Volunteer for the 2015 Canada Winter Games

By Ben Hamill - November 26 2014
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Coming Soon

The 2015 Canada Winter Games are fast approaching. They will be held in Prince George, BC from February 13th to March 1st 2015. This will be the first time the Winter Games will be hosted in British Columbia. To insure that the games are a roaring success, the organizers are asking for volunteers. Orientation for volunteers will begin this week but there will be orientation sessions in January and February as well. So, it is still not too late to register as a volunteer. To volunteer, first go to here – the official site of the Canada winter Games. At the top of the homepage you will see a link to information regarding volunteering.

Your Volunteer Profile

If you have never volunteered for the Canada games before, you might find the profile a bit daunting. Let us help you navigate the form.

You give your name, home address, email address, and phone number, of course. They also ask that you upload a picture. Since most volunteers wear an official uniform, you are asked to provide your clothing size.

After you have given this most basic information they ask you to describe yourself. There are eight separate categories. Click on the + to the left and another set of questions appears. The information you give is necessary for the organizers to be able to fully staff every event with the proper personnel. For youngsters under 18 who would like to volunteer, the Canada Winter Games welcome you with open arms but also require you to provide parental permission to be a volunteer at the games.

You are required to fill out a Police Information Check. Within the drop-down menu of items related to volunteering is a link to the Police Information Check.

Job Descriptions

There are 21 categories of job descriptions for volunteers. Each category heading links to a full description of the job. Obviously, everyone wants to match volunteers with their special area of interest and ability.

Code of Conduct

Volunteers are expected to abide by a code of conduct. This code ranges from generally dealing with people, to where and when smoking is allowed, to being on the lookout for suspicious articles or people.

The Code of Conduct is a two-page article that covers as much as possible regarding volunteers' roles in making the games a success. As serious as the Code is, we urge you to go to paragraph 8 first. The first item is "your smile is your greatest asset".

Volunteer as a Great Way to Meet People

There are already almost 5000 volunteers in the Canada Winter Games' database. What a great way to meet new people!

You can also Volunteer before the Games Begin

The Canada Winter Games need volunteers to help in many areas before the games begin.

Pre-games volunteers provide skilled professional help. Volunteers are needed in the following categories:

  • Carpentry
  • Electricity
  • Plumbing
  • Painting
  • Warehousing
  • Tiling and carpet laying
  • Inventory
  • Maintenance and preparation of vehicles
  • Production and planning

The organizers would like all potential pre-games volunteers to know that if you wish to volunteer in one of the above categories but don't have professional level skills there is still a place for you on the project teams.

Mascot

The organizers are also looking for volunteers to wear the official mascot uniforms and generally spread good feelings. To volunteer as a mascot you must be at least 16 years of age.

In Full Swing

Preparations for the Canada Winter Games are in full swing. Volunteering is only one aspect of the whole enterprise but it is very important element in the overall success of the games. If you have any free time that you can give to the games, your contribution will be greatly appreciated.

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