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Are you over age 55?

Looking for work or volunteer opportunities?

Let us help you “parlay” your skills, experience and interests into a new job or volunteer position. Check out our articles and video interviews for helpful advice or fill in the questionnaire below to receive a free digital guide. 


A guide to assist seniors 55+ seeking volunteer positions.


A guide to assist seniors 55+ looking for work opportunities.

Introducing Parlay

The Canadian Abilities Foundation launches a curated program designed to support adults 55+ seeking employment and volunteer opportunities.

Finding the right volunteer role

Looking to give back? Volunteering is a meaningful way to spend your free time.

Volunteering during COVID-19

Linda Verzosa has been a long-time volunteer and in this interview she shares her volunteer experiences with older adults aged 55+ during the pandemic.

How to build your resume

Mark Patterson, Executive Director of Magnet, shares top-notch advice on building your resume if you’re 55 and over and looking for work.

Guiding the next generation

Jim Dow, a former airline pilot, talks to us about his return to work part time while sharing the joy and respect he experiences mentoring the next generation.

Life post-retirement

Here to remind us that age is just a number, Elaine Dembe shares her insight and advice on how to live meaningfully and take post-retirement life into your own hands.

Ableism, agism and the workforce

Award-winning journalist and university instructor Stephen Trumper discusses ableism and ageism, and offers tips for avoiding their pitfalls when pursuing employment.

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Keeping Your Loved Ones and Yourself Safe:



As we begin to leave self-isolation, restart the economy and return to work and job seeking, the Abilities editorial team is providing:

  • expert advice
  • helpful tips
  • personal stories and information

designed to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and the potential impact of returning to work on your health and well-being. In particular, this content addresses safety recommendations and precautions  you and your family members can take based on your personal circumstances. 

Resources to Help You Find Volunteer and Employment Opportunities:


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Pain of rejection

How to remain positive during a job search Q) I am so frustrated. I am eager to find a job in a safe workplace and

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You’ve still got it

Skills, time and a giving heart Worried or unsure about what you have to offer as a volunteer? The good news is that most community

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The joy of volunteering

A look at the charitable sector in Canada People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some, it offers the chance to give

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The Scoop

We’re here to help: • 3/4 of Canadians informally volunteer  • 3.4 billion hours are given annually • 12 per cent of volunteers account for 78

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