Annual General Meeting

Hey SWITCHers!

Our AGM has been scheduled for Saturday October 4th after shift (2:30 PM) and all of our membership (volunteers, clients, mentors, etc.) is encouraged to attend. At the AGM there will short presentations on SWITCH’s operations and finances in the last year, all attendees will have the opportunity to help revise our bylaws, and we will be electing our new student board.

If you are a student at a post-secondary institution in Saskatoon and would like to be nominated for a position on the board of directors please e-mail me (Reed) at my USask account. NSID: reg758. The SWITCH board of directors presents an excellent leadership opportunity for volunteers that want to help SWITCH to grow and succeed. Joining the SWITCH BOD is also a great way to improve your professional communication skills. Nominees will have the opportunity to do a short (less than 2 min) speech at the AGM about why they are a good candidate for a board position. Although nominees typically have previous SWITCH experience, all students are welcome to apply.

SWITCH looks forward to seeing a great number of our membership participate in the AGM and board nominees from a variety of disciplines!

Best regards,

- Reed

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Open Door Society Volunteer Fair

Hey SWITCHers!
We’re looking for a handful of awesome volunteers to help us out at the Open Door Society Volunteer Fair on October 7th, 2014.  Come help us operate a booth and spread knowledge about our services and volunteer opportunities!  Sign up on the scheduler or contact Michael at for more information.

The SWITCH team

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SWITCH Community Barbeque


We will be hosting our annual community barbeque on September 20th!  Please sign up on the scheduler to help us out with this event!

the SWITCH team

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September Volunteer Barbeque

Hey SWITCHers!

With school quickly resuming- we will be having a volunteer appreciation barbeque on Saturday, September 13th after shift from 3:00PM onward at Rotary Park. The BBQ will be run Potluck style: please feel free to bring anything you wish to share with everyone (salads, desserts, pop). Smokies and Hamburgers will be provided. Feel free to bring any activities you wish.

If you do not have a ride let us know and we can help arrange one. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

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SWITCH is hiring!

POSITION TITLE:  Program Coordinator


START DATE: September 2nd 2014 (negotiable)


SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  Responsible for assessing need, supervising nutritional services, developing and implementing programming sessions in conjunction with SWITCH Director that is consistent with SWITCH objectives and funding criteria.



  • Grade 12 (a combination of education and/or experience will be considered)
  • Ability to pass a Criminal Records Check
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle


  • Basic Computer and numeracy skills
  • Working knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to effectively refer clients to community resources
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Ability to foster a learning environment in a diverse workplace while providing support and guidance to Clients, Council, SWITCH staff and Volunteers
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and traditions, where required by the job
  • Ability to develop programming in accordance to SWTICH’s strategic plan, mission and vision statements.



None required




Administration / PROGRAMMING

  • Identifies and develops SWITCH Programming for current and future needs In conjunction with SWITCH Director and SWITCH’s Programming Committee
  • Regular consultation/ planning meetings with SWITCH Director to ensure programming is meeting and fulfilling SWITCH objectives and project funding objectives.
  • Assesses and develops programming sessions including recruitment and co-ordination of session facilitators
  • Develops and maintains partnerships with community organizations
  • Facilitates communication and planning sessions with partnering agencies
  • Compiles monthly events schedule for SWITCH’s  programming sessions including adult, family and children’s programming
  • Manages SWITCH’s Programming budget in consultation with the SWITCH Director
  • Planning and execution of special events including development, fundraising, coordination and communication
  • Provides interprofessional clinical resources for both clients and SWITCH personnel
  • Supervises and mentors Nutrition Supervisors
  • Financial reporting on SWITCH fundraisers and events
  • Grant writing
  • Partnership building and collaborating with other community organizations


Related Key Work ActivitIes


  • Provides guidance and mentorship in a learning environment
  • Facilitation skills including building rapport and trust
  • Maintain program, departmental files and writes reports
  • Other duties may be assigned based on SWITCH operational needs
  • Marketing and promoting SWITCH to the community



Working Conditions:


  • This is a part-time position with up to 40 hours/week.  13.5 of those hours will be spent on the three SWITCH shifts from:  Monday 4:30-9pm, Wednesday 4:30-9pm and Saturday 10:00am-2:30pm
  • The Program Coordinator may be required to work additional hours than stated in contract.


POSITION/SWITCH MANDATE: SWITCH is a student run organization that is interprofessional and based on a model of teamwork.  All staff must be able to work and support a learning environment to help achieve the SWITCH mandate of improving the health of the community, the education of future health care professionals and the relationship between the university and the community at large.


Please submit resume and cover letter by August 22/14 to

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July Volunteer & Mentor Appreciation Barbeque

Hey SWITCHers,

It looks like warm weather is finally here and the rain is starting to dry up.  What better way to celebrate our awesome SWITCH volunteers and mentors while enjoying the weather than a barbeque?  Please join us on Saturday, July 19th at 6:00PM for a volunteer & mentor appreciation barbeque.  Please e-mail Danielle Stephens at to RSVP and for more information.

The SWITCH team


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Mental Health Committee Recruiting!

Hey SWITCHers!

Are you a social work, nursing, clinical/counseling psych, or psychiatry looking to get more involved with SWITCH?  If so, the Mental Health Committee may be just what you are looking for!

What would your role be?

-          Be the link between your college and SWITCH

-          Assist with mental health training

-          Help choose education topics relating to mental health

-          Recruit mental health students and mentors

-          Network with students and professionals

-          Build your resume

-          Witness firsthand the social determinant of health and their impact on Saskatoon’s core

This committee will begin to meet monthly in the fall, assist with mental health training sessions, organize psycho educational sessions and mental health student recruitment. Must be a regular SWITCHER to join and a Social Work, Nursing, Clinical Psych, or Psychiatry student.

Contact Social Work Mentor Emily @ by June 30th 2014.


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Mental Health Orientation Scheduled!


Mental Health training has been scheduled for July 9th, 2014 during normal shift hours.  This training is mandatory for social work and clinical psychology students looking to volunteer on the clinical team and recommended for all other volunteers.  Please e-mail to sign up for this orientation.


The SWITCH team

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SWITCH Volunteer Barbeque

Hey SWITCHers!

We will be having a volunteer appreciation barbeque on Saturday, June 7th after shift from 3:30PM onward at the Forestry Farm.  Smokies and Hamburgers will be provided.  If you do not have a ride let us know and we will arrange one. Feel free to bring any food items you wish. Contact Danielle S. at for more details.


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Upstream Making Change workshops

Upstream invites you to attend their workshop on Thursday, May 22nd at 12:00 noon at the Downtown Community Clinic, 424 1st Avenue North.  Dr. Ryan Meili will host the event that will focus on social determinants of health.  Click on the link below for more details

Making Change – Upstream

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