How you can get involved.

The odds facing children and youth in child welfare are startling. Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada believes we can – and must – do better for our young people.

If you agree, join our team.

Every day, we work tirelessly to help young people create a brighter future for themselves. Our staff and volunteers are a critical part of our mission and help us build a movement of Canadians dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable young people.

Nonprofit Employer of Choice

We are honoured to be a recipient of the 2020 Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice (NEOC) Award for 2020, and extremely proud of our staff team and the values they exemplify every day as they work to improve the lives of children, youth, and families who have experienced the child welfare system in Canada. We look forward to continuing to grow and develop our team’s talents in order to reach even more young people and families across the country with life changing programs and supports.

Thank you for your interest in working with Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

The following positions are currently open for applications:

Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Major Gifts

Grants and Programs Officer

Indigenous Consultant

While the Foundation deeply values volunteerism, the majority of our opportunities are tied to in-person events or in-office roles. At this time due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to offer these opportunities. If you would like to be considered for future volunteer positions with the Foundation, please reach out.

Donate your time and become a volunteer for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada!

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is an enriching experience in so many ways. When you become part of our team, you have an opportunity to:

  • support a cause you truly believe in
  • apply your current skills and gain some new ones
  • meet new people, make new friends and develop professional contacts
  • feel the personal satisfaction of helping others
  • make a difference in your own community

We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities and encourage you to connect with us to determine the best way to volunteer your time.

Opportunities include:

Special Events Volunteer

As a Special Event Volunteer, you will provide assistance in the areas of event preparation and execution. Support us to raise awareness, dollars and much needed support for the children and youth of Canada, while having fun!

Office Volunteer

As an Office Volunteer, you will provide administrative support at our downtown Toronto office during our regular office hours (Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm). Volunteers will assist in general clerical support such as data entry, filing, photocopying, researching, mail outs and other duties depending on the time of year.

Corporate Volunteers

We offer our corporate partners a variety of group volunteer opportunities throughout the year to engage your team and ensure the best volunteer experience for employees. Opportunities include:

  • Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair
  • Community Events
  • Holiday Season Celebration
  • Joe Carter Classic Golf Tournament

Group Volunteer Opportunities in Your Own Space

If you are interested in arranging a volunteer or employee engagement opportunity curated for you and your team, please contact Heli Vanaselja at

Event Committees

As a Foundation signature event committee member, you will help the Foundation achieve fundraising goals, solicit gift-in-kind donations/sponsorships and provide input into the planning and execution of the event. If you are interested in joining the Foundation’s Holiday Season Celebration or Foundation Gala committee, please email Katharine Chen at with any relevant fundraising and/or event planning experience and a statement of interest.

For information on volunteering at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, please contact Heli Vanaselja at

Started in 2014, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada honours our most dedicated volunteers with the Volunteers of Hope Program. Each of these volunteers have demonstrated their commitment to the Foundation by either volunteering at 10 or more events since late 2010, volunteering regularly in our office for a minimum of three years or volunteering their time and creativity to create 10 or more Collector Bears for the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada Gala – Teddy Bear Affair.

2020 Inductees

Jasmin Dixon, event volunteer since 2005
Sandra Col, event volunteer since 2013
Jenny Shaw, event volunteer since 2013

2019 Inductees

Peter Ng, event volunteer since 2012

2018 Inductees

Pamela Akasaka, event volunteer since 2015

2017 Inductees

Sandra Wilton, office volunteer since 2013
Wayne Yeung, event volunteer since 2011

2016 Inductees

Ann-Marie Ceballo-Joes, event volunteer since 2010
Pamela Neblett, event volunteers since 2009
Alvin Paliuanan, event volunteer since 2012; event committee member

2015 Inductees

Dianne Blencoe, Collector Bear Artist
Susan Conacher, Collector Bear Artist
Sharon Edwards, Collector Bear Artist
Shane Elliot, Collector Bear Artist
Gail Hancock, Collector Bear Artist
Lesley Mallet, Collector Bear Artist
Rita Tumminieri, event volunteer since 2006
Katie Willoughby, event volunteer since 2008

2014 Inductees

Rhonda Cohen, event volunteer since 2006
Frances Forrester, office volunteer since 2005
Cindy Gahunia, event volunteers since 2010
Agnes Jenkinson, event volunteer since 2006
Pat Kane, office volunteer since 2007
George Lam, event volunteer since 2009
Cathy Ramsamujh, event volunteer for over 20 years
Polly Singh, office volunteer

Why do you volunteer (in general)?

I volunteer because I just love helping people. It is in my DNA. The satisfaction I get from volunteering is immeasurable.  – Pamela Neblett

I volunteer because I believe that it is important to give back to our community and help others in any way that I can. It is also a great way to meet interesting people. – Cathy Ramsamujh

Why do you volunteer at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada?
I have volunteered for the Foundation for the past 20+ years and will continue to volunteer because I hope that the time and support that I give will help make a difference in the lives of these children and help them live better lives. – Cathy Ramsamujh

I volunteer at Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada because the organization has an inspiring strategy of assisting those that are from unique and sensitive backgrounds and providing those that are in need of care – I love being part of the initiative in any way. – Alvin Paliuanan

For our volunteer policy click here.