Burnaby Seniors Outreach Volunteers Are Extraordinary People
When you volunteer you give others the priceless gifts of kindness and connection while giving yourself the gifts of purpose and community (and we have cookies).
- An advocate for others?
- Looking for more meaning in life?
- An active listener?
- Interested in being part of a great volunteer community?
- A good communicator?
- Passionate about helping others?
Then join us as a BSOSS volunteer!
Join the Board of Directors
We are currently looking for volunteer Board members who have spent time in a business environment, have a desire to expand the reach of our Society through contacts in the community, and are passionate about helping seniors.
The Board meets approximately 5 times a year and is responsible for setting policy and long-term goals for the Society. If this sound like you or someone you know we would love to hear from you.
Become A Senior Peer Counsellor
BSOSS peer counsellors are trained volunteers, 55+, who provide free, confidential, one to one counselling services to seniors who are experiencing anxiety, grief, frustration, or difficulties around life transitions or health changes.
BSOSS peer counsellors are warm and compassionate people – the ones others come to when they want to talk things through. They’re good listeners, curious, and want to help others.
As a peer counsellor you’ll be part of a warm, like-minded volunteer community. Through our free training program you’ll be able to share your wisdom and life experiences with others while adding knowledge, confidence, and counselling skills to your own “toolbox”. Then you decide when, where, and how often you see clients.
Our next free training begins in Fall 2018.
The Burnaby Seniors Outreach Services Society is a non-profit organization in which peers support the emotional well-being of seniors.
The purpose of the society is to promote seniors' independence, self-esteem and the achievement of individual goals.
If you are facing anxiety, frustration or difficulty because of life changes such as:
- Grief and loss
- Financial issues
- Relationship concerns
- Retirement issues
- Health and aging concerns
- Housing decisions
- Caregivers support
Please call us at 604-291-2258 for assistance with community referrals and services. Help is available.
BSOSS is a Registered Non-profit Society in British Columbia
Since our inception in 1987 as a charitable organization, BSOSS, through our peer counselling and related activities, has been providing emotional support and encouragement to older citizens of Burnaby, assisting them to enhance their quality of life, to develop problem management strategies and to maintain the greatest level of independence and dignity possible.
The society is directed by a voluntary Board, all of whom are seniors, coordinated by part-time staff, and functions with a dedicated corps of service volunteers.
BSOSS funding comes primarily from special fund raising activities, membership dues, a Community Gaming grant and other government and foundation grants for specific programmes, and donations from individuals and community organizations.