Community Recreation Volunteer
From camps or sports programs to events, there are a number of opportunities to get involved at a City Community and Recreation Centre.
How to Apply
Contact the Coordinator of Volunteer Management at email@example.com.
Every volunteer must attend one or more orientations before the start of a volunteer placement. If you are volunteering at a special event, you will be required to participate in an on-site orientation at the beginning of the event.
How staff decide to conduct orientations may differ, but volunteer roles, benefits and expectations, along with legislative information will be outlined.
One Time/Seasonal Role
An event/activity that can occur one time or on a seasonal or annual basis. The event can be held on one or more consecutive days.
This role is more than three days and less than two seasons. This type of role includes any program where volunteers will be assisting during one season.
This category is at least two or more seasons long in an established program.
Placement/Co-op Volunteer Role
A role performed by an individual without compensation, typically as part of an educational program; or as part of a social agency program for the purpose of workplace exposure.
To volunteer in Community Recreation, you must be a minimum 14 years of age, and some volunteer activities may require a minimum of 18 years.
The City promotes a safe, welcoming, positive, inclusive environment where people are valued and respected. Staff, volunteers, participants, park and facility users, are expected to be considerate, to respect people and their rights and to show proper care, as well as regard for City property and the property of others.
- Demonstrate good leadership and interpersonal skills, while positively engaging with participants, staff and other volunteers.
- Act in a professional, respectful and appropriate manner.
- Demonstrate a willingness to learn, take direction, follow instructions and report to City staff. (Volunteers will never be left alone with participants).
- Be dependable, punctual, notify staff of absence and sign in and out to ensure volunteer hours are accurately recorded.
- Remain vigilant, attentive and alert at all times.
- Abstain from using electronic or gaming devices while volunteering.
- Conduct themselves ethically, honestly, with integrity and diligence.
- Adhere to City policies.
The City takes the safety and well-being of volunteers and participants very seriously. When volunteers are placed in a role where participants are actively engaging in recreation programs, a satisfactory result obtained from a Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) is required.
A VSS is a Police Reference Check
It must be done by the police force in the municipality where the volunteer resides. Under the Criminal Records Act, a VSS is to be conducted only when the volunteer role is one of authority or trust relative to children or vulnerable persons. Toronto City Council has authorized the use of VSS’s as an assessment tool when placing volunteers in Community Recreation.
Police will use the volunteer’s name, gender and birthdate to check against multiple criminal databases for any criminal convictions under the Criminal Code. A VSS provides a summary of information contained in local police service databases that have not been provided to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records. It will also confirm if the volunteer has been granted a pardon for a registered sex offence in Canada and any additional information such as outstanding charges, terms or peace bonds, probation, as well as parole orders.
For more information on PRC’s and VSS’s, please refer to the Toronto Police Services website or visit your local police service if outside of Toronto.
How to Get a VSS
If you living in Toronto, complete and sign a Toronto Police Service “Consent to Disclose Personal Information” form provided by the City of Toronto. Any combination of identification which includes a photo, birthdate and legal name must be presented to the Volunteer Supervisor for verification before the VSS can be processed. For PFR volunteer roles, there is no charge to obtain a VSS if you live in Toronto.
If living outside of Toronto, you must contact your local police service to determine procedures and forms required to obtain a VSS. You are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining a VSS and will not be reimbursed by the City of Toronto.
How Long Do Results Take?
VSS results can take several weeks or up to several months to obtain. In order to receive your VSS as quickly as possible, please submit any required documentation to your Volunteer Supervisor as soon as possible.
If you have a current VSS (obtained within six months), please submit the original VSS to staff. The City will keep a copy and return the original back to you.
VSS results will be communicated to the volunteer from your local police services by mail. Results will indicate one of the following either “Clear” (which means no findings) or volunteers will be provided with a document listing the details of the search (findings) or a notice to provide fingerprints.
After You Receive Your VSS Results
1) Contact the Volunteer Supervisor as soon as possible to arrange a time to submit the original results, if your VSS results indicate “Clear” (no findings).
2) Contact the District Staff Support Supervisor to review your VSS results if you receive a document listing the details of the VSS (findings).
Findings can still be okay! A VSS result with “findings” does not necessarily mean volunteers will not be placed in the volunteer role. You will have the opportunity to meet with Management Services, Staff Support to discuss VSS results.
3) If volunteers receive a request for fingerprints advise the Volunteer Supervisor and follow the instructions provided in your results.
Note to Parents/Caregivers/Guardian
Your dependent will be required to sign the “Consent to Disclose” form regardless of age or ability. Please ensure that your dependent understands what is being asked and consents to the disclosure.
Volunteers may receive feedback from staff on an ongoing basis and City staff would also like to hear from you. If you would like to provide feedback on your experience or simply want to make suggestions for improvement, please speak with staff or contact the Volunteer Coordinator.
All volunteers will receive recognition. If you require a record of volunteer hours, please let staff know in advance.
The Children’s Garden & Teaching Kitchen in High Park.
105 Colborne Lodge Dr., Toronto
Join the High Park Children’s Eco Program either as a program, camp or event volunteer in the spring, summer and/or fall.
- Program Volunteers are needed for ongoing activities usually on weekdays (two to three hours).
- Event Volunteers are needed for one-time events which are usually held on weekends (two to three hours).
- Camp Volunteers are needed during the months of July and August on weekdays (half-day or full-day).
- Stewardship Volunteers could be needed for both ongoing or one-time activities (various times).