The City of Kelowna's Recreation & Cultural Services is proud of the many volunteers who offer their dedication, hard work, and caring attitudes to programs and the community.
Why We Use Volunteers
Volunteers are an invaluable asset. The work done by Recreation & Culture staff and contract instructors is complemented by volunteer assistance, which improves program quality.
- Improve the instructor to participant ratio
- Assist in the instruction of specific skills
- Enhance the quality of recreation programs
- Educate our community as to the value of participation in recreation programs, thus improving lifestyles
- Provide opportunities for the community to gain practical experience in the field of recreation
- Act as positive role models for participants
- Assist Recreation & Culture to move towards integration in all our programs and in the community
Volunteers choose to help for a variety of reasons:
- To help meet community needs through sharing personal, vocational and/or professional skills
- For personal development
- To meet new people
- To learn new skills, or develop and get experience with current skills
- A valuable use of spare time
- To obtain related work experience in the field of recreation, meet course requirements, assist in career choices and/or obtain valuable job references
Community Access Assistant (CAA) - works one-on-one with a person with a disability, assisting in various activities, offering support and companionship and helping that individual learn new skills. Located at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.
Program Volunteer - will help in a variety of ways depending on the nature of the program, the talents and skills of the volunteer or the instructor’s needs. In general, the volunteer assists with instruction of specific skills and provides support to the instructor.
Special Event Volunteer - is asked to help with a variety of tasks, from set-up to take-down, security, helping at the event, wearing a mascot costume, directing traffic and serving food. These events occur throughout the year on specific dates and the volunteer will be notified well in advance as to their involvement, should they be available.
Aquatic Volunteer - there are a variety of opportunities in aquatics, from assisting with lessons to special events. The Aquatic staff oversee volunteers and will orientate each person after they have gone through the initial application process.
Fitness Centre Monitor – Once the Volunteer application process is complete, the staff member that oversees the Fitness Centre will schedule a time to meet and orientate the volunteer as to their duties. The volunteer monitors the activities in the fitness area, cleans equipment, greets new and prospective patrons and is available to assist when help is required. Located at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.
Day Camp Volunteer - Assist camp leaders with day-to-day operations to ensure activities run smoothly. Help supervise campers in a variety of different settings. Activities can include crafts, games, cooking, swimming, etc.
How to get started – It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3…
- Attend a volunteer information session. Interested candidates must be thirteen years of age or older.
- Complete a volunteer application form and return to Parkinson Recreation Centre with three current references
- Attend an interview with Volunteer Services. This will give you a chance to ask questions, as well as information on your qualifications, background, and goals for volunteering. A Criminal Record Search will be required at no cost to the volunteer.
For more information or to set up an appointment, please phone 250-469-8467.