Volunteer - iCan Bike Winnipeg

Organization Details
Organization Name: Variety, the Children's Charity
Address: 440a Don Ave
Winnipeg MB  R3L 0S4
Website: http://www.varietymanitoba.com
Organizational Description: Variety, the Children's Charity of Manitoba steps in where government, healthcare and other funding ends to provide life-saving, life-changing and life-enriching equipment, supplies and services to children in Manitoba living with special needs and experiencing economic disadvantage.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: What is the iCan Shine Bike Camp?

iCan Shine Bike Camp teaches individuals living with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle using adapted bike equipment. We understand that the vast majority of people with disabilities never have the experience of independently riding a conventional two-wheel bicycle during their lifetime. Research shows that over 80% of people with Autism and 90% of people with Down syndrome never experience this thrill. Defying these odds is why we exist!

When - 2 x one week long events: July 3rd-7th AND July 10-14th, 2023.

The demand for this year's Variety and iCan Shine bike camp has increased, and so has the need for volunteers. 80 riders are enrolled with each rider requiring 2 volunteers!


Please plan to attend our 1-hour orientation on July 2 or July 9th depending on which week you volunteer at 4:00PM at Transcona East End Arena.

During this orientation, you will learn about how the iCan Bike program operates, what to expect each day in your role as a volunteer spotter and you will receive training tips on spotting your assigned rider. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and meet other volunteers in your session.

Volunteer role:

Spotter: Walk/jog/run alongside a rider as they are learning to ride a bike during a 75-minute session (with short breaks). Ideally, you are asked to attend the same session for all 5 days, so you can work with the same rider each day. You will provide encouragement and physical support, as needed.

We encourage volunteers to commit to attending all 5 days of camp for the session(s) selected. Riders bond with their assigned volunteer(s) and rely on the same person to be there to support them each day of camp. We do understand this is not always a possibility and will welcome volunteers any days they can attend.
Skills Required: AGE REQUIREMENT: Volunteers must be at least 15 years old.
If you are under 15, please contact the Camp Host for possible opportunities.

Volunteer spotters will walk/jog approximately 3 miles during each 75-minute session Volunteers ideally, are asked to attend the same session for all 5 days, so you can work with the same rider each day.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Enhance your athletic ability
Meet new people
Grow your ability to Work as a team
Age: 17 and under, 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime
Please plan to attend our 1-hour orientation on July 2, 2023 at 4:00PM at Transcona East End
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Online: icanshine.org/ican-bike-winnipeg-mb/
Closing Date: Jun 30, 2023