Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you like working with children, youth, adults or seniors, at cultural facilities, festivals and special events, or contributing as a member of a council-appointed group, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. 

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to contribute to your community and help establish a personal and professional network. You can also make new friends, practise English and develop leadership skills that can be transferable to a career.

Please note: You do not need to be a West Vancouver resident to volunteer for most opportunities (although you do for some committees and working groups). Most volunteer positions have a minimum age requirement of 14 years. Some volunteer placements require a Police Information Check (PIC).

Detailed information is below.

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Support those with physical, cognitive or cultural barriers. Assist children, adults and seniors in aquatic programs, including lessons and aqua fitness.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, and attend a volunteer orientation program, which you can find and register for online.

Aquatic Centre

Help children, adults and seniors in aquatic programs including lessons and aqua fitness. This is a great stepping stone into becoming a lifeguard.

Volunteers need to be at least 14 years old. Bronze Cross or equivalent required.

Check out the volunteer training programs in the Leisure Guide.

Child Care Action Plan Advisory Roundtable

The District of West Vancouver is beginning the process of implementing the four priorities and 28 actions of the West Vancouver Child Care Action Plan (2021–2031) and requires an advisory roundtable to assist with this process and support the community in achieving their child care goals.

We are seeking the expertise and insight of local community members and stakeholders who would like to serve on this advisory roundtable. Members would assist District staff by providing feedback and acting as a sounding board as we work through the 28 actions of the West Vancouver Child Care Action Plan 2021–2031.

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 24, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Learn more and apply

Committees, Boards and Working Groups

If you are a West Vancouver resident and would like to serve on a board, committee or working group, submit your application.

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Day Camps

Camps take place in the summer, and during spring and winter break. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, and a minimum of two years older than the campers they are working with.

All volunteers must complete the general orientation and a game training module is recommended. Check out training in the Leisure Guide.

Ferry Building Gallery

The Ferry Building Gallery will be re-opening in summer 2022.

All volunteers should take the general orientation first prior to inquiring about volunteering with the Ferry Building Gallery.

For further information and to apply, visit:

ferrybuildinggallery.ca/support

Fire & Rescue - FireSmart Community

West Vancouver Fire & Rescue is looking for volunteers! As a FireSmart community, you and your neighbours will gain knowledge and skills to help prevent wildfires. Volunteers are needed in each of the seven FireSmart neighbourhood zones.

For more information on volunteering, please contact:

Jeremy Calder
Assistant Chief | Fire Prevention

604-925-7392
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Wildfire Preparedness

Gleneagles Community Centre

Help children, youth and adults in various programs including arts and crafts, sports, drop-ins and/or fitness programs. This community centre by Horseshoe Bay also has a volunteer-built community garden.

Check out the volunteer training programs in the Leisure Guide.

Harmony Arts Festival

This lively festival on the waterfront every summer features art, music, food, and wine. Apply to volunteer online at harmonyarts.ca.

Ice Arena

Love being on the ice? Sign up to be a skating program assistant, or help at events in the arena. Must complete ice skating module, as well as general volunteer orientation.

Check out training in the Leisure Guide.

Library

Visit the West Vancouver Memorial Library’s website for volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

North Shore Emergency Management

North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM) offers volunteer opportunities to support the citizens and communities of the North Shore in their times of greatest need.

Opportunities range from emergency planning and response support to public education and community outreach.

North Shore Emergency Management

Parks

Want to make a difference in our environment? Help restore parks and remove invasive plants.

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Seniors' Activity Centre

Stay healthy, stay young, make new friends, try something new, and connect with others. 

For more information, please contact:

Sylvia Lung, Volunteer Services Coordinator

604-925-7288

Snow Angels

Snow Angels offer voluntary assistance to residents with mobility challenges by clearing snow from paths and sidewalks in front of their homes. Sign up to be a Snow Angel and you will be assigned to a resident in your area for the winter season.

Snow Angels

West Vancouver Art Museum

The West Vancouver Art Museum facilitates the preservation of cultural and artistic resources with programs and exhibitions.

All volunteers should take the general orientation first prior to inquiring about volunteering with the art museum.

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West Vancouver Community Centre

Help children, youth, and adults in general recreational programs including arts and crafts, sports, drop-ins, and/or fitness.

Check out the volunteer training programs in the Leisure Guide.

Police Information Check

A Police Information Check (PIC) is obtained from your local police department. It can take up to three weeks to obtain one. It is not required for all volunteer placements. There are categories of volunteer roles that determine if one is required. In some cases different procedures apply; please contact the Volunteer Coordinator before obtaining a Police Information Check.

Volunteer Advisory Roundtable

The District of West Vancouver's Parks, Culture and Community Services division is beginning the process of evaluating the current volunteer model and formulating a sustainable volunteer plan to support the community with a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages.

We are seeking the expertise and insight of local community members and stakeholders who would like to serve on this advisory roundtable. Members would assist District staff by providing feedback and acting as a sounding board as we review best practices and compare current operations related to the Parks, Culture, and Community Services volunteer model.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

Learn more and apply

Contact

Volunteer Services

604-913-2703

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For questions about volunteering for Boards, Committees & Working Groups, contact:

Legislative Services

604-925-7004

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Whether you have a special talent or are actively searching to discover one–the District of West Vancouver has volunteer opportunities designed with your unique skills in mind!

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