Volunteer as a Project Manager

Working Group for Dementia-Friendly Communities : Dementia Training Program for North Shore Municipalities and Related Agencies

Organisation: Working Group for Dementia-Friendly Communities

Location: North Shore of Lower Mainland, BC

Closing Date: May 11, 2018  


The Organization – Working Group for Dementia-Friendly North Shore

The Working Group for Dementia-Friendly North Shore consists of the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Vancouver Coastal Health, District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and the City of North Vancouver. This working group has come together to support communities to become more dementia-friendly places.

Dementia-friendly communities are ones which exhibit a high level of public awareness and understanding so that people living with dementia and their caregivers are encouraged to seek help and are supported by their community. They are also communities that adapt their facilities, infrastructure, programs and services to be accessible and inclusive to people living with dementia.

Link to Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative.

Organization Mission

The three municipalities have adopted a Dementia-Friendly North Shore Action Plan with a key priority to provide opportunities for staff to learn about dementia and how to recognize, respond and assist people living with dementia.

 Project Description:  Dementia Training Program for North Shore Municipalities and Related Agencies

This project will educate staff trainers from across the three North Shore municipalities to deliver Dementia Awareness training sessions for front-line staff of municipalities and related agencies (e.g. fire, libraries, recreation, etc.).   Curriculum development and training of the staff trainers will be performed by representatives from the Alzheimer Society of B.C.   The project objective is to provide dementia awareness training to as many front-line staff as possible in the three jurisdictions.

Project Objectives:

  • Provide program structure that will enable staff trainers to achieve the goal of providing training to all front-line staff by end of 2019.
  • Provide support to Staff Trainers to minimize administration time required.
  • Implement a continuous improvement process to continually improve effectiveness of session content and efficiency of administrating training sessions.
  • Create a marketing program to reach all staff in the three North Shore municipalities, to effectively encourage participation and attendance.

Required Qualifications:

  • 2-3 years of project management experience
  • Diploma or degree in business, communications or 2-3 years municipal work experience
  • Training experience is preferred
  • Marketing experience is preferred
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Experience with not-for-profit sector is desirable

Estimated Time Commitment:

Expected effort is 4 hours/week, which will fluctuate depending on the phase of the project.

On-site Requirement:

On-site meetings may prove necessary, from time to time. Workspace facilities can be arranged with the municipalities, depending on project manager’s preference.

Start Date:                                         May 23, 2018

Expected Completion Date:        Jan 31, 2019  

Scope of Work:

  1. Coordinate activities with Working Group members.
  2. Lead 12-20 municipal staff trainers in planning and execution of Dementia Awareness Training plan to frontline staff.
  3. Recommend structure, processes, resources for ongoing Program execution to completion by end of 2019


  1. Project Plan for execution of the Training Sessions
  2. Marketing materials and marketing methods for the Dementia Awareness Training Sessions
  3. Program to deliver approximately 20 Training Sessions by end of 2018
  4. Feedback mechanism for continuous improvement of Training Session delivery
  5. Recommendation Report for Working Group members on how to continue Dementia Awareness Training Program for staff throughout 2019 and achieve ultimate objective of providing training to all front-line staff.

Accountability: The PM volunteer will have end-end accountability on project deliverables, reporting to the Working Group Program Contact, Heather Evans at the City of North Vancouver.

Benefits: The Coalition’s Program Contact 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 Coalition for Dementia-Friendly Communities 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:

Heather Evans, Community Planner, City of North Vancouver


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

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


  1. There may be an opportunity for a follow up project on an education and awareness campaign about dementia to the North Shore general community.
  2. A team approach of a senior/junior project managers may be considered. 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.