31 Aug 2012, Posted by caeoadmin


Interested in volunteering? We’re looking for passionate and committed individuals who are a part of or allied with the English-speaking LGBTQ community to join our diverse team who volunteer for the following programs:

  • SILK (standing for Sexual Information Leads to Knowledge) has the goal of raising awareness about sexual health, orientation and diversity, and is aimed specifically at two target audiences – high school students, and seniors. Free workshops are offered in Montreal high schools (in partnership with Allies Montreal) and senior homes. Workshops are held during school hours for one hour blocks. We are always actively seeking volunteers for this program.
  • Gay Line is a free listening service that has been serving the queer community since 1976. We actively listen to our callers’ questions or problems (mainly regarding sexuality, health, orientation and diversity) without any prejudice or judgment, and help them find an answer or solution. Lines are open every night from 7pm-11pm. GAY LINE services have been suspended until further notice as we re-evaluate our services and revamp the program. We are still accepting applications for volunteers for this research and development phase. 
  • Gay ONLine is the web extension of Gay Line that will be launching soon. The program will offer the same listening service and resources as Gay Line. GAY ONLINE services were offered as a pilot project but the program was suspended indefinitely in 2011. We are working hard on a new web-based program to serve the community’s need for information and resources.

All volunteers are required to fulfill 2 shifts/workshops a month from a program of choice.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain job-related skills & life skills (i.e. active listening)
  • Make a difference in people’s lives
  • Experience personal growth/satisfaction
  • Connect with a ’cause’
  • Be a part of something positive for the community
  • Instil a value of giving/caring
  • Have fun, meet new people, network

All volunteers receive a comprehensive initial training course for all three programs, and are also offered ongoing and continuous training and coaching. We value diversity and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to volunteer.

The next training is scheduled for November 2013. An information session will be conducted followed by interviews. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter along with a list of 2 references to kelley.rojas@caeoquebec.org . A pre-interview questionnaire will be sent out upon receipt of your application.

**Please note that we are no longer considering applications for the November 2013 training. Any applications received will be considered for future trainings. Thank you! 

Please note that all volunteers are required to submit a Security Clearance Certificate upon completion of training.



CAEO Quebec is currently searching for Directors in Communications and Fundraising.


Communications Director will:
  • Update and maintain our website, social media outlets and required technologies to fulfill the aims presented in Article 1 of the Charter
  • Establish links with businesses, media outlets, and community organisations
  • Prepare the quarterly newsletter with the help of the Administrative Director and Program Directors
  • Develop an annual media and publicity strategy designed to increase awareness of CAEO’s services
  • Be available to represent CAEO at press conferences, events and meetings
  • Incorporate and maintain social media outlets and required technologies to fulfill the aims presented in Article 1 of the Charter
  • Manage the annual budget attributed to run all of the publicity campaigns


  • Excellent written and oral communication in English & French
  • Experience in non-profit and/or collective teams
  • Experience in a PR / communications position
  • Experience with Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc…)
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills
  • Public and media relations as well advocacy experience
  • Familiarity with Montreal non-profit sector and media
  • Computer knowledge (WordPress, Mailchimp, Joomla, Microsoft Office etc…)


  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Communications or writing
  • Experience working with or on an Executive Team
  • Strong familiarity with LGBTQ issues
  • Strong professional and social networks

Fundraising Director will:

  • Develop fundraising strategies; implementing all fundraising activities and events
  • Ensure that our fundraising strategies and practices fulfill the aims presented in Article 1 of the Charter
  • Advise and assist the Program Directors in devising and implementing fundraising strategies for their programs and specific projects
  • Apply for grants from various funding resources (federal, provincial, private)
  • Ensure that accurate and up-to-date information is maintained on all submissions, grant-funded projects and donors in relevant databases and filing systems
  • Encourage volunteers to participate in temporary committees in order to facilitate the organisation of such events
  • Contribute to CAEO’s strategic and annual planning processes having ownership of the fundraising part of the overall process
  • Develop and deepen existing donor relationships, ensuring that the organisation maintains effective communications and good relations with our donor partners
  • Work closely with the Communications Director, the Executive Team and partners to increase our profile and enhance our reputation within the donor community
  • Be available to represent the organisation at meetings with donors and external events
  • Be responsible for the fundraising budget
  • Keep the fundraising section of our website up to date


  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, networking and relationship building skills
  • Computer knowledge (Microsoft Office, setting up online donation accounts through PayPal or other avenues)
  • Fundraising experience within the charity sector
  • Experience writing grants and proposals
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Knowledge of donors that support work in our sector (both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ)
  • Knowledge of program design, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Experience of budgeting and managing resources.
  • Bachelor’s degree or experience relevant to the position
  • Experience working with or on an Executive Team
  • Strong familiarity with LGBTQ issues
  • Strong professional and social networks
  • Creativity, flexibility, and innovativeness.

All candidates will be required to complete a probationary period before being appointed to a Director position.  If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Kelley, our Administrative Director, and CC Kim (kelley.rojas@caeoquebec.org and kimberly.wong@caeoquebec.org)


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