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Volunteer in a variety of community settings

Explore Volunteering

Engage with the community alongside peers!


Youth, Young Adult


Lower Mainland


Fall, Winter, Spring


The Explore Volunteering program provides opportunities for youth and adults with autism to sample volunteer tasks in a variety of community settings. The program encourages community engagement alongside peers while developing volunteer experience, work skills, and communication and social skills.

Program Structure

  • Each session consists of 2.5 hours, once per week, for multiple weeks. Sessions for this program take place three times during the year: Fall (October-December), Winter (January-March), and Spring (April-June).
  • Up to six participants will be enrolled each session, supported by a program leader, support workers and volunteers.
  • Volunteer opportunities vary across settings and work environments (ex: Science World, Union Gospel Mission, community gardens)
Three young adults enjoy having fun outdoors.
A teen with autism and a peer mentor shovel together in our CommunityWorks program.

Program Criteria

  • Ages 15+
  • Participants must meet session’s age requirements as of the day of the program
  • Have an autism diagnosis, and an active CAN membership
  • Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome
  • Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)

This program is specifically designed and adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Supports Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we recognize that each individual with autism is unique. All individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome in our programs. We strive to meet the unique needs of each participant through conversation and collaboration. Please do not hesitate to contact our Youth & Adult Program Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions.

Registration is closed

All those who submitted registration requests during the registration period will be notified of their updated registration status by end of day on Friday, November 29.

Registration was open from Monday, November 18 at noon to Friday, November 22 at noon. If you are a Canucks Autism Network member and would like to  submit a late registration request, please email [email protected] with the following information:

  1. name and age of participant
  2. requested program, dates and location

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