bring a salad or dessert, please contact Danielle at djs552@mail.usask.ca

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Childcare Mentor


We are looking for a new childcare mentor to join our team!  We would like the individual to be available over the summer If anyone is interested or would like more information about the position, please email Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

- The SWITCH Team

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YXE People Connect: Volunteers Needed


Are you looking for a fantastic volunteer opportunity and wanting to get more involved in the community?  If yes, then keep reading!!

The Saskatoon community is excited to host the first annual “YXE People Connect” event on May 4th, 2015 from 11:00am – 7:00pm at the White Buffalo Youth Lodge and City Centre Church. This is an event that brings together community agencies, companies, and service providers to deliver housing supports, health care, and on-site services to those who may be facing housing instability, homelessness, or who may be at risk of homelessness.

YXE People Connects is a great event and needs people like you to help the day run smoothly! There are four different time slots to sign up for as a volunteer 9:00am-12:00pm, 11:00am-2:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm, and 5:00-8:00pm. You can sign up for one, or all of them.

We are especially in need of volunteers for the 5:00-8:00pm time slot. This is a great opportunity for people who still want to help out, but can’t come out until after work. Please sign up!

We are also short of “Greeters/Guides” throughout the day. This volunteer position includes welcoming guests and directing them to the different services offered. If you are interested in this volunteer position, make sure to indicate it on the volunteer survey when you sign up. Please “like” our Facebook page to keep up to date on volunteer information and “share” our posts to get the word out as we need many volunteers for such an impactful event.

Click the link below to sign up: https://www.picatic.com/YXEPeopleConnect2015/

For more information, email Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

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Educational Information Sessions for Volunteers


We are hoping to reinstate one-hour long educational information sessions for our volunteers and we want your feedback!  Is this something you would be interested in?  In the past, we have had sessions on topics including HIV and Hep C supports, Methadone Assisted Recovery programs, trauma, suicide, the Recovery Model of Mental Health, cultural sensitivity, yoga and the 12 steps, bipolar, domestic violence, sexual assault, schizophrenia, speaking Cree, and more!  We are also more than happy to incorporate your suggestions into the session topics.

Would you prefer having the educational sessions scheduled from 4-5pm or 3-4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays?   Is there another time or day that you would prefer?  These information sessions would be separate on the scheduler from the regular SWITCH shifts.

Please send any suggestions or comments to Beth at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your feedback!!

- The SWITCH Team

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3rd Annual Art Auction

SWITCH’s 3rd Annual Art Auction will be on Friday, May 22nd from 4:30-7:00pm at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery. We are asking for help with donations in the form of artistic contributions of any medium (including wall art, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, scarves, etc). There are no size restrictions and we welcome pieces from amateur artists as well as professionals. Tax receipts can be issued for pieces that have undergone a third party appraisal. You can also support our cause by attending the event!

If you would like more information about the event or would like to donate some art, please contact our Program Coordinator, Beth Blakley, at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

Thank you for your time and consideration! SWITCH could not do it without the generosity of donors like you!


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Women’s Pamper Night


Our Annual Women’s Pamper Night is tomorrow, February 5th! If you are still interested in volunteering for the event, email Beth, our Program Coordinator, at switchprogramcoordinator@gmail.com

The shift is from 4-9pm and male volunteers are more than welcome to help!

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Attn: Nursing and Business Students


As there are volunteers from both nursing programs, we have altered the categories so that we are better able track which program our nursing students are from. If you are a nursing student in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program, could you please email me at victoria.krishan@hotmail.ca so that I can change this on your account. Also, we have added Edwards School of Business so if you are from this college could you email me as well. Thanks!

-Victoria Krishan

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