Volunteer as a Project Manager

Canadian Mental Health Association – Office Space Redesign and Renewal

Organisation: Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division

Location: Vancouver, BC

Closing Date: September 30, 2019

The Organization

Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. As the nation-wide leader and champion for mental health, CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

In BC, mental health, substance use and addictive behaviour are within the scope of the organization.

Through our family of over 100 local, provincial and national locations across Canada, CMHA provides a wide range of innovative services and supports tailored to and in partnership with our communities. Mental health begins where you live, learn, work and play. Together, we are making a difference.

Organization Vision

“Mentally Healthy People in a Healthy Society”

Project Summary

The organization is looking to energize itself through a redesign and renewal of its Vancouver office facilities that would include a complete review of Vancouver office space usage. This project will report to the CMHA-BC Chief Executive Officer, who is assuming the Project Sponsor role.

Project Objectives

Develop a facility floorspace design and execution plan that will adhere to the organization’s priority of fostering wellness in the workplace, enabling improved collaboration and connectedness, while improving organizational functionality.

Required Qualifications

  • Five years project management experience
  • Expertise in planning out major initiatives
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Familiarity with office space redesign and renovations would be an asset
  • Facilitation experience would also be an asset
  • Experience with not-for-profit sector is desirable

Estimated Time Commitment

  • 4 to 6 hrs/wk

Start Date: October 7, 2019                                End Date: March 31, 2019

Scope of Work

  • The Pender St. office facilities only
  • Re-design to include entire floor space and all within; options including complete minor, moderate, and major redesign and renewal of offices, workstations, kitchens, hallways and meeting rooms
  • Coordination of search for a Space Redesign vendor
  • Creation of project options and estimates in consideration of available resources


  1. Project Charter, outlining critical project operational understandings for all stakeholders; i.e. project organization and structure, vision, roles & responsibilities with RACI, constraints, communications plan
  2. Facilities’ requirements from staff and management
  3. Floor space design to include designs and budgets for immediate, near-term and long-term changes
  4. Execution plans to include resources, equipment, technology, renovations


The PM volunteer will have end-end accountability on project deliverables, reporting to Dammy Damstrom-Albach, Confident Parents Thriving Kids Behavioural Program Manager, supported by Maya Russell, Community Engagement Director.


The Program Manager will provide a letter of recommendation to the PM volunteer at the successful conclusion of the project and serve as a reference if appropriate.

How to Apply

Please apply with a cover letter indicating why you are interested in supporting the Canadian Mental Health Association of BC on this project and why you feel your skill set and experience would make you a good match for this project, along with a detailed resume to:

Dammy Damstrom-Albach, Program Manager
Email: dammy.albach@cmha.bc.ca
URL: https://cmha.bc.ca

Please send a copy of your application package to Project Management Volunteers c/o:

Peter Mulholland, PM-Volunteers Client Relationship Manager
Email: peter.mulholland@pmv.org

The organization may proceed with interviewing and engaging applicants before the application deadline.

NOTE: We may consider a team approach of a senior/junior project manager. We encourage junior project managers who are interested in acquiring experience to apply. Any such arrangement will be contingent on agreement by the client and the applicants.