Peace River Victim Services




Role of Volunteer ADVOCATES

On average it takes about six months for Advocates to get their security clearance and complete their Basic Training. However, in the meantime we encourage potential Advocates to become familiar with our program and other volunteers by attending our monthly Advocate meetings and attending conferences and seminars (usually in Edmonton) with our existing Advocates. There are monthly meetings.

All Advocates carry cell phones and may be contacted by the RCMP to provide immediate assistance to victims 24/7/365. Each Advocate makes a commitment to be on-call for a minimum of six 4-hour 12-hour shifts per month. Our Advocates are required to spend the equivalent of one shift (6 hrs/month) in the office. This office time can be completed in one block, but is usually broken down into smaller time slots. Of course, we work around vacations, busy periods of employment and family commitments that may arise.

What's stopping you from signing up as a Volunteer Advocate?

Interested in becoming a volunteer advocate?
Our volunteers must:
  • be 18 years or older
  • be warm, caring and compassionate
  • have good communication and listening skills
  • have excellent interpersonal skills
  • enjoy working with people
  • be non-judgemental
  • be able to maintain confidentiality
  • be flexible and able to respond to emergencies
  • have a good sense of humour
  • be willing to complete standardized training
  • have no criminal convictions
  • be able to clear an RCMP security check
  • have a valid driver's licence and their own transportation
Recruitment procedures include:
  • complete application form
  • interview with Regional Director or Assistant Director
  • complete background checks
  • complete core training
  • complete RCMP security clearance
Our volunteers enjoy many benefits. They are provided with:
  • standardized training and training manual at no personal cost
  • certification from the Alberta Solicitor General Staff College
  • paid mileage outside of Peace River while attending training sessions
  • numerous opportunities for additional training, conferences and workshops, with registration fees, travel and accommodations paid for
  • paid mileage for all Peace Regional Victim Services related activities
  • an emergency response kit, which includes brochures, business cards, flashlight, pens, notebooks and more
  • fluorescent Safety Vests
  • Victim Services jackets, T-shirts and hats
  • an invitation to annual Volunteer Appreciation events
  • the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and learn new skills
  • the chance to improve their resume by adding verifiable volunteer experience
  • the opportunity to meet new people
  • the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team
  • the chance to help others and contribute something valuable to society

Download our printable Volunteer Advocate Application and return it to our office or to your local RCMP detachment