Volunteer With Us

We’re working every day to build our in-person community both in person and virtually! There are lots of ways to get involved. Signing up as a volunteer is one of them!

By signing up as a volunteer, you’ll help us further our mission to destigmatize mental health and teach others about the importance of self-care. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers who share your interest in eradicating mental health stigma in Canada.

Join a Committee

At SAS, we have many committees you can get involved with:

  • Events: If you’re interested in event planning and want to join us in creating amazing and impactful experiences for our community, we’d love to hear from you! We host everything from fundraisers to workshops to virtual conferences. We’re looking for people who are passionate about designing and executing events that support youth mental health.
  • Fund Development: The Fund Development Committee plays a pivotal role within SAS, with its primary mission being to raise funds dedicated to supporting the organization’s extensive range of programs and initiatives. These initiatives are focused on breaking stigmas surrounding mental health, empowering youth, and providing support to equity deserving groups.
  • Marketing: If you’re a fun and creative individual, join our marketing committee! We’re a group of people passionate about mental health who want to help spread the word about SAS. Strong graphic design and writing skills are preferred and a marketing background is also a huge asset.
  • Community Program: Help us develop and support the various SAS communities across Canada. This will include exploring new communities to help us make an impact, managing and supporting community leads, and designing new aspects of the program.
  • Empowerment Labs: Join us in working with the industry’s top experts in designing fun, fast-paced, and action-oriented workshops to support our community’s mental health. Committee members will support in developing relationships with experts and designing and executing impactful Labs!
  • Volunteer Program: Support the personal and professional development of our volunteers by designing impactful meetings and investigating new ways we can acquire, engage, and retain highly motivated volunteers who align with SAS’s values.

How to Apply

Send your resume and letter of interest to our Chair of Volunteers, Simran Dhaliwal, at simran.dhaliwal@stepabovestigma.com with the following subject line: “Volunteer Application for [insert committee name]”!

You will hear back from Simran within one business week to determine fit, which can lead to an interview with the relevant committee chair.

Volunteer Commitment

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  • Commit to supporting your committee for 2-3 hours per week.
  • Attend a monthly all-team volunteer meeting (virtual), which will be 1-2 hours in length.
  • Share events and initiatives organized by SAS on Instagram and LinkedIn.
  • Engage and participate in events and initiatives organized by SAS.
  • Help with running and organizing such events and initiatives when and where asked (if possible).

What’s In It For You?

  • The opportunity to attend exclusive monthly volunteer meetings specific to your committee.
  • Eligibility for our annual Volunteer Awards.
  • Grow and enhance existing skill sets, as well as develop new skills while working with leaders with experience in your committee sector.
  • Play a crucial role in the expansion of our organization!
  • Volunteers who go above and beyond will be eligible to receive letters of reference and LinkedIn recommendations from the CEO and President.

Being a part of SAS means so much to me because of the community of advocates that have been formed to make me feel less alone with my own mental health struggles. It means that there will always be people who can resonate with what I’ve been feeling, yet it also means that there will be people to learn from and become more educated from. It provides so many perspectives and lenses for collective and systemic change in our world for mental health access.

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Samara Lijiam

Being a part of SAS has been life-changing. I have learned how to use my experiences to help show others they are not alone and to advocate for mental health. I have met an amazing community of like-minded people that I am excited to see at every meeting, and I am genuinely so proud to be a part of this team.

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Tai Daly

It means the world to me that I am able to work alongside such amazing people who all have the same goal, which is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness. This club has impacted my life greatly since everyone is so supportive and accepting. This club has really benefited my mental health, especially after covid being such a big part of our daily lives for 2 years. I am so happy I can say I am part of this club, and it really feels like a family.

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Maaike De Lint

I’ve loved being a part of an incredible group of understanding people. I think it is so much easier to work with people who accept you in your highs and lows. I have also really enjoyed learning about what our governments and healthcare systems are actually doing in terms of supporting the mental health of all ethnicities, abilities and social and economic statuses and how it is similar and different to my experiences. I look forward to doing my best to make these systems optimal for proper mental health care.

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Evelyn Tran