Volunteer

NEDIC relies on the support of our dedicated team of volunteers to supplement our work in the community and online.

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with NEDIC!

Please note that due to the high volume of volunteer applications only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicants selected for an interview can expect to be contacted by NEDIC staff within two weeks of applying online.

Volunteer applications are accepted online. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. 

Volunteer Time Frame and Commitment

  • Completion of two mandatory full-day training sessions per year.
  • Commitment of 3 hours per week.
  • Time commitment of one year at minimum.
  • Provide reasonable notice to supervisor of anticipated scheduling conflicts/changes.
  • Work at NEDIC headquarters, in downtown Toronto.  Evening shifts are available. Outreach & Education Volunteers may be asked to travel for presentations within the GTA.


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CANDIDATES

NEDIC welcomes volunteer applications from students, people who have been affected by eating disorders (recovered), persons with disabilities and members of marginalized communities. All volunteer positions report to Aryel Maharaj, Outreach & Education Coordinator. 

Volunteer Role Descriptions

  • Instant chat volunteers will work with our direct client support team to provide support, information, and referrals to service users using our instant chat program. This is a rewarding opportunity for an individual who is passionate about providing support to individuals across Canada who are affected by eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation. Volunteers are asked to commit to one year with NEDIC, providing 4 hours of volunteering a week. Shifts may include daytime and/or evening hours. All volunteers are required to have up-to-date vaccinations, including TB testing.  


    Required Qualifications: 

    • Excellent written communication skills;
    • Strong computer skills;
    • Prior experience providing support, information, or referrals to service users;
    • Strong understanding of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation;
    • Able to work effectively independently and as part of a team.
  • Outreach & Education Volunteers represent NEDIC in a variety of ways – providing public education and professional development about eating disorders, food and weight preoccupation, and body image to members of the public within the Greater Toronto Area. This is a rewarding opportunity for an outgoing and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about preventing eating disorders and is a skilled public speaker who enjoys working with others. Experience working with children and youth is an asset.


    Outreach and education volunteer duties include: 

    • Deliver interactive workshops for students and youth.
    • Represent NEDIC at community health and education fairs.
    • Provide educational presentations for service providers such educators, dietitians, fitness professionals, etc.
    • Develop expertise on eating disorder prevention and treatment.
    • Help to develop content for Outreach & Education presenter database.
    • Create helpful handouts and resources for distribution. Assist staff with ongoing educational and outreach projects.
    • Print and send out thank you letters following community outreach presentations.



    • Required Qualifications: 
    • Strong public speaking skills.
    • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong computer skills; past experience using
    • PowerPoint a must. Able to work effectively independently and as part of a team. Understanding of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation.
  • Research Volunteer At NEDIC, we are committed to providing the public with up-to-date information relating to food and weight preoccupation and eating disorders. We are seeking skilled research volunteers to help us collect this information and tailor it to our outreach audiences. This is a rewarding opportunity to contribute to public education and professional development around the topic of eating disorders.


    Required Qualifications: 

    • Previous experience in academic research
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
    • Strong computer skills
    • Ability to work effectively and independently as part of a team
    • Understanding of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation
  • The Social Media Volunteer will update and curate content on NEDIC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest,  LinkedIn and Tumblr page. This is a great position for an individual with a strong interest in online communication and social media for non-profit organizations.  We welcome new creative ideas and initiatives for growing our social media reach and impact. Past experience with using social media and communications is required, as is a non-dieting philosophy. Social media duties include: 

    • Post regularly to the NEDIC Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest pages.
    • Research appropriate articles, images, videos and research findings to showcase on social media.
    • Respond to direct messages received through social media.
    • Research social media growth and maximization tools.
    • Contribute to NEDIC’s mission of preventing eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation.


    Required Qualifications: 

    • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
    • Excellent communication and writing skills.
    • At least one year of prior experience working in a social media/communications capacity.
    • Strong computer skills; past experience using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter a must. Able to work independently and as part of a team.
    • Understanding of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation.

Apply online. 

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Student Placement

NEDIC offers unpaid placements to students from a variety of college and university programs. Typically, our placement students are from human services or business programs. If you would like to do a placement at NEDIC, please contact us as soon as possible. Placements are often filled well before the school year begins.


Human Services placement students may come from programs such as: 

  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Counselling
  • Nursing
  • Health Promotion


Business placement students may come from programs such as: 

  • Public Relations
  • Marketing Fundraising
  • Non-Profit Management


To apply for a placement position with NEDIC, please send your resume and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please tell us why you would like to do a placement at NEDIC. Let us know what your program requires, including hours, days, length of placement and learning objectives. Send your application to Suzanne Phillips, Program Manager, by e-mail (nedic@ uhn.ca) or fax (416-340-4736).