Swab The World is a young innovative start-up charity working hard to fight racial inequality in the very niche field of blood cancer and stem cell donation. Anyone can get blood cancer, but not everyone has the same chances of surviving. That's because a stem cell transplant – often the only treatment option – requires the patient and the donor to be of the same ethnicity. And currently, there's a huge shortage of non-white donors. Swab The World aims to increase awareness of stem cell donation and diversify the worldwide stem cell donor database. Let's change the odds for BIPOC communities, one donor at a time.
What We Do
Swab The World strives to diversify stem cell registries, educate young people about stem cell donation through conferences and eye-opening online content, and help patients find life-saving stem cell donors.
How It Started
Swab The World co-founders, Mai Duong and Christiane Rochon, met at a top advertising agency in Montreal and quickly became friends. In 2013, Mai was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, and only a stem cell transplant could save her. Her Vietnamese background made it impossible to find a donor, so Christiane kickstarted a campaign to find a donor. A local initiative quickly turned into a coast-to-coast campaign, and Mai became the face of ethnic underrepresentation in stem cell registries (look her up!). In 2014, Mai received a stem cell transplant. In October 2018, they launched Swab The World. What started as a terrible cancer story became a life-saving project.
What It’s Like Working at Swab The World
We’re a young non-profit fueled by technology, media, and social justice. We’re agile, technology-savvy, media-driven, and want to make ethnic equality in stem cell registries a reality. Even though tackling ethnic inequality and saving lives is serious work, we think it’s important to create a work environment that’s open and fun.
Tasks include but are not limited to:
Reach out to and build relationships with ethnic communities, schools, and organizations that promote ethnic diversity, work on antiracism initiatives, and empower members of minority ethnic groups.
Organize conferences (businesses, universities, cultural associations)
Create content on social media
Oversee a team of student volunteers
Main point of contact for all inquiries (social media, emails, etc.)
Update Swab The World’s website
A love for everything advertising, marketing, media, communications
Bachelor's degree in advertising, marketing, journalism, communications, or similar fields
Fully bilingual in English and French (and we do mean fully)
Excellent writing skills in both languages
Is an active member of groups promoting ethnic diversity, working on antiracist initiatives, and empowering members of minority ethnic groups in Montreal
Ability to work independently and manage time effectively
Willingness to work atypical hours
Assets: Knowledge of (or willingness to learn!) Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop and InDesign), graphic design skills, Mailchimp, and Google Analytics
Needs to be a team player
A social media natural
Autonomous, driven, outgoing, and has a great sense of humor
35 hours per week
Please apply at [email protected] before May 14, 2021. Only selected candidates will be contacted.